Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
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|Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog|
Comic science fiction
|Developed by||Bruce Shelly
|Directed by||Kent Butterworth
Blair Peters (Special only)
|Voices of||Jaleel White
Christopher Stephen Welch
Long John Baldry
Ian James Corlett
|Theme music composer||Clark Gassman|
Stephen C. Marston (Special only)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||65 (+ 1 pilot) (+ 1 special) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Heyward
Michael Maliani (Special only)
|Editor(s)||Mark A. McNally
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DIC Animation City
SEGA of America
Hong Ying Animation
Tokyo Movie Shinsa
|Distributor||Cookie Jar Group (2008–12)
DHX Media (2012–present)
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Audio format||Dolby SR|
|Original release||September 6 – December 3, 1993|
|Related shows||Sonic the Hedgehog
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was an American animated series produced by DiC Animation City and Bohbot Entertainment that was based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series produced by Sega. Running from 1993 to 1996, sixty-five episodes and one special were produced for first-run syndication.
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 Badger, 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.
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 and Tails's efforts, his own incompetence, and/or the stupidity of his henchbots, after which he says, "I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!".
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.
- Jaleel White as Sonic the Hedgehog, Masonic and Mummified hedgehog
- Christopher Stephen Welch as Miles "Tails" Prower
- Long John Baldry as Dr. Robotnik and Robotnikhotep I
- Phil Hayes as Scratch and Sergeant Doberman
- Garry Chalk as Grounder, Professor Caninestein, Captain Rescue, Dragon Breath and Computer
- Ian James Corlett as Coconuts, Wallace A. Ditso, Robotnik Jr, Sketch Lampoon and Goobster.
- Kathleen Barr as Katella, Momma Robotnik, Miss Sniffed, Lucinda and additional voices
- Michael Benyaer
- Jay Brazeau
- Jim Byrnes
- Babz Chula
- Jennifer Copping
- Michael Donovan as Wes Weasley, Mad Mike and Gambler Sheep
- Kyle Fairlie
- Terry Klassen
- Wally Marsh
- Scott McNeil as Machopper
- Shane Meier
- Jane Mortifee
- Pauline Newstone
- John Stocker
- Jayleen Stonehouse
- Brad Swaile as Lucas and additional voices
- John Tench
- Venus Terzo as Breezie
- French Tickner as Professor von Schlemmer, Big Griz and Doctor Warpnik
- Lee Tockar
- Louise Vallance as Miss Possum and Catty Carlisle
- David Ward
- Cathy Weseluck as Suzie, Robot, Rebot, Becky, Penelope, Cat and Parrot
- Alec Willows
- Dale Wilson
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), and the Italian Reteitalia S.p.A., part of Fininvest. The show's animation was outsourced to four animation studios: the Chinese Suzhou/Rainbow Animation (not the Italian Rainbow S.p.A.), the Taiwanese Hong Ying Animation, the Korean Sae Rom Production, and the Japanese Tokyo Movie Shinsha. Pierre DeCelles was Senior Animation Director in Asia, he described the show as "fun and humorous".
Broadcast and distribution
The series was shown through syndication in the United States in 1993 on weekday afternoon and ran until December 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 RTÉ Two in 1993 on weekday afternoons.
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. Netflix, however, put the first 20 episodes on there.
In the UK, Channel 4 and POP! (2003–2010, 2013–present) 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 1999, Nick Jr. from 1995 to 2001 and 2014–present and Disney Channel from 1996 to 2002 and 2014–present 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. In Brazil, the show aired on January 1996, on Rede Globo on the block Colossus TV. Only the first twenty-two of the sixty five episodes aired in Brazilian Portuguese, as well as the Christmas special.
UK VHS releases
- 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|
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. Numerous single disc releases were released containing a handful of episodes based on a specific theme. They were produced by NCircle Entertainment and were sold at stores such as Sears, Target, and Toys "R" Us.
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.
In Region 2, Delta Home Entertainment released Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series on DVD in the UK on June 11, 2007.
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." Michael Rubino of DVD Verdict criticized the show for being dated, contrived, and bloated with chili dog jokes. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series an overall rating of 3/5 and noted that while the show's pace is "frantic", "the series emphasizes positive themes for kids about personal safety and interpersonal relationships."
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- Ashby, Emily. "The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
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