Anyone who played Sonic the Hedgehog in the early ’90s can remember the sounds SEGA made when it was booting up the game. Sonic has come a long way since then. He doesn’t just exist in a flat 2-D world anymore. He’s about to have his own live-action movie in 2019. Paramount Pictures—along with nearly every other movie studio—is leaning heavily on ’90s nostalgia.
The first official movie motion poster shows a blue streak collecting those iconic gold rings. The figure runs toward the camera and his silhouette and iconic red tennis shoes come into focus. Sonic looks… different. He’s very muscular, in a creepy humanoid way, and has blue fur. The Internet isn’t happy about this, obviously. No one even wants to know how they changed his face, which can’t be seen in the trailer. Hedgehogs have quills, not fur. Some fans are wondering if the filmmakers forgot what hedgehogs look like.
One of Sonic the Hedgehog’s executive producers, Tim Miller, stands behind their decision to cover the iconic character in fur.
“It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing,” Miller told IGN. “It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It’s part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature.”
In the new film, Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) is being hunted by the government and probably Sonic villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey). A local cop decides to help Sonic (James Marsden) escape their clutches. The film takes place somewhere in space, so Sonic doesn’t necessarily need to look like a real hedgehog. The fur looks weird, though.
Fans will have to wait and see what Sonic’s face looks like. The film comes out on November 8, 2019.