Alrighty then I know I’m technically two days late with this news story but I wasn’t sure if it was real, but it seems like one of my major wishes in life has come to light; Sonic the Hedgehog is returning to the world of TV and I’m so hyped yo! The following information comes from Sonic Stadium:
“It’s been the subject of rumour for a few months now, it’s been hinted at in a magazine advert. But the rumors can finally be put to and end… It’s real!
Sega have announced a new Sonic Cartoon. No I am not kidding! This is real, there is a new Sonic cartoon in the works!
Currently going by the working title ‘Sonic Boom,’ the show will debut in the US on Cartoon Network, then on CANAL J and GULLI in France at the end of 2014, with a global rollout to follow.
There will be a total of 52 eleven-minute episodes and it will be a co production between SEGA Of America Inc & Genao Productions.
In Sega’s own words…
Sonic Boom is a character-driven comedy that leaves a trail of robot wreckage in its smoldering wake. The series centers on Sonic, his best friend and sidekick, Tails, their never-ending search for adventure, and their battles with Sonic’s arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman. Rounding out the ensemble are fan favorites Knuckles and Amy Rose, plus a rogue’s gallery of enemies—some familiar to Sonic fans and some brand-new.
As you can see, Tails, Knuckles, Amy & Eggman are confirmed, along with some new villain’s, as well as old? Hmmm…
Also in the press release was this segment which caught my attention…
SEGA is actively seeking partners in support of the new series launch across a range of industries including broadcast and licensing.
This would suggest that Sega are not only looking to expand the TV show into other territories, but also looking to create merchandise around it.
You can read the full press release at the Sega blog.
Now is the time to be excited.”
Firstly can I say HELL YEAH! ABOUT BLOODY TIME! Sonic’s been meaning to return to the realm of TV for a while now. Out of the 4 TV show’s he’s had there’s only been 2 or just 1 depending on what kind of Sonic fan you are. For me Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM were the best of Sonic’s TV endeavours, while Sonic Underground is funny for nostalgic value, it’s a bit too cheesy and lame especially with all those horrible music numbers and Sonic X, argh, the less said about that the better, there was basically just some terrible, TERRIBLE decisions made with that show that makes it very forgettable.
So yeah, Sonic’s needed a goo return to form for a while now, as for whether Sonic Boom with be key to this remains to be seen but from the sounds of things it seems to be heading the right direction. The synopsis sounds good, just Sonic and Tails together on adventures and fighting Eggman, that sounds just about right and the way that things should be. The addition of Amy and Knuckles is good too, so you have all of the well-established characters from the 90s in the show, nice.
I only have two main concerns:
- The art style
- The tone of the show
Firstly lets cover the art style because I’m curious. That teaser picture seems to have silhouettes of our main characters, however if I am to assume two of those are Sonic and Knuckles then they have received some design rectifications, Sonic’s head spikes seem more pointy than usual and Knuckles look a lot taller and bulkier. Now hate to sound like one of those nitpicking Sonic fans but since you already a solid art style for the modern Sonic characters I have to ask: Why change what doesn’t need to change? But hey maybe there won’t be a change and this is just some thing else and even if this is early designs, design can change. Anyways I’ll be interested to see how Sonic fares in CGI on TV, I mean his cutscenes in the games are gorgeous and Night of the Werehog was beautifully animated, but obviously this is TV, and production values are normally a lot lower, but I guess we’ll see next year.
And then there’s the tone of the show. Now the press release of the show says the show will be comedy and that troubles me only because most comedic cartoons really aren’t that funny. However I’m hoping the makers behind this show will find a way to create stuff not only for the kids but all older Sonic fans too. When it comes to older Sonic shows the 1st one was primarily slapstick comedy, the 2nd was a pretty serious kids show, the 3rd was a lighter tone adventure and the 4th and last one was all over the place! So this show will have to pick its tone and audience very wisely.
Anyways that’s all from me for now, if there’s any more information on this show I’ll post about it. Until next time, laters people! 😀