Sonic Creator Yuji Naka Isn't Excited About The Hedgehog's Movie Design

By Laura Kate Dale on at

Over the years, we've seen a number of movie adaptions of beloved video games, and a wide variety of different screen adaptations of character designs. From 1993's Super Mario Bros. movie where Goombas were giant dinosaur men rather than small mushroom monsters, to the game-accurate character models used in Wreck-it Ralph, the ways characters translate to the big screen can have a big impact on the reception of a movie.

Officially, all we have seen of the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog live-action movie is a couple of posters teasing shots of furry blue legs, but a set of leaked images of the full character from the movie have recently emerged online, and fans are a little unsure how to feel about the design.

Most seem to be a bit weirded-out.

Perhaps most interesting is this tweet from game developer Yuji Naka, former head of Sonic Team and the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog. Apparently these leaked images of the character are the first he's seen of the movie adaptation's design... and he's a little confused.

Based on a translation of Yuji Naka's tweets, Naka seems to be concerned that the character's body and head proportions are a bit wonky. We're using machine translation below, but also checked with a Japanese speaker that the tone is being translated correctly.

I feel that it is important to look at the whole body visual of Sonic and head, body and stomach. Did you not get a little more balance?

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It's always a shame when a redesign of a character disappoints fans, but when it disappoints the original creator that feels like quite the mis-step. Hopefully we'll soon see an official trailer for the film and, who knows, maybe he'll look better in motion.