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Baby Sonic is the new Baby Yoda

A Japanese trailer hints at an origin story

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

The first Movie Sonic had teeth. The second Movie Sonic looked, well, like Sonic. But the third Movie Sonic ... brace yourself. This was an artistic direction none of us were prepared for.

In an exclusive Japanese trailer for the upcoming February release of Sonic the Hedgehog, a new version of the classic character comes to life on the grassy paths of Emerald Hill Zone. “Baby Sonic,” as Paramount Pictures’ Japanese Twitter account puts it, has never before been rendered in a game. But the live-action blockbuster will delve into the character’s origin story, complete with this adorable mug. (Don’t tell Baby Yoda.)

baby sonic movie poster Image: Paramount Pictures

Sonic the Hedgehog was originally scheduled to hit theaters in November, but after reactions to the teeth-filled redesign in the first trailer for the film, Paramount shifted the date to February 2020. The critique prompted director Jeff Fowler to go back to the drawing board, resulting in a finished design that aligns more with the character’s look from the original 1991 game.

But Baby Sonic is a whole other level of mind-melting CG wonder. Look at this kid. Look at those eyes. And he runs!

According to the Japanese trailer, there will be Baby Sonic keychains. Your move, slow trickle of Baby Yoda merch.

Sonic the Hedgehog runs into theaters on Feb. 14, 2020.

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