Director Jeff Fowler made a tweet on May 24th, 2019 indicating that the Sonic The Hedgehog movie would be delayed from its fall release into an early 2020 release on February 14th.
The tweet has a hashtag attached that jokes that none of the VFX artists were harmed in the making of the movie, a reference to some people who were negatively criticizing the film’s production for redoing the Sonic model and having to force the effects artists into crunch to meet the release date deadline.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
To further put into context the hashtag, a bunch of agitators on social media like Rami Ismail helped to trend this idea that changing up the Sonic CGI from that fugly design into something remotely aesthetically palatable would force the visual effects team into “crunch”.
Rami and other game developers were all over Twitter on May 3rd virtue signaling how wrong crunch culture is.
Oh btw: crunch is bad. Just thought i’d mention it seeing some “debate” starting again.
It’s bad. Even if it is “just” self-imposed, it is bad. You might think it is cool, or passion, or whatever reason: it is still bad.
It is bad for you, for your work, for your surroundings.
— Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) May 3, 2018
Really don’t know how I feel about creating in this kind of world. Important to keep the pulse of the audience but this makes it harder to try something really different that, at first may seem like too much change, but on completion might surprise us.😕https://t.co/ab7Vnt9vB3…
— Cory Barlog 🎮 #Raising Kratos (@corybarlog) May 3, 2019
The movie was supposed to be out on November 8th later this year, but there was a lot of pushback from social media addicts who tried virtue signaling that the production team couldn’t fix Sonic’s terrible CGI design in time to make the November 8th release.
We have no idea how Sonic will be fixed or what sort of fixed they’ll implement. Gamers, fans, and furries alike all railed on the original design depicted in the debut trailer, which saw Sonic looking like a perverted, nightmare amalgamation of the dark side of DeviantArt meets the degenerate side of Tumblr. The results were the likes of which trauma is made.
Various artists tried fixing Sonic to the best of their ability, as outlined in videos like the one by xXAntitoxGammerXx.
With all the talk about fixing Sonic and delaying it so that he’ll look less like a fugly pedo-hog, some people took the opportunity to have a little fun with all of the news and give the fandom something truly worthy of what the brand has (d)evolved into.
YouTuber surreal entertainment made a trailer that perfectly captures what Sonic The Hedgehog should hope to achieve when it releases on February 14th, 2020.