Sonic Boom (TV series)

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Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom franchise and video game logo.png
Series logo
Genre Action
Comedy
Format CGI-animated series
Created by Sonic Team
Developed by Evan Baily
Donna Friedman Mier
Sandrine Nguyen
Voices of Roger Craig Smith
Colleen Villard
Cindy Robinson
Travis Willingham
Nika Futterman
Mike Pollock
Kirk Thornton
Wally Wingert
Country of origin United States
France
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Jane McGregor
Boris Hertzog
Evan Baily
Donna Friedman Mier
Sandrine Nguyen
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) OuiDo! Entertainment
Sega of America
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network (North America)
Canal J & Gulli (France)
Nickelodeon[citation needed] (Arabia)
Original airing October 2014

Sonic Boom, known as Sonic Toon (ソニックトゥーン Sonikku Tūn?) in Japan, is an upcoming French-American CGI-animated television series in development by OuiDo! Entertainment in collaboration with Sega of America, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise created by Sega. The series is the fifth animated television series based on the franchise, the second one to be developed in France following Sonic Underground, and the first to be produced in computer-generated animation and in high definition.

The series will be broadcast by Cartoon Network in North America and on Canal J and Gulli in France in October 2014, followed by an international release. Two Sonic Boom video games, which will serve as prequels to the television series, are being developed for Wii U (Rise of Lyric) and Nintendo 3DS (Shattered Crystal). A comic series based on the new franchise has also been announced by Archie Comics.

Production[edit]

The animated series was first announced in October 2013, revealing a teaser image featuring the show's four main protagonists, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, in silhouette form. The series, which will consist of 52 eleven-minute episodes, and is being developed by Evan Baily, Donna Friedman Mier, and Sandrine Nguyen, with Baily and Bill Freiberger as showrunners, under the supervision of Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka.[1] On February 6, 2014, Sega revealed the first trailer for the series,[2] showcasing the new designs for the characters.[3][4]

The series will feature returning voice actors from the video game series, including Roger Craig Smith as Sonic, Travis Willingham as Knuckles, Cindy Robinson as Amy, and Mike Pollock returning as Doctor Eggman, while voice actress Colleen Villard will be succeeding Kate Higgins in the role of Tails.[4][5] The series will also introduce a new character named Sticks the Jungle Badger, voiced by Nika Futterman, a somewhat-delusional hunter who has been living alone in the wilderness for many years before meeting Sonic and his friends.[6] In an interview with Polygon, Iizuka stated the series came about as a desire to appeal more to Western territories, following the 2003 Japanese anime series, Sonic X, with Iizuka also stating that the franchise will run in parallel with the 'Modern' series of Sonic games.[7] Baily has stated the series will be a mixture of action and comedy, featuring an episodic structure.[8] On June 20, 2014, it was confirmed that both games will be released in Japan, under the name of Sonic Toon.[9]

Voice cast[edit]

Sonic Boom features a cast redesigned for Western audiences. From left to right: Sticks, Knuckles, Sonic, Amy Rose, and Tails. Sticks, a jungle badger portrayed by Nika Futterman, was announced by Sega on May 29, 2014. Sticks will join the cast of Sonic Boom as a main character.[10]

Sega confirmed various cast and characters for Sonic Boom on February 25, 2014.[4] On May 29, 2014, Sega announced that Nika Futterman will play the role of Sticks, a jungle badger, who will join the franchise as a major character.[10][11] Other characters, including Shadow the Hedgehog and Metal Sonic, will make appearances in the series as well, alongside new characters created for Sonic Boom such as Mayor Fink, Fastidious Beaver, and Perci.[12][13]

Jack Fletcher works as the show's voice director, a role he has also held for the video game series since 2010.

Video games[edit]

A pair of video games that serve as a prequel for the series are in production by Sega for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.[14] The Wii U version, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, is being developed by Big Red Button Entertainment, and the 3DS version, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, by Sanzaru Games. The games were announced alongside the TV series' first trailer on February 6, 2014 and will serve as prequels to the series. Rise of Lyric will see players alternate control between Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, utilizing each of their abilities, including Sonic's speed, Tails' flight, Knuckles' strength, and Amy's agility, allowing two players to play cooperatively and four players competitively. Shattered Crystal will let players control Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Sticks, and places more emphasis on platforming and puzzle-solving.[15]

Comic book[edit]

A comic based on the new franchise has been announced. It will be created by Archie Comics with Ian Flynn as the writer and Evan Stanley handling the art.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonic Boom (Working Title) – A New Animated Series Coming Fall 2014". Sega.com. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sonic Boom™ - TV Series Trailer". YouTube. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "SEGA Launches New Franchise Strategy for Sonic the Hedgehog with Sonic Boom". Sega.com. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Parker, Kellie (25 February 2014). "Go Behind the Scenes with Sonic Boom". Sega Blog. Sega. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Yes, Colleen Villard is the voice of Tails moving forward for all Sonic the Hedgehog titles. Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. ^ Busis, Hillary (29 May 2014). "Meet Sonic the Hedgehog's new pal, Sticks the Jungle Badger -- EXCLUSIVE". Polygon. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Corriea, Alexa (6 February 2014). "Why Sega handed Sonic over to Western studios and gave him a scarf". Polygon. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sonic Boom Interview with Evan Baily". NintendoWorldReport. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "SONIC TOON". Sonic Channel (in Japanese). Sega Corporation. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Parker, Kellie (29 May 2014). "Introducing Sticks to the Sonic Boom Franchise". SEGA Blog. Sega. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  11. ^ SegaAmerica (29 May 2014). "Sonic Boom Sticks Announcement". YouTube. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  12. ^ http://blogs.sega.com/2014/07/23/meet-characters-in-the-sonic-boom-universe/
  13. ^ http://blogs.sega.com/2014/08/14/new-trailer-screenshots-and-concept-art-for-sonic-boom/
  14. ^ "Sonic Boom™ - Video Game Reveal Trailer". YouTube. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Narcisse, Evan (6 February 2014). "Meet The New Sonic and His Next Game". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Archie to Publish Sonic Boom Comic Series". IGN.com. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

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