I am not surprised Paramount pushed for the first design, knowing that it was going to be hated by Sonic fans (you know, the demographic that'll see a Sonic movie to begin with), but thinking that'll appeal to the general audience anyway, thinking that this first horrendous twisted abomination of a classic, recognizable character will be somehow more appealing than his traditional design that has stood the lengths of time that Sega had perfected.The animator notes that it was Paramount that pushed for the first design, which it was confident in. While it knew it would be controversial, it thought it would be generally accepted, and that it was a good fit for the live-action elements of the movie. Again, Paramount knew there would be backlash, but it didn't anticipate the backlash being big enough to warrant making any changes.
The thing is, Sonic fans are going to see it no matter how good or bad any part of it is. It doesn't really matter a whole lot what they think. It's the people who aren't already fans that need to be sold. But yeah they really shit the bed either way.Sonic fans (you know, the demographic that'll see a Sonic movie to begin with)