How can you get Sonic the Hedgehog so wrong when Detective Pikachu is getting it so right

I’ve had this one on the back burner for a while, but with the cataclysmic reaction to the trailer dropping for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it felt an apt time to move this up the schedule and have this conversation now.

Both Sonic the Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu are two movies with a number of notable similarities: They’re both video game adaptations that take their mascot characters and place them into the real world using CGI, they’re also both movies that had very vocal reactions when people first saw how they looked.

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The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie didn’t need to look this terrible

Between the two new images of what Sonic the Hedgehog is going to look like in the new live action movie, my Twitter feed has been alight with rage and ridicule for the choices made regarding this movie’s character design. It’s kind of funny that it’s one of the few things I’ve ever seen the internet unanimously agree on.

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie didn't need to look this terrible

So much so that one of the movie’s primary writers still went onto Twitter simply saying “Everybody relax.” Are the people working in the American film industry really this blind. How their choices when it comes to re-purposing Japanese properties into western movies always comes and bites them in the ass.

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Will Sonic Mania Plus Make or Break the Future of Sonic the Hedgehog

It’s no secret that I loved Sonic Mania when it came out last year. I mean, I just got finished talking about how great it was yesterday in my Mid-Week Review of Sonic Mania Plus. A the end of last year, amongst all of my gushing during my Game of the Year posts; I also had something of a revelation. It was a liberating experience for me. It was the realisation that I didn’t have to be a Sonic apologist any more.

Will Sonic Mania Plus Make or Break the Future of Sonic the Hedgehog

I didn’t have to accept the bad/mediocre Sonic games that came out more consistently than the good ones. To comb through them to find any nugget of something worth praising and focus solely on that aspect like a laser beam, acting as though that little thing made up for what was, in reality, oftentimes a mediocre game. As if to remind me of my moment of clarity, Sonic Mania Plus came out and made me start to wonder: What does the success of this game mean for the future of this series?

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