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Sonic the Hedgehog
SatAMtitle.jpg
Opening title card for Sonic the Hedgehog
Genre Action, adventure
Format Animated series
Written by Ben Hurst
Len Janson
Directed by John Grusd
Voices of Jaleel White
Charlie Adler
Chris Cavanaugh
Jim Cummings
Bradley Pierce
Rob Paulsen
Mark Ballou
Kath Soucie
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Noisy Neighbors
Opening theme "Fastest Thing Alive"
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Robby London
Producer(s) John Grusd
Running time 20-22 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
ABC Productions
Sega Corporation (characters)
Distributor Cookie Jar Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 18, 1993 – December 3, 1994
Chronology
Preceded by Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Followed by Sonic Underground
External links
Production website

Sonic the Hedgehog (commonly referred to by its fans as: Sonic SatAM, because it usually aired in a Saturday morning time slot) is an American animated series produced by DIC Entertainment with the partnership of Sega of America and ABC Productions, and was based on the Sonic video game series. The series aired two seasons on ABC from September 18, 1993 until December 3, 1994, and reran until May 1995. There are hopes of the show restarting, but the chances are slim.

The series sharply contrasts with Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, a syndicated series that premiered in the same month. While Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was lighthearted and comical, Sonic the Hedgehog featured a darker, more complex plot which constituted a departure from the tone of the Sonic games of the time.

Contents

Plot summary

The show takes place on a planet called Mobius sometime in the 33rd century. An infamous mad scientist named Dr. Julian Ivo Robotnik/Julian Kintobor (Jim Cummings) who owned a pet robot chicken named Cluck, invaded and conquered a huge city named Mobotropolis with the help of his assistant and nephew Snively (Charlie Adler) and his army of robot soldiers called SWATbots.

He then used a giant airship called the Destroyer to turn Mobotropolis into a new city, renaming it Robotropolis, a polluted city of factories, warehouses and mining facilities. This invasion occurred on Friday the 13th, 3224, in an unknown month (Blast to the Past Pt. 1 and 2). It is possible though according to a calendar of the future year that the invasion could have occurred on Friday, September 13, 3224 or Friday, December 13, 3224[1].

Robotnik was about to be appointed Minister for Science by the city's King Maximillian, who was about to close the War Ministry which Robotnik was in charge of. However, Robotnik soon abducted the city's king, Maximillian Acorn (Tim Curry), exiling him to a dimensional warp known as "The Void" and made the palace his own personal headquarters. From there, he captured the rest of the citizens, including an intelligent old hedgehog named Sir Charles Hedgehog (William Windom), a.k.a. Dr. Hedgehog and Uncle Chuck, and his nephew's dog Muttski, and used a machine called the Roboticizer to turn them into robot slaves.

Those who managed to escape retreated into the Great Forest and built a village named Knothole to hide from Robotnik, including a group called the Freedom Fighters, among them the protagonist, Sonic the Hedgehog (Jaleel White), Charles' speedy nephew and the main character of the series, as well as his best friend Tails (Bradley Pierce), a young two-tailed fox who can twirl his tails to fly.

Other Freedom Fighters include Rotor (Mark Ballou/Cam Brainard), a walrus with a knack for machines which rivals that of Sir Charles, Antoine D'Coolette (Rob Paulsen), a French coyote and former palace guard with many personality flaws, and Bunnie Rabbot (Christine Cavanaugh), a pretty Southern cyborg rabbit. Last is the group's leader (although she at times refers to Sonic as the leader), Princess Sally Acorn (Kath Soucie), the king's only daughter, a squirrel/chipmunk hybrid and Sonic's love interest. Sally carries a sentient mini-computer named NICOLE (Kath Soucie).

For 10 years, the Freedom Fighters constantly foiled Robotnik's schemes, although failed to make much difference in the big picture, Robotnik still ruling the planet with a fist of steel, quite literally. In the show's second season, a winged female dragon named Dulcy (Cree Summer) joined the Freedom Fighters. Dulcy's mother Sabina was captured and roboticized along with most of her species. Another character was also introduced: an evil sorcerer named Ixis Naugus (Michael Bell), who was Robotnik's mentor. During the takeover, Naugus discovered a portal into the Void. Requesting Robotnik to bring him back to Mobius, Naugus went through the portal to explore it, but Robotnik betrayed him and sealed it, intent on trapping Naugus forever. Ten years later, Sonic went into the Void and rescued the king, who was really Naugus in disguise. Shortly after, Sonic rescued the real king. But after Ten years in the void, the king and Naugus slowly started to crystallize so they can't survive outside of the Void, so before they both went back in, the king gave Sally a disk containing information about other Freedom Fighter groups.

Two other key characters appeared in the second season: One was Ari the Ram (Dorian Harewood), the other was Lupe the Wolf (Shari Belafonte). In the episode Game Guy, Ari led Sonic into a trap set up by Robotnik. Ari was the leader of a group of Freedom Fighters which Robotnik captured. In exchange for their release, Ari reluctantly agreed to help Robotnik capture Sonic. Shortly thereafter, Robotnik broke his half of the deal when he roboticizes Ari's friends and planned to roboticize him. Later, as Robotnik was about to send Sonic into the void, Ari sacrificed himself by saving Sonic and ended up going through the portal himself. He didn't escape the void until the episode The Void.

Lupe is the leader of a group of Freedom Fighters called the Wolf Pack who appeared in Cry of the Wolf. They lived peacefully in a village until Robotnik's forces terrorized them. The Wolf Pack were sent hiding in a cavern until Sonic, Sally and Antoine discovered them. They joined up to attack Robotnik's forces. When Sonic destroyed the last of Robotnik's saucer pods, Lupe and Ari, along with Palo the Rhino and Dirk the Bear, joined all the Freedom Fighters in their ultimate goal to destroy the Doomsday Project and defeat Robotnik once and for all.

In the series finale (The Doomsday Project), the Freedom Fighters collectively organize a raid on Robotnik's Doomsday machine, but they are all captured. When their plans teeter on the edge of failure, Sonic and Sally resort to using the Deep Power Stones to destroy Robotnik's headquarters. Robotnik tries to flee but his headquarters is caught in the destruction and he is presumably killed. The Freedom Fighters celebrate their long-awaited victory together in Knothole. Later, Snively arises from the rubble, overjoyed that his oppressive uncle is now gone. Eager to have his turn at world conquest, Snively reveals he is in league with an unknown villain who has menacing red eyes (later revealed by chief writer Ben Hurst to be Ixis Naugus). Many of the show's backstories, such as Sonic and Sally's romance, Sonic and Antoine competing for Sally's affection, and some character's personality's are rather similar to Captain N, an earlier cartoon by DiC.

Characters

Protagonists

  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The title character and hero in the series. He is a sassy, smooth-talking, courageous and cunning hedgehog able to run at super sonic speeds. He is able to use power rings that greatly increase his potential speed, generally used for escapes. He thwarts the evil schemes of Dr. Robotnik and is a famous member of the Freedom Fighters. In the last episode he and Sally admit their feelings and kiss.
  • Princess Sally Acorn: A squirrel/chipmunk hybrid who is the princess of Planet Mobius. She is the strategist and leader of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, as well as Sonic's romantic interest. She accompanies Sonic in almost every mission to thwart Robotnik and tries to find her missing father.
  • Bunnie Rabbot: A flirtatious rabbit with a southern drawl, Bunnie had half her body roboticized before Sonic saved her mid-transformation. Now her left arm and both her legs are mechanical. These robotic features make her the brawn of the Freedom Fighters, though she desires to be normal again.
  • Miles "Tails" Prower: A younger-brother figure to Sonic and a son/nephew figure to Sally. Though he is the youngest and most inexperienced, he has proven himself to be an accomplished Freedom Fighter.
  • Antoine D'Coolette: A clumsy, cowardly, pompous, French-oriented coyote who often has trouble speaking English. He attempts to win the heart of Princess Sally and is teased at by Sonic. He often gets himself or other Freedom Fighters into trouble.
  • Rotor Walrus: A walrus who is the technical know-it-all of Freedom Fighters. He invents reliable gadgets for the Freedom Fighters in Knothole and on their missions. He prefers not to be a hero unlike Sonic.
  • NICOLE: A highly-advanced portable personal computer that Sally uses to analyze and hack into Robotnik's machines. In season two, it is revealed NICOLE was invented by her father as an assistant. Whilst generally a formal computer, it later catches onto Sonic's lingo, much to the bemusement of Sally.
  • Sir Charles Hedgehog: Known as "Uncle Chuck", he is Sonic's warm-hearted and elderly uncle. Chuck invented the roboticizer, which Robotnik later stole and used on him, turning him into one of many mindless drones. He regains control of his body and acts as a spy for the Freedom Fighters.
  • Dulcy the Dragon: A clumsy, young dragon who joined the Freedom Fighters in the second season. She often flies the Freedom Fighters to their destinations or rescues them, though she is terrible at landing.

Villains

  • Dr. Julian Robotnik: The main villain who conquered Planet Mobius ten years prior. He is a brilliant yet heartless overlord seeking nothing less than to encompass the whole world in his machinery and robotic minions. His goals are constantly thwarted by Sonic the Hedgehog, his sworn nemesis. His hatred for the hedgehog has turned into a desperate obsession to capture and roboticize Sonic himself, which is often his own undoing.
  • Snively: Snively is Dr. Robotnik's miserable underling and assistant, as well as his nephew, though there is nothing warm about their relation. Snively is constantly abused, teased and intimidated by his uncle, whom he despises and talks about behind his back.
  • Ixis Naugus: A powerful sorcerer, formerly Dr. Robotnik's mentor. He hates Robotnik for betraying and imprisoning him within the void during The Great War. He wants nothing more than to see Robotnik suffer, but cannot leave the void.

Cast

Episode list

Unproduced Season 3

In an interview with screen-writer Ben Hurst, he reveals the third season had already been plotted out before the show's cancellation. Upon the request of an eager fanbase, Hurst revealed the unknown villain would be the wizard Ixis Naugus. Robotnik was not killed on Doomsday, rather he has become trapped within the void as Naugus' prisoner.

Snively would briefly rise to power and assume his uncle's title as oppressive overlord, but quickly fails thanks to Sonic and the Freedom Fighters. Out of desperation, Snively frees Naugus from the void, and in the process also frees Robotnik and King Acorn, though the two have become the wizard's slaves. Naugus immediately usurps the title of main villain and uses King Acorn as bait to try and capture Sally. Snively, reduced to nothing, defects to the side of the Freedom Fighters (which briefly occurred in the Sonic Archie comic storyline).

More developments would happen between the relationship of Sonic and his friend Tails, who discovers an "incredible power" and saves the Freedom Fighters from a great disaster. It has also been mentioned that Sally would romance with someone other than Sonic. The origins of Robotnik and Snively would also be revealed. Ben Hurst has said no scripts were written for Season 3. Hurst has been reluctant to reveal too much of season three's plot, as he is keen on one day resuming the production of the series, despite the fact that the show has been cancelled since 1995.[2]

Other revelations from chief writer Ben Hurst at SAGExpo in 1997 were that the eyes at the end of the series were "Ixis Naugus. Not Metal Sonic, not Knuckles the Echidna, Ixis Naugus", though he did state that Knuckles would've been introduced towards the end of Season 3, and become a main character in Season 4, if the show had made it that far.

There were rumors about making a follow up staight to DVD feature, but it later turned out to be false.

Pre–Sonic the Hedgehog

In 1993, an article in Sonic the Comic (the British comic officially licensed by Sega Of Europe), it announced two new television series starring Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog. Within the four pages of plot synopsis and concept art, a group of screen shots that greatly differ from the rest appear without explanation. These screen shots have circulated through the Internet contributing to the theory of a cartoon series aborted before production which has been dubbed "The Mystery cartoon" also "Pre-SatAM" by Sonic fans.

The supporting characters in the Pre-Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon are based on the small animals freed from enemies in the original Sonic the Hedgehog game - although wildly different in design, they all bear the same names as those attributed to the various video game animal characters listed in the UK book, Stay Sonic, which were also used in Sonic the Comic strips.

Most notably, the image went on to inspire redesigns of Sonic the Comic supporting characters Johnny Lightfoot and Porker Lewis - while originally they were single the basic rabbit and pig video-game character designs, they were abruptly redesigned to be given humanoid proportions and the leather jackets the image depicted. Most notable in the image is the lack of Tails; it could be that the concept was drawn up before Tails' arrival in the series.

Broadcast history

After Sonic the Hedgehog ended its run, the series was aired on the USA Network's Action Extreme Team in reruns. The series aired reruns in syndication from 2004 to 2005.[3] The series was also telecast in Canada on the CTV Network. It initially had a complete run on the UK television channel Channel 4 from 1994 to 1996. Season 1 was broadcast in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ Two in December 1994.[4]

Home video release history

DVD releases

The entire series was released on DVD by Shout! Factory on March 27, 2007 in the USA. In the UK it was released on DVD by Delta Music on September 10, 2007 as a DVD box set, before 4 individual volumes were released later.

DVD Name Ep # Release dates Additional Features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete Series 26 March 27, 2007 See Below - This four disc boxset includes the entire 26 episodes from the series. Bonus features include: storyboards, concept art, storyboard-to-screen comparisons, deleted/extended scenes, a printable prototype script of the series pilot (Heads or Tails), and interviews with Jaleel White and head writer Ben Hurst. The individual cases and the DVDs themselves also feature fan art submitted to Shout! Factory during the box set's development phase

Cover art by Ken Penders and released by Shout! Factory and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Super Sonic 5 February 26, 2002 - - This single disc DVD includes five episodes from the series. Bonus features include: "Exciting Interactive Game", "Trailers" and "Scene Access". This DVD was pulled however when Buena Vista claimed to have distribution rights to the series. Some copies are still available to be purchased on the second hand market.
The Complete Series 26 See Above September 10, 2007 TBA This four disc boxset includes the entire 26 episodes from the series. However staying true to its original show format, the original first recording of "The Fastest Thing Alive" by The Noisy Neighbours was not used as in the original Season 1. Bonus features include: "Way Past Cool! A Conversation with Sonic Writer Ben Hurst", "The Fastest Thing Alive: A Conversation with Jaleel White", "Storyboard-to-Screen: The Doomsday Project - The complete episode shown with the animated storyboards", "Original Storyboards for an Unproduced Opening Title Sequence" and "Original DiC Concept Art Galleries". As on the R1 set, a "Printable Heads or Tails Pilot Script" is listed on the disc's extra menu, but the PDF file is nowhere to be found on any of the discs. Solicitations for the set also promised "Easter Eggs Galore" and "Fan art", neither of which appeared on the finished product. The boxset is marketed as Region 2, but is in fact Region 0 PAL. [1]
Sonic The Hedgehog: Sonic Boom And Other Episodes 9 - September 10, 2007 - This disc features nine episodes from the series, all from season one. The episodes included are as follows: Sonic Boom, Sonic & Sally, Ultra Sonic, Sonic & The Secret Scrolls, Super Sonic, Sonic Racer, Hooked On Sonics, Harmonic Sonic, and Sonic's Nightmare.[2]
Sonic, Las aventuras: Vol. 1 4 N/A N/A 2007 The first volume from the region 4 DVDs released in Mexico by Zima Entertainment. This single disc DVD includes four episodes from the series. The episodes included are as follows: Sonic Boom, Sonic & Sally, Ultra Sonic and Sonic & The Secret Scrolls.

Audio language: Spanish/English. A picture gallery is included as a bonus feature.

Sonic, Las aventuras: Vol. 2 4 N/A N/A 2007 The second volume from the region 4 DVDs released in Mexico by Zima Entertainment. This single disc DVD includes four episodes from the series. The episodes included are as follows: Super Sonic, Sonic Racer, Hooked on Sonics and Harmonic Sonic.

Audio language: Spanish/English. A picture gallery is included as a bonus feature.

Sonic, Las aventuras: Vol. 3 4 N/A N/A 2007 The third volume from the region 4 DVDs released in Mexico by Zima Entertainment. Episodes included on this single DVD: Sonic's Nightmare, Warp Sonic, Sub-Sonic and Sonic Past Cool.

Audio language: Spanish/English. Bonus feature: Picture gallery.

Sonic, Las aventuras: Vol. 4 4 N/A N/A 2007 The fourth volume from the region 4 DVDs released in Mexico by Zima Entertainment. Episodes included on this single DVD: Game Guy, Sonic Conversion, No Brainer and Blast to the Past (Part I).

Audio language: Spanish/English. Bonus feature: Picture gallery.

Sonic, Las aventuras: Vol. 5 4 N/A N/A 2007 The fifth volume from the region 4 DVDs released in Mexico by Zima Entertainment. Episodes included on this single DVD: Blast to the past (Part II), Fed Up with Antoine/Ghost Busted, Dulcy and The Void.

Audio language: Spanish/English. Bonus feature: Picture gallery.

Sonic, Las aventuras: Vol. 6 5 N/A N/A 2008 The sixth and last volume from the region 4 DVDs released in Mexico by Zima Entertainment. Episodes included on this single DVD: The Odd Couple/Ro-Becca, Cry of the Wolf, Drood Henge, The Spyhog and The Doomsday Project.

Audio language: Spanish/English. Bonus feature: Picture gallery.

Sonic The Hedgehog: The Fight for Freedom 4 September 16, 2008 - - The first of a series of single disc DVDs released by NCircle Entertainment. Episodes included are: Hooked on Sonics, Ultra Sonic, Sonic & the Secret Scrolls, and Warp Sonic.
Sonic The Hedgehog: Super Sonic 4 December 23, 2008 - - The second of NCircle Entertainment's single disc DVDs. Episodes included are: Sonic Boom, Sonic and Sally, Super Sonic, and Sonic Racer.
Sonic The Hedgehog: Sonic Goes Green 4 March 3, 2009 - - The third of NCircle Entertainment's single disc DVDs. Episodes included are: Heads Or Tails, Sonic's Nightmare, Sub-Sonic, and Sonic Past Cool.
Sonic The Hedgehog: Freedom Fighters Unite! 4 May 5, 2009 - - The fourth of NCircle Entertainment's single disc DVDs, due to be released on May 5. Episodes included are: Sonic Conversion, Dulcy, The Void and Spy Hog.

VHS releases

VHS Name Ep # Release dates TV Encode Description
Hooked on Sonics 2 October 21, 1994 NTSC Includes the episodes Hooked on Sonics and Warp Sonic.
Sonic Racer 2 December 19, 1994 NTSC Includes the episodes Sonic Racer and Sonic Boom.
Super Sonic 2 December 19, 1994 NTSC Includes the episodes Super Sonic and Sonic and Sally.
Sonic Racer 2 February 26, 2002 NTSC Contrary to popular misconception, this 2002 release entitled 'Sonic Racer' is not a re-issue of the 1994 video cassette of the same title. This release features the episodes Sonic Racer and Harmonic Sonic. Unlike the 1994 release, it does not feature Sonic Boom. This 2002 release also has various edits and sound effect removals.
Super Sonic 2 February 26, 2002 NTSC Like its 1994 counterpart, this 2002 release of 'Super Sonic' features the episodes Super Sonic and Sonic and Sally. However, unlike its 1994 counterpart and broadcast airings, this 2002 release has various edits and sound effect removals.

Canceled video game

In a recent interview with Peter Morawiec, a former programmer for Sega Technical Institute and the famed creator of Comix Zone, it was revealed that he had developed a prototype game based on the cartoon continuity, using a completely different engine than that of the traditional Sonic games. It would have been the second time that characters from the cartoon series would have shown up (after Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball), and possibly the first video game appearances of both the cartoon version of Robotnik and Snively.

In the interview Morawiec states that the sprites and background are actually 32-bit.[5]

References

  1. ^ Time And Date.com
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVu-INDrhY4
  3. ^ KidVid Public Access Search the call sign "KMOH" for the filing periods of "2004 Q4" and "2005 Q1"
  4. ^ RTÉ Guide, 10–16 December 1994 edition
  5. ^ Interview: Peter Morawiec

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Simple English

Sonic the Hedgehog
Genre Action, adventure
Format Animated series
Created by DiC Entertainment
ABC Productions
Sega Corporation (characters)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (since 2002)
Written by Ben Hurst, Len Janson
Directed by John Grusd
Voices of Jaleel White
Charlie Adler
Chris Cavanaugh
Jim Cummings
Bradley Pierce
Rob Paulsen
Mark Ballou
Kath Soucie
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Noisy Neighbors
Opening theme Sonic the Hedgehog
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Robby London
Producer(s) John Grusd
Running time 20-22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 18, 1993December 3, 1994
Chronology
Preceded by Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Followed by Sonic Underground
Related shows Sonic Underground

Sonic the Hedgehog is the name of a cartoon series, starring Sonic the Hedgehog. It is more popularly known as "SatAM Sonic", especially to distinguish itself from other similarly-named animated shows that also star Sonic.

This series was made by DiC Entertainment, and originally ran on ABC from September 18, 1993 to June 3, 1995, and had a total of 26 episodes, at 13 episodes per season.

The show starred Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Knothole Freedom Fighters, a group of woodland animals united to fight the evil Doctor Robotnik, who has taken over the entire planet.








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