Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the movie confirmed before Mania got released? It doesn't help that the fanbase is so insanely divided that SEGA is trying to appeal to as many fans as possible, which is doing more harm than good. I do wonder how much creative control SEGA had here, since they hated the direction Big Red Button was originally gonna take with Sonic's design in Boom. But then again, BRB was just a tiny new studio where Paramount Pictures is, well, not obviously. Plus we've seen the reactions from those who have or still worked for or alongside SEGA, and it's not good. Things are gonna get more rough for the fans, again. SEGA is probably gonna distance themselves from western studios and what-not after getting burned twice like this (IDW being the exception). Whatever SEGA's announcing at SXSW, it better be big and exciting. As for my thoughts on the design: The head is OK, everything else, not-so-much. Still bad, but I did expect much, much worse. Honestly almost feels like ripping a band-aid off here. Though I am curious to see him in motion.