AFD 2020: New Sonic Movie Cut Reveals Prototype CG James Marsden, Releases Mid-May

The Sonic movie has only just been released in the US on digital platforms, but Paramount has announced that a special edition of the movie will be unleashed in mid-May featuring deleted scenes and options to see the film with the prototype CG Sonic and… a prototype CG James Marsden?

Yep, turns out Sonic wasn’t the only character that had a facelift during the movie’s production. In extremely early cuts of the film – way before the original trailer hit last year – small-town cop Tom Wachowski was also intended to be played by a CG animation before Marsden was signed up to the role.

“Originally, the idea was to have almost the entire movie performed by 3D, CG characters,” said movie director Jeff Fowler in a press release concerning the new movie release. “We tried all sorts of models that would work well with our original interpretation of Sonic – it was our belief that working with video game partners like SEGA would allow us to collaborate on a human design that would fit in this world.

“To that end, we chose Silicon Knights as a partner and used their incredible CG work in Too Human as an example. Specifically, we actually used Baldur from Too Human.”

An original screenshot of Baldur performing the role of Tom Wachowski in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, circa 2016.

The screenshot above certainly shows what could have been – and with the Sonic movie in production for many many years, it’s plausible that a digital character such as Baldur would have been optioned as Sonic’s on-screen co-star.

Sadly – or perhaps not, depending on your point of view – Baldur was canned shortly before shooting of the movie began, as Fowler reveals the production team got cold feet with working with an entirely CG cast for the project. Around the same time, Jim Carrey had agreed to play the role of Dr Robotnik (“which wasn’t a sure thing at the time,” Fowler admits) and before that announcement it was decided that it was best for Sonic’s human friends to be played by live actors.

“In a way, it was a prelude to what would come later anyway regarding the Sonic model,” Fowler added. “We had a lot of feedback about the initial trailer in 2019, and so I think we probably might have had more – or less – of that kind of feedback if the entire cast had the same visual style.”

If you want our opinion, it’s for the best. James Marsden does a cracking job playing as the final-version Tom Wachowski, and it’s hard for us to imagine anyone else – digital or otherwise – in the role. But boy, this movie has had one heck of a production journey, huh?

Currently, the Sonic movie is available now in the US on digital platforms, and is due for release in UK late April (at time of going to press). This new version, which allows you to see CG Tom Wachowski (played by Baldur) in motion, will release globally a little later, in mid-May. Pricing has not yet been confirmed.


TSS Editor’s Note: April Fool! Have a great day everyone!

Published by

Dreadknux

Founder of The Sonic Stadium and creator/co-organiser of the Summer of Sonic convention. Loves talking about Sonic the Hedgehog in his spare time. Likes Sonic Colours a little too much for his own good, apparently.

4 Comments

  1. You mean that they had the one thing they could’ve used to minimise the uncanny valley effect on Sonic’s half, and the potential co-operation of pre-existing Sonic animators Marza who made the stylised-but-realistic Captain Harlock movie and the upcoming Lupin III movie, and this is all they did with it before scrapping it?

  2. I can’t believe this is the first April Fools joke i’ve fallen for in years! I think I had it in my head that no one was bothering today. Thanks for the laugh XD

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.