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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

First broadcast in September 1993, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (or AoStH for short) has been running in cartoon syndication ever since. It follows the escapades of world-known video game hero, Sonic, a speedy blue hedgehog and his best bud, Tails, a flying fox with two tails, as they stop the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik and his array of vicious robots from taking over the planet Mobius.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is a fast-paced cartoon with a lot of slapstick humor, akin to such shows as Ren and Stimpy or Tiny Toons. The show features very few characters, usually just Sonic, Tails, Robotnik and his two hench-bots Scratch and Grounder. The plots often loosely followed the storyline of the video games series, although at the time the Sonic games were still quite new, and lacking much plot or character development, which was in turn filled in by the show's writers.

When the show ended, the new Sonic cartoon that replaced it (Sonic the Hedgehog, see below) took the characters in a far more serious direction. Most of the characters and settings established in Adventures never re-appeared in this new series. A vast array of comic books were in turn released based on the new Sonic show, making Adventures little more than a footnote to many Sonic fans today.

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was created by DiC Entertainment, who produced a total of 65 episodes for its first season. The first episode was "Best Hedgehog" (shown Sept 6) and the last was "Hero of the Year" (shown Dec 3). DiC ceased production on this comical interpretation to spend more time on its darker interpretation, dubbed just Sonic the Hedgehog (commonly known as SatAM), a series launched on ABC's Saturday morning line-up. A second season of Sonic the Hedgehog (commonly referred as the "Lost Season" by fans) had begin preliminary development, but it never got aired. Two other episodes in that season were in the works prior to the cancellations.

This wasn't to be the end of AoStH, however, for DiC created one more episode in the winter of 1996, "Sonic's Christmas Blast" - which ended up being a strange mix of AoStH and SatAM, as it features Princess Sally in a non-speaking cameo, and has Sonic and Tails visiting Robotropolis, which has a human population and a name pronounced with two "T"s. (Interestingly, the letters page of issue #41 of the Sonic comic book mentions the special as "An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas", suggesting that it was originally intended to promote Sonic X-treme, which wasn't released in time and was eventually cancelled; the special's name was changed to match the game that did come out, Sonic 3D Blast.)

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was most recently shown weekdays at 8:00am Central Time on Toon Disney. Robotnik was also the featured villain occasionally on the "Chillin' with the Villains" marathon block. He was even in their commercial for it. In the UK, AoStH can be seen on the satellite channel POP.

Of the three American Sonic cartoons, AoStH has the most references to the games (at the time AoStH was out, there were several games released in North America at the time of the production).

AoStH characters are seen in the 16-bit (for Sega Genesis and Sega Mega Drive) and 8-bit (for Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System) versions of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.

More recently, a "Sonic Says" segment about sexual harassment became widely parodied on YTMND.

Episode list

1. The Super Special Sonic Search And Smash Squad
2. Subterranian Sonic
3. Lovesick Sonic
4. Sloooowww Going...
5. High Stakes Sonic
6. Sonic Breakout
7. Trail Of The Missing Tails
8. Close Encounters Of The Sonic Kind
9. Mama Robotnik's Birthday
10. Big Daddy
11. Sonic's Song (a.k.a. Sing It Again, Sonic!)
12. Birth Of A Salesman!
13. The Best Hedgehog
14. The Robotnik Express
15. Too Tall Tails
16. Tails' New Home
17. Over The Hill Hero
18. Blank Headed Eagle
19. Mystery Of The Missing Hi-Tops
20. So Long Sucker !!!
21. Sonic Gets Trashed (a.k.a. Scrap Valley)
22. Psuedo-Sonic
23. Grounder The Genius
24. Tails In Charge
25. Sno Problem
26. Submerged Sonic
27. Boogey Mania
28. Musta Been A Beautiful Baby!
29. Robotnik Junior
30. Full-Tilt Tails
31. Mac-Hopper
32. Momma Robotnik Returns!
33. Space Sonic (a.k.a. Spaceman Sonic)
34. Mad Mike Da Bear Warrior
35. The Last Resort
36. Robotnik's Rival
37. The Magic Hassle
38. Sonic The Matchmaker
39. Tails Prevails!
40. Zoobotnik
41. Attack On The Pinball Fortress
42. Mass Transit Trouble
43. The Coachnik
44. Untouchable Sonic
45. Super Robotnik
46. Robolympics
47. The Magnificent Sonic
48. Quest For The Chaos Emeralds (1) - Blackbot The Pirate
49. Quest For The Chaos Emeralds (2) - Hedgehog Of The Hound Table
50. Quest For The Chaos Emeralds (3) - Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme
51. Quest For The Chaos Emeralds (4) - Prehistoric Sonic
52. Baby Sitter Jitters
53. Honey, I Shrunk The Hedgehog
54. Robotnik Land
55. The Mobius 5000
56. The Little Merhog
57. Road Hog
58. The Robot's Robot
59. Tails' Tale
60. Hero Of The Year
61. Fast And Easy
62. Lifestyles Of The Sick And Twisted
63. Sonic Is Running
64. Robo Ninjas
65. Sonically Ever After
66. Sonic's Christmas Blast (Special)

The Voices

* Jaleel White as Sonic
* Christopher Evan Welch as Tails
* Long John Baldry as Dr Robotnik
* Gary Chalk as Grounder
* Phil Hayes as Scratch
* Ian James Corlett as Coconuts

External links

* Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog at the Big Cartoon DataBase
* The original "Sonic Says" segment that became a target of parody on YTMND
* "Sonic gives fad avice", one of the more popular parodies of said segment.


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