Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)
Sonic the Hedgehog (also known as Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic SatAM) is an Italian-American animated television series. It was story edited by Len Janson and produced by DiC Entertainment. Made with the partnership of Sega of America, the show is based on the 1991 video game of the same name on the Sega Genesis. The series depicted Sonic as a member of a band of freedom fighters, battling to overthrow Doctor Robotnik. It is the second Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon, following Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and preceding Sonic Underground. The program aired for two seasons on ABC Saturday Mornings from September 18, 1993 to December 3, 1994. It continued in repeats until 1995.
In a post-apocalyptic and dystopian future, all life has been challenged by oppression and tyranny, as the evil Dr. Robotnik is on the wake of controlling Mobius. So then the Freedom fighters with Sonic the Hedgehog and Sally Acorn must stop from Robotnik's plan and save Mobius.
Why It's Got an Attitude
- Awesome animation, even by 1993 and 1994 standards.
- It's faithful to the source material, and has some great, innovative, and creative ideas for one of the first TV adaptations based on a video game character.
- It also feels like the animated versions of the Sonic Archie comics that came before and after this show.
- Amazing characters like Sonic himself, Princess Sally Acorn, Tails, Bunnie, and Rotor.
- Great character development, mostly from Sally.
- Very funny and even serious moments that use the dark tone in a well-written manner, especially compared to Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog where it was more humorous, isn't always the best written despite being entertaining and it was aimed at much younger audiences.
- Because of this, this show (alongside the Archie comic books like Sonic Fleetway) is a prime example of how Sonic works better as a properly written and high-quality action-adventure type of show than how a campy and loony type of show that AoStH is towards most viewers.
- Speaking of which, unlike the sillier and campier version of Robotnik, who is usually meant to be like an ineffectual, comedic villain towards Sonic. This version of Robotnik is truly a menacing villain, and in such a way that you wouldn't expect. Where he actually imposes serious threats and conquered Mobius entirely. Making him truly a threat to be reckoned upon.
- Really awesome voice acting, especially from Jaleel White, Jim Cummings, Kath Soucie, Charlie Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, Michael Bell, Rob Paulsen and Cree Summer.
- Catchy theme song that is memorable and nostalgic to those who watched this show growing up.
- Countless cinematic moments.
- Incredible dark and memorable moments, like the Season 2 finale.
- Season 2, while not terrible, is considered the weaker of the two, as it had some problems not seen in the first season:
- Sonic slowly began to lose his role as the main focus, and it went more towards Sally and the rest of the Freedom Fighters. Antoine especially for some reason.
- Dulcy's appearance had no introduction.
- Overabundance of cheesy comic relief moments.
- This season ended the show on a huge cliffhanger, as ABC canceled the show before DiC even bothered to make another season, even though there was a great plot and script already written for that season.
- While the other characters are portrayed well, Sonic's, Tails's, Robotnik's, Dulcy's and Antoine's portrayal isn't very strong:
- Sonic can often be very annoying, dorky, unlikable, a bit disrespectful, and he has put his friends in danger a lot in season 2. He also speaks in an incredibly unnecessary and grating 90's slang.
- Tails has been helpful occasionally, but he really doesn't do as much as other portrayals of him. And the sad part is, he could be considered more as a background character than a main character in the show.
- Compared to his other portrayals, this version of Robotnik is rather very stereotypical and lacks the charisma of the other portrayals.
- Antoine is a clumsy and rather arrogant coward who always fails to impress Sally, and he has screwed up plans his team comes up with to battle Robotnik.
- Dulcy is very foolish, ungainly most of the time and loud-mouthed.
- While Jaleel White's voice performance as Sonic is still great, he often makes him sound pretty annoying.
- The chemistry between Sonic and Sally is kind of inconsistent. There have been episodes where Sally is portrayed as Sonic's girlfriend, and then episodes after that where she isn't.
- Considering that this is made by DiC, there are some animation errors at times. Like some of the lip-syncing is a bit out of place occasionally.
- A lot like Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Latin American dub was not well received.
- Despite Sonic Spinball being the first game based on this show, it never got another game due to it's cancelled spin-off, Sonic-16, getting rejected by Yuji Naka due to it being too slow for gamers.
- This show's animation (along with AoStH) was so nostalgic, there were many videos of actual cel animation frames from the show that are saved as collectibles (along with many other shows) to this very day.
- Some character designs from the show were utilized in Sonic Spinball in the bonus stages such as Sally, Tails & Antoine.