Sonic Mega Mix DVD Compilation Hits U.S. Next Month

A new listing has appeared at a few online retailers such as Amazon that reveals Cookie Jar Entertainment will be releasing a DVD compilation on January 4th 2011 featuring episodes from Sonic’s original three cartoon series Sonic the Hedgehog (AKA SatAM), Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Underground. The compilation is titled “Sonic Mega Mix“, and according to retailer Future Shop it will contain one disc with a running time of 155 minutes. Future Shop also says the DVD is region locked at Region 1, so fans outside of the U.S. looking to import this will need a multi-region DVD player to run it.

No information is available regarding which episodes or how many will feature on the DVD, but at 155 minutes you can expect about 6 episodes total. As for price, Amazon is listing it at $9.99, Barnes & Noble at $9.01 and Future Shop at $5.99 Canadian.

Sources:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Future Shop

Simpsons Storyboard Artist to Attempt SatAM Comeback

We’ve all been here before, but someone has designs to pitch an idea to SEGA/DiC/the powers that be to invest in a revival of arguably the greatest Sonic cartoon, SatAM. This ‘someone’ however appears to be a chap called Matthew Sullivan, who has worked on The Simpsons, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Family Guy, so he at least has some credentials.

Posting the image above in the Fans United for SatAM forums, Matt is preparing a pitch that he hopes will kickstart a new series of the classic Saturday morning show, with the hopeful inclusion of writer Ben Hurst. He makes no guarantee that this pitch will work, but as a fan himself states that he will try his damndest.

We wish you all the best Matt – if you have any questions he’s opened the floor on the FUS forums so give him our regards there.

Day ZERO! Animator X has a present for you! – FUS (via Saturday Morning Sonic – thanks Joanne!)

Sonic Underground back on DVD

Wired are reporting that a new Sonic Underground DVD volume 1 is now available containing the first 20 episodes and with new extra’s like a Greatest Hits cd, a music video jukebox and concept art.

A search on Amazon.com finds a Sonic Underground DVD released Dec 18th 2007, no specific releated info to the article is there though but with the release date it’s most likely the one.

Amazon.co.uk finds nothing new.

Sonic X DVDs discontinued

Penpen2nd of the Bumbleking Forums recently received an e-mail from the anime DVD seller/publisher Right Stuf that the Sonic X DVDs have been “marked for close out”, and will be discontinued as soon as it’s sold out.

I was recently able to confirm this with their customer support. This means that these DVDs may soon start disappearing from store shelves for good. If you want them, you’d best pick them up now. As far as I know, this only applies to North America, or wherever Funimation distributes the DVDs.

Sonic X will be airing in reruns as part of 4KidTV’s Saturday morning line up this fall.

New Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog DVD Details

Just recently it was confirmed that the 1993 animated series, The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, would finally see the light of day on DVD. Shout! Factory, who recently also released other Sonic the Hedgehog series (SatAM) have neared completion of the new DVD set and TVShowsOnDVD.com have reported some exciting new details about the much anticipated release.

The new information confirms the release will be a four disc set containing the first 22 episodes and is to be released on July 17th . Two bonus featurettes “How to Draw Sonic the Hedgehog” and “A Conversation with Artist Milton Knight” will also be included. The DVD set is currently available on pre-order from Amazon for $22.49 (Regular SRP $29.99)

For many Sonic fans The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is considered the most enjoyable (albeit light) animated series, and thanks to this release they will now have an alternative to the DVDs of questionable legality from Korea that circulate eBay infrequently.

Be sure to stay with SONIC NEWS for any updates as they are made available.

SatAM Boxset Available Early?

The “Sonic the Hedgehog” (SatAM) cartoon series boxset is reportedly already available at at least one Best Buy store.

According to Perfect Chaos, a staff member at the Sonic Fan Games Headquarters, the DVD boxset is now available to buy at a local store. It is not officially due for release until Monday the 27th of March, so this may be a mistake on the store’s part.

Quexinos (aka Sonique) of site Fans United for SatAM has reported that another Best Buy store is also selling the set. If you’ve been waiting for this DVD set and are near a Best Buy, you could do a lot worse than to head over there and see if it’s there yet.

SatAM Boxset is Done (and Region Free)

Lucky boon.

You read the title right. The Sonic the Hedgehog “SatAm” DVD Boxset is officially done. That’s the DVD’s producer, Brian Ward, holding the real thing in his lucky mitts.

Brian Ward was the main man responsible for making this boxset a community effort. The DVD is loaded with special features and has cover art made from people all across the Sonic fandom. Expect further articles on Sonic Stadium regarding this boxset leading up to it’s monumental release. It’s coming out March 27th, 2007 in the US. However, it is obtainable to everyone else via import. Be sure to pick up this great slice of Sonic history, and well put together piece of Sonic memoribillia! Continue reading SatAM Boxset is Done (and Region Free)

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Coming To DVD

Sonic fans have been extremely lucky lately with SatAM finally making the jump to DVD, however it seems the prayers from the other side of the fan base have been answered – Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog may soon see a DVD release as indicated by a new listing on Amazon.

The new listing details a four disc box set to be released on July 17th for an RRP of $29.99 and an Amazon list price of $22.49. Curiously enough Sony Music are listed as the studio behind the DVD release, however a quick search of their website turned up no information.

Will we be seeing Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog on DVD stateside any time soon? Stay with SONIC NEWS for the latest on this developing story.

Special thanks to Ryan S. for the tip.

New SatAM Boxset Information

Here it is SatAM fans, the moment you’ve all been waiting for since the announcement of the SatAm box set: The box art, special features, retail price, and release date have all been revealed.

Firstly, the special features are as follows:

  1. Way Past Cool! A Conversation with Sonic Writer Ben Hurst
  2. The Fastest Thing Alive: A Conversation with Jaleel White.
  3. Printable Heads or Tails Pilot Script
  4. Storyboard-to-Screen: The Doomsday Project – The complete episode shown with the animated storyboards
  5. Original Storyboards for an Unproduced Opening Title Sequence
  6. Original DiC Concept Art Galleries
  7. Easter Eggs Galore!
  8. Packaging Designed COMPLETELY by The Fans!
  9. Deleted/Extended Sequences for Drood Henge and The Doomsday Project. These sequences were never produced. They’ve animated the storyboards and bookended them with the scenes that would have come directly before and after to give you an idea of where they would have gone within the story.

Continue reading New SatAM Boxset Information

SatAM DVD Art Contest Extended

Brian Ward of Shout has announced that the Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series DVD art contest.

  • The due date is now November 11th.
  • Do NOT send multiple e-mails. Send only one e-mail(or as close as you can get to it before the deadline). The mailbox filled up last time partially because people sent their submissions multiple times.
  • Send ONLY the final product. People sent their art in various stages last time, resulting in some confusion over which one was the final product.
  • It is ok to resend your e-mail ONLY if you get a message saying it didn’t go through or that the inbox was full.

And please remember: Continue reading SatAM DVD Art Contest Extended

Art contest for upcoming SatAm box set announced

You want to leave your mark on Sonic history, folks? Now’s your chance. Brian Ward from Shout! Factory has just announced a fan art contest for the Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series DVD boxset.

This fan art must meet the following requirements:

  • Entries should represent SatAm Sonic. They can be any kind of art, having anything to do with SatAm, as long as it’s appropriate. Any kind of art is excepted and has a chance of being featured.
  • Should be scanned in 300 DPI.
  • Should be sent by November 4th (Brian apologizes for the delay, it took longer then expected for him to get the approval from Sega and DiC).

All entries should be submitted to SonicFanArt@hotmail.com . They will be judged by Shout! Factory’s own art director, Emily Johnson. The winning entries will contribute to the packaging of the DVD box set, and featured within the thinpaks of the discs themselves. Continue reading Art contest for upcoming SatAm box set announced

Sonic the Hedgehog coming to DVD in early 2007

You read the title right. Sonic’s original saturday morning cartoon show, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, which first aired on ABC in September of 1993, is finally coming to DVD in it’s entire 26 episode long run.

Sonic the Hedgehog, known by it’s fans as “SatAm”, has traveled a long, hard road the last couple of years. The original DVD released in 2002, called “Super Sonic”, contained 5 episodes (counting the hidden episode) from the first season, and was to be a precursor to an entire box set.

That box set was never meant to be, however, as it was cancelled in 2004 for unknown reasons, although it is widely beleived that it was Sega itself that held the box set back. Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog coming to DVD in early 2007

Sonic Voiceover Cast Replaced

Ryan Drummond, voice actor for Sonic the Hedgehog in the SONICTEAM games for the last five years, has revealed to the Sonic community about his replacement by Jason Griffith from the ‘SONIC X’ cast.

In an email he has sent to fans ahead of his monthly newsletter on RyanDrummond.com, Drummond has explained how SEGA made a decision to replace the entire Game Voiceover Cast of the Sonic games with the Voiceover Cast from the US Dub ‘SONIC X’ cartoon, without letting him know about it. In a shock, if perhaps inevitable direction by the ‘House of Sonic’, the company felt that the move would maintain a level of continuity between the games and other products, such as the cartoon series. Continue reading Sonic Voiceover Cast Replaced

Long John Baldry Dies

AoStH voice actor and blues legend Long John Baldry has died in hospital on July 21st after suffering from a long-term chest infection. He was 64 years old.

Baldry had been battling chest problems for four months. Born in England – and being one of the pioneers of British Rn’B (Rhythm and Blues) – he became a Canadian citizen in 1981. He was admitted to Vancouver hospital in early March and was reported to have been in a critical condition in April, which turned out to be false. Continue reading Long John Baldry Dies

UK Sonic X DVDs

With the amount of money spent on video games, and being home to two of the biggest gaming developers in the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking the UK was actually a third-world country when it comes to the industry. Particularly for Sonic merchandise, where material on the blue blur besides games have all but dried up in comparison to other countries.

One of the biggest conspiracy theories was regarding the lack of a domestic release of the Sonic X cartoon on DVD. Despite having DVD releases in Australia and Holland as long as eight months ago, there had been no word in the (regular, brown) hedgehog haven that is Britain. Continue reading UK Sonic X DVDs

SAGE: Ben Hurst Appearance

Ben Hurst, writer for the Sonic [SatAM] and Sonic Underground television series, is to make an online appearance at the Sonic Amateur Games Expo on July 3rd.

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo is an event you should all have heard of by now. It’s a completely online event that showcases Sonic the Hedgehog fangames. Indeed, the most popular fangames have made their debut at SAGE – or at least got popular that way – including Sonic Robo Blast 2 and Chaos Control. Continue reading SAGE: Ben Hurst Appearance

Long John Baldry Update

Following our report yesterday from various sources, Long John Baldry is recovering well from his treatment in Canada for respiratory problems.

SONIC NEWS learned from various sources yesterday that the blues legend, who was the voice actor for Dr. Robotnik in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, was in a “critical condition”. Some reports had even stated he had died.

Despite the report from SONIC NEWS perhaps being the closest on Baldry’s “stable” condition, the singer was reportedly “peeved” at various British media sources for laying outrageous claims on his health.

Continue reading Long John Baldry Update

Long John Baldry in Critical Condition

Blues singer and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog voice actor, Long John Baldry, has been admitted to hospital with a viral infection, that has reportedly damaged his lungs.

Baldry has recently been hospitalised in London with lung problems. In March he returned to his home in Vancouver, but ended up requiring further treatment. According to spokespeople at Vancouver General Hospital, he is currently in intensive care in a stable condition.

Sonic fans will remember the star as the voice of Doctor Robotnik in US TV Show, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, where he provided evidently the best rendition of the belligerent dictator. Outside the fandom, he has helped bring the likes of Rod Stewart and Elton John to stardom in the music industry.

This disconcerting news follows the sad passing of fellow ‘Eggman’ voice actor, Deem Bristow. Sonic News gives its deepest regards to John and family, and hopes his condition improves soon.

Sonic X-2 UK Scheduled for September

Sonic X, the popular japanese Sonic anime, will be airing new episodes on Jetix from the beginning of September 2005. This news has been officially confirmed by Jetix themselves.

Sonic fan “Soniku UK” posted the following e-mail onto Sonic HQ news:

Thank you for your e-mail about the programme Sonic X.

I can confirm that new episodes are scheduled for the beginning of September 2005, however, exact dates have still to be confirmed.

Thank you for contacting Sky.

This e-mail appears authentic and is probably not a hoax. It confirms that Sonic X will be appearing on Jetix come early September. Jetix is a channel only available to cable or sattelite TV viewers, and can be found on Sky channel 609.

As soon as a more specific date emerges, it will be posted here.

Friday Loungin’

Don’t you just love Fridays? Beginning of the weekend (which is always dogged with work for me), all-round good feeling, spring in yer step. For us at TSS, it means we polish off another healthy update for you to get your teeth into.

First off, we have new entries for the TSS Mailbag’s April month. Have a general question, comment on something Sonic or even TSS itself? Or maybe you just wanna chat. Be sure to get in touch, and mark your email subject “Mailbag”. Today’s update discusses Death Eggs, online Sonics, Shadow (again) and a fan of the ol’ Illegitimacy section.

Continue reading Friday Loungin’

Sonic X – Woo, it’s not the end after all. Sort of.

Well, as most people in the UK know, CiTV were showing Sonic X on Wednesdays. Cool, but a bit of a bugger after Fox Kids decided to show it 4:30pm every day a week or so ago.

Episode 13 has passed and gone, and it seems both Fox Kids and CiTV don’t want to go past it, as Fox Kids are already showing repeats.

CiTV will be showing reruns of Sonic X starting Monday at 3:40pm every day, AND it won’t be the 5-minute cut version. It will be the 25 minute long, as-long-as-the-US-version… version.

Who knows if FK and CiTV plan on showing more? I reckon CiTV are playing a set of reruns to attract people who missed out the first time, or just want to see the extra ‘uncut’ version, then continuing the series. Which would be a good idea.

Totally Sonic!

Below comes from C21media.net, an international entertainment news website.

“DIC polishes Sonic for Mipcom” 

DIC Entertainment will bring new digitally-enhanced episodes and a ‘directors cut’ version of animated series Sonic The Hedgehog to Mipcom to coincide with the launch of a new Sega video game. (Sonic Heroes)

Totally Sonic is a 91 half-hour series which features a private collection of new episodes and enhanced versions of the originals, including a new director’s cut Secret Sonic episode. 

The release of Totally Sonic! coincides with the launch of the new Sonic The Hedgehog videogame from Sega.

SatAM 10th Anniversary

Today is the 10th Anniversary of SatAM, some recognize it as the best of the Sonic cartoons and to celebrate this day, Ronic Warihog sent me the below email.

Hello. My name is Ronic Warihog, and I have some news for you on a special day for the Sonic Community.

As some of you may know, today is the 10th Anniversary of the debut of ABC’s ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ SatAM animated series. It is the show that forever changed the perception of the Sonic world, and while the games were primarily for SEGA fans, the SatAM helped to bring Sonic into mainstream society. It also changed the path of the comics to one of respectability, and became one of the most powerful animated series of all time. 

I would like to extend my personal thanks to all 182 individuals who worked on the SatAM, and all of those who have supported the show, past and present. Without the support, the SatAM would probably have been forgotten long ago.

Bonus Episodes on Sonic DVDs

This comes from Sonic HQ News by Kanshisha:

The Sonic Underground, Mario and Zelda DVDs will have bonus Sonic episodes. Here is the list.

Sonic Underground – Dr. Robotnik’s Revenge Episodes:
Beginnings
Hedgehog’s Home is her Castle
Modoboon

DVD Bonus – Super Mario Bros. – Do You Princess Toadstool, Take this Koopa

Sonic Christmas Blast Episodes:
Sonic Xmas Blast
Three Hedgehogs and a Baby
Price of Freedom Continue reading Bonus Episodes on Sonic DVDs

Extended Info on Sonic X Preview

Below is from Animation Insider.

Fans of the FOX BOX do not have to wait until September 1 to see the television block’s new programming offerings. Instead, the network will air special “sneak previews” of their three new series throughout August. Sonic X, Funky Cops and Shaman King will all having special airings during the month before their official debut on September 1. 

Sonic X
Episode #101 “Supersonic Hero Appears” 
(Saturday, August 23–10:00 a.m. ET/PT)

In this premiere episode, Sonic and Eggman fight over the possession of the seventh Chaos Emerald, the legendary stone that is said to give its possessor the power to rule over the entire world. With the support of his friends, Tails, Amy, Cream and Cheese, Sonic storms into Dr. Eggman’s base. Meanwhile, all seven Chaos Emeralds are brought together, causing a large-scale Chaos Control warp in space, blowing away Sonic and his friends, who land in a world of humanoids setting the stage for a series of exhilarating and elaborate adventures.

Sonic Anime Series Coming Soon!

Yep, finally some info on the new Sonic Anime series!

Click HERE to view a teaser poster of the new series which will be 26 episodes long and rumored to be over 52 episodes. Characters will include so far, Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Amy, Rouge, Shadow, Eggman Cream and Cheese, and will mostly take over after Sonic Adventure.

It’s also rumored that it’ll be dubbed and aired on Fox Kids, Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon in September in America, more news as I get it. Thanks to Shayne Thames for the extra information and heads up!

SatAM DVDs Coming

This news comes from Sonic HQ:

Hello.

I was just over at FUS, and apparently, it looks as if there will be more Sonic SatAM DVD’s on the way. Sonique Hedgehog had written a letter to DiC Entertainment’s Don Gold, looking for information on the subject, and got this reply.

“Hi. Yes, there will be more Sonic DVD’s coming. Hopefully by the end of the year.”
She also went on to ask, for confirmation’s sake, which series it would be from, either AoStH, SatAM, or SU, and Don replied, “No problem. From Sonic the Hedgehog.” (SatAM’s actual title)
Now, it is not known exactly which eps will be next for release, but I’d be safe to say that the eps from the “Hooked On Sonics” tape that was released as part of the original set of SatAM tapes in the Spring of 1994 will be involved somehow.

Well, that’s it for me for now. Credit goes to Fans United for SatAM for this information, and to Sonique for posting the story to begin with.

New Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Cartoon

A Sonic fan cartoon, NAoStH is being created, it’s been going on for quite a while but it’s finally getting into animation. The episodes will be downloadable in .exe format with DVD style menus and features.

Whilst we test the animation, we will release short sketches, around 30 seconds long, to show off the animation and voice acting, and NAoStH (N stands for New) is a bridge between AoStH, SatAM and SegaSonic. AoStH was the only cartoon to ever stick to SegaSonic and not contradict it, so we have a new series with more stuff from the game, character development, and more accuracy to the game.

We have Sonic looking like his AoStH style, but with his SegaSonic hairstyle, kinda like Sonic Underground:

We’ll be sure to keep you posted. This news was sent to me by Sambo, who does the mouseart+animation.