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"Battle of the Boy Bands" is the thirty-ninth episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It first aired on 15 August 2015 in the United States and on 29 August 2015 in France.

Synopsis

To prove Amy and Sticks are being brainwashed by their pop icon heartthrob, the guys go undercover by forming their own boy band.

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Plot

At the beginning of the episode, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Sticks and some townspeople in the Village Center are watching a news report from Soar the Eagle on "beaver fever", causing some of the villagers to assume Fastidious Beaver is infectious. As Soar elaborates, it turns out he is talking about a pop star named Justin Beaver who is gaining popularity. Amy Rose then shows up and says that she listened to one of Justin's songs and it felt like he was talking to her. She plays that song to the rest of Team Sonic, but everyone except for Sticks does not like it. When the boys visit Sticks soon after, they discover Sticks has decorated her burrow with Justin's merchandise. Amy then shows up and tells her that Justin is in town signing stuff at the music store and that he is performing live tonight. The girls freak out and head to the music store, but seeing Sticks' behavior makes Sonic think that something is fishy.

In the Village Center, there is a big crowd at the music store, all ladies having come to see Justin and get his autograph. Each of them, however, exhibiting unusual fangirl behavior, including Lady Walrus. Then, as Justin's producer Dixon has Justin's music turned up, all the ladies go crazy and start swarming the shop to buy Justin's merchandise. When Sonic, Tails and Knuckles show up to investigate, they are waved off by Salty, who says that only musical personnel are allowed. In response, Sonic has the idea to form a boy band along with Tails and Knuckles. The trio quickly choreograph a dance routine, but then have to choose a band name. After a lot of brainstorming, Knuckles suggests "Dude-itude", but Sonic says that sounds too cool. Tails then comes up with "Dreamboat Express", which gets selected since it sounds horrible. The newly-formed Dreamboat Express walk back to the music store, and they convince Salty that they are Justin's opening act. Back stage, the band overhears Dixon talking with Wild Cat about Justin using his songs to control the ladies' minds and turn them into mindless consumer zombies so Dixon can earn a fortune. Furthermore, Dixon reveals how Justin's next concert will brainwash every female within a five mile radius. This is the clincher, and after escaping Dixon, the boys head to Tails' Workshop when they fail to convince Amy and Sticks of Dixon's plot. While there, Tails creates a device called the Measure-o-meter that can determine the frequency of Justin's music, thereby allowing them to find the counter-frequency that will dispel Justin's mind control. With this device, the band is ready.

Later that night, the concert is getting ready to start, and Dreamboat Express takes the stage just before Justin is about to perform. Sonic challenges Justin to a sing-off so they can determine the counter-frequency. Both sides do very well, and Amy and Sticks comment on this new band. After the sing-off, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles become a rock band, calling themselves Knuckles' original suggestion of "Dude-itude". Sonic is on guitar, Tails is on bass, while Knuckles is the drummer. During their song, Sonic does a guitar solo that knocks Justin down and nullifies the mind control. The audience then forget where they are, and Justin's merchandise is thrown away. Justin then decides to quit music and start a reality TV show, much to Dixon's disappointment. Dude-itude continues to perform while the crowd cheers them on.

Goofs

  • When the camera focuses on Sticks leaving the shop at the beginning of the episode, a blue sky is seen in the background between the buildings. However, as the camera shifts to Sonic and Knuckles, the background is replaced with mountains.
  • The ones who removed the cover for Dreamboat Express when they spied on Dixon are actually two identical Fennec Garbage Men.

Production

According to Alan Denton, the staff listened to lots of Justin Bieber music while writing this episode.[2]

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Finnish Poikabändit lavalle Boy bands to the stage
French La guerre des boys band War of the Boy Bands
Hungarian Fiúbandák csatája Battle of the boy bands
Italian Mucho Macho
Polish Bitwa boysbandów Battle of boy bands
Russian Музыкальная битва Musical battle

Trivia

  • Justin Beaver is a parody of Justin Bieber.
  • This is the first time in the franchise since Sonic Underground to have Sonic sing as well as the first time in the franchise overall to have Tails and Knuckles sing.
  • This episode features a total of twelve songs (no including the intro and credit songs).
  • During the scenes with large female audiences, several recolored duplicates of series' recurring characters are see among the crowd. This is most likely due to Sonic Boom's limited budget concerning character creations. As such, multiple copies of one character can be spotted in one scene, while others seemingly appear in an entirely different place after being spotted in another.
  • A soundalike of the The Benny Hill Show 's theme "Yakety Sax" plays during the chase scene between Dixon and Dreamboat Express.
  • This is the first time Perci and Salty, both whom debuted in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, appear in the television series.
  • This is the first episode in the Sonic Boom television series to not have Eggman make a physical appearance.
  • This is the second time in the Sonic Boom television series where Amy and Sticks fan girl over someone. The first time was in "Blue With Envy".
  • The song that Dude-itude plays in order to free the audience from their mind control is based to "Give It Away" and "Can't Stop", both of which are by the Red Hot Chili-Peppers. This was confirmed by Alan Denton.[3]
  • Like his counterpart in Sonic Underground, Sonic plays with a three-necked guitar in this episode.
  • Some of the images in the music shop show pictures from previous and future episodes:
  • When Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles enter Sticks's burrow a soundalike of Psycho's theme is played when they look around that it is decorated with Justin Beaver merchandise.

References

  1. Sonic Boom: Battle of the Boy Bands. Zap2it.com. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  2. Alan Denton (15 August 2015). Alan Denton on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on 15 August 2015. “Alan Denton: Fun fact: While writing today's #SonicBoom, we listened to a ton of Justin Bieber. Looking back, all that research probably wasn't necessary”
  3. Alan Denton on Twitter. Twitter (27 September 2015). Retrieved on 27 September 2015. “Shafaq: Please tell me Dude-itude's inspiration is Red Hot Chili Peppers... / Alan Denton: yes. For one song, at least.”

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