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Conan’s “new and improved” Sonic redesigns more than just his teeth

Sonic the Hedgehog has appeared on US late night talk show Conan - sort of

The initial, basically horrific design for iconic speedster Sonic the Hedgehog in the upcoming movie of the same name drew its fair share of controversy. A new Sonic redesign was unveiled this week (and looks much more like Sonic is supposed to), but now a third, very different, interpretation has been explored – sort of. A so-called “new and improved” Sonic has appeared on US late night talk show Conan – and it’s probably not his teeth that will be catching viewers’ eyes this time.

An episode of the show, hosted by Conan O’Brien, has looked at the recent reworking of Sonic’s appearance in the film, which now seems to more closely resemble the videogames’ versions, and offered a whole new (very comical) interpretation: someone in a Sonic the Hedgehog costume, with one particularly prominent feature. You can check the video out for yourself below.

“I do see the human teeth are gone. Is there anything else about your new design you might want to address, Sonic?” Conan asks after the “new and improved” Sonic bounds onto the stage to the iconic platform game’s music and sound effects. The blue hedgehog responds, “You’re right, Conan, I did forget something pretty huge: my fans,” before humorously chastising complaining fans for being “timewasting trolls” and bounding off again.

The video is, uh, interesting. You can check out Sonic’s ‘new look’ below.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie heads to cinemas on February 14, 2020. It stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, with Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik, James Marsden as Sonic’s new best friend Tom, Tika Sumpter as Tom’s wife Annie, and is directed by Jeff Fowler.

You can check out a trailer showing the new Sonic the Hedgehog redesign here, if you’re keen to see what he’ll look like when he hits the big screen next spring.