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  • Well, you did it.

  • You fixed Sonic the Hedgehog.

  • As a direct result of your response; your outrage, your memes, your constructive and

  • deconstructive criticism, Paramount Pictures has fixed their redesign of Sega's beloved

  • mascot in his upcoming live action cinematic debut.

  • But not everybody is wholly on board with the changes.

  • At least one very prominent person associated with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has said

  • that he wishes nothing had ever been changed.

  • So how did we get here?

  • What went on behind closed doors, and what convinced Paramount that they needed to listen

  • to fans, delaying the Sonic movie to fix their mistakes?

  • In our previous video on this subject, we looked at the Sony email hacks, and how they

  • explain that at least one executive at the studio was excited about making a “Sonic

  • the Hedge Dogmovie, before getting cold feet and selling the project to Paramount.

  • Looking at Sonic's redesign, there's been no big email leak, so details are more obscured.

  • Nobody really wants to take credit for the original Sonic design.

  • The film is being directed by Jeff Fowler, a talented Oscar-nominated creator who is

  • making his feature length debut with the project.

  • Jeff has previously created a few very well received animated shorts, but he's not exactly

  • a veteran of the industry.

  • Instead, the seasoned expert at the helm behind the Sonic movie is producer Tim Miller, and

  • his story over the past few years has been fascinating.

  • Tim is an exceptionally talented visual effects artist, having leant his talents to games

  • like Mass Effect 2 and The Old Republic, as well as movies like Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

  • He also directed the beautiful intro scene for Thor: The Dark World, easily the most

  • visually impressive part of the film.

  • His visual effects company, Blur Studio, created all of the CGI space scenes in James Cameron's

  • Avatar, and made cutscenes for that beloved classic, Sonic '06.

  • Hey, at least the cutscenes were pretty, right?

  • Tim's directorial debut was Deadpool.

  • He was largely responsible for the all-CGI demo reel for the film, and when the movie

  • was greenlit, he was a natural choice to direct the movie.

  • Then, came a very public falling out with star Ryan Reynolds.

  • Having made an unexpectedly successful first Deadpool movie, Tim departed work on the sequel

  • in search of greener pastures, as far away from Ryan as possible.

  • This eventually led him to partnering with James Cameron, and the creation of Terminator:

  • Dark Fate, which according to critics is the best Terminator film of the century thus far.

  • Not that this is a high bar to cross, but that's beside the point.

  • Before teaming up with James Cameron, though, the very first project that Tim Miller signed

  • on to following his spat with Ryan Reynoldswas Sonic the Hedgehog.

  • Something about adapting Sonic to the big screen clearly spoke to Tim.

  • Indeed, Tim was instrumental in shaping the Sonic movie.

  • He had previously worked with Jeff Fowler at Blur Studio, and had directed the studio's

  • animated short Gopher Broke, so it made sense for the pair to collaborate on another film

  • that would feature a cute cartoon character.

  • According to Tim, there were at least two sides to a debate within the studio surrounding

  • Sonic's appearance.

  • We don't want to speculate too heavily, but from his comments, it seems that, for

  • whatever reason, he and Jeff didn't initially get their way with Sonic's design.

  • When audiences reacted negatively to the first Sonic trailer, Jeff and Tim instantly felt

  • vindicated.

  • Said Tim, “Look, I was with fans and so was Jeff”.

  • Nevertheless, Tim felt that it was important that he and Jeff take responsibility for the

  • mistake, and try to change course on the project.

  • With negative comments pouring him, he went over to speak with Jeff to try and see what

  • damage control they could do.

  • He needn't have worried.

  • Jeff was already on top of things, and had already set the ball rolling on a complete

  • Sonic redesign.

  • An hour before Tim's arrival, Jeff had already sent out a tweet announcing Sonic's redesign.

  • Speaking of Jeff and his quick work, Tim said, “He's a good man.

  • It was exactly the right way to handle that.

  • The fans have a voice in this too.

  • There's a right way to listen.”

  • So who do you go to when you need to fix a problem this big?

  • In truth, there was only one person they could turn to: the superstar of the Sonic fandom

  • himself, Tyson Hesse.

  • Tyson has worked on basically every element of Sonic media by this point.

  • After the popularity of a his parody fan comic, Sonic's Big Fat Adventure, he was asked

  • to draw some covers for the popular Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

  • Later, Tyson spearheaded the animation team that created the intro cinematic for Sonic

  • Mania, and off the back of this, he was asked to develop the Sonic Mania Adventures animated

  • shorts.

  • Tyson was brought on as the new lead designer for Sonic's fresh look.

  • This involved working closely with Jeff, as well as modelers, riggers, texture and fur

  • artists, and animators in studios in London, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.

  • Tyson described the experience as, quote, “a thrill I'll never forget”.

  • This effort to fix a struggling project also involved delaying the Sonic movie.

  • Rather than releasing an unpopular film on the 8th of November 2019, the movie was postponed

  • until Valentine's day 2020.

  • If it had released now, Sonic would have enjoyed relatively little competition at the box office

  • for its first couple of weeks.

  • Releasing next year means fighting against Peter Rabbit 2 and Birds of Prey.

  • Because Jeff successfully convinced Paramount executives to delay Sonic, the movie will

  • likely make less money.

  • It seems that, to Jeff and Tim at least, giving the fans a Sonic design that they're happy

  • with is worth sacrificing a lot of their film's momentum.

  • Not everybody thinks this is a good idea.

  • One person is very unhappy with Sonic's redesign: none other than Doctor Eggman Robotnik

  • himself, Jim Carrey.

  • Without hyperbole, it's easy to say that Jim hates the idea of caving to fan pressure.

  • He's spoken publicly about this several times in the past few months, most recently

  • stating: “I believe in auteurs.

  • I believe in creatives.

  • We do what we can do and then technology is going to have its way and people's opinions

  • are going to have their way.

  • And who knows what it's going to turn into?

  • You just become their Frankenstein monster at some point, right?”

  • In Jim's mind, moviemaking is an art form which shouldn't be weighed down by the need

  • to take fan opinions into account.

  • Because of his redesign, Sonic has become a Frankenstein's monster; an amalgamation

  • of hundreds of different opinions and ideas that have been slapped together.

  • Yup.

  • The NEW Sonic design is a monster.

  • Sure.

Well, you did it.

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