Published on May 11, 2020

These Bad Character Redesigns Will Ruin Everything You Love [Art Series]

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These Bad Character Redesigns Will Ruin Everything You Love

We’ve got some bad news for you: everything you love will eventually get rebooted. Several times if you’re unlucky. This is one of life’s inevitabilities, along with death and taxes. And what’s worse? When the people behind those reboots don’t understand what made the original so great. That’s how you get a monster movie with a conspicuous lack of monsters, a western movie with steampunk spiders, and CGI Sonic with human teeth. Well, we’re here with some bad character redesigns of our own!

But before we get to the redesigns, we wanted to provide some context. As you probably know, the recent Sonic the Hedgehog movie had a bit of a “troubled” production. An early animated poster earned some criticism for Sonic’s vaguely human-like legs. PC Gamer called the poster “creepy as hell” but that was only a sign of things to come. The first trailer dropped and, well, basically everyone hated it. A lot. Sonic was like a weird stuffed animal version of your favorite video game character, complete with fake fur and human teeth. But like weird little “Chiclet teeth”. Yikes! Kotaku called it “a blight upon this weary earth” in a roundup of social media reactions. Several days later, director Jeff Fowler announced that Sonic would be redesigned, which cost distributor Paramount Pictures about $5 million. Imagine everyone’s surprise when the next trailer came out and…Sonic was fine. And the movie went on to break records for a video game adaptation.

Maybe the people who inevitably reboot these franchises will see these and know what not to do. We can only hope! Anyways, let’s look at some bad redesigns!

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Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite Bad Character Redesign

Here's Rainbow Brite as a CalArts-style cartoon. We’re sure everyone will be fine with this.


Arthur Gets Real

Arthur Bad Character Redesign

Arthur is back and getting real in his new broadcast television sitcom. It has not one but three simultaneous laugh tracks!


The Pac

Pac-Man Bad Character Redesign

Because why reboot Pac-Man unless you can make it dark and edgy, right?


‘Ello Kitty

Hello Kitty Bad Character Redesign

Say 'ello to 'Ello Kitty, a reboot from the makers of Cats! Join the globetrotting Kitty White as she runs into all of your favorite "realistic" Sanrio characters!



Tetris Bad Character Redesign

This is Tetris in a Sony Pictures Animation style. Yeah, like The Emoji Movie. Plus we're bringing back Mr. T. It's going to be great!


What did you think? Which was your favorite? Or which one made you the least upset? Let us know in the comments below! And maybe check out our gifts for fans of movies, television shows, video games, and anything FUN!

Art designed by Brady Johnson.

Wyatt Edwards
Wyatt Edwards

Wyatt Edwards is the Internet Wizard at, where he is lead editor and writes about superheroes and pop culture. He is an avid toy collector and a yearly judge for The Poppies, an industry pop culture collectible award.

What’s fun for Wyatt? Playing Dungeons & Dragons, making wild guitar noises, and buying ridiculous toys that might look good on a shelf someday. He seriously has way too many hobbies. You can find him on Twitter @whatandwyatt.

Brady Johnson
Brady Johnson

Brady is a Graphic Designer at who specializes in many things, from product design to illustration. He lives in the shadows and collects old Nintendo games, and would drink egg nog year-round if possible.