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May 24, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Sonic movie director cowers to internet outcry and delays release three months

Sonic the Hedgehog movie delayed by internet complaints
Altering this movie due to internet complaints sends a dangerous message effecting all creators!
The trailer came out for the "live action" Sonic the Hedgehog film and some folks weren't happy about Sonic's look. This is the same thing that happens when EVERY trailer is released. Look at Terminator - people love this franchise and still complain about the recently released trailer. The internet is full of whiny people with too much free time.

Why complain? Vote with your wallet! If you don't like a movie trailer - don't go see the movie. That's what most sane people do rather than dwelling on things and trying to get Hollywood to re-shoot any film they don't like.

The audience are patrons. They experience, not dictate, the final result.
Personally, I liked the way Sonic looked. I though the design was a good mix of elements for a cartoon image being brought into a live action film. At the same time - even though I'm definitely going to see the film - I don't expect it to be anything above mediocre, like most video game movies.

That being said will delaying the film three months change anything? OK, Sonic may look different, but will the story be better? Will it now be a masterpiece rather than another average gaming-influenced flick? I doubt it.

Danger To The Creative Community

Artists should be revered. Praised. And commended. What they do is very personal. A part of them goes into every project. This applies to film making, painting, dance, music, game development - every creative endeavor! They should be able to work unencumbered in a space that allows their creativity to grow and flourish.

When an artist - or any creator - allows the audience to dictate his works, he is no longer an artist. He becomes a pawn in a game that nobody wins. An artist who believes in his work finds an audience who understands what he has put into the project. The audience doesn't dictate the work, they experience what the artist delivers. When this director gives in to internet complaints, it sends a message to every artist. Your creativity does not belong to you. It belongs to the audience to dictate as they see fit.

If you don't like something, avoid it. Simple. Done. Where did people get the notion that artists should bow to consumer demands? I think it began decades ago when they began giving out participation-trophies. Those kids are adults now (chronologically speaking) and expect to get what they want. Always. They don't know any better. They haven't been taught otherwise. The world has always revolved around them and they expect the creators and artists of the world to cater to their ideas.

We live in a world where artists receive vile death threats from fans who don't like their latest work. The internet has gone from being an infinite source of information to being a megaphone for every jerk with a gripe.

PKevin Smith quote - Filmmaker, Kevin Smith Naturally, creative criticism and personal taste play roles. But I can't think of a time when it was acceptable to tell a director to change their movie and seriously expect that to really happen. Never did I think I'd see an artist who would so quickly sell-out to their audience and set such an awful precedent.

This is just the beginning. The general public is being taught that art will be changed based on internet complaints. If that doesn't scare you, wake up!

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