Team Sonic Racing Overdrive (also titled as Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive) is a 2D cartoon animated series that was released for free on YouTube over the course of 2019. The series serves as a promotion for Team Sonic Racing, involving the main playable characters in the game. Like the preceding Sonic Mania Adventures, every episode is conveyed without dialogue.
The story begins with Team Sonic facing off against Team Rose in a race on Wisp Circuit. Sonic and Tails pass Big with ease. However, Tails is soon hit by a Crimson Eagle attack by Amy. She and the Chao ram into Sonic, trying to slow him down. Omochao then tosses a Black Bomb at the hedgehog. Luckily, Knuckles jumps out of his vehicle to hit the Black Bomb away from his teammate. He harshly lands on the track and tumbles all the way back to his vehicle to give Sonic a thumbs up. Sonic then sees that Amy and the Chao have successfully passed him. Thus, Team Sonic gives them chase. Out in front of both teams is Team Dark.
Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman is hiding in the bushes, giving an Egg Pawn an "Eggman"-like disguise. Back on the track, Big manages to pass Team Sonic by attacking them with a Black Bomb. However, Big stops after he sees a Froggy-themed shop run by Eggman's Egg Pawn. Big tries to cross the road to get to the other side but keeps getting interrupted by his fellow racers. He then attempts to use his Fishing Rod to get a piece of merchandise. His rod however, gets stuck to a passing Knuckles, who angrily throws the rod back at Big. The Egg Pawn then holds up a sign to let Big know that the Froggy merchandise is free. This makes Big determined to slowly cross the road without hesitation.
Meanwhile, Sonic and Shadow are neck and neck. Sonic drifts ahead of his rival to begin racing backwards, annoying Shadow. Amy passes Sonic once again, with the Chao having a small clash with Shadow before catching up. Sonic manages to meet a White Wisp, who grants Sonic access to the White Boost to catch up to Amy and the Chao. The racers soon see Big crossing the road and end up crashing into each other to prevent a collision with the cat. Big manages to take all the Froggy merchandise he wants and returns to his vehicle satisfied. He continues the race with Amy and the Chao following behind.
Soon, the Egg Pawn makes its shop a Black Market, attracting the attention of the Chao. This annoys Amy but she also becomes intrigued by the shop when the Egg Pawn presents an assortment of hammers to her.
Later, it has come down to a showdown between Team Sonic and Team Dark. While Rouge manages to incapacitate Knuckles by popping one of his tires, she soon crashes after being led into an obstruction by Eggman's Egg Pawn. Immediately after, Rouge takes out her phone to call Omega for help. Omega responds to Rouge's message and quickly arrives, only to crash into Rouge's car. Meanwhile, Tails has arrived and managed to fix Knuckles' car, thus allowing Knuckles to resume the race alongside Tails. As Rouge and Omega stand together stranded, they see Shadow approaching. Rouge waves to him for help, only for Shadow to completely ignore her and continue to drive. This stuns Rouge, leaving her to angrily kick Omega's Cross Dozer. Omega simply walks up to his vehicle and kicks it as well. However, both of their cars explode, propelling them away from their positions. Meanwhile, Eggman tries to halt Shadow with his Egg Pawn, only for Shadow to run it over.
Eventually, Shadow manages to pass Tails after making the fox cub spin out of control. Sonic pulls up to Tails' side however, allowing Tails to steady his vehicle. The duo then race off to keep up with Shadow, but the black hedgehog uses the Blue Cube to keep them at bay. Eventually though, Sonic sees Knuckles driving off of a small cliff. The echidna lands down beside Shadow and begins to ram him.
As the race continues, Sonic reaches out to Knuckles, asking for an Item Box. Knuckles throws one back but it reaches Tails instead. From it, three White Wisps eject. This gives Tails enough of a boost to let him catch up to Knuckles and Shadow. Realizing he is trailing behind, Sonic looks around for a way to catch up to his teammates and eventually finds a shortcut. Meanwhile, Shadow manages to pull further ahead of Tails and Knuckles. As they near the finish line, however, Sonic quickly swerves in to line up with his teammates. The trio then activate their Team Ultimate. They rapidly boost off, managing to catch up to Shadow. As Shadow turns back and sees this, he realizes that he cannot win. Annoyed, Shadow teleports out of his Dark Reaper, allowing Team Sonic to boost through, blowing the car away. Shadow then reappears, lands on his feet and begins to speed walk. He walks all the way to the bleachers where Rouge, Omega and several Chao are sitting.
Team Sonic triumphantly cross the finish line and are given their trophy, only for Eggman to take it for himself. While Eggman pulls off his victory dance however, he is crushed by the Dark Reaper, which flings the trophy out of his hands and back into Sonic's. Initially surprised by the turn of events, Team Sonic turn back to the cameras to celebrate their victory. The Egg Pawn returns to meet Eggman, only to see that he was hit by Shadow's car.
- Amy Rose - A pink hedgehog who is deeply in love with Sonic. She is the leader of Team Rose.
- Big the Cat - An easy-going and large purple cat whose best friend is Froggy. He is a member of Team Rose.
- Chao - A group of Chao sharing one vehicle. They are members of Team Rose.
- Dr. Eggman - An evil egg-shaped scientist and Sonic's arch-enemy. Once again up to no good, he seeks to ruin the races for the participants in any way possible and obtain the main prize for himself.
- E-123 Omega - A powerful E-Series robot who has turned on Eggman. He is a member of Team Dark.
- Egg Pawn - A mass-produced robot and Dr. Eggman's most common foot soldiers. They assist the doctor in ruining the races for the participants.
- Knuckles the Echidna - A physically strong and tough red echidna. He is both Sonic's friend and rival. He is a member of Team Sonic.
- Miles "Tails" Prower - A yellow two-tailed fox cub with a genius intellect who is Sonic's best friend and sidekick. He is a member of Team Sonic.
- Rouge the Bat - A white-furred bat with a passion for jewels. She is the leader of Team Dark.
- Shadow the Hedgehog - A black and red hedgehog, the Ultimate Lifeform, and Sonic's arch-rival. He is a member of Team Dark.
- Sonic the Hedgehog - A free-spirited blue hedgehog and the fastest thing alive. He is the leader of Team Sonic.
- Wisp - A species of aliens originating from Planet Wisp. They help the racers by providing them with special powers during competitions.
- Black Wisp - A species of black Wisps, which can transform into dangerous bombs.
- Blue Wisp - A species of blue Wisps, which can transform into dangerous cube-based road obstructions.
- Crimson Wisp - A species of crimson Wisps, which can fly and target foes like an eagle, causing their opponent's cars to spin out.
- Pink Wisp - A species of pink Wisps, which possess sharp points.
- White Wisp - A species of white Wisps, which can provide race cars with speed boosts.
List of episodes
|No. overall||No. in season||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Prod. code|
|1||1||"Dangerous Distractions"||Tyson Hesse||N/A||16 March 2019||N/A|
|Team Sonic, Team Rose, and Team Dark face off at Wisp Circuit in this first of two parts of a special animation based on Team Sonic Racing! As usual, the diabolical Dr. Eggman seems to have his own plans – can the teams overcome his tricks, or will they find themselves more than a little distracted?|
|2||2||"Eyes on the Prize"||Tyson Hesse||N/A||25 April 2019||N/A|
|It's Team Dark VS. Team Sonic as the race heats up! From trickery to teamwork, each team is trying their hardest to take the top spot. With the finish line in sight, only one team can take home the victory!|
Team Sonic Racing Overdrive Complete
In addition to the serialized release, on the same day "Eyes on the Prize" released, a separate video titled "Team Sonic Racing Overdrive Complete" was also uploaded. Although promoted as just the two individual episodes strung together in a single video, it also has minor music differences to accommodate the edits joining the episodes together.
|No. overall||No. in season||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Prod. code|
|1-2||1||"The Complete Race"||Tyson Hesse||N/A||25 April 2019||N/A|
|The full, combined animation of Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive!|
- Directed By: Tyson Hesse
- Unit Production Manager: Jasmin Hernandez
- Executive Producer - Neko Productions: Lirit Rosenzweig Topaz
- Storyboard: Ian Mutchler, Tyson Hesse
- Art Director / Production Design: Tyson Hesse
- Art Director Assistant: Daniel Dulitzky
- Environment Design and Paint: Sylwia Bomba, Daniel Dulitzky, Ilaria Sposetti
- Logo Animation: Brady Hartel
- Production Managers: Celina La Flaca, Kathy Schoeppner
- Technical Director: Or Ofri
- Animation Services Provided by: Neko Productions
- Lead Artists: Lukas Romero, Warren Romero, Or Ofri, Isaac Rubio, Tammy Zeitler
- Artists: Viktoria Aleksandrova, Sylwia Bomba, Jarom Brand, Victor Camargo, Daniel Dulitzky, Frank Gidlewski, Boyan Mishev, Ilaria Sposetti, Kelsey Wooley
- Production Executive: Toni Pace Carstensen
- Music Composed & Edited By: Jun Senoue
- Additional Music Editing By: Evan Hesse
- Additional Composed By: Audissi Studios
- Sound Design: Elliot Hunt (Alcheh & Hunt)
- Audio Mix: Tyson Hesse
- Executive Producers: Takashi Iizuka, Kazuyuki Hoshino
- Co-Executive Producers: Ian Curran, Ivo Gerscovich, Hitoshi Okuno
- Development Manager: Ian Drazen
- Featured Song: "Green Light Ride" by Crush 40
- Graphics: Jimmy Lenoir, Petia Koutzarova
- Special Thanks: Nathan Shabazi, Alan Hadaya, Hannah Motegi, Aaron Webber, Sega of America "Sonic Pillar" Team
- In Association with: Neko Productions
- Team Sonic Racing Overdrive is the first 2D animated media in the "modern" Sonic style since the anime intro of Sonic Riders, and it is also the first ever cartoon series in the "modern" style.
- This is the first official animation in which E-123 Omega, the Hero Chao, the Dark Chao and Omochao appear in.
- Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter. Twitter (16 March 2019). Retrieved on 17 March 2019. “Announcing "Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive" a new 2-part Animation by Tyson Hesse and Neko Productions! Here's Part 1 -Enjoy!”