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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated series that was first broadcast in September 1993, and has been running in cartoon syndication ever since. It follows the escapades of Sonic the Hedgehog, and his best friend Miles "Tails" Prower, as they attempt to stop the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik and his array of vicious robots from taking over the planet Mobius. However, in typical Sonic style, Sonic always finds time to indulge in as many Chili Dogs he can get his hands on. This series is very much a slapstick type comedy, especially with the incredibly melodramatic explosions and quirky story lines. But Sonic is always portrayed as being skilled and clever, whereas Scratch and Grounder are clumsy and often Robotnik's downfall.

Production

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was created by DIC Entertainment, which produced a total of 65 episodes for its first season, and was syndicated by Bohbot Entertainment, now BKN International (in the original run, every episode began and ended with the "Bohbot Entertainment Presents" logo).

The plots often loosely followed the storyline of the video games series, although when the cartoon began, the Sonic games were still quite new, and lacking much plot or character development, which was filled in by the show's writers.

Later DiC ceased production on this comical version to spend more time on its darker interpretation, dubbed just Sonic the Hedgehog (commonly known as SatAM by fans), a series launched on ABC's Saturday morning line-up.

Post-Production

After the original airing, DiC created one more episode in the winter of 1996, "Sonic Christmas Blast", which has features from the other Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon such as Princess Sally Acorn in a non-speaking cameo. It also has Sonic and Tails visiting Robotropolis, which has a human population and a name pronounced with two "T"s. The letters page of issue #41 of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book promotes the special as "An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas."

Premise

Pierre De Celles, an animator who worked on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, described the show as "fun and humorous."

The central protagonists are Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower, while the main antagonists include Robotnik and his two hench-bots Scratch and Grounder (with a third robot, Coconuts, appearing on occasion).

There are many occasional minor characters and robots too, including Robotnik's dominating mother and salesman Wes Weasely who sells defective goods to whoever has the money, is a fast-talking smoothie who addresses everyone as "pal-sy" and is similar to Phil Silvers, who also specialised in the parts of lovable con-men. The city has more non-human creatures, like anthropomorphic animals and robots than other projects. The planet, Mobius is more of a zany, colorful cartoon world in this version.

Each episode featured the famous "Sonic Sez" segments where Sonic gave viewers advice on different topics, ranging from staying in school, not running away from home and not using guns to smoking, alcohol abuse and false advertising. Probably the most famous of this segments is the one featured in "Lovesick Sonic", which dealt with sexual harassment. Sonic Sez segments are frequently posted and edited on YouTube.

In the United Kingdom, the series was screened on Channel 4 on Sunday mornings which had the "Sonic Says" segments edited out. They were also edited out on the UK VHS releases of the series. However, the segments were intact on the TCC and POP! airings.

Sonic the Hedgehog series

De Celles said in an interview that the staff of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog did not possess an awareness of nor a sense of competition against the Saturday series, which he describes as "serious and heavy." De Celles said that the approaches to the cartoons differed and he described the staff as too busy to pay attention to the other series.

Trivia

  • Tails' voice was provided by Christopher Evan Welch, who was 11 years old when the program began. When "Sonic Christmas Blast" was released, he was 14 years old and was replaced because his voice changed .
  • Two classical music pieces, In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg, and Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov are used in the theme songs and throughout the series. The series and the theme song also regularly features the title screen theme from the first two Sonic games. This show is thus far the only Sonic the Hedgehog show to use a song from the games in its theme.
  • "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" was originally offered to ABC for Saturday morning broadcasting. But because ABC executives found the series to be lacking in plot and animation, ABC told DiC to scrap it and work on another Sonic cartoon. Its replacement was the second series, Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • In the episode "Untouchable Sonic", Scratch and Grounder were seen watching Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog on TV. The footage they were watching was from the original pilot episode featuring animation by Milton Knight and some by Ed Love.
  • In Germany this show is named "Sonic der irre Igel" (Sonic the Incredible Hedgehog) - "Irre" is used in the title in the informal sense meaning "Incredible", the common mistake is to think it means "Insane" as would be returned by online translators.

Voice Cast

DVD releases

On June 11, 2007, the entire series was released as a box set in the United Kingdom with the DVDs being region-free.

On July 17, 2007, Shout! Factory released the first 22 episodes in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog-Volume One in North America, including special features such as an interview with animator Milton Knight.

Volume 2 will be released on December 9, 2008 by Shout!, with another 22 episodes of the series.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Fastest Thing in Time was released on July 22, 2008, consisting of all four episodes of the Quest for the Chaos Emeralds saga: Time for Trouble, Hedgehog of the Hound Table, Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme and Prehistoric Sonic.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Robotnik Strikes Back will be released on September 16, 2008. The disk includes the episodes High Stakes Sonic, Sonic's Song, So Long, Sucker, and Pseudo Sonic.

DVD Name Cover Art Ep # Release dates Additional Features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One 22 July 17 2007 N/A N/A This four disc boxset includes the first 22 episodes from the series. Bonus features include: How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog, and Storyboard to Screen.

VHS releases

VHS Name Cover Art Ep # Release dates Additional Features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Sonic's Song 2 June 7th 1994 N/A N/A This video contained the episodes "Sonic's Song" and "Best Hedgehog and Sonic Sez Awareness and Music and Illiteracy"
Robotnik Express 2 February 2nd 1994 N/A N/A This video contained the episodes "Tails' New Home" and "Robotnik Express and Sonic Sez Running Away and Strangers. ."
Grounder the Genius 2 February 2nd 1994 N/A N/A This video contained the episodes "Grounder the Genius" and "Blank-Headed Eagle and Sonic Sez Brain work and Seatbelts. Sez."
Super Special Sonic Search & Smash Squad 2 February 2nd 1994 N/A N/A This video contained the episodes "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad" and "Sonic Breakout and Sonic Sez Emergency Calls and Graffiti."
Slowwww Going 2 February 2nd 1994 N/A N/A This video contained the episodes "Slowwww Going" and "Over the Hill Hero and Sonic Sez Slow people and Elders. "

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