Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog logo
Genre Action/Adventure
Science fiction
Slapstick comedy
Developed by Reed Shelly
Bruce Shelly
Phil Harnage
Kent Butterworth
Directed by Kent Butterworth
Blair Peters (Special only)
Voices of Jaleel White
Christopher Stephen Welch
Long John Baldry
Phil Hayes
Garry Chalk
Ian James Corlett
Theme music composer Clark Gassman
Composer(s) Goro Awami
Stephen C. Marston (Special only)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 65 (+ 1 special) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Robby London
Michael Maliani (Special only)
Producer(s) Kent Butterworth
Editor(s) Mark A. McNally
Sue Odjakjian
CK Horness
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) DiC Animation City
Bohbot Entertainment
Sega of America, Inc.
Reteitalia
Hong Ying Animation
Distributor DHX Media
Cookie Jar Group
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication
Audio format Dolby SR
Original run September 6, 1993 – December 3, 1993/November 24, 1996 (Latter including 1996 Special)
Chronology
Related shows Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Underground

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated series produced by DiC Animation City and Bohbot Entertainment based on the SEGA video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog. It was first broadcast on ABC in September 1993 and ran for 65 episodes, with a Christmas special airing in 1996. It follows the adventures of the titular character Sonic the Hedgehog, and his sidekick Tails, as they attempt to stop Dr. Robotnik and his array of robots from taking over the planet Mobius. Another series featuring Sonic, simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, was aired concurrently. Unlike the other series, Adventures had a light-hearted tone and quirky storylines that portrayed Sonic as being skilled and clever, whereas Robotnik and his robot allies Scratch and Grounder were very clumsy.

Series overview[edit]

Dr. Robotnik as he appears in the very first episode, 'Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad'.

Animator Pierre De Celles described the show as "fun and humorous".[1] Episodes of the show normally revolved around Sonic and Tails foiling Robotnik's latest villainous scheme to dominate the zany, colorful world of Planet Mobius. At the end of each episode, Dr. Robotnik's plan would ultimately fail due to Sonic's efforts and his own incompetence.

The plots often used elements loosely borrowed from the storyline of the Sonic video games series. Three of Robotnik's henchbots, Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts, are directly based on badniks that appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The series also incorporated several recurring original characters not seen in the games, such as Robotnik's mother, Stinky the bager and Wes Weasley, a salesman and con-man, not dissimilar to Phil Silvers. The show's other characters largely consist of non-human creatures, such as anthropomorphic animals and robots.

The end of the show is bookended by an additional segment called "Sonic Says" (or "Sonic Sez", as Tails misspelled it on screen). This segment teaches viewers life lessons about subjects such as alcohol abuse and general safety. The segment was edited out during the original UK broadcasts[citation needed].

Voice cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Production[edit]

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was created by DiC Animation City and Sega of America, Inc., which produced a total of 65 episodes each for its one 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 show's animation was outsourced to four animation studios: Rainbow Animation, the Taiwanese Hong Ying Animation, the Korean Sae Rom Production, the Japanese Tokyo Movie Shinsha and the Italian Reteitalia.

Another cartoon series based on Sonic, simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, was produced and launched on ABC's Saturday morning line-up in 1993. Animator Pierre De Celles said in an interview that neither he nor the rest of the staff working on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog knew about or competed with the other series, which he describes as "serious and heavy"; he also described the staff as too busy to pay attention to the other series.[1]

In addition to the original 65 episodes, DiC also produced an additional episode that originally aired in late 1996, "Sonic Christmas Blast", which included aspects of the other Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon such as the city of Robotropolis, SWATbots, and a non-speaking cameo by Princess Sally Acorn.

Broadcast and distribution[edit]

First-run broadcast[edit]

The series was shown through syndication in the United States in 1993 and ran until 1996. In the United Kingdom, the series was screened on Channel 4 in 1993 on Sunday mornings at 9:00, but with the "Sonic Says" segments edited out. They were also edited out on the UK VHS releases of the series. The weekday mornings airings in Australia on Seven Network as part of Agro's Cartoon Connection retained the segments. The cartoon was broadcast in the Republic of Ireland on RTE Two in 1993 on weekday afternoons.[2]

In Italy, the Italian dub had a theme song and by using random clips of different episodes as part of the Intro. Lyrics were sung by Cristina D'Avena.

In France, the French dub had an identical intro to the Italian dub, and had exactly the same song, but it was roughly translated in French and the lyrics were done by Alexis Tomassian.

In Portugal, RTP aired the show in Portugal from 1993 to 1996.

In Spain, the Spanish dub had a theme song with the same music as the Italian theme song of Widget, but with different lyrics.

In Germany, the show was broadcast on Kabel eins in 1994.

In Japan, the show was distributed by Toei Company and Asatsu and aired on TV Asahi in 1993.[citation needed]

In Czech Republic, the show was broadcast on TV Prima in 2000.

The show was also broadcast on Filmnet in Sweden and the Netherlands.

Rebroadcast[edit]

USA Network re-aired the original episodes of the show in the United States from 1994 to 1996, before Toon Disney picked the show up in 1998 for a four-year run. This TV subsequently aired the first 13 episodes of the show from 2010 to 2011.

In the UK, TCC, POP! (2004–2011) and KidsCo (TBA) re-aired the show with the "Sonic Says" segments restored. The show was re-aired on in Australia Saturday mornings on Network Ten as part of Cheez TV from 1993 to 1996, Nick Jr. from 1995 to 1999 and Disney Channel from 1996 to 2000. Sweden rebroadcast the show on TV3, while RTL4 did the same in The Netherlands. Germany also rebroadcast the show on RTL II. KidsCo subsequently acquired the rebroadcast rights for several regions, including the UK, Australia and Portugal. Spacetoon started rebroadcasting the show for the Arab world in 2005.

UK VHS releases[edit]

  • Abbey Home Media (1993–1994)
  • 4 Front Video (1997)
VHS Title Release Date Episodes
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 1 1993 The Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad!, Subterranean Sonic, Lovesick Sonic
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 2 1994 Best Hedgehog, The Robotnik Express, The Birth of the Salesman, Slow Going
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 3 1994 Too Tall Tails, Big Daddy, Tails New Home
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 4 1994 Close Encounters of a Sonic Kind, Sno Problem, Tails in Charge, Grounder the Genius
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 5 1994 Blackbot the Pirate, Hedgehog of the Hound Table, Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme, Prehistoric Sonic, Trail of the Missing Tails
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 6 1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Hedgehog, The Mobius 5,000, Spaceman Sonic
The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog - Sonic Breakout 1994 Sonic Breakout
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog - The Biggest Ever Video 1994 Road Hog, Robolympics, The Little Merhog, The Birth of a Salesman, Robotnik's Rival, Tails' New Home, Love Sick Sonic, Sonically Ever After, Hero of the Year
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog - Momma Robotnik's Birthday 1994 Momma Robotnik's Birthday, Grounder the Genius
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog - High Stakes Sonic & Sonic Breakout 1997 High Stakes Sonic, Sonic Breakout

DVD releases[edit]

Shout! Factory and Vivendi Entertainment have released all 65 episodes of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog on DVD in Region 1 in three volume sets.

The first volume, released on July 17, 2007, features the first 22 episodes along with two featurettes: "A Conversation With Artist Milton Knight" and "How to Draw Sonic the Hedgehog".

The second volume was released on December 9, 2008, and features episodes 23–44 with the featurette "How to Draw Dr. Robotnik".

The third volume contains the final 21 episodes of the series, plus the "Sonic Christmas Blast" special and the featurette "How to Draw Tails". These episodes were not compiled in the correct airdate order in the final volume.

These sets were discontinued in 2012 along with Sonic the Hedgehog after Shout!'s deal with Cookie Jar Entertainment expired.

In Region 2, Delta Home Entertainment released Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series on DVD in the UK on June 11, 2007.[3]

Reception[edit]

The show met with mixed reviews. Randy Miller III of DVDTalk said, "While it's obvious that The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog [sic] won't ever be mentioned in the same sentence with Disney, Pixar or Studio Ghibli (except for this one), there's enough goofy fun here to entertain any resident of the 16-bit gaming era."[4] Michael Rubino of DVD Verdict criticized the show for being dated, contrived, and bloated with chili dog jokes.[5]

The show's popularity resurfaced in the late 2000s decade mainly with the introduction of YouTube and is one of the most common sources of fan-made mashup videos and has spawned internet memes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burns, Walter (July 25, 2007). "Pierre De Celles on Animating Sonic the Hedgehog and Other Tales". ToonZone.net. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  2. ^ RTÉ Guide: 5–12. November 1993. 
  3. ^ "The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog [2007] [DVD]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Miller III, Randy (July 25, 2007). "The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Volume 1". DVDTalk.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Rubino, Judge Michael (August 8, 2007). "The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog". DVDVerdict.com. Verdict Partners. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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