Colleen O’Shaughnessey Isn’t Done With Tails Yet

Earlier today on Twitter, Tails voice actor Collen O’Shaugnessey was showing off her new flocked Tails Funko Pop that she got from Target, when she broke some surprising news in the comments.

As we reported earlier this month, Colleen is one of several voice actors not returning to their previous roles in the upcoming Sonic Netflix show, Sonic Prime. However, as one fan mentioned how much they are going to miss her, Colleen surprised everyone with the following…

So what does this mean for Colleen in the role of Tails? Well, she’s completely out of Sonic Prime. “Still not Canadian, so still not doing prime” she replied to one fan. Whether she’ll be back for the Sonic 2 movie, or if she’s returning to the games, she definitely won’t be leaving Tails and the Sonic franchise behind just yet.

Both Sonic Prime and the Sonic 2 movie will be out next year.

Have Sonic Blare Your Favorite Music With This New Plush

Ever wanted to make Jimmy Buffet classic “Cheeseburger in Paradise” play out of a Sonic thing? Or how about “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway musical hit Wicked? Maybe “Crazy Noisey Bizarre Town,” objectively the best Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure anime opening? Well good news, because now you can play these and more from a new Sonic plush currently only available in Mexico!

Images for this plush have been slowly circulating online, but our source is twitter account @SONICJENNY, who also seems to have the most images. This new Sonic plush and speaker features Bluetooth capability with a range of ten feet, as well as an audio cable input, a USB port, and an SD cart slot, so you’ll be able to play music on it with just about anything. Going by SONICJENNY’s twitter thread, the plush is around a foot long, has speakers in its feet, and sells for around $50. Check out the images below:

As of this writing, we are not aware of any way to obtain this plush online, as it seems to only be available via physical stores in Mexico. Even the manufacturer does not appear to be obvious from the packaging.

Hopefully, this plush will eventually be available elsewhere, so we can all enjoy the 1986 hit “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco through a cute Sonic plush doll.

via SONICJENNY’s Twitter

Ian Flynn Returning to the Main IDW Sonic Comic for Four Issue Arc

Ian Flynn may no longer be the lead writer of IDW’s Sonic comic, but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere! Flynn is set to return for a four issue arc, “Zeti Hunt,” which will see the Chaotix racing to track down the Zeti before their leader, Zavok, can find them. This reveal comes mere months after the completion of Flynn’s “Sonic Bad Guys” mini series.

When asked why he used the Zeti so frequently, Flynn had this to say: “I like mining untapped potential. Plus they’re a lingering plot point from Metal Virus. Need to clean up after myself.”

His return isn’t surprising. Flynn revealed last year that while Evan Stanley was now the lead writer, he still had some stories lined up in the main book. 

“Zeti Hunt” is set to begin with Issue #41, after Stanley’s upcoming arc “Test Run,” set to start next week

Check out the cover and solicitation below:

Cover A: Adam Bryce Thomas | Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)

Ian Flynn returns for a four-part arc “Zeti Hunt”!

The Deadly Six are still on the loose and attacking towns. Jewel the Beetle recruits Sonic’s friends the Chaotix to find and stop the Zeti, but Zavok of the Deadly Six is looking for his minions, too—he’s angrier than ever and wants to reunite. The Chaotix will have to act quickly to outsmart the Deadly Six!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 Sonic the Hedgehog #41

—Cover B: Jonathan Gray

Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Jonathan Gray & Reggie Graham (c)

via Comic Releases

Inclusion of Sonic 2 Music in Upcoming Sonic Movie “Dream Come True” for the Game’s Composer

Masato Nakamura, the man who composed the music for Sonic 1 and 2 on the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive, expressed excitement over the news that one of his compositions will be in the next Sonic movie. A remix of one of his tracks, Emerald Hill Zone, popped up in the recent Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie tease.

In a blog post, Nakamura expressed his feelings over the inclusion:

I am very happy to share the news. One of my compositions, “Emerald Hill Zone” will be used in the movie “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” which will come out in 2022.

When I composed the music for “Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2”.I tried to write a soundtrack for the movie. I imagined the game like a movie.

After 30 years later, my music for the game becomes a part of the movie soundtrack of “Sonic the Hedgehog”.

Literally, it’s a dream comes true.

This isn’t the first time his work has appeared in a movie, as a jazz rendition of Green Hill Zone appeared at the end of the previous Sonic movie. You can read Nakamura’s entire blog post in the source at the bottom.

The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie is set to begin filming next month, and is scheduled for release on April 8, 2022.

via Dreams Come True Masablog

Jakks Pacific to Release Sonic Movie 2 Branded Toys and Costumes in 2022

US toy manufacturer Jakks Pacific has announced a partnership with SEGA and Paramount Pictures to produce official Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie merchandise. This is a global toy rights partnership that covers practically everything from “action figures, playsets, vehicles, plush toys, collectibles” to even Halloween costumes.

Continue reading Jakks Pacific to Release Sonic Movie 2 Branded Toys and Costumes in 2022

Ben Schwartz: ‘Nobody’s Asked Me’ About Voicing Sonic in the Video Games

Since Roger Craig Smith announced his departure as the official voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, many fans have turned to Ben Schwartz, Hollywood comedy star, to ask if he would pick up the mantle. His answer? He’s not quite sure yet.

Continue reading Ben Schwartz: ‘Nobody’s Asked Me’ About Voicing Sonic in the Video Games

RUMOUR: Jason Momoa Offered Role Of Knuckles for 2nd Sonic Movie

It has been reported by The Illuminerdi that Jason Momoa, known for playing DC’s movie incarnation of Aquaman, has been offered the voice acting role to play Knuckles the Echidna in the second the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, due for release in 2022.

While it is currently unknown if Momoa has accepted the role (it was previously rumoured the role had been offered to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) we look forward to seeing if the high profile actor accepts the job.

As always, stay tuned to TSS for more movie updates as they come!

Source: The Illuminerdi

Watch this INCREDIBLE Upscaled Sonic CD Opening!

An incredible cleaned and upscaled version of the Sonic CD opening has been released by Sonic Retro members Tanks and Quazza – you can watch the full remaster below on Youtube!

This consciencious upscaling utilises AI, which while the authors acknowledge is controversial to those communities working on archiving genuine articles, is a wonderful way to get around issues with compression that are intrinsic to versions that have appeared on the likes of Mega Collection.

Quazza has also made an interesting discovery in that a few frames in the OP appear out of order – and here’s his comparison:

We think this is a wonderful piece of work bringing new life to a much-loved piece of Sonic the Hedgehog history.

Source: Sonic Retro

Artist Creates Sonic the Hedgehog “Artwork Countdown” For 30th Anniversary

Since June last year, artist and animator Keith Stack has been creating a unique piece of Sonic the Hedgehog fan art each day and posting them via Twitter, in order to count down to the 30th anniversary.

Stack’s pieces range from hillarious parodies to clever commentaries on current events, as well as some wonderful tributes to an incredible cross-section of references to obscure corers of the Sonic series and beyond (we particularly love the very “Bri’ish” take on Sonic the Comic!).

Check out some of our favourites below!

You can view the rest of Stack’s artwork on his Twitter account.

.

Ryan Drummond Confirms Agent Reached Out to SEGA to Reprise Sonic Role

It’s only been a week since Roger Craig Smith announced that he is no longer the official voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, but former actor Ryan Drummond has confirmed that his agent has contacted SEGA with an interest in reprising the role.

Continue reading Ryan Drummond Confirms Agent Reached Out to SEGA to Reprise Sonic Role

Cindy Robinson “Loading Out” From The Amy Rose Voice Acting Role

There has been another confirmed departure from the Sonic voice actor cast, the second in just the past week. Cindy Robinson, the voice of Amy Rose, has announced that she is no longer going to be voicing the character.

Continue reading Cindy Robinson “Loading Out” From The Amy Rose Voice Acting Role

Colleen O’Shaughnessey Not Voicing Tails in Sonic Prime

Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Tails’ voice actress for the past seven years, has confirmed on Twitter that she will not be reprising her role in the upcoming Netflix series, Sonic Prime.

Unlike Roger Craig Smith, this does not yet appear to mark a permanent departure from the role, and it appears that Sonic Prime may instead either have a separate voice cast, or only share some cast members from the games. What makes O’Shaughnessey‘s lack of involvement especially surprising is that she did actually voice Tails in last year’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Mike Pollock, the voice of Eggman, does appear to at least be hinting that he is a part of the production. Though he could also just be trolling us for his own amusement:

Turnover in the Sonic voice acting cast is nothing new. Back in 2019, several characters had their voices recast, the most notable of them being Knuckles. The first major voice actor overhaul came in 2005, when every voice actor from the games was replaced with the cast from the recently released 4kids dub of Sonic X. That cast was in turn replaced five years later in 2010.

Sonic Prime Has Its First Confirmed Writer

Now that Sonic Prime is official, it looks like we are finally going to start learning more about the production, including who’s involved. And on that note, we have our first writer: Justin Peniston. Peniston himself confirmed his involvement on Twitter:

Peniston has written for Man of Action shows before, including the Avengers Assemble episode “By the Numbers,” the Gormiti episode “The Sacrifice,” and the Mega Man Fully Charged episode “SWISH.”

Peniston also has a web comic called “Hunter Black,” which you can find here.

We will surely be finding out more about this show’s creative team over the coming days and weeks. Be sure to check back to Sonic Stadium for all the latest!

Sonic Netflix show officially titled ‘Sonic Prime’, due in 2022

After initially being leaked via a quickly deleted tweet by Netflix, today the company has officially announced the upcoming TV show as Sonic Prime, and will be due in 2022 on the streaming service.

Continue reading Sonic Netflix show officially titled ‘Sonic Prime’, due in 2022

A Sonic-Themed Playground opens in Brazil

Lookout, Super Nintendo World! Sonic’s got his own themed land too! Albeit much, much smaller, and inside a mall.

Badnik Mechanic’s youtube page has reported on a Sonic-themed playground inside the Vila Vella shopping mall in Brazil. The playground has rings to jump through slides, checkered tubes, obstacle courses, and more, all with a Sonic theme around it. It uses a Green Hill background and cardboard cutouts of Sonic, Eggman, and Tails from different eras. Whether this playground has Sega’s blessing or not remains to be seen.

Ken Pontac Heavily Implies Being Done With Writing Sonic Games

It’s looking like we’re not done talking about departures from the world of Sonic just yet, although this one has been rumored for a while now. it’s also looking very likely that the next Sonic game is even going to have some new writers.

Continue reading Ken Pontac Heavily Implies Being Done With Writing Sonic Games

Roger Craig Smith Departs from Sonic Voice Acting Role

In sad news, it appears that Roger Craig Smith will depart from the role of Sonic the Hedgehog’s western voice actor after 10 years in the driving seat.

A post made on Smith’s Twitter account on Thursday indicated he is moving on from his long-held position:

If so, we at Sonic Stadium want to thank Roger for all he has done to embellish the Sonic the Hedgehog universe, and we hope he will remain part of our ever-growing community!

Source: Roger Craig Smith via Twitter

Reminder: Balan Wonderworld Demo Out Now

If you want to try Balan Wonderworld, the latest game from Sonic creators Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima, it now has a demo out on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and Steam! If you don’t have the time or just want a second opinion, we’ll have our own impressions article up later today.

Balan Wonderworld will be out on all platforms March 26. It is being published by Square Enix and co-developed by Balan Company and Arzest.

Sonic 2 Movie to Film in Vancouver and Hawaii

Actress Tika Sumpter, has confirmed two filming locations for the next Sonic movie: Vancouver and Hawaii. She revealed this during an interview on the talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” During the interview, she talked about how her daughter adored Sonic and wanted to “meet him.” She also confirmed that filming for her will start in March.

It should be noted that principal photography for the first movie was in Vancouver, despite the story largely taking place in Montana and San Francisco, so these shooting locations don’t actually tell us much about the plot beyond the kinds of environments they may need for the movie.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is scheduled for release on April 8, 2022.

Source: Live with Kelly & Ryan via Twitter

Yuji Naka Had Trouble on the Official SEGA Test – Because of ‘Mr Needlemouse’

To celebrate SEGA’s 60th anniversary, the game company hosted a special public exam to test fans’ knowledge of its history. We missed it too, we’re upset about that as well. But spare a thought for Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka, who revealed that he actually had trouble knowing the answer to one particular question relating to his blue creation. And, as most things, it all comes down to a decades-old case of mistranslation.

Continue reading Yuji Naka Had Trouble on the Official SEGA Test – Because of ‘Mr Needlemouse’

SEGA Shop Launches ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Remix’ Collection

Now, these look awesome! SEGA’s official merchandise store has just launched a brand new line of goods on which to splash your cash. 1990s Sonic fans in particular will be happy, as the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Remix’ collection offers a distinctly retro flavour.

Continue reading SEGA Shop Launches ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Remix’ Collection

IDW Sonic #40 Solicitation and Lineart Cover Revealed [U]

Looks like New Comic Info Day has come a little early, as solicitations for the next upcoming Sonic IDW comic – Issue 40 – has been released to the media, along with not-quite finished line work of one of the edition’s planned cover art. Check it all out below!

Continue reading IDW Sonic #40 Solicitation and Lineart Cover Revealed [U]

New Official Artwork for February 2021 Focuses On Sonic & Knuckles

SEGA has published new official artwork on its Sonic Channel website for the month of February 2021, and for old-school fans it’ll tickle your ivories. This new piece features Sonic and Knuckles palling around on Angel Island, in a scene that throws us all back to Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

Continue reading New Official Artwork for February 2021 Focuses On Sonic & Knuckles

Sonic Movie Hitting Hulu on February 18

Lockdown not quite over yet, where you are? Don’t fret, you’ll soon have another way to binge watch the Sonic the Hedgehog movie if you live in the US. Paramount announced today that the cinematic adventures of the blue blur will be made available on the streaming platform from February 18.

Continue reading Sonic Movie Hitting Hulu on February 18

Tyson Hesse Confirms He is Not Involved in Sonic Netflix Show

Sonic the Hedgehog artist and animator Tyson Hesse, best known for his work in Sonic Mania, the Sonic Movie and a number of official Sonic animations, has confirmed that he is not involved in the upcoming Netflix-produced Sonic cartoon.

Continue reading Tyson Hesse Confirms He is Not Involved in Sonic Netflix Show

Jakks Mecha Sonic, Giant Eggman Robot and Sonic Diorama Set Revealed for May 2021 [U]

A new slate of retailer listings have uncovered the next set of Sonic the Hedgehog action figures from Jakks Pacific. Among the twenty products on display on the ToyWiz website, toys are planned for Mecha Sonic, Giant Eggman Robot and Silver, along with a 2.5inch Sonic Diorama Set.

Continue reading Jakks Mecha Sonic, Giant Eggman Robot and Sonic Diorama Set Revealed for May 2021 [U]

Check Out This PHENOMENAL Sonic Mania Studiopolis Zone Guitar Cover!

We love to get technical, especially when it comes to some amazing fretwork in Sonic the Hedgehog covers! Guitar virtuoso RichaadEB has set him self the immense task of covering Tee Lopes’ toe-tapping theme to Studiopolis Zone Act 1 – and what an incredible job he has done!

Continue reading Check Out This PHENOMENAL Sonic Mania Studiopolis Zone Guitar Cover!