Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)

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Sonic the Hedgehog
SatAMtitle.jpg
Opening title card for Sonic the Hedgehog
GenreAction/Adventure
Comedy-drama
Science fantasy
Directed byJohn Grusd (Pilot only)
Dick Sebast (Season 1)
Ron Myrick (Season 2)
Voices ofJaleel White
Charlie Adler
Christine Cavanaugh
Jim Cummings
Bradley Pierce
Rob Paulsen
Mark Ballou
Kath Soucie
Frank Welker
Theme music composerNoisy Neighbors
Opening theme"The Fastest Thing Alive"
Composer(s)Michael Tavera (Season 1)
Matt Muhoberac (Season 2)
John Zuker (Season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Robby London
Producer(s)John Grusd (Pilot only)
Dick Sebast (Season 1)
Ron Myrick (Season 2)
Len Janson (supervising producer)
Editor(s)Mark A. McNally
Sue Odjakjian
CK Horness
Running time20–22 minutes
Production company(s)DiC Animation City
Sega of America, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 18, 1993 (1993-09-18) – December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
Chronology
Related showsAdventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Underground
External links
Production website
 
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Sonic the Hedgehog
SatAMtitle.jpg
Opening title card for Sonic the Hedgehog
GenreAction/Adventure
Comedy-drama
Science fantasy
Directed byJohn Grusd (Pilot only)
Dick Sebast (Season 1)
Ron Myrick (Season 2)
Voices ofJaleel White
Charlie Adler
Christine Cavanaugh
Jim Cummings
Bradley Pierce
Rob Paulsen
Mark Ballou
Kath Soucie
Frank Welker
Theme music composerNoisy Neighbors
Opening theme"The Fastest Thing Alive"
Composer(s)Michael Tavera (Season 1)
Matt Muhoberac (Season 2)
John Zuker (Season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Robby London
Producer(s)John Grusd (Pilot only)
Dick Sebast (Season 1)
Ron Myrick (Season 2)
Len Janson (supervising producer)
Editor(s)Mark A. McNally
Sue Odjakjian
CK Horness
Running time20–22 minutes
Production company(s)DiC Animation City
Sega of America, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 18, 1993 (1993-09-18) – December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
Chronology
Related showsAdventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Underground
External links
Production website

Sonic the Hedgehog (also known as Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic SatAM) is an American animated television series. It was story edited by Len Janson and produced by DiC Animation City. Made with the partnership of Sega of America, Inc., the show is based on the video game series. It aired two seasons on ABC from September 18, 1993, until December 3, 1994.[1] It reran until May 1995. The series depicted Sonic as a member of a resistance movement known as the Freedom Fighters. They battled to free the planet from the evil Doctor Robotnik.

Background[edit]

Initial run[edit]

The show's first season is set in a dystopian fantasy world. While family friendly, it explored unusual story concepts for animation. These include losing loved ones to war.[2] At ABC's request, the second season included episodes devoted to humor, while darker episodes were reduced.[3] Princess Sally wore a jacket beginning in the second season. In the first season she wore only a pair of boots. Also beginning in the second season, Bunnie's upper arm is no longer robotic. Further changes include a new color palette for Rotor, and a flashier look power ring creation.

The series sharply contrasts with Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, another cartoon series starring Sonic. It had premiered in the same month. While Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is lighthearted and comical, Sonic the Hedgehog featured a more complex plot and dramatic atmosphere. This series is the primary inspiration for the Archie comic book series. It continues to use elements and characters from the cartoon.

Syndication[edit]

After the series' initial run, it was aired on the USA Network's Action Extreme Team in reruns from June 1997 to January 1998.

The series aired in Canada on the CTV Network, with a bonus summer run between June 10 and September 2, 1995, that ABC did not replicate (they instead replaced it with reruns of Power Rangers until September 2, 1995). Sonic the Hedgehog has not been rerun in Canada since its cancellation on CTV.

It initially had a complete run on the UK television channel,Channel MCD from 1994 to 1996. Season one was broadcast in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ Two in December 1994.[4]

Plot summary[edit]

The show takes place on a planet called Mobius. A warlord and former scientist named Dr. Robotnik (voiced by Jim Cummings), and his assistant/nephew Snively (voiced by Charlie Adler), invaded and conquered Mobotropolis, the capital city of Mobius, with an army of robot soldiers called SWATbots.

The show's backstory explains that Robotnik had once been leader of the Mobotropolis War Ministry, and that his creation and use of SWATbots led the country's victory in "The Great War". In the war's aftermath, he was to be appointed Minister of Science by the King of Mobius, who had decided to close the War Ministry and dismantle the SWATbots following the War. However, Robotnik overthrew the kingdom and declared himself to be the new King. King Acorn was never seen or heard from again.

Robotnik captures most of the citizens, including an intelligent old hedgehog named Sir Charles Hedgehog (Sonic's uncle) and his crowning invention, the Roboticizer. This invention, created with the intention to prolong life, changes living creatures into robots, but had the unintended effect of robbing the individual of their free will. Robotnik uses this technology to enslave the population.

Some citizens managed to escape the coup, and fled to Knothole Village in the Great Forest to hide from Robotnik's army. Under Princess Sally, they formed a group called the Freedom Fighters to restore Mobius and end Robotnik's rule.

Characters[edit]

Freedom Fighters[edit]

Villains[edit]

Episodes[edit]

In other media[edit]

Comics[edit]

The Sonic the Hedgehog comic done by Archie Comics was based on the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon.[7] Themes and storylines in early issues of the comic paralleled the cartoon, while characters and locales are still currently used.[7] A fan made comic has been compiled by Fans United for SatAM that depicts the story that may have unfolded if the third season was ever produced.[8]

Video games[edit]

Numerous different video games were intended to use the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series license, although only one was ever completed and released. This was Sonic Spinball, released in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, which contained references to the show, such as the inclusion of Princess Sally, Bunnie Rabbot, Rotor and Muttski. The franchise was also planned to be used in a game that had tentatively been titled Sonic-16.[9] A prototyped was being worked on by the U.S.-based Sega Technical Institute, however, Yuji Naka disliked the project and it was cancelled before it could be developed any further.[9] The team worked on another prototype, Sonic Mars, directly afterwards, which also would have used characters from the show, including Princess Sally and Bunnie Rabbot as playable characters, but was also cancelled.[10] The team would then go on to work on the infamous Sonic Xtreme project, which was also cancelled, but by that point, the game had dropped any connections to the television series.[10]

Fan Continuation[edit]

Sea3on Animated is an animated version of the Sea3on comic currently under production by Fans United For Satam and since the sea3on comic is a continuation of the series, the series is also a continuation. It was founded on January 18, 2012 and they are currently working on the promotional trailer and getting new voice actors.[11]

Reception[edit]

The program initially ranked #9 in its time slot with a rating of 5.2, an estimated 4.8 million viewers.[12] Mark Bozon of IGN criticized the show for not aging well, and being "so bad, it's good", comparing it to The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Legend of Zelda.[13] Todd Douglass Jr. of DVD Talk also found the show to be dated, though he found it enjoyable. "I got a kick out of 'Ultra Sonic,' where Sonic finds his now robotic Uncle Chuck," he wrote. " 'Blast to the Past Parts 1 & 2' and 'Doomsday Project' stood out alongside 'Ultra Sonic' as the crème of the crop."[14] GamesRadar called the show as one of "the worst things to happen to Sonic." It criticized its plot and original characters as "unwanted".[15] Bob Mackey of USgamer also found the show was poor.[16] Meanwhile, Doug Walker of That Guy With The Glasses called the series "a great show," and better than he remembered. He praised it for "literally taking nothing and turning it into something," with a strong story and good character development, as well as a tasteful environmental message.[17]

Release history[edit]

DVD releases
DVD NameEp #Release datesAdditional Features
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Complete Series[18][19]26March 27, 2007September 10, 2007N/AThis four disc boxset includes the entire 26 episodes from the series. Bonus features include: storyboards, concept art, storyboard-to-screen comparisons, deleted/extended scenes, a printable prototype script of the series pilot (Heads or Tails), and interviews with Jaleel White and head writer Ben Hurst. The individual cases and the DVDs themselves also feature fan art submitted to Shout! Factory during the box set's development phase. Cover art by Ken Penders and released by Shout! Factory and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The Region 2 version was distributred by Delta Music Group PLC in the UK.

This set was discontinued in 2012 along with Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog after Shout!'s deal with Cookie Jar Entertainment expired.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sonic Retro - Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)
  2. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog series episode "Super Sonic"
  3. ^ http://www.sonicsatam.com/information/the-satam-faq/
  4. ^ RTÉ Guide: 10–16. December 1994. 
  5. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog series episode "Sonic Boom"
  6. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog series episode "Sonic Conversion"
  7. ^ a b "Expanded Universes: Sonic the Hedgehog comics and cartoon". Destructoid.com. ModernMethod. March 4, 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  8. ^ http://sonicsatam.com/sea3on/
  9. ^ a b Cifaldi, Frank (February 22, 2010). "Spun Out: The Sonic Games You Never Played". UGO.com. UGO Entertainment. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Fahs, Travis (May 29, 2008). "Sonic X-Treme Revisited". Retro.IGN.com. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  11. ^ https://www.facebook.com/Sea3onAnimated
  12. ^ Source. 
  13. ^ Bozon, Mark (February 28, 2007). "Sonic the Hedgehog - The Complete Series". Ie.DVD.IGN.com. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Douglass Jr., Todd (March 2, 2007). "Sonic The Hedgehog - The Complete Series". DVDTalk.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "The absolute worst Sonic moments". Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.usgamer.net/articles/on-saturday-mornings-sonic-the-hedgehog-turned-platforming-into-patho
  17. ^ Walker, Doug (Feb 18, 2009). "Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog". http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sonic The Hedgehog - The Complete Series". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series [4 Discs]". Reviews.BestBuy.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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