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Baby Sonic is here to steal Baby Yoda's thunder

(Image credit: Paramount)

Could Baby Sonic be the curve ball that saves the whole Sonic movie debacle? A new trailer and poster from Paramount Pictures Japan reveals that the upcoming movie will include Sonic's origin story... which of course means we get to see our hero when he was just a hoglet.

The news follows a trend for young versions of iconic characters. At the end of last year, Baby Yoda (opens in new tab) became the nipper that spawned a thousand memes. There was also Baby Thanos (opens in new tab), but the less said about him the better. Revealing your hero as a child seems to be an easy way to win over your audience with an instant shot of cuteness (you can also explore our character design (opens in new tab) tips).

Check out the trailer above – the first glimpse of Baby Sonic appears around the 20s mark. In it, we see a young Sonic speeding happily through the hills, and in another scene, offering up a flower. The ridiculously cute critter also appears on a poster for the movie – although some of his adorableness is probably due to those anime eyes.

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(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

The story of the Sonic movie has been one wild ride. When a branding deck was first leaked to the public (opens in new tab), the design of Sonic sparked such a strong backlash that Paramount went back to the drawing board and redesigned the character completely (opens in new tab). MPC Vancouver, the 3D studio that worked on the movie, later shut down (opens in new tab).

Although Baby Sonic's look is in line with the reimagined character design, we'd have been very intrigued to have seen the original version, if such a thing existed. So far, the public is very much on board with the design of Baby Sonic (phew), but we'll leave you with a couple of ideas of what he could have looked like.

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Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at T3.com, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.