Crucial Criticism - How Sonic sets the Standard
Months ago, the trailer for the Sonic Movie was released. Originally, it was to be released in late 2019. However, given the amount of feedback from the Sonic fandom, the studios involved elected to actually listen to the criticism and decided to delay their movie project to improve upon Sonic's design. The creative team initially thought a more "realistic" recreation of the beloved video game character was the route to go. Forgoing the intrinsically cartoony design of this blue hedgehog certainly created a jarring and unpleasant image for the internet. After the backlash, the studio restored their audience's faith in their competency by updating Sonic with a fresh, much more welcomed look.
Now due to be released on Feb. 14th, 2020, the internet is celebrating the change and people now have a renewed interest in the film.
Does this mean the film will be a blockbuster success with a revolutionary story? Perhaps not. However, what's more important is how feedback has been applied to vastly improve a film's overall quality. Constructive Criticism is a key value ChainLink Productions holds. As writers and artists, we rely on this sort of criticism to push us to improve, and gives us insight on how we can learn from our mistakes. Unfortunately, the last 5 years have shown that many in the film, comics, or art industry are unable to accept criticism. You can pull up numerous articles about how creators of notoriety insult and demean their viewers for their criticism. From Ghost Busters 2016, to Star Wars, creative talent has decayed in fan favorite franchises. As artists, it is our duty to create amazing works. If we are to put our vision out there to the world for others to see, why not put our all into it? Regardless if you're intending to make a hilarious "B-Movie" or a masterpiece, we need to use our mistakes and lessons we learned to improve our works. How can we learn if we scream back at those who find fault at our works? Art is a journey, and we certainly can't be perfect all the time. Sometimes we repeat our old mistakes. Sometimes we get frustrated. Heck, many of our critics may provide bad feedback. But it is still our duty to weather it all, and use the genuine, heart-felt, constructive feedback and apply it into our work. Don't let your work get stuck as an abomination of a blue hedgehog. Turn it into a Sonic instead.