- Not to be confused with illustrated text stories with the same name. For other titles with "Adventures", see Adventures
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (often abbreviated as AoStH) is an American animated television series that was first broadcasted on syndication in September 1993, and later on Toon Disney in 1998. It is currently airing on television on Encore Family every Saturday mornings as of December 2018. It is currently available on the Nintendo Anime Channel application on the Nintendo 3DS.
It follows the escapades of the popular animated character, Sonic the Hedgehog, and his comrade Miles "Tails" Prower, as they attempt to stop the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik and his array of vicious robots from taking over the planet Mobius. It marks as the first animated series of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is a fast-paced cartoon with much slapstick humor, akin to such shows as Animaniacs or Tiny Toon Adventures. The show features very few recurring characters, usually just Sonic, Tails, Robotnik and his two hench-bots Scratch and Grounder (with a third robot, Coconuts, appearing often). However, there are many occasional minor characters and robot who appear. The plots loosely follow the storyline of the video games' series, although the franchise was relatively new during that time, and lacks much plot or character development, which was filled in by the show's writers.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was created by DiC Entertainment, which produced a total of thirteen episodes for its first season, and was syndicated by Bohbot Entertainment, now BKN International. The first episode was "Best Hedgehog" (which was the thirteenth episode in production order, shown 6 September) and the last was "Hero of the Year" (which was the sixtieth in production order, shown 3 December). DiC ceased production on this comical interpretation to spend more time on its darker interpretation, entitled Sonic the Hedgehog (commonly known as SatAM by fans), a series launched on ABC's Saturday morning line-up.
After the original airing, DiC created one more episode in the winter of 1996, "Sonic Christmas Blast", which has features from Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) such as Sally in a non-speaking cameo, and has Sonic and Tails visiting Robotropolis, which is different from SatAM because it now has a human population and a name pronounced with two "T"s.
The letters page of issue #41 of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book promotes the special as "An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas", suggesting that it was originally intended to promote Sonic X-treme, a Sega Saturn game which was eventually canceled due to numerous problems in development.
Due to this the special's name was changed to match the game that did come out, Sonic 3D Blast.
The opening theme is an instrumental piece of music written by Clark Gassman. The tune borrows from the main theme of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 composed by Masato Nakamura. Some refrains are based on certain pieces of classical music, including "Flight of the Bumblebee" and Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King". Background music score of the series was composed by Reed Robbins and Mark Simon.
- For a full list of the characters in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, see here.
Cast (English version)
- Jaleel White as Sonic the Hedgehog
- Christopher Welch as Miles "Tails" Prower ( Chris Turner in Sonic Christmas Blast)
- Long John Baldry as Dr. Ivo Robotnik
- Gary Chalk as Grounder, Captain Rescue
- Phil Hayes as Scratch, Sergeant Doberman
- Ian James Corlett as Coconuts, Wallace A. Ditso
- Michael Donovan as Wes Weasely, Mad Mike
- French Tickner as Professor Von Schlemmer, Doctor Warpnik
- Cathy Weseluck as Penelope
- Kathleen Barr as Katella
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was most recently shown weekdays at 8:00 a.m. Central Time on Toon Disney in the United States. Robotnik was also the featured villain occasionally on the "Chillin' with the Villains" marathon block (he was even featured in their commercials). In the United Kingdom, AoStH was originally shown on Channel 4 until the show's end; recently it was also shown on the satellite channel POP, until 17 April, 2006 when it was replaced with Sonic Underground. It was shown on that channel as part of a "Sonic Week". This TV subsequently aired the first thirteen episodes of the show from 2010 to 2011. As of 2015, Netflix has the first twenty episodes available. The series also aired outside the United States in countries such as Latin America, Spain, Saudi Arabia etc. The cartoon aired in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ Two from 12 September to December 1994.
There were six VHS tapes released in the US with two episodes each per tape. In the UK, there were about ten tapes released; Volumes 1 to 6 (except Volume 5 which is Quest for the Chaos Emeralds, a four parter edited without the title cards) had three episodes per tape, "High Stakes Sonic"/"Sonic Breakout" and "Momma Robotnik's Birthday" tapes had two episodes each. Also there was a bumper tape released that was roughly three hours long. None of the UK videos had the Sonic Says segments included except the episode High Stakes Sonic.
One of these UK videos had four different versions. All of these four had the episode "Sonic Breakout" in it. However, in one the other episode was "High Stakes Sonic". In another it was "Slowwww Going" and the final version had all three of these episodes. Also there was a tape with just the "Sonic Breakout" episode.
Shout! Factory has already released two DVD sets of the series in the US, each with twenty two episodes in chronological order. The remaining episodes, as well as the "Sonic Christmas Blast" special, were released in a third and final volume (also in chronological order) that is only available for purchase on Shout! Factory's website.
In the UK, the show was released in its entirety by Delta Home Video, who also released the Sonic the Hedgehog television series and Sonic Underground in the UK, as one boxset with eight discs on 11 June 2007.
The show met with mixed reviews. Randy Miller III of DVDTalk said, "While it's obvious that The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog 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 Verdict criticized the show for being dated, contrived, and bloated with chili dog jokes.
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."
- The majority of voice actors from the show also did voice work for the 1994 Mega Man cartoon. Some of which included:
- Ian James Corlett - Mega Man, Stone Man, and Snake Man
- Kathleen Barr - Roll
- Jim Byrnes - Dr. Light, Sigma, and Crystal Man
- Scott McNeil - Dr. Wily, Proto Man and Eddie
- Garry Chalk - Guts Man, Dark Man, Bright Man, Needle Man, Heat Man,
- Terry Klassen - Cut Man
- Michael Donovan - Mega Man X
- Lee Tockar - Vile
- John Stocker (who provided additional voice work), also voiced the Mario character Toad in both The Super Mario Bros: Super Show and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3.
- In this series, there are references to four Sonic games (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 2 (8-bit) and Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball) such as the zones of the games, Badniks, Chaos Emeralds, Rings and the Special Stage. The main characters also appear in Sonic 2 (except Scratch, who was inspired by a variety of Badnik from this game named Clucker).
- Most of the villains in the first episode of the show later appeared in the game Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, a reskin of the Mega Drive title Puyo Puyo made by adapting the designs and visual style of the show due to the its popularity at the time.
- This was the only version of the American cartoons where Robotnik was referred to as "Eggman" in an episode, keeping with the egg-themed insults used by both Sonic and Tails. Many of his inventions were egg themed, and eggs are repeatedly mentioned to be his favorite food.
- The episode Tails' Tale is the only time where Tails reveals his full name to be "Miles Prower". In Tails' New Home, however, he does state that his given name is Miles and goes on to say that he dislikes it.
- This was the only animated incarnation until Sonic X to use music from the Sonic video games in any form. The only piece that was constantly reused was the classic title theme from Sonic the Hedgehog.
- In the episode The Magic Hassle, sound effects from the game Super Mario Bros. can be heard as Robotnik uses a computer. The sound effects are heard again in Attack in Pinball Fortress
- In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, the tips that Sonic is shown giving during the loading screens are entitled Sonic Says, presumably a call back to the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Due to poor translation issues, the Spanish (Latin America)-dubbed version of Sonically Ever After accidentally made Tails into a female character, confusing many children in Latin America. Also, the Latin American translation include character renames: Tails for "Colitas" (Spanish for "Little Tails") and Robotnik for "Mostachón" (Spanish for "Big Moustache"), mistakes carried onto SatAM's dub. None of the these changes are present in the Spanish (Spain) version.
- This is the only continuity in which Sonic does not show any fear of water.
- Sonic had two birthdays in this show, once in Tails Prevails and another in Robotnikland.
- The Sonic Says (Sonic Sez) segments were never shown on original UK airings.
- Grounder and Coconuts were based upon the identically-named enemy Badniks in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, while Scratch was loosely based on the enemy Clucker from the same game.
- One episode was adapted for the Sonic the Hedgehog comic books published by Archie Comics, specifially "Pseudo Sonic" in Sonic the Hedgehog #9.
- A pilot film for The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog was made, but never aired on television. Some scenes from the pilot were recut and worked into the actual episodes. The scene of Robotnik attempting to crush Sonic on the highway was used for the ending credits, while several other scenes were used in Magnificent Sonic.
- Robotnik and Scratch were voiced by Jim Cummings in the pilot. Cummings would go on to voice Robotnik in the proceeding show, though using a more sinister voice than the one used for the pilot.
- According to the preproduction of AoSTH and SatAM, AoSTH takes place before SatAM. In the preproduction pages, Sonic states "Truth is, this whole series takes place before all that. It's just me and Tails wanderin' the country and Robotnik is only on verge of taking Robotropolis." Despite this, the shows are regarded as seperate continuities by most sources.
- ↑ http://tvsmile.gr/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=39:sonic-the-hedgehog&lang=en
- ↑ Andalas Televisi (2013). Retrieved on 20 February 2018.
- ↑ RTÉ Guide, 9-15 September 1994 edition and subsequent dates
- ↑ http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/SearchClassifiedWorks/?SearchView&Query=(%20%5BTitle%5D%20contains%20%22SONIC%20THE%20HEDGEHOG%22)%20and%20((%20%5BTypeOfMedia%5D%20contains%20Film)%20OR%20(%20%5BTypeOfMedia%5D%20contains%20Video))&SearchMax=100
- ↑ Miller III, Randy (17 July 2007). The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Volume 1. DVDtalk. Retrieved on 16 January 2019.
- ↑ Rubino, Michael (8 August 2007). The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog. DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012.
- ↑ Ashby, Emily. The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Common Sense Media. Retrieved on 16 January 2019.
- ↑ http://ledastudios.rubberslug.com/gallery/master_query.asp?SeriesID=33783