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Sonic The Hedgehog (TV Series)

Sonic The Hedgehog is Canadian/Italian TV series produced by D.I.C. entertainment.

About the show

Plot

The series takes place on Mobius, a planet mostly populated by Anthropomorphism|anthropomorphic animals. The Kingdom of Acorn, based within the city of Mobotropolis, was at war with an unseen enemy. The King recruited a human [[scientist]], Julian, to build war machines to end the war with a victory. However, during peacetime, Julian and his nephew Snively launched a [[coup d'état]] against the kingdom. The King is banished to another dimension, the Void, and the citizens are captured and transformed into [[Lethal autonomous weapon|robot slaves]], through a machine called the Roboticizer. Julian renames himself as [[Doctor Eggman|Dr. Robotnik]], now the ruthless dictator of Mobius. Mobotropolis is renamed Robotropolis, a polluted, industrial cityscape.

Robotnik finds himself at odds with a small collective group called the Freedom Fighters, who operate out of the hidden woodland village Knothole. They are led by [[Sonic the Hedgehog (character)|Sonic the Hedgehog]] and Princess Sally Acorn, the King's sole heir. Other members include Sonic's best friend [[Tails (Sonic the Hedgehog)|Miles "Tails" Prower]], computer genius Rotor the [[Walrus]], [[French nationality law|French]] [[coyote]] Antoine Depardieu, half-roboticized [[Rabbit|Bunnie]] Rabbot, and Dulcy the [[Dragon]]. They act as a [[rebellion]] against Robotnik's regime. Sonic uses the [[Sonic the Hedgehog|Power Rings]] to gain a temporary boost in power. Both the rings and the Roboticizer were designed by Sonic's uncle Chuck, one of the victims of the machine.

Early on in the series, Sonic uses a Power Ring to restore Uncle Chuck's [[free will]] in his mechanical body. Chuck decides to act as a [[Espionage|spy]] for the Freedom Fighters, operating from within the city. He is eventually discovered by Robotnik in the second season, and escapes to Knothole. Sally searches for her father during the series. He is found alive within the Void, shared with a sorcerer, Naugus, who was also imprisoned within the dimension by Robotnik. Naugus attempts to escape the Void, but both he and the King discover their bodies turn to crystal whilst back on Mobius, and are forced to return to their prison. The heroes gain other allies, including Ari the Ram, and Lupe, leader of the elusive wolf pack.

In the series' sole two-part episode, "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally use the Time Stones to travel back in time, in an attempt to prevent Robotnik's planned takeover. They fail, but manage to get their younger selves to the safety of Knothole, with help from Sally's [[nanny]] Rosie Woodchuck. In the series finale, Robotnik builds the Doomsday Project to destroy the population. The Freedom Fighters launch a full scale attack against Robotnik, with Sonic and Sally destroying the Doomsday Project with the power of the Deep Power Stones. Robotnik is killed, and the Freedom Fighters declare victory, with Sonic and Sally kissing.

In a final scene, Snively becomes the main antagonist, accompanied by an unseen ally with red eyes. Ben Hurst, one of the series' writers, confirmed the figure was Naugus.

Cast

Knothole Freedom Fighters

*Sonic The Hedgehog (voiced by [[Jaleel White]] as a young man, [[Tahj Mowry]] as a boy) – Sonic is the main [[protagonist]] of the series. He is able to run at superhuman speed, and is the only freedom fighter capable of using magical rings called Power Rings. Sonic has an impatient and head-strong personality, but is also fearless, heroic, and well-meaning. He always mockingly refers to Robotnik as "Ro-butt-nik".

* Princess Sally Acorn (voiced by [[Kath Soucie]] as a young woman, [[Dana Hill]] as a girl) – A chipmunk who is the rightful princess of Mobotropolis and Sonic's love interest. As a strategist for the Knothole Freedom Fighters, she is knowledgeable and the voice of reason. However, Sally tries to keep Sonic grounded.

*Bunnie Rabbot (voiced by [[Christine Cavanaugh]]) – A rabbit with a southern accent. Half of her body was roboticized, leaving her left arm and both legs mechanical. She is skilled in martial arts, and wants to be returned to normal.

* Antoine "Ant" Depardieu (voiced by [[Rob Paulsen]]) – A coyote with a French accent whose awkwardness often places the others in danger and gets him captured. He has some difficulty speaking English. He has romantic feelings for Princess Sally, and attempts to impress her. However, his selfishness hinders this goal. Sonic often teases Antoine over his shortcomings.

* Rotor (voiced by Mark Ballou in season one, [[Cam Brainard]] in season 2) – A walrus, and the mechanic of Knothole Village. He provides the Knothole Freedom Fighters with useful inventions, and accompanies them on infiltrations.

* Tails (voiced by [[Bradley Pierce]]) – A young two-tailed fox who idolizes Sonic. While usually left behind in Knothole, he proves useful in deadly missions. 

* Nicole (voiced by [[Kath Soucie]]) – A portable computer that Sally uses to hack into Robotnik's technology. Nicole speaks in a female monotone, and exhibits artificial intelligence. It is indicated that Sally received Nicole from her father.

* Dulcy (voiced by [[Cree Summer]]) – A young dragon, who provides the Knothole Freedom Fighters with transportation. Sporting powerful lungs, Dulcy can blow enemies away and freeze them with ice breath. She has trouble landing, and often crashes mid-flight. She was introduced in Season 2.

Villains

* Dr. Julian Robotnik (voiced by [[Jim Cummings]]) – A [[warlord]] who seeks to cover Mobius in machinery and transform its population into robotic slaves by roboticizing them. He is chiefly opposed by the Knothole Freedom Fighters. Robotnik's obsession with destroying Sonic is often his downfall. In this version, his real first name is Julian, adopting the moniker "Robotnik" after his takeover.

** Cluck (vocal effects provided by [[Frank Welker]]) – A robotic chicken, and the only creature Robotnik shows affection towards.

** Snively (voiced by [[Charlie Adler]]) – Robotnik's assistant and nephew. He is constantly abused by his uncle. As such, Snively hates Robotnik and plots behind his back.

** Swat-Bots (voiced by [[Jim Cummings]] and [[Frank Welker]]) – Robotnik's primary henchmen and foot soldiers.

* Naugus (voiced by [[Michael Bell (actor)|Michael Bell]]) – A powerful sorcerer, who resents Robotnik for imprisoning him within the Void. He desires retribution, but he cannot escape without crystallizing.

Recurring

* Sir Charles "Chuck" Hedgehog (voiced by [[William Windom (actor)|William Windom]]) – Sonic's uncle, and the inventor of the Roboticizer before Robotnik stole it. He was roboticized and made into one of Robotnik's slaves, until Sonic restored his memory. He serves as a spy for the Freedom Fighters. According to Robby London, he was named after the writer and animator, [[Chuck Menville]], who passed away in 1992.

* Ari Ram (voiced by [[Dorian Harewood]]) – A Freedom Fighter who worked as a double agent for Robotnik, only to be betrayed later and trapped in the Void. He is later rescued by Sonic and joins the Knothole Freedom Fighters.

* King Acorn (voiced by [[Tim Curry]]) – The former king of Mobotropolis and Sally's father. He was banished to the Void during Robotnik's takeover, and like Naugus, cannot escape without crystallizing.

* Lupe Wolf (voiced by [[Shari Belafonte]]) – Leader of the Wolfpack Freedom Fighters, and one of the Knothole Freedom Fighters' allies in the fight against Robotnik.

Production

''Sonic the Hedgehog'' was created by [[DIC Entertainment|DiC Animation City]] in association with Sega, which produced a total of 26 episodes for its two-season run, and the Italian studio Reteitalia S.p.A., part of Fininvest company, in association with Spanish network [[Telecinco]]. The show's animation was outsourced to the Korean studio Sae Rom Production, with the exception of the opening sequence which was animated by the Spanish studio Milimetros.

Before production began, Sega of America CEO [[Tom Kalinske]] and its newly appointed consumer products director Michelane Risley approached the ABC network to produce two television shows featuring the character and licensed them to DiC. According to Robby London, DiC originally made a deal to produce only the Saturday morning ''Sonic'' series for the [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC network]]. The cartoon was originally planned to be more light-hearted compared to the final product, as reflected by its pilot episode and the early issues of Sonic the Hedgehog comics by Archie, which were based on the Saturday morning Sonic cartoon. However, DiC also wanted to go further and produce additional episodes for weekday syndication as well, similar to what DiC has previously done with ''[[The Real Ghostbusters]]'', but [[Mark Pedowitz]], the then-senior vice president of business affairs and contracts at ABC, who expected the Sonic cartoon to air exclusively on ABC, rejected the idea, telling London "If you guys want to do syndication, be our guest, go with God, but you won’t be on our network." ABC would not agree to the deal until London came with a proposition that DiC would produce a separate, vastly different Sonic show for syndication instead, the end result of which became ''[[Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog]]''. As a result, the Saturday morning Sonic cartoon was made darker and more serious in order to distinguish itself from the syndicated Sonic cartoon. The show bible for the Saturday morning Sonic cartoon was written in February 1992 with the final revision made on March 10, 1993.

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