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Len Janson is an American animator, writer and director who created the Sonic the Hedgehog television series and wrote for the Sonic Underground television series.

History

Janson was the series creator of Sonic the Hedgehog television series, having written the series' Bible (not to be confused with the general Sonic Bible), which documented the setting, general backstory and characters from the series. Janson thus created the concept of the Freedom Fighters, Knothole Village,[1] and Sonic the Hedgehog characters like Snively, Rotor Walrus, Antoine Depardieu, and Sally, all of whom later transferred over to the Archie Comics series. The Bible also included the character of Nate Morgan, who never appeared in the Sonic the Hedgehog TV show but was later incorporated into the Archie Comics continuity.[2]

Janson was Sonic the Hedgehog's story editor for both seasons and wrote several episodes himself. In particular, he insisted that the heroes must have both wins and losses, and he was a driving force behind the development of the Sonic/Sally relationship. In the second season, he was one of only three writers, along with Ben Hurst and Pat Allee. He was a particular idol to Ben Hurst (who referred to him as the "King"), and when Hurst was made the story editor of the series Sonic Underground, Hurst managed to give Janson six episodes to write.[3]

Filmography

Television

Series Debut Position
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle 1976 Writer
The Biskitts 1983 Writer
The Real Ghost Busters 1986 Writer
The Smurfs 1981 Writer
Tiny Toon Adventures 1990 Writer

Credits

Writing

External links

References

  1. "The Great Sonic Continuity Debate" (by PorpoiseMuffins, 11/10) at Saturday Morning Sonic
  2. SatAM Bible at Fans United For SatAM
  3. "Ben Hurst on SatAM" (written by Ben Hurst, compiled by PorpoiseMuffins, 11/10) at Saturday Morning Sonic
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