- For other subjects with the same name, see Sonic Boom (disambiguation).
Sonic Boom is an American-French-Japanese CGI-animated television series developed by Sega of America in collaboration with OuiDo! Productions, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise created by Sega. Sonic Boom is the fifth animated television series based on the Sonic franchise, the second developed by SEGA following Sonic X (plus the second series co-produced in France following Sonic Underground) and the first television series in the franchise to be produced in computer-generated animation and in high definition.
The series premiered on 8 November 2014 in the United States on Cartoon Network and released on November 19 in France on Canal J. The show launched in Spring 2015 on the French children's network Gulli, and was followed by an international launch on other countries. The series is a part of the Sonic Boom spin-off franchise, which consists also of two video games, a comic book series and a toyline.
The series is aimed at children, teenager, adult and centers around Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks, and their never ending search for adventure and their battles with their arch nemesis Doctor Eggman. Other characters, both new and old, also join the ensemble.
The Sonic Boom animated series was designed as a spin-off from the main Sonic continuity so the staff could take the characters and their world in directions the main series could not. It was first announced in October 2013, revealing a teaser image featuring the show's four main protagonists, Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Knuckles, in silhouette form. The series, which originally consist of 52 episodes with 11 minutes of running time each, is co-produced by Sega of America Inc. and OuiDo! Productions and is being developed by Evan Baily, Donna Friedman Mier, and Sandrine Nguyen, with Baily and Bill Freiberger as showrunners, under the supervision of Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka to ensure that it is true to the Sonic characters and universe. Mike Banker will also assist with writing the television series. On 6 February 2014, Sega revealed the first trailer for the series, showcasing the new designs for the characters.
Many of the current voice actors for the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series will return to voice the characters of the series, including Roger Craig Smith as Sonic, Dr. Willingham as Knuckles, Cindy Robinson as Amy, and Mike Pollock as Dr. Eggman, while voice actress Colleen Villard will be succeeding Kate Higgins in the role of Tails. The series will also introduce a new character named Sticks the Badger, a crazy and paranoid 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 the Hedgehog games. Baily has stated the series will be a mixture of action and comedy, featuring an episodic structure. On 4 October 2014, Sega announced the air date of the series in the United States to be 8 November 2014.
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 that a second season is currently in production.
Cast and characters
- Roger Craig Smith as Sonic the Hedgehog/UT/Dave the Intern/Young Gogoba
- Colleen Villard as Miles "Tails" Prower/Mrs. Vandersnout/Zooey
- Travis Willingham as Knuckles the Echidna/Obliterator Bot/Old Monkey/Soar the Eagle/Mr. Slate
- Cindy Robinson as Amy Rose/Perci/Elderly Gogoba/Justin Beaver
- Nika Futterman as Sticks the Badger/Photographer
- Mike Pollock as Doctor Eggman/Fastidious Beaver/Mayor Fink
- Kirk Thornton as Orbot/Shadow the Hedgehog/Wolfie/Leroy the Turtle/T.W. Barker/Tree Spy/Monkey-Boy/Salty/Charlie
- Wally Wingert as Cubot/Gogoba Chief/Justin's producer/D.B. Platypus
- Bill Freiberger as Comedy Chimp/Lady Walrus/DangerCo Deadly Equipment Warehouse Worker/Process Server
- Robbie Rist as Swifty the Shrew
- Mike the Ox
- Metal Sonic
- Bee Bots
- Crab Bots
- Weasel Bandits
The TV series is an ensemble comedy that pokes fun at action-adventure storytelling. It revolves around the main character Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles, Amy Rose and Sticks the Badger, their ongoing battles with the evil scientist Dr. Eggman and their never-ending search for adventures.
It is set in a wide-open world, where most of the characters live in and around a Village. This vast landscape is filled with jungles, mountains, undersea civilizations, cloud cities and all kinds of other environments.
- This is the first Sonic the Hedgehog television series to have fully computer-generated (CG) animation.
- The intro sequence for the show in the United States is actually a shortened version of the actual intro sequence. This full intro sequence is used in France. According to Bill Freiberger, this is because the two countries' channels (Cartoon Network and Gulli respectively) have different delivery requirements.
- The intro shows all the main characters in order of appearance with Sonic being first, then Tails, Amy, Knuckles and finally Sticks.
- Although it has been confirmed that OuiDO! is doing the production for the show, the first reveal of the show credited the company's original name, Genao Productions.
- This is the third Sonic the Hedgehog animation to be produced by Sega; the first being Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie and the second being Sonic X.
- Much similar to the canon of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, every episode will be a standalone.
- Despite this, past episodes are referenced in later episodes.
- It is the longest time to wait for a new show in the series - eight years passed from the original airing of the last episode of Sonic X (2003-2006) to air the first episode of Sonic Boom.
- On the official Cartoon Network website, a fan-made Sonic Boom render, made by Nibroc-Rock, was used alongside the official art of Tails. This may be intentional or just simply mistaken to be official.
- Nibroc-Rock himself is aware of this and was "freaked out" (stated by himself with a picture)
- The voices of the Sonic Team in the Portuguese Brazilian dub are the same as the voices of Sonic X.
- According to Bill Freiberger, the developers do not ever use characters from non-Sonic Boom versions of Sonic, meaning no Archie Comics characters, no characters from the other TV series in any Sonic-related media and no characters from games outside the main series.
- In several episodes where written text is showcased, the words and sentences either appear obscured or are written in gibberish. Bill Freiberger has explained that Sonic Boom does not show words because it is an international coproduction and thus needs to play in many different languages.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Kellie (29 May 2014). Introducing Sticks to the Sonic Boom Franchise. Retrieved on 17 June 2014.
- ↑ APRIL on FOXTEL: Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Wentworth, Deadline Gallipoli and 200+ other new shows. Foxtel (30 March 2015). Retrieved on 2 April 2015.
- ↑ Sonic Boom To Begin Airing In Canada Next Week. TSSZ News (4 April 2015). Retrieved on 10 April 2015.
- ↑ Home - Sonic Boom (23 October 2015). Retrieved on 11 November 2015.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 China Now Airing Sonic Boom, Taiwan To Follow April 11th. TSSZ News (6 April 2015). Retrieved on 10 April 2015.
- ↑ Sonic Boom Coming To Portugal In May Or June. TSSZ News (5 April 2015). Retrieved on 10 April 2015.
- ↑ Sonic Boom in Toggle. Mediacorp (30 August 2015). Retrieved on 1 September 2015.
- ↑ Malaysia Now Airing Boom, Southeast Asia & Philippines To Follow April 11th (UPDATE). TSSZ News (5 April 2015). Retrieved on 10 April 2014.
- ↑ Sonic Boom to Air in The UK On June 1st!. SonicStadium.org (13th May 2015). Retrieved on 13 May 2014.
- ↑ Sonic Boom 2014: Sonic Boom Cartoon Debuts November 8th on CN, Preview Shown. TSSZ News (4 October 2014). Retrieved on 10 April 2014.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Timeline Photos - Sonic Boom Air Date. Sega Corporation. Retrieved on 4 October 2014.
- ↑ Canal J : "Sonic Boom" débarque le 19 novembre (French). Nore&Press-média+ (3 November 2014). Retrieved on 4 November 2014.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Kellie (2 October 2013). Sonic Boom (Working Title) - A New Animated Series Coming Fall 2014. Retrieved on 4 October 2013.
- ↑ Cartoon Network Buys Sonic Boom Broadcast Rights For Cartoon Network Arabic, Cartoon Network Japan And Cartoon Network Australia (English) (June 9, 2015). Retrieved on 5 January 2016.
- ↑ Sonic Talk 34: Sonic Boomiversary with Aaron Webber. YouTube (23 October 2015). Retrieved on 12 December 2015.
- ↑ Sonic Boom (2014-) - Full Cast & Crew. Retrieved on 17 June 2014.
- ↑ Tristan Oliver (13 December 2013). Database Reveals More Sonic Boom TV Writing, Producing Credits. Retrieved on 13 December 2013.
- ↑ Sonic Boom™ - TV Series Trailer. YouTube (6 February 2014). Retrieved on 6 February 2014.
- ↑ SEGA Launches New Franchise Strategy for Sonic the Hedgehog with Sonic Boom. Sega.com (6 February 2014). Retrieved on 6 February 2014.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Parker, Kellie (25 February 2014). Go Behind the Scenes with Sonic Boom. Sega Blog. Sega. Retrieved on 25 February 2014.
- ↑ Timeline Photos - Sonic the Hedgehog. Retrieved on 18 December 2013.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog official Twitter. Retrieved on 2014-26-02. “Sonic the Hedgehog: We would like to express our gratitude to Kate Higgins for her many years of service as the voice of Tails. / Uncle Festive: So, is Kate no longer voicing Tails in the main series either? / Sonic the Hedgehog: Yes, Colleen Villard is the voice of Tails moving forward for all Sonic the Hedgehog titles.”
- ↑ Busis, Hillary (29 May 2014). Meet Sonic the Hedgehog's new pal, Sticks the Jungle Badger -- EXCLUSIVE. Polygon. Retrieved on 29 May 2014.
- ↑ Corriea, Alexa (6 February 2014). Why Sega handed Sonic over to Western studios and gave him a scarf. Polygon. Retrieved on 6 February 2014.
- ↑ Sonic Boom Interview with Evan Baily. NintendoWorldReport (12 February 2014). Retrieved on 14 February 2014.
- ↑ Cartoon Network Approaches Upfront with Unmatched Growth Across All Screens. Cartoon Network / Turner Network Television (19 February 2015). Retrieved on 22 February 2015.
- ↑ Sonic Boom Commentaries Uncut: Ep 15 Pre-Show - 'Off & Showrunning'. Last Minute Continue / The Sonic Show (3 March 2015). Retrieved on 4 March 2015.
- ↑ Harry Winston (6 October 2015). MIPCOM 2015 : la 2ème saison de la série d'animation "Sonic Boom" en cours de production (French). Mediakwest. Retrieved on 10 October 2015.
- ↑ Erin Fitzgerald on Twitter. Twitter (12 November 2014). Retrieved on 15 August 2015. “Erin Fitzgerald: So for you #SonicBoom fans FYI I get to play Perci for the video game!!!! and my BFF @RedHeadSaidProd #AmyRose plays Perci in the series!!”
- ↑ Cindy Robinson on Twitter. Twitter (12 November 2014). Retrieved on 15 August 2015. “Cindy Robinson: I did NOT record Perci for the game. Only the one episode in the series. Amazing Erin is in the game!!”
- ↑ Sonic Boom Sticks Announcement (29 May 2014). Retrieved on 29 May 2014.
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 Doctor MK (25 February 2014). Sonic Boom Behind the Scenes: English VAs, Orbot & Cubot Confirmed. Retrieved on 5 March 2014.
- ↑ Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (11 November 2015). Retrieved on 11 November 2015. “the sonic rebel fan: why is the intro sequence for the show in the United States a shortened version of the actual intro sequence in France ? / Bill Freiberger: Cartoon Network and Gulli have different delivery requirements.”
- ↑ Doctor MK (13 February 2014). Sonic Boom TV world to "reset" in every episode. Retrieved on 14 February 2014.
- ↑ Bill Freiberger's comment on the episode commentary
- ↑ Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (14 January 2016). Retrieved on 14 January 2016. “Piotr Wojciechowski: It says "Arts & Entertainment"! I finally figured it out! Why was it hidden like that anyway? / Bill Freiberger: We don't show words in Sonic Boom because it's an international coproduction. It needs to play in many different languages.”