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Well this is what I'm seeing Sonic's silhouette to be
 
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The area where his brow is doesn't look like a brow, it looks like a strap. Amy looks like she may be wearing some kind of suit too. If Sonic has been turned into some kind of pilot/racer, it might explain why his quills look a bit messy because sensically they'd always be getting buffeted by wind....but then he's always been a runner...

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I don't think we have to worry about it being a high school AU. I mean:

 

The series centers on Sonic, his best friend and sidekick, Tails, their never-ending search for adventure, and their battles with Sonic’s arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman.

 

Doesn't sound like they'd even have time for high school, anyway. :V I wonder if Sonic and Tails are gonna be in a similar situation as in AOSTH, not really living anywhere specific? 

 

I REALLY don't know what to make of this cartoon based on what we know, but I'm certainly interested at the moment. I just hope the designs appeal to me when they're fully revealed and that the writing is decent.

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You know, I'm all for adding a "fresh" look for characters every once a while as long as that look fits overall with the theme of the product. For example, I'll use some recent (and not so recent examples) of cartoons that have done this in the past. I'll start with some of the ones people have been mentioning in this thread:

 

First one, Teen Titans Go: When Teen Titans Go was announced as a series, people threw a fit over it, because A. Certain shows were canceled and B. People didn't like the more "wacky" design for the characters.

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But even though Teen Titans Go has a different art style, it still respects the designs of its parent series by still having Cyborg being the big one, Beast Boy being the short one, their uniforms etc etc. The new designs fit perfectly with what the theme of the show is, comedy.

 

Another series people have been mentioning is the new CG TMNT show:

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I really don't know why people are using this as an example where there might be dramatic changes because well, they are still the same Turtles just in a different art style. It's not like Raphael is super buff and Donatello wears glasses while Shredder is a 2013 evil politician causing government shutdowns. Whoever that did the redesigns also respected the parent source and while they did change things, it wasn't as drastic as say, making Knuckles a foot taller than the rest of the characters.

 

And last, my favorite example: The new Mickey Mouse shorts:

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My God, the old Disney cast has never gotten such a fresh look while still attaining their classic charm. I think this is the perfect way to redesign characters. It's not by adding a shit load of new stuff and changing characters sizes etc etc. It all depends on the artist style and charm. Heck, let's look at Sonic's redesign back in the late 90s:

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Even though the "modern" looks did change stuff here and there, they didn't clash with what was before them. And looking at Uekawa's "classic/modern" Sonic, he still has that charm and attitude from Ohshima's Sonic while having that "edginess" from the adventure style. But it works because of Uekawa's art style.

 

Even though they are silhouettes, I can already kind of tell that whoever was in charge had the classic idea of "hey let's add clothes and emphasize their archetypes!"

 

Which is not a bad thing, but like someone on this thread said, it's been done to death. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

 

For example, let's take Knuckles. Instead of making him more taller and buffer, why not make him more "wild" looking? Make his dreadlocks be less straight or add a little bit of fangs and "lone wolf" eyes like the original creator had in mind.

 

Though again, we don't know what the cartoon is going to be like. For all we know, by the end of next year we might be complaining on why the games are not more like the cartoon (stranger things have happened.)

 

 

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Isn't it a bit early to announce this? I guess maybe they need time to get merch on board etc. But this is a year away is it not? Fall 2014?

It does seem odd that considering Sega has been reeling in Archie on their changes and have been talking about making the Sonic brand more consistent across all its media that they would allow this. Just from the shadows alone you can tell its a departure from the games in design.

What if..what if the third game in the Nintendo deal is a 3DS game based on this version of Sonic? If Izuka's redesign wasn't just referring to Sonic Lost Worlds new gameplay design...what if they do plan to redesign the characters after the currently announced games providing the show is popular?

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Isn't it a bit early to announce this? I guess maybe they need time to get merch on board etc. But this is a year away is it not? Fall 2014? What if..what if the third game in the Nintendo deal is a 3DS game based on this version of Sonic?

No, no, just no. I will not support a 3DS game based on this. NO

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So after all the rumours and speculation, we actually are getting a new Sonic cartoon? But I don't get Cartoon Network or whatever channel this is going to be on in the UK...

 

*scrolls down and sees teaser pic*

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lz1J9b_pxg

 

Think I've dodged a bullet there!

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I wasn't able to get into Adventure Time for the longest- mainly because I was approaching it like a straight-laced comedy instead of the trippy romp through a solidly-developed, euphemism-laden universe that it really is- but even then, I figured it was still a good show in its own right, as are the other two I named.

 

I agree that CN's also becoming more diverse, calling back to the CartoonCartoon days where I could watch old Looney Tunes alongside the "new" stuff at the time, and now even the own CartoonCartoons have a block back  anyway. The actual look of the channel is much more inviting and unique too. I can't be the only one impressed with the artistry of their new bumbers, for example. In general, I just feel it's come a long way from the depths of its dark ages that is worth commending, and that it gets a lot of flack for not being exactly like the CN of the 90s. Nick is another story, although I do enjoy the new TMNT when I can catch it. They also have Korra as well. But everything else seems to be driven into the ground at this point, and on top of it is surrounded by tween shlock.

 

Ultimately though, I feel like CN's the best current place for a new Sonic show, even though the block itself will have little bearing on how it ultimately turns out.

Well, yeah, if it's going to be on any station, I'm glad it's on Cartoon Network.  That gives it the most wide coverage and is one of the only channels I even know how to find anymore.  I just don't want it to take influence from its other shows.  Otherwise, it seems like it would become a CGI remake of AoSTH or something.  I know it's supposed to be a "comedy" but I'm hoping it means comedy in the same way Ben 10 is mostly comedic while still being a plot-driven show, as opposed to AoSTH which (whilst not bad) is mostly about gags.

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http://youtu.be/HH-s3yiE6Fo

 

I still really, really hate all that I'm seeing. Maybe I'll feel differently after some time has passed and we see a proper reveal, but as everything stands right now I'm pretty dismayed that this is the direction the franchise is heading in.

 

You say that like the redesign will apply to Sonic in the games and comics as well. I'm pretty sure that awkwardly terrible design will only be for this show, not for the games as well.

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Heh, I guess the live action Sonic film by Blue Core Studios was more accurate than we thought!

OMG, Knuckles totally looks like Kronk from The Emporer's New Groove!
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All I can say is he better act like him!

Welp, time to get the poison.

The poison for Sonic Boom.

The poison chosen specifically to kill Sonic Boom.

Sonic Boom's poison.

..That poison.

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For example, let's take Knuckles. Instead of making him more taller and buffer, why not make him more "wild" looking? Make his dreadlocks be less straight or add a little bit of fangs and "lone wolf" eyes like the original creator had in mind.

 

Heh, I've done a version of that before: http://hylian-rinku.deviantart.com/art/A-Different-Knux-346734316

 

But aye, despite me saying I'm disliking all this negativity, I still think he could had been designed to keep his characteristics and actually make him look capable of gliding still. Right now, he's not really looking like he could in the slightest.

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(In this post I'm talking about art styles and feel, any games mentioned here have nothing to do with their respective quality.)

 

So SEGA, now that you've been trying to give Sonic his original identity back, you go and try mimicking everyone else again. Remember Shadow the Hedgehog? Yeah, stuff like Halo and Call of Doody were popular at the time, so why don't we make a game with aliens, guns, grit and stick Sonic characters in it? Or how about Sonic 06? Everybody loves those damn J-RPGs, so surely mixing Sonic in it would be a sure fire success!

 

Oh wait, no it didn't! That's what happens when you attempt to completely throw away what made your series so beloved is because it had it's own identity, it was original, and most of all, awesome for having it's own feel. And then you go and copy whatever trend is happening and paste it on to your franchise.

 

101st post, wonderful...

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Ah, finally managed to catch up with the rest of you.

Seriously, though, I literally have no strong feelings on this at the moment, one way or the other. In fact, I'm gonna wait until we get more information on it. The way I see it, there is no use in bugging out over essentially nothing.

^This. seriously now Archie has a case next time SEGA starts bitching and mandating about character designs.

Not really. Hypocritical as it may be, Sega ultimately owns the IP; ergo, they can do whatever they so choose with it.

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You say that like the redesign will apply to Sonic in the games and comics as well. I'm pretty sure that awkwardly terrible design will only be for this show, not for the games as well.

 

There's been lots of talks about Sonic trying to keep an image of brand consistency. There was also rumors that Sega was going in a new direction for Sonic in 2014. 

 

With both of those statements in mind, its not a stretch to be really worried about the future of the franchise as a whole. And even if everything else doesn't change, it still doesn't explain why Sega would just let this happen on the side whenever they're making Archie!Sonic stick to the games more.

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The sad thing is, if Knuckles was just that bit more on par with Sonic in terms of height in those silhouettes, we'd probably all be quite excited for this.

On the contrary, I'd still be complaining about the non-character art.  That scenery looks absolutely atrocious, if you ask me.  It's like Sonic Generations... only bad. (Or worse, if you didn't like Generations' art style)

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(In this post I'm talking about art styles and feel, any games mentioned here have nothing to do with their respective quality.)

 

So SEGA, now that you've been trying to give Sonic his original identity back, you go and try mimicking everyone else again. Remember Shadow the Hedgehog? Yeah, stuff like Halo and Call of Doody were popular at the time, so why don't we make a game with aliens, guns, grit and stick Sonic characters in it? Or how about Sonic 06? Everybody loves those damn J-RPGs, so surely mixing Sonic in it would be a sure fire success!

 

Oh wait, no it didn't! That's what happens when you attempt to completely throw away what made your series so beloved is because it had it's own identity, it was original, and most of all, awesome for having it's own feel. And then you go and copy whatever trend is happening and paste it on to your franchise.

 

101st post, wonderful...

 

What new trend are you rambling on about?

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On the contrary, I'd still be complaining about the non-character art.  That scenery looks absolutely atrocious, if you ask me.  It's like Sonic Generations... only bad. (Or worse, if you didn't like Generations' art style)

 

Perhaps I was exaggerating a little, but Knuckles (dare I even call him Knuckles) is easily the most jarring thing about that image.

 

The rest, as flawed as it may be, I can live with. Knuckles, just... no.

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My indifference will transform into an opinion when there's some actual character designs to consider rather than just silhuettes. For all I know, that's just a concept shot that will not reflect the final design.

 

I do like the loop in the background.

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What new trend are you rambling on about?

The Ghostly Adventures/TTGo/Skylanders one. Taking something and making it utterly cring-worthy for the sake of being "HIP AND CEWL".

 

Although if this cartoon has little influence on the games, I could just put it in the same garbage bin as satAM and Undergound.

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