The First Trailer for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Is Causing a Toothy Controversy
“WHY ARE HIS TEETH SO HUMAN?!”
The pixelated, cotton candy-blue hero from one of millennials’ most beloved video game franchises has come to life to kick ass in the first trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog.
Paramount dropped the first trailer for the live-action movie, which stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tom Wachowski as the human sidekick, and Jim Carrey as the ultra-fast fur ball’s nemesis.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden).
Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.
Anyone who played the popular Sega title will instantly recognize the unmistakable “ding” sound of those health-giving gold rings and Sonic’s classic head-over-tail spin.
But there’s one characteristic of the anthropomorphic character’s CGI design in particular that isn’t sitting well with audiences: his extremely human-esque teeth.
— MAGGIE 🔮 B*L*M (@MAGNETIC_DOGZ) April 30, 2019
Wtf why does Sonic look like this? It's so creepy! Those teeth… 😬
Jim Carrey looks like the only good part of this movie. Oh boy. pic.twitter.com/oRhkRkeN6y
— Champ (@ChampChong) April 30, 2019
WHY ARE HIS TEETH SO HUMAN pic.twitter.com/qanTExwjJI
— I'm PREETI scary (@runwithskizzers) April 30, 2019
Others pointed out the arguably questionable decision to set the trailer to Coolio’s Grammy-winning track “Gangsters Paradise.”
I'm not sure how comfortable I am with them using a parody of "Amish Paradise" in the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) April 30, 2019
Coolio: "So I wrote Gangsta's Paradise as a commentary on how gang life provides a false safe haven for minorities but also leads them into more misery due to often resulting in more turmoil."
Movie producers: "Sonic is going to go really fast to this because he's a gangsta."
— Ehsan (@EhsanDTT) April 30, 2019
We’ll see if Sonic The Hedgehog speeds to glory or goes up in flames like so many other silver screen adaptations of popular video games when it hits theaters November 8.