By Geeky Gem
Cartoons are a great way to enjoy television, they are even better when they are based on video game characters. Some of you may recall this cartoon I am about to tell you about. Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon was a light and funny show. Here are some things you may not know about it.
Writer Ben Hurst revealed that the red eyes at the end of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Doomsday Project (the final episode) actually belonged to Naugus. He explained that the plans for the third season were: Snively tries to retake control of Robotropolis, but ultimately fails. On the verge of losing it all to the Freedom Fighters, he turns to “The Void”, where Naugus is busy torturing Robotnik. Snively frees Naugus, and in the process also frees Robotnik and King Acorn. Naugus assumes control, and starts his new command by trying to lure Sally into capture with the King as bait.
Robotnik becomes Naugus’ lackey. And Snively, now reduced to a simpering nobody, defects to the Freedom Fighters. Hurst went on later to say that more developments would have come along between the relationship of Sonic and Tails, coming a little closer to the game relationship it strayed so far away from. Sooner on down the line in possible future episodes we would also have learned of the origins of Robotnik and Snively.
A third season was planned, hence the cliff hanger at the end of the series.
Before this show first premiered in England, the English Sonic the Hedgehog comic (Sonic the Comic #12, 30 October 1993) showed pictures advertising a new Sonic cartoon and telling readers to watch out for it coming soon. Instead of the Freedom Fighters, the group was named the Freedom Team and consisted all the animals rescued by Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog. The members were: Sonic, Johnny Lightfoot (rabbit), Tux (penguin), Princess Acorn, Joe Sushi (walrus), Chirps (chicken), Porker Lewis (pig) and Flicky (bird). These characters were later used in all the Sonic novels released in the UK, and Johnny and Porker became part of Sonic’s supporting cast in the “Sonic the Comic” stories. After radical changes to the show (basically making enormous alterations to pretty much everything in order to make it entirely different), it became this show.
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, was originally going to air on ABC, but ABC executives did not like that show and told DiC they had to make a different cartoon starring Sonic the Hedgehog. DiC quickly came up with this show, which premiered on ABC in fall of 1993.
Kath Soucie used her real voice when speaking as Princess Sally.
Mark Ballou left the series by choice. He was asked to reprise the role for Season 2, but opted out at the last-minute due to personal reasons. Cam Brainard took his place for the second season. Years after the series was cancel, Mark stated on an Internet interview that he regretted making that choice.
Throughout the series, Snively went through very little changes in appearance. His gold belt buckle from Season 1, was gone in Season 2. His personality becomes much more pronounced in Season 2; while in Season 1 he was often merely in the background, obediently obeying Robotnik.Rotor was originally going to be named “Boomer” in the series, according to the SatAM Sonic Bible. In “Heads or Tails”, his fur was purple, and he had a slightly more “goofier” attitude. In Season 1, Rotor has grayish blue fur and more rounder than his “Heads or Tails” appearance. During Season 2 his fur was dark blue, had slightly different clothing, became a secondary character, and was involved in less action/screen time. As a result, Rotor is one of the fewest characters to undergo many changes in appearance and role play.
Robotnik’s roboticised pet bird Cluck, only appeared in 9 episodes of Season 1. While he was absent and never mentioned in Season 2.
Dulcy the dragon was added to the series during Season 2, because the show’s staff wanted another heroine in the cast along with Sally and Bunnie.
I do love a good cartoon and I love them even more when they about a charecator you can also play in a video game. Hope you enjoyed this look at Sonic as much as I did. I guess I’ll see you back here next week for more trivia.