Growing Up TV: Sonic the Hedgehog: The Animated Series

Posted by on June 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Sonic is one of the most iconic symbols in gaming history and back when his games were good, we found his first animated series aired every Saturday morning. When the parents were still sleeping I got up at 6am every morning to watch this show. Whether you owned a Sega Genesis or not, this show was the subject of much talk.

Sonic (Jaleel White, but you may remember him as Steve Urkel) finds himself residing in a safe haven away from Robotnik’s reign known as Knothole. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Animated Series introduced characters such as Princess Sally Acorn (a squirrel) and Bunnie Rabbot (a rabbit cyborg, almost turned into a full robot to serve Robotnik). On planet Mobius, Mobotropolis is a royal city, until it is taken over by Robotnik turning most of it’s citizens into robot slaves. Sonic and his freedom fighter allies (including Tails) fight to eventually return the city to it’s natural state, by overthrowing the evil Robotnik, while Robotnik and his nephew Snively seek to find Knothole and enslave the inhabitants.

Say what you want about Sonic but this show kept me going back to the games and I was surprised to see a few concepts and characters in the show appearing in the videogame Sonic Spinball. This show is easily the most memorable of my childhood.

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