Not long after Jeff Fowler revealed Sonic would receive a movie makeover, Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman was asked by The Verge what he thought about the idea of a redesign. He admitted the Sonic director was probably in a tough position and it likely wouldn’t be easy to adjust the character months out from the film’s release.
Letterman fell back on his own creation, saying how it would have been “impossible” for his team to redesign anything in Detective Pikachu:
“We spent a year designing all the characters ahead of shooting so that we could get it all right. If we were off by an inch on Pikachu, [actor] Justice Smith’s performance would go right out the window. For us, it would have been impossible— but that doesn’t mean they can’t do it.I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes — they’re in a difficult spot.”
The Detective Pikachu director went on to explain how the design choices in the live-action Pokémon film were a result of two years studying animal behavior and closely collaborating with the Pokémon Company in Japan.
“We studied a lot of animals and how they behave and how they interact to ensure we got it right…Bulldogs, in particular, for Bulbasaur and how they act in packs or how they get you to pay attention.”
Based on Letterman’s comments, do you think Fowler can achieve the impossible before the Sonic movie’s November release? Tell us down in the comments.