Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog
Voice Director: Ginny McSwain

US Premiere: Sep 18, 1993
US Conclusion: 1994

Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26

Animation Studio: DIC Entertainment

Popularity: 243rd All Time, 505th This Week

Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog
Characters on BTVA: 21
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JTurner
said at 9:24 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
Videogames are very tough to adapt for any media other than themselves because the medium is not typically suited for film material, much less a television show. Furthermore, if done clumsily, the resulting project could be a disaster. So it is a pleasant surprise that this 26-episode Saturday morning cartoon series (subtitled Sonic SatAM by fans) is actually entertaining. Based on the bestselling game from Sega, this casts the titular hero, a cocky, somewhat arrogant but heroic hedgehog who can run faster than a speeding bullet as a member of the "Freedom Fighters", a group of forest animals threatened by the evil Dr. Robotnik. The action is mostly set in a hidden forest village, although our heroes spend most of each episode infiltrating the villainous Robotnik's futuristic, grimy, post-apocalyptic base. The production values are pretty much par for the course for a cartoon like this, but what ultimately puts this show over the more comical (and inferior) second series is the serious, sometimes dark tone, especially episodes which touch upon topics like environmental disasters and the loss of loved ones in war. The latter theme is surprisingly well presented in the form of Sonic and his girlfriend, the spunky Pirincess Sally, both experiencing tragedies involving parental figures they are unable to get back. It isn't difficult in the least to figure out how each episode will turn out, but the varied, twisting plots and bits of character development plus the aforementioned emotional spectrum makes this one of the better videogame-adapted series. (The only exceptions are at least two episodes comprised of shorts, which are much more comical in tone, and as such, are pretty forgettable.) I wouldn't recommend this as an all-time great, but for fans of action, romance, humor (Sonic gets to have quite a bit of one-liners), and even a touch of emotion, this is definitely worth checking out.
wdf1
said at 9:00 AM on Mon Oct 24 2016
Best Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon ever.
Eddie Frangos
said at 2:08 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
I wish it hadn't been canceled. It was such a good show.
Slamdance
said at 5:32 AM on Wed Sep 30 2015
The series wasn't all that good. It didn't follow the games at all. What's worse is that the series ended with a cliffhanger. I hate it when that happens. The comic book series is way better. There should be a remake of the cartoon series.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Sep 29 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
I've just finished watching the entirety of this series, and man, was this a lousy, lousy experience.

Starting off with the characters since they're by far the aspect I hate most of the show. Sonic is an obnoxious, petulant brat; Sally is half-nag, half-expositor of tediously unengaging techno-babble alongside her little handheld computer NICOLE; Antoine and Dulcy are among the most tortuously unfunny excuses for comic relief around; Tails, normally Sonic's most faithful and versatile companion, is insultingly useless; even Robotnik, the arguable star attraction of rival series AoStH, has had much of his charisma and humor sucked dry in favor of a motiveless Captain Planet-villain persona that quickly grows tiresome after a few episodes. The rest of the cast are decidedly bland and unmemorable; even Tim Curry's character isn't much fun, which is quite troubling.

The story is the standard environmental "trees good, pollution bad" schtick that most animation companies were cranking out in the early 90's, and the plot is made even more unengaging largely due to the aforementioned central cast and weak attempts at comedy and drama; the comedy is either painfully hip or generally grating and is further mishandled by the stilted stylings of some cheap Korean sweatshop incapable of selling the simplest of wild takes, and the drama, apart from often being contrived, whisked away by some deus-ex-machina ring or just plain lacking in sense outside of the need to maintain the status quo, is ineffective by sheer virtue of being connected to characters that can hardly be liked.

The only thing I consider even halfway decent is the kinda catchy theme song, which doubles as the only piece of music in the show that isn't utterly forgettable.

I'll never proclaim AoStH to be a masterpiece, but even with its shoddy execution in some areas, it met its simple ambition of being goofy entertainment, which is much more than what can be said for this show, which fails miserably in any goal it may've strived for.
Ghosty404
said at 6:08 AM on Thu Oct 15 2015
@CatsTuxedo Watched the annotated version, I see? :P
Torak
said at 3:53 AM on Thu Aug 3 2017
@CatsTuxedo So... How's the voice acting? xD
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 10:58 AM on Thu Aug 3 2017
@Torak It's only okay considering what the actors were given. The voices run from eh at best to annoying at worst. The characterizations certainly play a big part in that, and I've already covered that aspect in the original post.
Torak
said at 11:35 AM on Thu Aug 3 2017
@CatsTuxedo Well constructed. Can't say I agree with you, but better than nothing I suppose.

I thought the standard environmental message was a little more subtle in its execution, or at least wasn't either ham-fisted or intellectually insulting like everything in AoSth was.

Am I giving the target audience (age 7+) too much credit? Perhaps, but I'll always admire this show for trying to do a more different, grittier take on Sonic the Hedgehog.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 3:05 PM on Thu Aug 3 2017
@Torak I feel like a lot of the people claiming that SatAM's environmentalism was subtle are just parroting what a particular internet critic said, because Robotnik's anti-environment reveling is quite blatant and unjustified beyond the sake of being a card-carrying bad guy. I'd argue that AoStH was smarter in the sense that it knew that being goofy fun was much closer to the Sonic franchise's element and it never had such insecure pretensions of being anything more important than that.
Torak
said at 4:39 PM on Thu Aug 3 2017
@CatsTuxedo Okay, I'll give you the point about 'Robotnik's anti-environment reveling'. Like I said though, the general execution of SatAM's themes and story was only 'a little' more subtle than AoSth. Probably because Sonic SatAM's themes were more complex and interesting than the basic and uninteresting morals in 'Sonic Sez' but we'll get to that.


Here's where I can agree with you on the show's faults:

A) Season 2 was considerably weaker than season 1 in my opinion. The first series was more character focused, the themes were clear but interesting and done well. I particularly enjoyed episodes such as 'Sonic and Sally' 'Hooked on Sonics' 'Warp Sonic' and 'Sonic's Nightmare'.
Season 2 suffered from too many boring 'side-quest' type episodes, forgettable side characters and a predictable ending. (And a disappointing one at that...)

B) The 'shorts' episodes were pretty bad and forgettable.

C) Most of the humor wasn't funny, but each to their own.

D) Most of the characters were forgettable, not unlikable, but like with you didn't leave a big impact on me.


Where I disagree with you is our own individual interpretations on the show, as you mention 'insecure pretensions' which I don't see.


Sonic to me was cocky, assured and fun loving. He was obsessed with himself, which can get on people's nerves, yet he was always prepared to put his friends before him and save the day when the stakes were raised, making him sympathetic to me.

Sally was the straight character that kept Sonic in check from acting more annoying, thank goodness. She was very smart, being a tech genius and team coordinator, and her 'sassy' nature was down to her feeling she was always right. That's part of her character. She also has to cope with personal tragedies making her more sympathetic. Would you rather have a Mary Sue?

Robotink may have lost his scene stealing hamminess from AoSoh, but like how John Baldry left his impact, Jim Cummings certainly left his by giving a chilling and delectably menacing performance. While Robotnik wasn't the most interesting villain, you could tell he was having fun and when he became annoyed, it was funny to watch.

Antoine, I'll admit can join the forgettable side cast, but at times he could reach such high levels of pathetic that it kind of tickled me a bit. Not sure why.


For themes, what I liked about SatAM a lot was the power that Robotnik had over this world. The Freedom Fighters carefully had to plan their each move, but even then they were constantly captured and made episodes tense to watch. So in my opinion they got that right. I could go on, but we'd be here forever.
In AoSth, they slap together the most basic morals that any parent would tell their children such as ""Don't be a fool, smoking isn't cool!" at the end of episodes thinking it was adding something more to what it 'had' in the first place.

Even if the drama was lacking on your end (and Deus-Ex-Machina rings which Sonic couldn't get to in 'Hooked on Sonics'), the virtue of wanting to see characters get out alive is down to personal view on them.

So while this wasn't a great show by any means, considering what also came out around the early 90s, it was still an interesting change of pace for the franchise which, in my opinion, got a lot of aspects right.
But hey, we're two adults analysing a cartoon show with a 7+ rating. What's to be expected? I for one don't like it as much now, but I do appreciate the show for what it was trying to do. :)
vgiannell5
said at 6:47 PM on Fri Mar 6 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
RIP Christine Cavanaugh. You were a great voice for Bunnie Rabbot.
CuriousUserX90
said at 8:04 AM on Mon Jul 7 2014
What ever brought in 2 Different Sonic TV Show's in the Early 90s. Did they air at the same time?
HienFan
said at 1:18 AM on Sun Oct 26 2014
@CuriousUserX90 One aired on the weekday the other on the Saturday if you want to know
CuriousUserX90
said at 6:16 AM on Mon Dec 8 2014
@HienFan And one was Recorded in Canada, The Weekday one,
HienFan
said at 1:03 AM on Tue Mar 25 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
I tried the show but I don't think it's that good, it's kinda average from how hard they try to be something else other than Sonic the Hedgehog. I prefer the Adventure of Sonic the Hedgehog, yes the animation(and art) is not good but it was funny and it didn't try to hide it
soniclover14
said at 8:01 PM on Sat Feb 22 2014
it sucked when they canceled the show however I like how they continued it in Archie comics
vgiannell5
said at 3:38 AM on Mon Aug 27 2012
RIP William Windom. You will be missed.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:08 AM on Tue Jun 22 2010
 5 Shout Outs!
Surely, the casting of Jaleel White, better known for playing Steve Urkel, as Sonic must have been some joke on the part of DiC, aware of Sonic's characterization of "cool hedgehog"
Gyt Kaliba
said at 12:20 AM on Wed May 23 2012
@NCZ It no doubt was, and yet - still my favorite Sonic voice to this day. Heck, he IS Sonic to me. *nods*
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6th Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards 2016
Fave Character
Who's your favorite character?
Sonic the Hedgehog
38.9% (7 votes)
Princess Sally Acorn
22.2% (4 votes)
Dr. Robotnik
16.7% (3 votes)
Antoine
11.1% (2 votes)
NICOLE
5.6% (1 vote)
Tails
5.6% (1 vote)
18 Total Votes
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