Sonic the Hedgehog Was Almost Sonic the Rabbit

Read an excerpt from Cook & Becker’s new art book documenting the development of the iconic mascot.

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Yup! That’s why Sonic briefly “accidentally” has rabbit ears in the most recent Sonic Mania trailer. It’s an explicit reference to this.

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I know some Sonic fans who’ll be really into a bunch of the new stuff here!

And yeah, the rabbit thing was referenced in the Sonic Mania trailer:

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I love that little opening. I also love that it doubles as a reference to concept art of Sonic 3. The same sketch also made it into a minigame called Sonic the Sketchog.

Didn’t get mentioned in the article, but I believe its also common knowledge that a lot of those bunny concepts ended up being worked into Ristar.