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Sonic The Hedgehog Series and Movies

Sonic The Hedgehog is a video game series giant. Sonic was created by Sega as a mascot, directly competing with Nintendo’s mascot, Mario.

The video game series has had numerous entries and is critically acclaimed as one of the best ever. 

So, it was only normal for Sega to take the series to the theaters, right? 

While most of you know the new Sonic The Hedgehog movie, there have been several that have preceded it. So, let’s take a look at them.

 

 

Everything About Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) poster
Source: Sega of America and DIC Animation City

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was the first time we saw Sonic outside of the games. The animated series was produced by Sega, DIC Entertainment, and Bohbot Entertainment.

The series ran during late 1993, with a total of 65 episodes airing until December 3, 1993. The last episode of the series was on November 24, 1996. USA Network decided to air a Christmas special of the Sonic series named “Sonic Christmas Blast”.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) Trailer

 

Most critics criticized Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog for its bad animation and characterized the cast as “unfunny and uninteresting”.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Jaleel White (Sonic the Hedgehog)
 
  • Christopher Welch (Miles “Tails” Prower)
 
  • Long John Baldry (Dr. Ivo Robotnik)
 
  • Garry Chalk (Grounder, Captain Rescue)
 
  • Phil Hayes (Scratch, Sergeant Doberman)
 
  • Ian James Corlett (Coconuts, Wallace A. Ditso)
 
  • Michael Donovan (Wes Weasely / Mad Mike)
 
  • French Tickner (Professor Von Schlemmer / Doctor Warpnik)
 
  • Cathy Weseluck (Penelope)
 
  • Kathleen Barr (Katella / Momma Robotnik)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog follows Sonic. Sonic is a hedgehog that can run at supersonic speeds (hence why he’s called Sonic). Along with his friend Tails, Sonic often fights Dr Robotnik and his henchmen, preventing them from taking over their planet, Mobius.

 

Review and Opinions

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is not as bad as critics say. While the cartoon doesn’t go near cartoons like Pokemon or Rugrats, it’s always nice for fans to see their favorite video game character outside of the game. The series is at least good for a laugh.

Randy Miller III: “While it’s obvious that The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog [sic] won’t ever be mentioned in the same sentence with Disney, Pixar or Studio Ghibli (except for this one), there’s enough goofy fun here to entertain any resident of the 16-bit gaming era.”

 

 

Everything About Sonic the Hedgehog (1993 – 1994)

Sonic the Hedgehog (1993 - 1994) poster
Source: Sega of America and DIC Animation City

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic the Hedgehog was written by Len Janson and the series was produced by Sega and DIC Productions. The series ran for two seasons, and DIC Animation City produced 26 episodes.

The series aired on TV from September 18, 1993 until December 3, 1994.

Sonic the Hedgehog (1993 – 1994) Trailer

 

Sonic the Hedgehog differs from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which aired during the same year. 

The series has been airing again on Encore Family since 2017.

Sonic the Hedgehog also has great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, accumulating an 85% approval rating from viewers.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Jaleel White (Sonic the Hedgehog)
 
  • Charlie Adler (Snively)
 
  • Jim Cummings (Dr. Julian Robotnik)
 
  • Christine Cavanaugh (Bunnie Rabbot)
 
  • Rob Paulsen (Antoine Depardieu)
 
  • Bradley Pierce (Miles “Tails” Prower)
 
  • Kath Soucie (Princess Sally Acorn)
 
  • Cree Summer (Dulcy the Dragon)
 
  • William Windom (Uncle Chuck)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

In this cartoon, Sonic the Hedgehog guides a team of fighters against Dr. Robotnik. Dr. Robotnik has taken full control of their planet Mobius, and has been ruling it with an iron fist. Sonic’s task is to beat Dr. Robotnik with the help of his team.

Review and Opinions

Coming out a few days after Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, this series was a pleasant surprise. The cast is much more enjoyable to watch, and the script could appeal to both adults and the younger audience. So, you should watch at least one episode of this series.

Patrick Lee: The show pushed its cartoon animal characters to the most dramatic places they could go without venturing into self-parody.

Luke Owen: The show’s dark and almost adult persona really helps elevate its quality so that even when it resorts to childish antics (usually from Antoine), it still feels serious.

 

 

Everything About Sonic the Hedgehog OVA / Sonikku za hejjihoggu (1996)

Sonic the Hedgehog OVA 1996 poster
Source: Sega Enterprises and Madman Entertainment / ADV Films

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic the Hedgehog OVA is a two-episode animation that was produced by Pierrot in 1996. The director of the film is Kazunori Ikegami.

The first episode aired on January 26, 1996 and the second one on March 22, 1996. Both episodes aired exclusively in Japan, and were later sold in retail on May 31, 1996.

Sonic the Hedgehog OVA Trailer

 

It took 3 years for the animation to be sold in English. But, it was eventually sold in English on September 7, 1999 under the name Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. So this is practically the first ever Sonic movie.

The film has received negative reviews, despite currently having a rating of 6.7/10 on IMDb.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Sonic the Hedgehog Masami Kikuchi (Japanese) / Martin Burke (English)
 
  • Miles “Tails” Prower: Hekiru Shiina (Japanese) / Lainie Frasier (English)
 
  • Knuckles the Echidna: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese) / Bill Wise (English)
 
  • Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik: Junpei Takiguchi (Japanese) / Edwin Neal (English)
 
  • Metal Sonic: Masami Kikuchi (Japanese) / Gary Lipkowitz (English)
 
  • Sara: Mika Kanai (Japanese) / Sascha Biesi (English)
 
  • President: Yuzuru Fujimoto (Japanese) / Edwin Neal (English)
 
  • Old Man Owl: Chafuurin (Japanese) / Charles Campbell (English)
 
  • Butler: Chafuurin (Japanese) / Charles Campbell (English)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

The Sonic the Hedgehog film is set in Planet Freedom, which is split into two realms. These are the Land Of Darkness and the Land of the Sky.

The Land Of Darkness is a post-apocalyptic area on the surface of the planet, with Dr. Robotnik as its only inhabitant. It can be accessed via a warp zone or a portal in the Land of the Sky. The Land Of Darkness is Robotnik’s empire, and resembles Earth.

The Land of the Sky, on the other hand, is in the stratosphere of Planet Freedom. The continents of Land of the Sky are countless and are all connected via an ice formation which connects them to the planet. If that was to be broken, everyone would eventually die on the Land of the Sky.

 

Review and Opinions

The movie isn’t what you would expect. Compared to the series, the OVA doesn’t have as good animations, which is unacceptable. The same goes for the artwork.

The story isn’t as bad as the artwork and the animations, though. But, that doesn’t stop it from being really childish. 

Still, the biggest mistake of the movie is the portrayal of the characters. Sonic has suddenly become a total jerk, while Dr Eggman has become an idiot.

 

 

Everything About Sonic: Underground (2000)

Sonic-Underground-_2000_-poster
Source: Les Studios Tex S.A.R.L. and DIC Productions, L.P.

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic Underground is the third animated Sonic the Hedgehog animated series. It’s also the last one that was produced by DIC Productions. Along with DiC, the production crew included TF1, L.P, and Les Studios Tex S.A.R.L.

The cartoon was written in early 1997 and was announced in December of the same year. It aired from January 6, 1999 until 23 May, 1999 in France. US fans of the games had to wait until August 30, 1999 for the series to air BKN Kids II.

Sonic: Underground Trailer

 

The show was met with mostly negative reviews by critics, but it was praised by fans.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Jaleel White (Sonic/Sonia/Manic/Aman-Rapi)
 
  • Gary Chalk (Doctor Robotnik/Moby Deep/Abdul/Vince/Tax Payer/Royal Chef/Derobotisizer Subject)
 
  • Maurice LaMarche (Sleet/Oracle of Delphius/Swatbots/Uncle Chuck/Yellow Floaty Thing/Bidding Lion/Ifyoucan/Hotep/Luke Periwinkle/Athair)
 
  • Peter Wilds (Dingo)
 
  • Gail Webster (Queen Aleena)
 
  • Brian Drummond (Knuckles)
 
  • Ian James Corlett (Cyrus)
 
  • Phil Hayes (Bartleby)
 
  • Matt Hill (Trevor/Max)
 
  • Kathleen Barr (Doo Bot)
 
  • Terry Klassen (Bat)
 
  • Blu Mankuma (Fodder/Various roboticized residents)
 
  • Tabitha St. Germain (Lydia/Fruit-Carrying Girl/Hip Hedgehog/Renée/Emerald Peninsula Lady/Emerald Peninsula Fairy)
 
  • Louise Vallance (Mindy LaTour)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

Sonic Underground revolves around Sonic and his siblings, Manic and Sonia. They were all once part of Mobius’ royal family, but were separated from their mother Queen Aleena, when Dr. Robotnik conquered Mobius. So, now, the three hedgehogs engage in a battle with Dr. Robotnik and his assistants, Dingo and Sleet.

 

Review and Opinions

Despite what critics might say, Sonic Underground is a pretty good show. The animation was superb, the script contained many humorous parts, and the music/sound effects were great. This definitely a must-watch for Sonic the Hedgehog fans.

David Cornelius: “While many Sonic fans did not take too well to all the changes, preferring the original “Sonic” cartoon to this stranger, sometimes darker, sometimes sillier incarnation, the series did win a small but loyal cult following. I fall more on the side of disappointment – for all the cleverness that went into crafting an all-new backstory, the episodes themselves are uninspired – but acknowledge the simple fact that it scores well with its target audience.”

 

 

Everything About Sonic X (2003 – 2006)

Sonic X (2003 - 2006) poster
Source: TMS Entertainment / Torus Games / LeapFrog Enterprises

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic X is a Japanese anime, which aired throughout 2003 until 2006. It was produced by Sega and Sonic Team and TMS Entertainment. Its director is Hajime Kamegaki.

The anime was initially 52-episode long, airing in Japan from April 6, 2003 to March 28, 2004. An extra 26 episodes ran in the Middle East and the West from 2005 to 2006.

Sonic X (2003 – 2006) Trailer

 

The reviews for Sonic X were mixed, with the show being watched mainly in Indonesia, France, and the US, consistently topping the time slot.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Super Sonic)
 
  • Miles “Tails” Prower
 
  • Knuckles the Echidna
 
  • Amy Rose
 
  • Cream the Rabbit
 
  • Cheese
 
  • Cosmo
 
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (Super Shadow)
 
  • Rouge the Bat
 
  • Doctor Eggman
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

The story of the series sees Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends teleport to earth due to a malfunction while trying to save their friend from Dr. Robotnik. Chris Thorndyke, a human, helps Sonic and his friends gain access to the Chaos Emeralds, which will allow them to go back home.

 

Review and Opinions

While the series received a huge audience in many countries, it fell short in many parts. The characters aren’t developed well, except for Chris who has too much screen time. 

The animations aren’t as great as the ones previously seen in the Sonic series and feel rushed. Sonic X’s writing also falls short, coming out as lame and lethargic.

Tim Jones: “It’s really annoying how all the recent Sonic games use these untalented actors/actresses in their dubs, because they make the original English voices sound like award-winning performers.”

 

 

Everything About Sonic Boom (2014 – 2017)

Sonic Boom (2014 - 2017) poster
Source: Sega of America, Inc.

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic Boom is an animated TV series, which aired between 2014 and 2017. The series was produced by Sega and OuiDO! Productions. It’s the fifth installment in the TV series, and it’s the first CGI one.

The series was announced in October 2013 and the first trailer was shown on February 6, 2014. It started airing on November 8, 2014 until November 18, 2017. During that time, two seasons of 52 episodes each aired.

Sonic Boom (2014 – 2017) Trailer

 

The series received positive reviews, and currently has a rating of 7/10 on IMDb.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Roger Craig Smith (Sonic the Hedgehog) 
 
  • Colleen O’Shaughnessey (Miles “Tails” Prower)
 
  • Travis Willingham (Knuckles the Echidna) 
 
  • Cindy Robinson (Amy Rose) 
 
  • Nika Futterman (Sticks the Badger) 
 
  • Mike Pollock (Dr. Eggman) 
 
  • Kirk Thornton (Orbot) 
 
  • Wally Wingert (Cubot) 
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

Sonic Boom takes place on Seaside Island. Most of the series’ characters live in Hedgehog Village. Some of them include Sonic the Hedgehog (obviously), Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, and more. Team Sonic spend most of their time preventing Dr. Robotnik from taking over their island, with Sonic often fighting Orbot and Cubot, as well as giant, robotic monsters.

 

Review and Opinions

Sonic Boom can be considered as a breath of fresh air for the series. The voice cast was amazing, giving it their all on every single line. The writing was excellent, as many have mentioned. Overall, Sonic Boom is worth your time.

 

 

Everything About Sonic Prime (2022) Netflix Show

Sonic Prime (2022) Netflix Show
Source: SEGA and Netflix

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic Prime is an upcoming Netflix exclusive series that is set to release in 2022. It is produced by Sega, WildBrain, Netflix Animation, and Man of Action Entertainment. The series can be considered as the sixth installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog’s TV series adaptations.

A total of 24 episodes are scheduled to air for the first season.

The series was initially leaked in December 2020, before eventually being announced on February 1, 2021.

 

Plot/Synopsis

The series will revolve around Sonic the Hedgehog’s adventure through a Shatterverse. Sonic will need to find his way in it, in order to save the universe. According to Joe Kelly, Sonic Prime’s showrunner, Sonic will “experience moments of self-discovery and redemption”.

 

Review and Opinions

When Sonic Prime releases, we’ll immediately let you know what we think about it.

 

 

Everything About Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Movie

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Movie
Source: Sega Sammy Group and Paramount Pictures

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic the Hedgehog is the first official try at a full-on Sonic movie by Sega. It’s Jeff Fowler’s directorial debut. The scenario was written by Josh Miller and Pat Casey.

The development of a Sonic film was in the talks since the 90s, but it never got traction until Sony acquired its rights in 2013. Production began in 2016 and we got the first trailer in 2019. The trailer received a huge negative reaction due to Sonic’s design, which delayed the release for three months.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Movie Trailer

 

The movie premiered on February 14, 2020 in the US, becoming the sixth highest grossing film of 2020. A sequel was also announced for 2022 (psst, it’s right above this one).

The movie received positive reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes critics rating it an average of 5.9/10 and a 63% approval rating. On Metacritic, the reviews were a bit worse, only averaging a 47/100.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog)
 
  • Jim Carrey (Dr. Robotnik)
 
  • James Marsden (Tom Wachowski)
 
  • Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone)
 
  • Tika Sumpter (Dr. Maddie Wachowski)
 
  • Neal McDonough (Major Bennington)
 
  • Adam Pally (Wade Whipple)
 
  • Frank C. Turner (Crazy Carl)
 
  • Natasha Rothwell (Rachel)
 
  • Melody Nosipho Niemann (Jojo)
 
  • Tom Butler (Commander Walters)
 
  • Brad Kelly (Roundhouse Thug)
 
  • Debs Howard (New Girlfriend)
 
  • Elfina Luk (Secretary of Homeland Security)
 
  • Shannon Chan-Kent (Roundhouse Waitress)
 
  • Garry Chalk (Navy Chief of Staff)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

Sonic the Hedgehog revolves around Sonic, the fastest hedgehog in the universe and his adventures on Earth. Characterized as a live-action adventure comedy, the film sees Sonic team up with Tom, in order to protect Earth from Dr. Robotnik.

 

Review and Opinions

After the first trailer, most fans of the games were rightfully angry and decided to boycott the movie (despite Sonic’s redesign). Those who watched the film have a different opinion, though. While the movie isn’t the best out there, it’s certainly a comedy. It has tons of fun moments for the whole family.

The cast is amazing. Jim Carrey shows his immense acting skills once again. Even the new Sonic is great. Sonic the Hedgehog is a must-watch for fans of the Sonic video game series.

Matthew Monagle: “It may not be particularly memorable, but in an era where family-friendly movies like Paddington can be a hit across all audiences, Sonic more than manages to hold its own.”

Clarisse Loughrey: “File this one away next to the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks, the live-action Yogi Bear, and the live-action Rocky and Bullwinkle. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before.”

 

 

Everything About Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie Sequel

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a direct sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog. The film is written and directed by the same people (Jeff Fowler as the director and Pat Cassey, and Josh Miller as the writers).

On the post-credits scene of Sonic the Hedgehog, fans were delighted to see Tails in the movie, setting him up to be a character in the sequel. 

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie Announcement

 

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was in development from Spring 2020. Filming was done in Hawaii and Vancouver, spanning from March 2021 to June of the same year.

The movie is set to release on April 8, 2022 in the US.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog)
 
  • Jim Carrey (Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik)
 
  • James Marsden (Tom Wachowski)
 
  • Tika Sumpter (Maddie Wachowski)
 
  • Adam Pally (Wade Whipple)
 
  • Natasha Rothwell (Rachel)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

It’s been two years since Sonic beat Dr. Robotnik. Tom and Maddie go on vacation while he stays home. His relaxing time doesn’t last for long, though. Dr. Robotnik, along with Knuckles, has returned from the Mushroom Planet. He is searching for an emerald, which can lead to the destruction of entire civilizations. We follow Sonic and Tails, as they need to get their hands on the emerald before Dr. Robotnik.

 

Review and Opinions

Once the movie is out, we’ll surely update you with our review.