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4Kids Entertainment is an anime production company that was in charge of the English production of Sonic X. Like many other Japanese television shows the company has localized, Sonic X was heavily edited for American viewers to satisfy broadcasting regulations and standards. Several scenes, especially those that contain violence or even death, were not shown. In addition, the deaths of three characters were censored and sidestepped, and the ending to the second season was greatly altered.

After Deem Bristow's death, the 4Kids voice cast took over as the official English voice cast for Sonic the Hedgehog video games in 2005 starting from Shadow the Hedgehog, upsetting the vast majority of fans.

This was up until late 2010, when the entire voice cast (except for Mike Pollock, Dr. Eggman's voice actor) was replaced yet again, starting with Sonic Free Riders and Sonic Colors. The CEO of 4Kids, Alfred R. Kahn retired on 11 January 2011.

In 2012, 4Kids was sued due to a lawsuit, with their rights with the English distribution of Sonic X being transferred to Kidsco Media Ventures.[1]

Notable 4Kids-represented voice actors & actresses

Former

Sonic media containing 4Kids voices

Trivia

  • Ironically all the main series games (excluding Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Sonic Lost World) with the 4Kids voice actors are all E10+. These games are Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), and Sonic Unleashed, as well as Sonic and the Black Knight and Sega Superstars Tennis, though both are not mainstream games.
  • 4Kids produced a crossover featuring Sonic X and other shows called The Fight for the FoxBox in 2003.

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