Sonic the Hedgehog has revealed a new-yet-classic look for his upcoming movie, after he was redesigned by filmmakers due to an outburst of criticism from fans.
The film’s first trailer was released in May, but fans quickly questioned why the iconic video game character had been given small eyes, human teeth and disproportionate legs.
Sonic’s original designer even weighed in, saying he was "worried" about the character’s look when he first saw it.
It led to the film’s director Jeff Fowler announcing that he was willing to redesign the ring-chasing hedgehog, after hearing fans "loud and clear", but urged them to be patient.
Now, six months later, filmmakers have unveiled the new-look Sonic, which now looks more like the original video game character.
Announcing Sonic’s new look, Mr Fowler tweeted on Tuesday saying: "Today is the DAY! Could not be more excited to share our new Sonic with you. THANK YOU for your patience and support.
"This wouldn’t have been possible without the fans."
The new Sonic has been given larger eyes, less teeth and legs that are more in proportion with the rest of his body.
Here it is! The new @SonicMovie trailer!!! I continue to be beyond excited and honored to voice this beautiful blue blur! A lot of incredibly talented people who care about this franchise very much have made such a fun movie coming at ya February 14th! #SonicMovie pic.twitter.com/CRizhboyvB— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) November 12, 2019
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As a result of the main character’s re-design, the film’s release has also been pushed back to Valentine’s Day in 2020.
The voice of Sonic in the film, Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz, tweeted his excitement, saying: "I continue to be beyond excited and honoured to voice this beautiful blue blur!
"A lot of incredibly talented people who care about this franchise very much have made such a fun movie coming at ya February 14th!"
Fans online largely appear to be pleased with Sonic’s updated look with one fan on Twitter saying: "Wow it actually looks like Sonic now!", while another said: "Kudos to the... team, the new Sonic looks great!"
Sonic made its debut as a 16-bit character on the Sega Genesis in 1991, but has received a number of updates throughout its lifetime, including in 3D games and animated TV shows.
The small blue hedgehog, whose catchphrase is "gotta go fast", is famed for running extremely quickly through various levels in an attempt to defeat nemesis Dr Robotnik.
Alongside Schwartz, the movie will star Jim Carrey as the eccentric Dr Robotnik and James Marsden, as Tom — a police officer who befriends and teams up with the blue hedgehog.