Sonic Boom (TV series)
|Directed by||Natalys Raut-Sieuzac|
|Composer||Michael Richard Plowman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||104 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Distributor||Lagardère Entertainment Rights|
|Original network||Cartoon Network & Boomerang (U.S.)|
Canal J & Gulli (France)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||November 8, 2014 –|
November 18, 2017
|Related shows||Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog|
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Boom is an American-French CGI animated television series, produced by Sega of America, Inc. and Technicolor Animation Productions in collaboration with Lagardère Thématiques and Jeunesse TV, respectively for Cartoon Network, Canal J and Gulli. Based on the video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog created by Sega, the series is the fifth animated television series based on the franchise and the first to be produced in computer-generated imagery animation and in high definition.
The series premiered in November 2014. The series is a part of the Sonic Boom spin-off franchise, which also consists of three video games: Rise of Lyric, Shattered Crystal, and Fire & Ice; a comic series by Archie Comics, and a toyline by Tomy.
Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks reside on Seaside Island in Hedgehog Village, formerly Unnamed Village. Together, they defend the island from various threats like Doctor Eggman and his robotic creations.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||52||November 8, 2014(U.S.) |
November 14, 2014 (France)
|November 14, 2015(U.S.) |
September 20, 2015 (France)
|Cartoon Network (U.S.)|
|2||52||October 29, 2016(U.S.) |
April 8, 2017 (France)
|November 18, 2017(U.S.) |
March 9, 2018 (France)
Sega confirmed various cast and characters for Sonic Boom on February 25, 2014. On May 29, 2014, Sega announced that Nika Futterman will play the role of Sticks, a jungle badger, who joined the franchise as a major character. Several new characters were also created for Sonic Boom, such as Mayor Fink, Fastidious Beaver and Perci. Jack Fletcher works as the show's voice director, a role he has also held for the video game series since 2010.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) – Team Sonic's leader in the series, a blue hedgehog with super speed. Sonic is good-natured and brave, but can be inconsiderate of others' feelings, sarcastic, and impatient. He also enjoys the benefits of being a hero and dislikes competition. Unlike most incarnations, the Sonic Boom version of Sonic has blue-furred arms and wears a brown neckerchief around his neck and athletic sports tape on his wrists and shoes.
- Miles "Tails" Prower (voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey) – A two-tailed yellow fox who is Sonic's sidekick and best friend and the youngest of the group. He sports goggles and a tool belt and serves as the group's mechanic and technology expert. Tails' inventions do not always work out as intended, though he's highly competent in his abilities. He maintains the same personality overall, though he can be immature, quiet and more openly cynical.
- Knuckles the Echidna (voiced by Travis Willingham) – A red echidna and the muscle of Team Sonic, whose redesign for Sonic Boom is the most drastic of any Sega character altered for the series; Knuckles is considerably taller than most versions of the character, appears more muscular and wears sports tape around his hands as opposed to spiked boxing gloves. Whereas other versions of Knuckles have a history of being naive, Boom Knuckles is dull-witted at times which often annoys his teammates.
- Amy Rose (voiced by Cindy Robinson) – A pink female hedgehog who is the peppiest member of the group. Amy wields a giant hammer in battle. Just like her main-series counterpart, Amy has a crush on Sonic, but unlike other versions of herself, she tries to keep it concealed. Eggman has referred to her and Sonic as if they were a married couple and to her as Sonic's girlfriend. She is the more emotionally mature member of the group, offering common sense when the rest of the team gets carried away.
- Sticks the Badger (voiced by Nika Futterman) – A badger, skilled in the use of boomerangs and bō staffs, who comes from the jungle. While she may at times seem crazy, her madness does occasionally stray into genius, allowing her to find solutions that no one else could have thought of.
- Doctor Eggman (voiced by Mike Pollock) – A mad scientist who is the constant nemesis of Team Sonic and the inhabitants of Bygone Island, residing in a lair off the island's coast. In this series, Eggman is typically portrayed as being idiotic, with his schemes being considered annoying rather than dangerous. At times he appears to be on friendly terms with the heroes, though this usually leads to some scheme in which he tries to defeat them. His ambitions are to conquer the island in order to build his own theme park.
- Orbot (voiced by Kirk Thornton) – Eggman's red orb-shaped robot henchman. He is the mature, more outspoken of the two, often being totally honest even at Eggman's expense.
- Cubot (voiced by Wally Wingert) – Eggman's yellow cube-shaped robot henchman. He is the childish, more gullible of the two, often misunderstanding the meaning of other characters' statements.
- Belinda (voiced by Colleen Villard) – A goat and resident of Hedgehog Village who is Charlie's wife. When Charlie turns to villainy she encourages her husband and in turn begins expressing villainous tendencies of her own.
- Beth (voiced by Colleen Villard) – a sweet shrew who will look up to anyone for any of their positive traits. She also felt sorry for Eggman when he transformed into a creature by getting angry.
- Charlie (voiced by Kirk Thornton) – A desert rat and an archaeologist living in Hedgehog Village. Knuckles briefly tries to assist him to make up for a past misdeed, but his frustration at Knuckles' incompetence, which eventually causes him to lose yet another job, drives him to become a villain, equipping himself with an ancient exo-suit. In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog," Charlie is among the villains recruited by Doctor Eggman to join Team Eggman.
- Comedy Chimp (voiced by Bill Freiberger) – A common chimpanzee resident of Hedgehog Village who hosts his own late-night talk show with his co-host Wolf Sidekick.
- D-Fekt (voiced by Wally Wingert) – A former Eggman robot capable of manipulating objects using eco-magnets. After becoming overloaded with power and losing control, D-Fekt was given to Team Sonic, who reprogrammed him as an ally. D-Fekt first appeared in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice before appearing during the series' second season.
- Dixon (voiced by Wally Wingert) – A ferret and media producer. He frequently uses shady tactics in order to drive up ratings.
- Mayor E. Pluribus Fink (voiced by Mike Pollock, impersonating Ed Wynn) – A mouse who is the mayor of Hedgehog Village. He often prioritizes maintaining his own political position above all else.
- Fastidious Beaver (voiced by Mike Pollock) – A beaver and resident of Hedgehog Village who works as the librarian. He has a tendency to correct other characters' grammar and frequently begins his sentences by saying "Actually".
- The Gogobas – A tribe of chinchillas who live in Gogoba Village on Bygone Island. They make up for their small size with devious manipulation through kindness and guilt trips.
- Chief Gogoba (voiced by Wally Wingert) – The leader of the Gogobas.
- Young Gogoba (voiced by Roger Craig Smith)
- Elderly Gogoba (voiced by Cindy Robinson)
- Lady Walrus (voiced by Bill Freiberger) – A walrus living in Hedgehog Village. She has two sons, Stratford and Chumley, with a running gag involving the infant Chumley constantly being put into danger as a result of Dr. Eggman's attacks.
- Leroy the Turtle (voiced by Kirk Thornton) – A turtle who serves as a postal worker and mail carrier for Bygone Island.
- The Lightning Bolt Society – A secret society of villains made up of small-time crooks, though they are largely considered incompetent and harmless by the villagers and Doctor Eggman. In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog," the Lightning Bolt Society is among the villains recruited by Doctor Eggman to join Team Eggman.
- Willy Walrus (voiced by Wally Wingert) – A walrus who is the leader of the Lightning Bolt Society.
- Dave the Intern (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) – A nutria and employee at the Meh Burger fast-food restaurant in the Village Center. He is Eggman's biggest fan and was briefly taken on as the Doctor's intern, but was later fired after he proved too ambitious. Dave later appeared as a founding member of the Lightning Bolt Society. In "Next Top Villain," it is revealed that Dave's mother is also evil and pressures Dave to be a better villain.
- Weasel Bandits – As their name implies, a group of three weasel bandits. Sometimes, only one of them is present among the Lightning Bolt Society.
- The Chameleon (voiced by Kirk Thornton) – A gray wolf dressed as a tree who serves as the Lightning Bolt Society's spy and talent scout.
- Metal Sonic – A robotic doppelgänger of Sonic created by Eggman.
- Mighton and Bolts (voiced by Wally Wingert and Mike Pollock respectively) - Heroic alien robots from Roboken. Mighton is the main hero of Roboken. Bolts is Mighton's sidekick and a main hero of Roboken.
- Morpho (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) – A shapeshifting robot built by an alternate-dimension Eggman. After his own dimension is destroyed, he migrates to the Sonic Boom dimension and pledges allegiance to Eggman. He most frequently appears in the guise of Eggman's fictional brother, "Steve Eggman".
- Salty (voiced by Kirk Thornton) – A hippo who works as a bouncer. In Rise of Lyric, he acts as a sea captain and has a strong rivalry with his twin brother Pepper.
- Shadow the Hedgehog (voiced by Kirk Thornton) – An evil black hedgehog capable of super speed and teleportation. Idolized by Doctor Eggman for his popularity within the series, he is much more aggressive and vengeful than other incarnations of the character, considering friendship a sign of weakness and determined to destroy Team Sonic and cause disaster to the world at all costs. In the TV series, Shadow has extended red Markers on both his shoes and gloves and has cow-licked quills like Sonic.
- Soar the Eagle (voiced by Travis Willingham) – A blue eagle and local newscaster on Bygone Island, who also hosts seminars as a motivational speaker and life coach.
- T.W. Barker (voiced by Kirk Thornton) – A gray wolf who acts as the ringmaster at "T.W. Barker's Circus of Wonders" where its performers are actually his slaves. In "Don't Judge Me," T.W. Barker worked as Doctor Eggman's lawyer when it came to suing Sonic for the injuries that were afflicted onto Doctor Eggman. In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog," T.W. Barker is among those who were invited by Doctor Eggman to join Team Eggman.
- Stuntbears – A trained brown bear and gray bear duo that serve as T.W. Barker's loyal henchmen, stunt performers and circus performers. In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog," the Stuntbears are among those who were invited by Doctor Eggman to join Team Eggman.
- Mrs. Vandersnout (voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey) – An elderly wolf living in Hedgehog Village. Despite her seemingly innocent appearance, she has repeatedly demonstrated dishonest and immoral behavior such as scamming the team out of their money and suggesting Sonic be poisoned.
- Vector the Crocodile (voiced by Keith Silverstein) – A private detective and reality TV star. Like the other game characters, he has been redesigned for the series, now sporting an arm tattoo and a leather jacket in place of his traditional headphones.
- Zooey (voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey) – A fox living in Hedgehog Village, whom Tails has a crush on.
The 3D animated series was first announced on October 2, 2013, revealing a teaser image featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna and Amy Rose, in silhouette form. The series, which consists of 52 11-minute episodes, was developed by Evan Baily, Donna Friedman Meir and Sandrine Nguyen, with Baily and Bill Freiberger as showrunners, under the supervision of Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka. On February 6, 2014, Sega revealed the first trailer for the series, showcasing the new designs for the characters.
The series features returning voice actors from the video game series, including Roger Craig Smith as Sonic, Travis Willingham as Knuckles, Cindy Robinson as Amy, Mike Pollock as Doctor Eggman, Kirk Thornton as both Orbot and Shadow and Wally Wingert as Cubot respectively, while voice actress Colleen Villard succeeds Kate Higgins in the role of Tails. The series also introduces a new character named Sticks the Badger, a somewhat-delusional hunter who has been living alone in the wilderness for many years before meeting Sonic and his friends, who is voiced by Nika Futterman. 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. Baily stated that the series would be a mixture of action and comedy, featuring an episodic structure. On October 4, 2014, Sega announced the air date of the series in the United States to be November 8, 2014 on Cartoon Network.
On February 19, 2015, Cartoon Network announced in a press statement that Sonic Boom, along with 10 other shows, will return for the 2015–2016 TV season. This was subsequently confirmed by executive producer Bill Freiberger in a fan commentary to not be an indicator of a renewal or second season at this time. However, on October 10, 2015, Lagardère Entertainment Rights announced a second season which premiered on October 29, 2016. It was announced on November 10, 2016, that the remainder of season two will air on Boomerang while Cartoon Network airs reruns of the series.
As of May 21, 2020, there are no plans to continue the show past its two-season run.
Sonic Boom made its international debut on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand on April 4, 2015. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series premiered on Boomerang on June 1, 2015 and premiered on Pop on 25 August 2018. The series is also airing on Cartoon Network in Singapore and Malaysia, on Cartoon Network in India as Sonic Boom Dhamaal Aur Dhoom, and on Okto (later Okto on 5) in Singapore. It also aired on Boomerang in the United States from October 8, 2015 to November 12, 2017. The series premiered on Family Chrgd in Canada on October 24, 2015. It has also been acquired by the English-language feed of Cartoon Network in Africa as well as the English and Arabic-language feeds in the Middle East.
In the UK in 2016, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released 4 13 episode volumes of the series, all combining the first season. "The Sidekick" was released in the UK on February 8. "Hedgehog Day" was released on May 30. "Mayor Knuckles" was released in the UK on July 25 and the last volume "No Robots Allowed" was released in the UK on October 10. The first two volumes were released in Brazil in 2017.
On May 22, 2016, the entire first season was made available to stream on Hulu in the United States, under a deal with Sega and Technicolor Animation Productions. The series was later made available for streaming on Netflix outside of the US as of December 23, 2016. The second season of the show was added to Hulu on November 19, 2017.
The launch edition of the game Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for the Nintendo 3DS included a Sonic Boom DVD with 3 Episodes from Season 1
On October 1, 2019 A DVD titled "Sonic Boom: Season 1, Volume 1" was released in the US in both a standard DVD only release as well as a limited edition action figure + DVD release with a Sonic the Hedgehog action figure and a Dr. Eggman action figure by NCircle Entertainment  a collection of 26 episodes of the first season.
On February 4, 2020 NCircle Entertainment released “Sonic Boom: Season 1, Volume 2”, a collection with the remaining 26 episodes of the first season as both a standard DVD only release as well as a limited edition action figure + DVD release with a Miles "Tails" Prower action figure and a Knuckles the Echidna action figure. The episode “Fire in a Crowded Workshop” uses Spanish audio instead of English. Customers had to reach out to NCircle Entertainment to get the fixed issue.
On September 1, 2020, NCircle released a fifth DVD, “Sonic Boom: Robot Uprising”, featuring mostly Season 2 episodes.
Sonic Boom: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray by NCircle Entertainment on May 4, 2021
Sonic Boom: Season 2 Volume 1 will be released on DVD as both a standard DVD only release as well as a limited edition action figure release by NCircle Entertainment on May 4, 2021
Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media said that it was somewhat violent for children but that some viewers can have fun watching it. Patrick Lee of The A.V. Club called it the first great Sonic cartoon in over 20 years, finding the updated cast of characters to be "a good fit for a hangout show".
In a scene of the "Eggman’s Anti Gravity Ray" episode, Amy boasts about proving that a woman can be just as good of an athlete as a man, prompting Knuckles to tell her that when "someone calls attention to the breaking of gender roles" it "undermines the concept of gender equality", by implying an "exception", rather than a "status quo". Knuckles then proclaims himself to be a feminist. Charles Hall of Polygon praised this scene as having a progressive message for children.
Awards and nominations
|2016||Universal Film Festival||Best Animation||Marlene Sharp||Nominated|||
|2017||Chico Independent Film Festival||Best Animation||Natalys Raut-Sieuzac||Won|||
|TV France International Export Awards||Animation||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Animated TV Show||Nominated|||
In other media
A pair of video games that serve as prequels for the series were released for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems in November 2014. The Wii U version, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, was 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 serve as prequels to the series. Rise of Lyric sees players alternate control between Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy. The game utilizes each of their abilities—Sonic's speed, Tails' flight, Knuckles' strength and Amy's agility—allowing two players to play cooperatively and four players competitively. Shattered Crystal lets players control Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Sticks and places more emphasis on platforming and puzzle-solving than the more adventure-oriented Rise of Lyric. Rise of Lyric received absolute critical lambastment and became notable for its mostly negative reception from critics, who criticized its gameplay, story, low quality visuals, level design and glitches. On June 20, 2014, it was confirmed that both games would be released on December 18 in Japan under the name of Sonic Toon. A third game, Fire & Ice, was for Nintendo 3DS in September 2016. Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, a follow-up to the free-to-play Sonic Dash, was released on Android devices on July 1, 2015. Since her debut in the show, the character Sticks has gone on to be featured in peripheral Sonic titles that are not part of the Boom brand, such as Sonic Runners and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
A comic based on the new franchise by Archie Comics was released beginning in October 2014, with Ian Flynn as the writer and Evan Stanley as the artist, similar to Archie's long-running Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. Several issues were also written by TV series showrunner Bill Freiberger. Jesse Schedeen of IGN rated the first issue of the comic a 7.2 out of 10. He commended Flynn for not having relied on nebulously-defined "trendy, modern humor or dialogue" in the comic's presentation and also appreciated the fourth-wall humor and "clean, expressive" art style. Schedeen did, however, find the plot fairly disjointed and possessing little coherent structure and he criticized Sticks, whom he considered a needless exposition device.
The Sonic Boom comics were featured alongside Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Mega Man comics, as well as various other Sega and Capcom video game series as part of the 2015 Sonic/Mega Man crossover "Worlds Unite", with issues #8-#10 forming parts 2, 6 and 10 of the story. The series concluded with its 11th issue in September 2015, though stories featuring the characters continued to be printed as part of the Sonic Super Digest and Sonic Super Special Magazine books. Flynn and Stanley later began writing for the television series during its second season.
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