OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
"Let's Meet Sonic" is the one hundred and second episode in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes television series. It is a crossover episode that features Sonic and Tails from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It aired on 4 August 2019 in the United States.
When world class hero SONIC THE HEDGEHOG visits the plaza, he teams up with K.O. to save the day.
- Cream the Rabbit (Mentioned)
- Dr. Eggman (Mentioned)
- Ice Cream Lady (Cameo)
- Metal K-0 (First appearance)
- Knuckles the Echidna (Mentioned)
- Lord Boxman
- Mario (Drawing)
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Mr. Gar (Mentioned)
- Raymond (Cameo)
- Shadow the Hedgehog (Mentioned)
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Chili dog (Mentioned)
- Death Egg (Mentioned)
- Goal Plate
- Master Emerald
- Miles Electric
- Pow Card
- Rings (multiple)
- Roboty-Makey-Machine (First appearance)
- Homing Attack
- Light Speed Dash
- Shuttle loop
- Spin Attack
- Spin Dash
- Spin Jump
- Super Peel Out
At Gar's Hero Supply & Bodega, K.O. is prepared for another day of protecting the plaza from evil robots. Unfortunately, Rad and Enid are too tired to do anything as they had stayed up all night playing video games and instead decide to sleep through the day. This upsets K.O. as he believes they must always be alert while working at the bodega as they never know when a legendary hero may show up. As Nanini taunts Genesis in the store, they are knocked over when Sonic the Hedgehog blasts through the doors. The hedgehog is soon accompanied by Miles "Tails" Prower. K.O. slowly turns around and becomes very excited to see Sonic standing there. Sonic and Tails catch Nanini and Genesis, with the former warning the kids to be careful. As the starstruck children run off, K.O. asks Sonic if he is truly the hero with the power level of Ring. Sonic confirms this, leaving K.O. to excitedly gush over him. The young hero then shows Sonic fan artwork he has drawn of him over the years, leaving Sonic impressed that someone had such large encyclopedic knowledge of him. Tails jealously turns to him wondering why he was not considered. K.O. introduces himself to Sonic and the hedgehog asks if he would like to be his new little buddy. K.O. accepts, leaving Tails to disapprove of his replacement. Sonic tells K.O. that he can be his little buddy on the condition that he is given one of Mr. Gar's famous chili dogs. K.O. does not know what a chili dog is and tries to present a "chilly" Dogmun instead. Tails questions if K.O. is "little buddy material" to which Sonic dismisses. Sonic presents a flyer that advertises the bodega to be home to the best chili dogs in the multiverse. K.O. inspects the flyer, only to see Darrell and Jethro disguised within it.
Darrell reveals his and Jethro's deception as a 2D image and they leap out. Darrell then kidnaps Rad and Enid within a sack and begins to escape by riding away on Jethro. K.O. quickly runs after the robots but not before asking Sonic to help him stop the duo. Sonic asks who they are and K.O. replies that they who work for the evil Lord Boxman, who makes robots. Sonic and Tails compare Lord Boxman to a certain egghead they know but as K.O. struggles to keep up with the pair, he does not hear them. Tails turns to K.O., sighs and carries him while flying instead. When Tails asks Sonic what they should do, Sonic suggests a Homing Attack. K.O. does not know what this is so Sonic demonstrates by using the Homing Attack on Darrell. This prompts Darrell to increase Jethro's speed and reach Boxmore before its entrance closes. As K.O. begins to worry, Sonic suggests using performing the Light Speed Dash. Tails helps scatter Rings to Boxmore's entrance and Sonic thus takes Tails' hand and uses the Light Speed Dash on the Rings to enter Boxmore before it closes. The trio find Darrell handing the tied up sack to Lord Boxman which pleases the latter. However, when he turns around to see Sonic, he finds out that Darrell and Jethro had actually captured Rad and Enid instead. Boxman angrily tells Darrell and Jethro off, stating that he wanted Sonic captured as no one respected him as a villain. His plan was to capture Sonic and use him to create an ultimate power supply and says that he got the idea to capture Sonic from an "egghead" he went to college with. Boxman states to the trio that if they wish to see Rad and Enid again, they have to go through a large loop-de-loop and reach the exit.
Tails views on his Miles Electric that there is only one exit. Sonic does not find this to be a challenge and says that his is a professional when it comes to loop-de-loops. K.O. quickly stops Sonic from progressing as he believed Boxman was luring him into a trap and pleads to go through the loop-de-loop first. K.O. quickly attempts to travel through the loop-de-loop but to no avail. Sonic and Tails suggest using a Spin Dash but K.O. fails to perform the move correctly. K.O. asks how to perform it correctly but Sonic states that the move was not something that could truly be explained. This upsets K.O. but Sonic tells him that he is still his little buddy. K.O. is encouraged once again but crashes through the loop-de-loop. As Sonic relaxes still cheering on the kid, Tails goes up to K.O. and tells him that everytime he performs a Spin Dash he visualizes a finish line; a reason to keep moving forward. Tails then tells him that when he first met Sonic he could not keep up with him. When he cleared his thoughts of everything except Sonic at the finish line, Tails was able to perform a Spin Dash and keep up with his friend. K.O. takes Tails' advice, begins to rev up and visualizes Rad and Enid as his finish line. With this, K.O. travels through the loop-de-loop with ease and reaches the exit. Tails then believes that K.O. will make a great sidekick. In a separate room, K.O. finds Rad and Enid left at a gate underneath a 200 ton weight. K.O. tries to rush to them but is grabbed and trapped within a machine by Boxman. Boxman reveals himself as he believes that he finally captured Sonic but finds that he captured K.O. instead. Sonic and Tails arrive and find that the Master Emerald was fashioned on top of Boxman's machine as Boxman managed to trick a little red fellow into "borrowing" it to him to display at a museum exhibit. Boxman reveals that the Master Emerald was powering up his latest invention: the Roboty-Makey-Machine. Boxman states that the duo will never guess what it does but he is proven wrong when Tails guesses that it turns people into robots. Angry that Tails ruined the surprise, Boxman activates the machine and turns K.O. into Metal K-0.
As Boxman tells Metal K-0 to destroy the duo, the robot gives chase to Sonic all around the facility. Sonic tries to talk Metal K-0 out of it but he does not listen and instead uses his newly taught moves on Sonic, including the Homing Attack, Spin Dash and Light Speed Dash. Sonic and Metal K-0 travel so fast that Boxman struggles to see them. Sonic believes that he may have trained K.O. a little too well but states that he will not be able to triumph over the original. Metal K-0 corners Sonic at a large vat of water, stating that he cannot swim. Before Metal K-0 can shoot Sonic, Tails arrives and flies him out of the shot. He praises Tails and the latter is glad that he did something "little buddy worthy". Metal K-0 soon flies at Sonic and Tails, prompting the latter to through Sonic at the robot so that he can kick him down to the vat of water. Metal K-0 begins to sink and short circuit in the water. Sonic rushes to the edge and stretches out his hand for Metal K-0 to grab. Though Tails warns that Metal K-0 will drag Sonic down with him, the robot instead slaps Sonic's hand away and says "There is only one little buddy." As Metal K-0 sinks into the water, Sonic heroically dives into the water despite Tails' protests. Sonic Spin Attacks Metal K-0 and turns him back into K.O. Sonic tries to pull K.O. and himself out of the water but still cannot swim out. Luckily, Tails dives into the water himself and flies the both of them out. Sonic praises Tails and states that he is the greatest sidekick a guy could ask for. Tails jealously replies, believing that K.O. was his new sidekick. Sonic corrects him saying that K.O. is his little buddy like Cream the Rabbit but Tails was his one true best friend. After hearing this, Tails becomes satisfied. Boxman is angry with the outcome of events and decides to crush Rad and Enid anyway. However, as he presses the button on his remote the machine does not activate. When Boxman goes to the gate to inspect why the machine was not working, Tails reveals that he is overriding his remote with his Miles Electric. Sonic quickly rescues Rad and Enid while also stealing Boxman's clothes. After he does so, Tails activates the machine to drop the 200 ton weight on Boxman. The heroes celebrate as Boxman curses them and yells "I hate that hedgehog!" After he does so, Rad and Enid wake up and accidentally butt heads with each other.
Later, K.O. begins to gush over Tails and states that his performance against Boxman was "way past cool". This bores Sonic and he requests that he and Tails leave. Tails then apologizes for being jealous of K.O. and the latter forgives him. The two say goodbye to each other and Tails starts up the Tornado, which is carrying the Master Emerald. Before they take off, Sonic tells K.O. to stay cool and have some chili dogs ready the next time he visits. K.O. still does not know what chili dogs are but says goodbye to the duo regardless. Before the episode ends, K.O. remembers that he forgot to learn a valuable lesson. A Sonic Says segement then begins, with Sonic telling the viewers not to sleep through life as it is an adventure and they might miss the chance to meet him.
- In one frame where Sonic can be seen jumping up into the air, one of his legs appears to be miscolored peach.
The model sheets for Sonic and Tails in this episode were drawn by Ben Bates and their designs were finalized by Kazuyuki Hoshino. The soundtrack for the episode was composed by . On 4 April 2019, Toby Jones tweeted that he and Ian Jones-Quartey filmed the end credits shot of K.O. running from a new background with Sonic and Tails. A red square was initially placed over Sonic and Tails so as to not spoil the episode at that time.
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- This episode was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on 19 July 2019.
- This is the second cartoon that Roger Craig Smith and Colleen Villard have voiced Sonic and Tails in respectively, with the first being Sonic Boom.
- This episode contains numerous references and Easter eggs that relate to the Sonic the Hedgehog series:
- The music that plays at the beginning of the episode is a remix of the music for Star Light Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Another remix plays after the opening title screen.
- K.O. pulls off three poses from the Sonic series near the beginning of the episode.
- K.O.'s line "You never know when a legendary hero might 3D blast through our doors!" is a reference to the game Sonic 3D Blast.
- Nanini can be seen holding a comic book in Gar's Hero Supply & Bodega that resembles Sonic Quest #2. The logo on the comic book resembles the logo for the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- The way in which Nanini mockingly slaps her butt at Genesis may be a reference to the Sonic X episode "Missile Wrist Rampage" in which Sonic mockingly slaps his butt as E-23 Missile Wrist attacked him.
- The music that plays when Sonic enters the bodega is based on "Live and Learn".
- Another remix of this song plays when Sonic and Tails demonstrate the Spin Dash to K.O.
- The sound effect that plays when Sonic uses his Spin Attack upon entering the bodega is the same sound effect from the games whenever he rolls into that move, originating in the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The music that plays when Tails enters the bodega is based on "Azure Blue World ...for Emerald Coast".
- Another remix of this song plays when Tails saves Sonic and K.O. from drowning.
- The sound effect that plays whenever Tails flies is the same sound effect from the games when he uses Propeller Flying, originating in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- The opening title splash screen for the episode pays homage to the opening title splash screens of the Sega Genesis Sonic games, mainly Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- The music that plays during the opening title splash screen is a Sega Genesis-style rendition of "In the Hall of the Mountain King", which is also used in the theme song of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Another remix plays when Sonic, Tails and K.O. chase Darrell and Jethro.
- Another remix of the song plays whenever Lord Boxman appears on-screen.
- Another remix of the song plays when Sonic is being chased by Metal K-0.
- Another remix plays when Lord Boxman is crushed by his 200 ton weight.
- A final remix of the song plays during the Sonic Says segment.
- Sonic is animated consistently with fangs, referencing Sonic Adventure and/or Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
- The Ring sound effect is heard several times during this episode, especially when Sonic and K.O. collect them or when K.O. showed Sonic his Pow Card of him.
- The sound effect that plays when Sonic winks at K.O. originates from the title screen of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 when stars appear on-screen.
- K.O. shows Sonic his fan artwork of his past adventures which allude to several other Sonic games:
- The first drawing shows Sonic and Tails near an exploding Death Egg which is a reference to Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- The second drawing shows Sonic fighting Shadow the Hedgehog on the Space Colony ARK which is a reference to Sonic Adventure 2.
- The third drawing depicts Sonic winning both the Summer and Winter sports games over Mario which is a reference to the Mario & Sonic series.
- The sound effect that plays when Sonic presents his gold medal to K.O. originates from the original Sonic the Hedgehog when the total tally is counted up for the player at the end of a level.
- The sound effect that plays when Tails exclaims "New little buddy?!" originates from the original Sonic the Hedgehog when a block is broken.
- Sonic mentions his love for chili dogs, which is a reference to Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, though this fact has been featured in several Sonic media afterward.
- The sound effect that plays when Sonic pushes Tails away originates from the original Sonic the Hedgehog whenever the player loses a life.
- After Sonic pushes Tails out of frame, Tails flies back in a similar fashion to how he does so when a CPU Tails is used in 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games, which first originated in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- After Darrell reveals that he tricked K.O., Sonic and Tails, he laughs like Scratch does in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The sound effect that plays when Sonic jumps originates from Sonic Unleashed and has been used in subsequent "Modern Sonic" games.
- The "sound" speed setting seen on Jethro references how Sonic is usually described to travel faster than the speed of sound in various pieces of Sonic media.
- The sound effect that plays when Tails throws Rings ahead to Boxmore originates from the original Sonic the Hedgehog whevever Sonic takes a hit and loses Rings.
- Sonic says "Gotta Light Speed, Keed!" when he uses the Light Speed Dash to get himself, Tails and K.O. to Boxmore. "Gotta speed, Keed!" was a recurring catchphrase of Sonic's in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and the Sonic the Hedgehog television series.
- Lord Boxman is voiced by Jim Cummings, who voiced Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog television series and the pilot episode for Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Creator Ian Jones-Quartey has stated Cummings' portrayal of Robotnik was a partial factor in the original casting of the character.
- Lord Boxman says "Excellent! Promotions are in order!" which is a reference to the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Tails' New Home" in which Dr. Robotnik says "I'll have to give myself a promotion!" Boxman strikes the same pose as Robotnik when saying the line as well.
- Sonic describes himself as "the most famous hedgehog" to Lord Boxman, a reference to the slogan on the Japanese box artwork for the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Lord Boxman calls Darrell and Jethro "Dumbots", which is a nickname that Dr. Robotnik often calls Scratch and Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Lord Boxman describes Sonic as the "fastest thing alive", which is something that Sonic has been referred to as several times in the Sonic series. It is also the title of the theme song for the Sonic the Hedgehog television series and a song from Sonic Underground.
- The trio are tasked with traveling through a shuttle loop, a gimmick that first appeared in the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Tails can be seen using the Miles Electric, a device first seen in Sonic Unleashed.
- The sound effect that plays whenever a Spin Dash is used originates from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- When K.O. uses a Spin Dash to travel through the shuttle loop, Sonic can be seen sitting in a beach chair with a table, a drink, a stereo and sunglasses that are nearly identical to the ones he is seen using in the beginning of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.
- Tails recalls his first meeting with Sonic, an event that was first described in the Japanese manual for Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- A Goal Plate, a common gimmick in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, can be seen being used by K.O. after he passes through the shuttle loop. Though it is initially seen as an "Exit" sign, it reveals his face as a new image on the other side of it when he passes it.
- The sound effect that plays when the Goal Plate is used originates from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The way in which Enid and Rad are left under a gate with a 200 ton weight hanging above them is in reference to Amy Rose being held captive at the gate at the end of Stardust Speedway in Sonic the Hedgehog CD and in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog #25. The 200 ton weight is a reference to the "Sonic Ride" animation from Sonic Jam. The gate itself is designed after the one seen in the ending animation for each Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode and its pilot.
- Lord Boxman calls Tails "rodent" which is a nickname Dr. Eggman has called Sonic in several pieces of Sonic media.
- Knuckles the Echidna's gullibility is referenced when Lord Boxman tells Sonic and Tails that he tricked the echidna into giving him the Master Emerald.
- Knuckles is reminisced upon in a crude drawing style, which is a reference to Knuckles' flashback scene from the one-shot comic, Sonic: Mega Drive, which was also presented as crude scribbles. It may also reference a similar occurrence from Sonic Mania and the Sonic Mania Adventures episode "& Knuckles" in which Knuckles has his thought bubbles portrayed in crudely drawn thought bubbles, though this is also a reference to Sonic: Mega Drive itself.
- The Roboty-Makey-Machine is a reference to the Roboticizer and Roboticization. This is a subject not only shown in the games but also in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Sonic the Hedgehog television series, Sonic Underground and the Archie Comics.
- The sound effect that plays as the Roboty-Makey-Machine powers up is the sound effect from Sonic & Knuckles when the Great Eggman Robo charges up its laser in its second phase.
- Interestingly, the Great Eggman Robo was also a machine powered by the Master Emerald.
- Metal K-0 is a direct reference to Metal Sonic.
- When Sonic is being chased by Metal K-0, the two run through a sequence resembling the animated ending of Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
- Sonic's line "You might know all my moves but you'll never outsmart the real-" is a reference to the line he says in his final fight against Hyper Metal Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.
- Sonic's dislike for water and inability to swim is referenced in the episode.
- Just before Tails throws Sonic towards Metal K-0, he says "Don't worry, Sonic! Everything will be okay!" This is a reference to Tails' line in Sonic Adventure 2 anytime he pets a Chao.
- The way in which Tails warns Sonic that Metal K-0 will drag him down with him, Metal K-0 refusing Sonic's help, slapping his hand away from him and saying "There is only one little buddy" as he sinks into the water is similar to the sequence of events that happened in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie when Hyper Metal Sonic sunk into lava and Knuckles held Sonic back.
- The drowning sound effect that was first used in the original Sonic the Hedgehog is played when Metal K-0 begins slowly sinks in the water.
- The way in which Sonic Spin Attacks Metal K-0 turning him back into the normal K.O. is a reference to how characters destroy Badniks in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- The sound effect that plays when Sonic hits Metal K-0 to turn him back into K.O. originates from the original Sonic the Hedgehog whenever a Badnik is destroyed.
- Sonic mentions Cream the Rabbit, a reoccurring character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that first appeared in Sonic Advance 2.
- Lord Boxman is crushed by the 200 ton weight and is left flattened at the gate when Tails overrides his controls, which is a reference to the ending animation of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Lord Boxman exclaims "I hate that hedgehog!" which is the same signature quote used by Dr. Robotnik in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series and the various incarnations of Eggman in the Archie Comics.
- The chain that is seen connecting the Master Emerald to the Tornado was first seen in the good ending Sonic & Knuckles.
- K.O. says that Tails is "way past cool" which is a well known catchphrase of Sonic in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and the Sonic the Hedgehog television series.
- After Tails apologizes to K.O. for being jealous of him, K.O. says "That's okay, Tails. Live and learn, right?" which is a reference to the song "Live and Learn".
- At the end of the episode, a "Sonic Says" segment is held.
- K.O. incorrectly writes "Sonic Says" as "Sonic Sez", just as Tails did in the original run of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- K.O. writes "Sonic Sez" with blue crayon on an orange sign, resembling the orange sign used for the original Sonic Says title cards.
- The flowers that Sonic runs past resemble the ones seen in Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- At the end of the segment, Sonic says "That's no good!" in reference to the same line he said in the Sonic Says segment in the episode "Lovesick Sonic".
- It is likely that Sonic's pose lying down was based on his pose in the second last panel on page eighteen of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog #9.
- The music that plays at the beginning of the episode is a remix of the music for Star Light Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- When Sonic and Tails talk about Dr. Eggman, Sonic sings "He's the worst." This is a reference to the episode "Bailout" from the NBC television series Parks and Recreation where the character Jean-Ralphio Saperstein sings "She's the worst" to describe his sister.
- Not understanding why Lord Boxman wants Sonic to be captured, Darrell says "He doesn't even go here." This is a reference to the 2004 film Mean Girls in which the line "She doesn't even go here!" is said by Damian Leigh.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 cartoonfuntime. Curiouscat.me (19 July 2019). Retrieved on 26 July 2019.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 First Looks SDCC 2019. YouTube. Sega (19 July 2019). Retrieved on 19 July 2019. “K.O. needs help from Enid and Rad, but they're too tired from playing Sonic all night. Luckily, a legendary hero blasts through the door. Check out this epic crossover of OK KO x Sonic the Hedgehog!
Watch the epic crossover episode of OK KO x Sonic the Hedgehog Sunday, August 4th at 4:45p (ET/PT)”
- ↑ OK K.O.! LET'S BE HEROES. The Futon Critic. Retrieved on 26 July 2019.
- ↑ Ian Jones-Quartey on Twitter. Twitter (5 August 2019). Retrieved on 6 August 2019.
- ↑ Ian Jones-Quartey on Twitter. Twitter (5 August 2019). Retrieved on 6 August 2019.
- ↑ Toby Jones on Twitter. Twitter (5 August 2019). Retrieved on 5 August 2019.