"Fuzzy Puppy Buddies" is the forty-seventh episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It aired on 31 August 2015 in France and on 10 October 2015 in the United States.
Amy and Dr. Eggman bond over a tabletop figurine game called Fuzzy Puppies. When the gang finds out, they begin to worry about her safety.
- Ball Bot (multiple)
- Beaver Policeman
- Child Monkey
- Dr. Eggman
- Fastidious Beaver
- Giant Robot
- Lady Goat
- Lady Walrus
- Lightning Bolt Society (Mentioned)
- Mayor Fink
- Mike the Ox
- Mrs. Vandersnout
- Obliterator Bot (Mentioned)
- Old Monkey
- Team Sonic
- Walrus Male
- Wild Cat
- Sonic Boom World
- Puppy Con (First appearance)
At the beginning of the episode, Amy is in her house playing a tabletop figurine game called "Fuzzy Puppies" against herself. The rest of the team walk in, and she tells them that this game is becoming very popular, though the others do not believe it. Amy heads to Meh Burger where she sits at a table with other players, when Dr. Eggman shows up and declares that he too takes interest in the game. In the midst of a battle between Eggman and Team Sonic later on, the two agree to have a meeting at Eggman's lair before Amy knocks him and his Eggmobile over the horizon with her hammer; there, Eggman shows Amy his collection of figurines, but one of them, the Fancy Poodle piece that Eggman has been looking for, is missing. Amy decides to teach Eggman the rules of the game. The goal of Fuzzy Puppies is to eliminate the opponent's puppies from the board. Amy then tells what each puppy can do. One of them, a bulldog, tracks mud in the house and is thus instantly removed from the game, yet Amy keeps her on the board as a good-luck charm. After Eggman plays several rounds against Amy and the other players, Amy admits that he has mastered the game.
Sonic and the rest of the team suspects something is up with Amy and head to her house to investigate. As they spy on Amy setting up food (during which Knuckles teases Sonic with how it seems like Amy is setting up for a date), they see Dr. Eggman. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Sticks burst through the window and Sonic ties Eggman up with a curtain. To cover their friendship, Amy and Eggman awkwardly pretends to admit that Eggman was indeed attacking Amy, and Eggman runs off. However, the group suspects something is up and Amy admits her newfound friendship with Eggman and that they are going to Puppy Con tomorrow. Suspecting Eggman is up to something, Sonic, despite the risk of ruining his image by showing up on a Fuzzy Puppy fan convention, decides the team are heading there to keep an eye on the pair.
At the convention inside town hall in the Village Center, Amy and Eggman walk around admiring all the things there when Eggman sees the Fancy Poodle figurine he is missing. However, it belongs to Stratford, so Eggman starts negotiating. While this is happening, Amy buys a Cuteness Hat from Zooey, who explains that this accessory makes a certain puppy adorable. Then, somebody cries for help, and Team Sonic runs to the rescue. It appears that two members of the Lightning Bolt Society are rolling boulders down a hill, but the team disposes of them. While Dave is being arrested by the Beaver Policeman, Eggman has stolen the Fancy Poodle and reveals that Orbot and Cubot were masquerading as the Lightning Bolt Society members as a distraction. Amy then challenges Eggman to a game; if Amy wins, Eggman must give the Fancy Poodle back, but if she loses, Eggman will take her bulldog.
A crowd gathers around the table to watch the challenge. Eggman plays very well, and only the bulldog is left on Amy's side. Suddenly, Amy places the Cuteness Hat on top of the bulldog, saying that since she is adorable, she will not get blamed for tracking mud around the house; thus, she blames it on Fancy Poodle. Though initially refusing to do so until Amy threatens to end their friendship, Eggman finally gives up and gives the Fancy Poodle back to its original owner. Amy and Eggman are then playing another game in the lair as the episode ends.
- The Fuzzy Puppies board game is introduced. It would make more appearances in subsequent episodes.
- Amy learns of Dr. Eggman's interest in Fuzzy Puppies. This would be brought up in "The Evil Dr. Orbot".
- When Eggman first shows up at Meh Burger, one can see in the background that the town hall has already been decorated for Puppy Con, despite the event being at least a week away.
- When Sonic tells his team not to look at him while they are spying on Amy, Sticks' eyelashes are gone.
- In the shot of the decorated town hall, Lady Walrus can be seen walking into the building, but in the next scene she is already inside.
- Before the gang unfreezes outside the Mayor's Mansion, Tails' eyes open.
- When Eggman demands Amy's Gertie the Bulldog if he should beat her in Fuzzy Puppies, the gasping crowd in the next shot is suddenly standing much further into the room than they did in the previous shot.
- Before Amy uses the Cuteness Hat, her eyelashes are seen missing.
When animating this episode, the team had a lot of work to do when it came designing a board and the play pieces. Gertie the Bulldog in particular was modeled and named after Cindy Robinson's late-female bullbog using a photo of her put on Robinson's Facebook page. Robinson, thus, had a hard time recording this episode.
Title in other languages
|Finnish||Söpöt pennut||Cute puppies|
|French||Chiot choupinou copinous||Darling Puppy Buddies|
|Hungarian||A bolyhos babák||The fuzzy dolls|
|Italian||Ciccio cucciolo Eggman||Chubby puppy Eggman|
|Korean||멍멍이 보드게임||Puppy Board Game|
|Polish||Przyjaciele puchatych piesków||The friends of fluffy doggies|
|Russian||Пушистые собачки||Fluffy dogs|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Compañeros de Cachorritos Peludos||Fuzzy Puppies Partners|
|Ukrainian||Пухнасті цуценята||Fluffy Puppies|
- This episode was first revealed by the series' cast at the Sonic Boom event in 2014 where they did a live reading of parts of the script.
- Coincidently, this episode premiered exactly one year after its table script read on the 2014 Sonic Boom event.
- This episode's title name was first revealed by Bill Freiberger on his Twitter account. Also, the term bears little resemblance to one of R.E.M.'s title song, "Shiny Happy People".
- Knuckles putting on sunglasses and making a pun as Dave is taken away is a reference to Horatio Caine on CSI: Miami, whose trademark gesture is putting on his sunglass at the beginning of the episode prior to making a dramatic remark.
- There were many rumors that there would be a strong reveal of Sonic and Amy's romantic relationship. However, this was turned down because the plot never shown any references to the relationship.
- Puppy Con is based on the real-life Comic Con.
- The episode's presentation of the trading of Fuzzy Puppy game pieces may be an allusion to the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Concept artwork for this episode appeared in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.
- Cindy Robinson's favorite moment in the entire series is from this episode: where Gertie the Bulldog wins the game.
- ↑ Sonic Boom: Fuzzy Puppy Buddies. zap2it.com. Retrieved on 2 October 2015.
- ↑ Cartoon Network - Schedule (2015/11/17). Retrieved on 10 March 2017.
- ↑ Sanzaru Games (September 27, 2016). Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice. Nintendo 3DS. Sega. Level/Area: Sonic's Shack. "Fuzzy Puppies: When Eggman and Amy became superfans of a cutesy board game craze called Fuzzy Puppies, our team had a lot of work to do when it came designing a board and the play pieces. Here is some early concept art of that. As for the actual rules of the game? Eh, we’re still not sure what’s going on."
- ↑ Sonic Revolution 2016: PART 6 - Sonic Boom Panel. YouTube. Sonic Revolution (22 June 2016). Retrieved on 29 June 2016.
- ↑ Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (1 August 2015). Retrieved on 4 August 2015.
- ↑ Cindy Robinson on Twitter. Twitter (18 March 2017). Retrieved on 18 March 2017. “CraigBeverlin: do you have a favorite Sonic Boom moment. / Cindy Robinson: it's in Fuzzy Puppy Buddies when Gertie the Bulldog wins the game.”