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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (often abbreviated as AoStH) is an American animated television series that was first broadcast on ABC in September 1993, and has been running in cartoon syndication ever since. It follows the escapades of the popular animated character, Sonic the Hedgehog, and his comrade Miles "Tails" Prower, as they attempt to stop the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik and his array of vicious robots from taking over the planet Mobius. It marks as the first animated series.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is a fast-paced cartoon with much slapstick humor, akin to such shows as Animaniacs or Tiny Toons Adventures. The show features very few recurring characters, usually just Sonic, Tails, Robotnik and his two hench-bots Scratch and Grounder (with a third robot, Coconuts, appearing often) - however, there are many occasional minor characters and robots too. The plots often loosely follow the storyline of the video games series, although the franchise was relatively new during that time and lacks much plot or character development, which was filled in by the show's writers.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was created by DiC Entertainment, which produced a total of thirteen episodes for its first season, and was syndicated by Bohbot Entertainment, now BKN International. The first episode was "Best Hedgehog" (which was the thirteenth episode in production order, shown 6 September) and the last was "Hero of the Year" (which was the sixtieth in production order, shown 3 December). DiC ceased production on this comical interpretation to spend more time on its darker interpretation, entitled Sonic the Hedgehog (commonly known as SatAM by fans), a series launched on ABC's Saturday morning line-up.
After the original airing, DiC created one more episode in the winter of 1996, "Sonic Christmas Blast", which has features from Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) such as 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. The letters page of issue #41 of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book promotes the special as "An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas", suggesting that it was originally intended to promote Sonic X-treme, a Sega Saturn game which was eventually canceled due to numerous problems in development; the special's name was changed to match the game that did come out, Sonic 3D Blast.
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog opening theme tune is an instrumental piece of music written by Clark Gassman. The tune borrows from the main theme of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Some refrains are based on certain pieces of classical music, including "Flight of the Bumblebee" and Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King".
In the last Chaos Emerald episode, we learn that Tails goes to school (or did) due to his statement that he learned something at school (big bang theory) after Sonic recommended it during "Over the Hill Hero ".
This was the only version of the American cartoons where Robotnik was referred to as "Eggman" in an episode, keeping with the egg-themed insults used by both Sonic and Tails. Many of his inventions were egg themed, and eggs are repeatedly mentioned to be his favorite food.
The episode Tails' Tale is the only time where Tails reveals his full name to be "Miles Prower". In Tails' New Home, however, he does state that his given name is Miles and goes on to say that he dislikes it.
This was the only animated incarnation until Sonic X to use music from the Sonic video games in any form. The only piece that was constantly reused was the classic title theme from Sonic the Hedgehog.
During the show, references were made to the Austrian-American actor (later Governor of California) Arnold Schwarzenegger and his most well known role as the Terminator, in the episodes like Too Tall Tails and Coachnik. In Robolympics, there's a robot version called "Arnold Robonegger."
In the episode The Magic Hassle, sound effects from the game Super Mario Bros. can be heard as Robotnik uses a computer. The sound effects are heard again in Attack in Pinball Fortress
In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, the tips that Sonic is shown giving during the loading screens are entitled Sonic Says, presumably a call back to the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Due to poor translation issues, the Spanish (Latin America)-dubbed version of Sonically Ever After accidentally made Tails into a female character, confusing many children in Latin America. Also, the Latin American translation include character renames: Tails for "Colitas" (Spanish for "Little Tails") and Robotnik for "Mostachón" (Spanish for "Big Moustache"), mistakes carried onto SatAM's dub. None of the these changes are present in the Spanish (Spain) version.
This is the only continuity in which Sonic does not show any fear of water.
The Sonic Says (Sonic Sez) segments were never shown on original UK airings.
Internet reviewer Nostalgia Critic reviewed AoStH, mostly criticizing the show as "making absolutely no sense" and being "utterly bizarre". In the commentary for the episode, he explained that he didn't mean to imply that he "didn't like the show", but rather that he found it random and confusing. In the review, he also made a few nitpicks about the animation. In one instance, Sonic is trapped in a cage with bars that he could clearly walk out of easily. In another, what Sonic calls "civilization" is criticized as "not looking like much". Also criticized is a running gag in which Sonic's favorite food is chili dogs. The "Sonic Says" segment is also noted for having an episode in which the "moral" is to "not climb into clothes dryers", which Nostalgia Critic claims is random. Also criticized is Sonic's poor disguises, and showing the audience it's him in disguise when it's painfully obvious already.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was most recently shown weekdays at 8:00 a.m. Central Time on Toon Disney in the USA. Robotnik was also the featured villain occasionally on the "Chillin' with the Villains" marathon block (he was even featured in their commercials). In the UK, AoStH was originally shown on Channel 4 until the show's end; recently it was also shown on the satellite channel POP, until 17 April 2006 when it was replaced with Sonic Underground. It was shown on that channel as part of a "Sonic Week".
There were six VHS tapes released in the US with two episodes each per tape. In the UK, there were about ten tapes released; Volumes 1 to 6 (except Volume 5 which is Quest for the Chaos Emeralds, a four parter edited without the title cards) had three episodes per tape, "High Stakes Sonic"/"Sonic Breakout" and "Momma Robotnik's Birthday" tapes had two episodes each. Also there was a bumper tape released that was roughly three hours long. None of the UK videos had the Sonic Says segments included except the episode High Stakes Sonic.
One of these UK videos had four different versions. All of these four had the episode "Sonic Breakout" in it. However, in one the other episode was "High Stakes Sonic". In another it was "Slowwww Going" and the final version had all three of these episodes. Also there was a tape with just the "Sonic Breakout" episode.
Shout! Factory has already released two DVD sets of the series in the US, each with twenty two episodes in chronological order. The remaining episodes, as well as "Sonic Christmas Blast", were released in a third and final volume that is only available for purchase on Shout! Factory's website.