What Did They Do to Sonic the Hedgehog’s Eyes?!

Photo: Paramount Pictures

This is embarrassing to admit, but I have never seen the film Rosemary’s Baby. I don’t know much about it, but I do know a baby is born by the end of the film, and the baby is wrong in some way. The baby is Satan? I refuse to find out. The other thing I know is that the baby has messed-up eyes. The mom of Rosemary’s baby (which would be Rosemary now that I’m thinking about it) says, “The eyes! What did you do to her eyes?!” or something like that. I think the twist is you never see the eyes? Like I said, I haven’t seen the movie.

I mention all of this because yesterday, the first image from the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was put online and everyone wants to know what the hell they did to Sonic’s eyes.

Here’s what the poster (a “motion poster,” don’t ask) looks like.

Okay … interesting. He looks oddly … buff (?), but it could be way worse. The film is live-action with a CGI Sonic, so nobody’s got high hopes, I don’t think. The online reaction was mixed, which is kinda the case for anything Sonic-related, where the speedy hedgehog still has a robust fandom. But the mood soon turned to fear because of a quote director Tim Miller gave to IGN:

The most challenging part of Sonic’s updated design isn’t revealed in this teaser: his eyes. The filmmakers struggled with how best to depict Sonic’s eyes because often he’s only seen with one, and that wouldn’t translate well to the live-action movie.

“I don’t think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it,” said Miller. “He’s not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don’t think that’s the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world.”

Oh no. Sonic’s eyes are a complicated issue, especially as the character has transitioned from 2-D to 3-D and been redesigned over the years. As of now, Sonic’s two eyes combined to form a single larger eye with two pupils, and his widow’s peak descends very far down, almost to his nose. It’s kinda like how the eyes from Pixar’s Cars franchise work.

Photo: SEGA

The movie is apparently different though. The internet sleuths, diligent as ever, pointed out that even within this mysterious silhouette you can see a beady little eye protruding from Sonic’s face.

Faced with this clue and the admission that the filmmakers decided to completely ruin Sonic’s face (slight exaggeration), artists set out to try and determine what the hell he looks like now.

There. Now you don’t have to live in fear any longer. Knowing how messed up Sonic’s face is better than not knowing at all. You can live in peace until the movie opens in [checks watch] a year???

What Did They Do to Sonic the Hedgehog’s Eyes?!