Sonic the Hedgehog movie delayed to 2020

Decision follows recent criticism of character’s design

Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie from November 2019 until February 14, 2020.

The delay was confirmed on Twitter by the film’s director Jeff Fowler.

When the first trailer for the movie was released in late April, the less exaggerated, more realistic Sonic character design drew heavy criticism online.

Just days after the trailer’s release, Fowler took to Twitter to address fan concerns.

“Thank you for the support. And the criticism,” he said. “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,” Fowler added.

The adventure comedy stars Jim Carrey as antagonist Dr. Robotnik and James Marsden as Sonic’s sidekick. Ben Schwartz is the voice actor for Sonic and Tika Sumpter also stars.