Thursday, September 8, 2016

Daytime Heroes: The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)

Running concurrently with his Saturday morning ABC series, Sonic the Hedgehog whizzed across TV screens on weekdays as well, albeit in syndication. Both series were produced by DIC, but the daily show was distributed through Bohbot, which handled a number of series back in those days.

On Saturdays, Dr. Robotnik (Long John Baldry) has already taken over the planet Mobius. Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, then, can be considered a sort-of prequel, as Robotnik has yet to succeed, and is routinely thwarted by Sonic (Jaleel White, Family Matters) and his best buddy/sidekick, Tails.

There were also short Sonic Sez messages at the end of each of the 65 daily episodes, which also set it apart from the Saturday show. After the syndication run ended, this series aired on cable on USA, then Toon Disney (now DisneyXD), before landing on This TV and Netflix.

Let's take a look at the opener:

Not quite as much fun as the Saturday show. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for the hero having a proactive sweetheart, such as Princess Sally, despite what the haters say.

Rating: B.


Silverstar said...

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog seemed to take some inspiration from Bob Clampett's "Porky in Wackyland", with the wild takes and much more surreal version of Mobius.

hobbyfan said...

All that was missing was a dodo, then. I can dig.