Back to the Drawing Board: “Sonic the Hedgehog” CGI Team to Give Detective Pikachu Human Balls

Brian Firenzi
2 min readMay 3, 2019

The internet complained vociferously upon release of the new Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, with thousands of tweets slamming the visual effects — and incredibly, Hollywood has listened to their cries. For the first time perhaps ever, the creative team behind the Sega mascot’s first live-action movie will go back to their computers, get their render farms fired up once more, and actually add human testicles to Detective Pikachu.

Jeff Fowler, the director of Sonic, weighed in on Twitter with the historic decision.

After suffering a deluge of angry comments and scathing memes, are the VFX artists truly ready to fix what was so very, very wrong? And is the internet even happy about it? Some were pleased, but others were skeptical:

And the official Twitter account for Detective Pikachu (a Warner Bros. production) was all too eager to pile on the Sonic filmmakers.

Jeff Fowler and his Sonic VFX artists are caught between a rock and a hard place, it seems. Placate the fans at the risk of overworking themselves? Heed the warnings of a rival studio and turn in a subpar product? There doesn’t seem to be an easy solution.

What do you think? Should they staple a pair of cojones to the Estranged Thunder Relative? Sound off in the comments below!