A group of passionate art and animation professionals have launched a Patreon campaign to try and finish telling one of the greatest Sonic stories never told – that of Sonic the Hedgehog’s Saturday AM (SatAM) long lost third season.
The project is being led by long-standing community group FUS (Fans United for SatAM), who have been supporting the DiC-produced 1990s cartoon show since the year 2000. The crowdfunding campaign aims to help provide the funds to realise the dream of producing the third season of SatAM, a story arc that was never explored by the original animation studio as the Sonic show was cancelled in favour of Power Rangers’ then-growing popularity.
As the end of the second (and final official) season of SatAM included a cliffhanger alluding to the reign of villain Naugus, it’s a ‘lost season’ that many fans have been eager to see come to life. It’s also a story that the late Ben Hurst, original show writer, attempted to make a reality several times in the last twenty years. The FUS team hopes to create a new animation that will honour the direction that Hurst originally intended for the season.
“As you might know, producing an animated show is a costly affair that requires months of constant labor and attention,” the show’s Patreon page writes. “The quality that we’re promising is more than what you see on YouTube as we’re treating this as a big budget television series that you’d see on Cartoon Network or Netflix.
“This means fluid animation, detailed backgrounds, professional voice talent, and a sweeping music score.”
At the moment, progress appears to be moving at a brisk pace, with pre-production on the proposed first episode nearly complete and the original composer of the 1990s SatAM show on board to create music for the project. Various pledge tiers offer rewards such as sneak peeks at storyboards, episode credits, personalised ‘thank you’ animated videos and even original character insertions.
A pitch trailer has also been produced to promote the Patreon, which you can see above. It’s worth noting that the video does not represent the final quality of the animation or cast, but from what we’ve seen here it already is on its way to being something great.
If you want to help make the project a reality, you can visit the Patreon site and pledge to the project there.