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SYFY WIRE Sonic the Hedgehog

That live-action Sonic trailer is making fans think of Cat in the Hat, Pikachu, and more

By Josh Weiss
Sonic the Hedgehog

This story was originally published on May 1 and updated on May 2.

Will Smith can breathe a sigh of relief, because there's a new blue celebrity in town. This morning, Paramount released the first trailer for its live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film, and as you'd expect, Twitter could not remain silent on the subject.

The tweets, which came in fast and loose, were as honest and hilarious as ever. Comparisons were made to Universal's Cat in the Hat film with Mike Myers, as well as Doctor Strange's abilities to conjure portals in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the online community continually used Detective Pikachu as the barometer for bringing video game characters into the real world.

Helmed by Jeff Fowler, Sonic (opening Nov. 8) stars Ben Schwartz as the titular hero, a wholly CGI creation that joins forces with small-town cop Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) to bring down Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Unfortunately, Robotnik is working with the full backing of the U.S. government and wants to figure out how Sonic works so he can harness that power for world domination. Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough co-star in the big-budget movie.

Fowler actually responded to feedback on the character's look, addressing some fans’ concerns by tweeting that the design we see in the trailer would be changed in the finished cut.

"Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be... #sonicmovie #gottafixfast," wrote the director.

Here's a sampling of what Twitter had to say:

What do you think of Sonic's modern redesign? Sound off in the comments below!