Sonic The Hedgehog SatAM (5th Anniversary Review Part 1)

No other Sonic Cartoon will live up to its legacy.

January 15, 2013 – I wrote my first review, on the live-action Sonic fan film. Five years later I’m still talking about everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog, but this time I’ll be tackling the show that aired concurrently with Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog… Sonic The Hedgehog, more commonly referred to as Sonic SatAM, as it aired on Saturday mornings, rather than weekday afternoons (or mornings, depending on where you live).

PLOT

Just like in Adventures, the show takes place on the planet Mobius, where Sonic has to fight Dr. Robotnik, but there’s one major difference, Dr. Robotnik rules over the planet with an iron fist, alongside his nephew, Snivley, and Sonic has a team of Freedom Fighters, led by Princess Sally Acorn, and their friends Bunnie Rabbot, Rotor Walrus, Tails, and Antoine D’Coolette to help save the planet. Another major difference between SatAM and Adventures is the tone, while Adventures was light and silly, SatAm was far more serious, and at times pretty dark, with Robotnik turning the citizens of Mobius into robots through Roboticization, grief, etc. But once Season 2 came around, ABC ased the shows head writer, the late Ben Hurst to add more humor to the show, that season also saw some changes like Sally wearing a vest, and Rotor’s design.

Unfortunately, like most TV shows with a developed plan, it gets canceled before any of its plot points were solved, sort of. Without giving too much away, Sonic and the Freedom Fighters do defeat Robotnik, but a much bigger threat arises. Had there been a third season, we would’ve seen them fight the new big bad.

SatAM has a massive amount of talent attached here, you have Jaleel White playing Sonic, and Jim Cummings playing Dr. Robotnik, a role he would’ve played in Adventures, as mentioned last year. You also have voice acting vets like Charlie Adler, Kath Soucie, Rob Paulson, Cree Summer, even Tim Curry made an appearace.

While the show never had a proper ending, the fans of the show created a web comic, introducing new concepts and ideas that the show never had a chance to tackle, like the cancelled arc mentioned above, the Chaos Emeralds, Knuckles, more details Robotnik came to take over Mobius, etc. There are also plans to make a fan made animated season, with casting, and test footage. While there’s no news on fan series, the comic is still going, I recommend recommend checking it out.

REVIEW

Sonic SatAM was an great show and I hate that I never saw it when it first aired. The plot was amazing, Jaleel White is still amazing as Sonic, Jim Cummings made for an excellent villain, speaking of, Robotnik was a great villain, and actually has character, aside from being a bumbling villain. I also liked the show had a subtle environmental message, which I’m not sure if it was Ben Hurst’s intention, but he pulled it off masterfully. Overall, I enjoyed the show, and I’m sure you will too, fan or otherwise.

RANK: 4 out of 5

The fifth anniversary celebration isn’t over just yet, come back for a look at Sonic’s second greatest outing, you know what I’m talking about.

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A New Begining

I know I once again missed another date, but this time this was something I did on purpose. If you just entered the site, you may have noticed, I changed the layout of the blog. I’m not sure how long you’ve been here, but I have had this blog going on for five amazing years. While there have been some problems here and there, both online, and outside the blog I like to think I’ve had some pretty good moments. From reviewing the Sonic Fan Film to the epic review of the lost Robotech Movie. And as Seinfeld once said, once you count them all up, that’s when you know.

On a personal note, I’m feeling a lot better than I did, when last you heard from me, while I’m employment still elude me, I’m not feel as depressed as I was before. What I’m trying to get at is, I’m working to get better, and trying not to let down the people I care about, friends, family, and most of all you.

Now back to the blog, of course I’ve got big plans for my 5th anniversary, first of all, the annual Sonic Review, and I’m sure you figured out we’re tackling Sonic SatAM. Next, I’m figuring out how I’m going to celebrate Power Rangers’ 25th anniversary, I’m not going to do a Year of Power Rangers, like I did with Star Trek, as while I enjoyed doing it, I was feeling burnt out very easily. While it’s still a long way down the road, this year’s Marvel Month is going to be very epic, and that’s all I’ll say about it. I also want to talk about the Arrowverse, Gravity Falls, and Gundam at some point, and a special surprise early this year, I’m not going to say all I’ll say is it’s going to be something of a retrospective series, so stay tuned for that, and finally since it was the whole reason I even started this blog to begin with, I’m finally going to talk about the Cutting Room Floor web series, that sadly never got off the ground.

So, to conclude, once again, I must thank each of you for following me, kind words, and sticking with me for both the good and the bad. This isn’t just my anniversary, it’s yours. In fact, in addition to all that I mentioned above, why not join me in the celebration, if you have something, you’d like for me to talk about, leave a comment, and I’ll try and find the time to review it.

Happy 5th Anniversary everyone!

 

Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog (4th Anniversary Review)

"That's no good!"
“That’s no good!”

Happy (late) Anniversary, and once again we’re looking at something from the world of everybody’s favorite blue hedgehog, Sonic! Unfortunately, we’re looking at one of his downside of our spiky blue hero, at least until 2006, Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog. The show ran for a season (that lasted four years) in Syndication from Sept. 6th 1993 to Nov. 24 1996

PLOT (or lack thereof)

The series follows the adventures of the titular character Sonic the Hedgehog and his sidekick Tails as they attempt to stop Dr. Robotnik and his array of robots from taking over the planet Mobius.

The plots often used elements loosely borrowed from the storyline of the Sonic video games series. Three of Robotnik’s henchbots, Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts, are directly based on badniks that appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The series also incorporated several recurring original characters not seen in the games, such as Robotnik’s mother, Stinky the Badger, and Wes Weasley, a salesman and con-man, not dissimilar to Phil Silvers. The show’s other characters largely consist of non-human creatures, such as anthropomorphic animals and robots.

Episodes of the show normally revolved around Sonic and Tails foiling Robotnik’s latest villainous scheme to dominate the zany, colorful world of Planet Mobius. At the end of each episode, Dr. Robotnik’s plan would ultimately fail due to Sonic’s efforts, his own incompetence and the stupidity of his henchbots, after which he says, “I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!”.

The end of the show is bookended by an additional segment called “Sonic Says” (or “Sonic Sez”, as Tails misspelled it on screen). This segment teaches viewers life lessons about subjects such as alcohol abuse and general safety. If you lived in the UK, you had the luxury of not seeing this as they were edited out of the UK airings.

There was also a Christmas special called “Sonic’s Christmas Blast” which was made to coincide with the release of Sonic 3D Blast. Depite having the same tone and art design as “Adventures”, the special seems to borrow a couple of elements from “Sonic SatAM”, like SWATbots, Robotropolis, and an appearance by Sally Acorn. Also, to go with the promotion of 3D Blast, a Flicky (birds that Sonic has to save in the game) shows up for a moment. For the longest time I didn’t even know this existed until 2004, when my local CW (then The WB) randomly aired it alongside another Christmas special I wasn’t aware of until that day, “Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas”.

Despite the silliness, the show touted a pretty good cast, most of whom you’ve heard of, like Gary Chalk, Ian James Corlett, Venus Terazo, Scott McNeil and of course the first person to give Sonic a voice, Jaleel White. The unaired pilot also had some good voice artists, like narration legend Gary Owens, and Jim Cummings, who played Robotnik in the pilot, would go on to play a more menacing Robotnik in SatAM.

REVIEW

Yeah, the show hasn’t really aged well. The characters (with the exception of Sonic and Tails) look awful, the background looks amateurish at best. It just looked and felt ridiculous. But, at the same time, there’s an appeal and fascination to it that makes you want to keep watching. And other people seemed to think so, since this show was seen the most times out of the five shows, this was the one that’s was shown the most in reruns. Overall, it’s a ridiculous series, but ridiculous in an insane way, and it’s really difficult to ignore. So, as the DIC entertainment commercials would tell you, “check to see when it’s on at your house!” And by that I mean, check it out on Netflix or something, but only if your curious.

RANK: 3 out of 5

Next, Girl Meets World returns, though not as you’re hoping it would come back.