Title character Sonic’s recent redesign in the upcoming Paramount Pictures film Sonic the Hedgehog is said to have cost the studio less than $5 million USD to put together.

The information comes from IndieWire, which sources someone close to the movie’s production who says visual effects work on the movie was “far from completed” by the time the movie’s initial trailer dropped.

According to IndieWire, the only VFX that were fully completed by the time the decision was made to delay the film and redesign Sonic were the ones seen in the first trailer featuring his widely-panned original look.



Consequently, redoing Sonic’s design cost far less than the $35 million initially said to have cost Paramount and “any rumor alleging the redesign made the Sonic VFX team suffer is far from true.”

The original $35 million figure, though, was taken from a Twitter user named @RiseFallNick who tweeted the figure on November 17th.

It is unknown how this user came up with this figure (which they later said was an “estimate”) or why it was cited by news outlets.

The $5 million redesign of Sonic the Hedgehog‘s titular character comes after largely negative reactions to his appearance.

After the outcry, director Jeff Fowler tweeted the following:


After several leaks, the movie’s November 12th, 2019 trailer debuted with a totally-new look for the character, designed in part by Sonic Mania animator Tyson Hesse.



Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on February 14th, 2020.

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.