Sonic the Hedgehog's main star character is getting a redesign before the movie's release. a redesign that many will recall was the result of backlash from fans when the hedgehog's movie version was first revealed.
Jim Carrey, who plays the evil Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, said the fandom response that resulted in Jeff Fowler(director) delaying the release to rework the character is the sort of thing that risks turning creative ownership into "Frankenstein's monster."
Carrey was at the annual Television Critics Association meeting to discuss the second season of his Showtime series 'Kidding'. Carrey was then asked about the fan response to the design of the lead character in Sonic the Hedgehog.
The overwhelming backlash to the trailer initially prompted Fowler to say the character was getting a redesign. The announcement led to more backlash though, as it meant the visual effects team could suffer from a burdensome production schedule. The film was bumped to February 14, 2020, giving the team an extra three months for revisions.
Other visual artists previously stated that they took issue with the fact that negative fan response could prompt this kind of response from a studio. Carrey seemed to have the same concerns as well, he shared his thoughts on the Sonic redesign at TCA.
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be... #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
“I don’t know quite how I feel about the audience being in on the creation of it, while it’s happening,” he said. “Sometimes you find that the collective consciousness decides it wants something and then when it gets it, it goes, ‘OK, I don’t want it’... You become a Frankenstein’s monster at some point, right?”
Carrey added that he didn't have to do any reshoots for Sonic the Hedgehog as a result of the redesign, and not that he's not "super concerned" about the movies situation.
Sonic the Hedgehog comes out February 14, 2020. No delays hopefully.