Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM Review

Hey guys! So, this is a little something new that I'm doing here. I've decided that I'm going to review a TV series instead of a movie or a game, and I think I might start doing these TV reviews more often, since we don't have enough of it on the site. For my first review, I'm going to be taking a look Sonic the Hedgehog. I was recently hanging out with Ed, who you guys should know from the site, and I brought over the DVD box set for a little mini-marathon. We didn't have a chance to get through the whole thing, but watching it reminded me just how much I liked it, and I figured I'd write up a review.

Sonic the Hedgehog
is an animated series that premiered in 1993 on ABC. Dubbed SatAM by it's fans, it was the second Sonic cartoon to appear on TV. However, it premiered only 12 days after The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog did, so both shows were, for the most part, airing at the same time. Despite that, it's interesting to see how many similarities the two shows have. Both shows have chili dogs as Sonic's favorite food, both shows feature Jaleel White as the voice of Sonic, and even some of Sonic's catchphrases from the previous show are still in-tact. While the two shows were aired on separate networks, it's not surprising when you conciser both shows were produced by DIC, allowing the company to keep some sort of continuity between the two.

However, Sonic the Hedgehog is much different than the other show. Instead of crazy slapstick shenanigans, we get a well written storyline. Instead of a sloppily animated pile of pen and ink, we get detailed backgrounds, and smooth animation throughout. It's pretty obvious that this show is vastly superior to The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Let me talk about the story a bit more. The show has somewhat of a dark tone to it, which is a nice change of pace. Don't get me wrong, this was still aired Saturday mornings, and it still had to be tailored for kids, but some of the things they got away with are pretty surprising. Sonic is part of a group called the Freedom Fighters, who are trying to fight the evil Dr. Robotnik, who is turning creatures into robots through a process they call "Robotisizing". The whole show revolves around this, and while there isn't much of an overlying plot in the first season, the second season starts to tie things together from episode to episode. Unlike many animé series that do something similar, Sonic the Hedgehog does it in an ingenious way. Each episode stands on it's own, but if you watch them all, you get a bigger picture of the storyline, making it good for anybody who likes to follow a story, or just flip on an episode sometimes.

The characters are all very likable and memorable. Each one of the Freedom Fighters has their own personality, and it really shows through with the excellent voice acting provided by many of them. There's also a love interest that starts up between Sonic and Sally, which is pretty surprising territory for a Saturday morning cartoon. Even the villains are very memorable, and they're just as easy to hate as the freedom fighters are to like.

Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog is an excellent cartoon series, and I highly recommend it to anybody who is a fan of animation, Sonic, Saturday morning cartoons, or anybody just looking for a cartoon series (Oh and furries, I recommend it to you guys as well).

I give Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) a 5 out of 5.

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