The Black Mage and Aggretsuko comic writer Daniel Barnes has put together a Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon pitch – and it looks way past cool!
There’s nothing quite as fascinating as early Sonic the Hedgehog lore. Throughout the nearly 30 year run of the famous hedgehog’s career, fans across generations have dug into every nook and cranny possible to isolate anything from merchandise to early prototypes of classic games.
One such treasure is a “continuity bible,” a document that is given to anyone responsible for creating official media based off a particular intellectual property. Today, we’ve unearthed what might be a goldmine.
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. Continue reading Dedicated SatAM Fans Crowdfund ‘Season 3’ Production
Before you send me a ton of hate mail, let me explain.
First, we gotta go back to the beginning of cartoon adaptions of video games. It wasn’t always easy to do. In the early days of video games you had a protagonist that you played as, an antagonist but no real story tying them together. If there was one, it was VERY bare bones. With very little to go on so the cartoon creators had to come up with some kind of plot that could play for 13 episodes on a Saturday morning. Continue reading The Spin: The Freedom Fighters are Gone (and That’s Okay)
Update: Even more concept art found.
First up is Rotor, not much to say about this one, other than he looks slightly more cartoonish.
Secondly, we have another Bunnie concept art, she looks a lot more like a robot in this one.
Actually, scratch that, she looks less like a robot/cyborg and more like she’s wearing power armour.
And finally… we have this… Cyborg Robotnik, with electric pony tail.
That is awesome!
Original Story: It’s not unusual to go onto ebay and find animation cels from episodes of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog or any other Sonic cartoon… However, what is odd are finds listed here. A seller who has listed and who has a history of listing official annimation cells from AOSTH and SatAM has listed a bunch of concept art from the show which shows radically different designs for some of the main characters which have never been seen before.
First up is Princess Sally… who is now a human!
Here is another early concept of Princess Sally who looks more like her final animal form.
Up next is Bugs Bunny’s after an operation… Sorry I mean Bunnie…
Now… this is where things get… stranger…. Behold… Dr Robotnik!
He has devil horns green skin! How is this possible? Do I need to comment further on this? The design looks a lot like a villain from other cartoon shows at the time, but it looks absolutely nothing like Robotnik.
So this next one is a strange one. Mainly because I don’t remember it from any episode, but a golden glow Sonic was also added, however the date would put this very close if not prior to Sonic 2.
And finally we have… the thing which made me roar with laughter when I saw it… Robotnic’s Chicken!
Please… Sega… make this a playable character in Sonic Boom. He can wander around the levels pecking up rings and randomly screaming at enemies. Also here’s a challenge, mod generations so we play as Robotnic’s Chicken, bonus points for custom animations and clucking noises. I also want fanart and comics too!
Full sized and additional images can be found in the gallery.
What is this day filled with so many wonders, casting its spell that I am now under?
…oh yeah, it’s Saturday! And what other wonder is there to feature on The Sonic Stadium save the Sound Test?
We’ve got a trio of remixes put together by members of the Sonic community: one that can only be done beautifully through the ebony and ivory, one that allows listeners to soar above raging dogfights, and one that can only be spelled through guitar as an epic win!
First up is, believe it or not, a compilation of all 4 Sonic Heroes themes in a wonderful 6 minute medley on the piano. Yes: Follow Me for Team Rose, We Can for Team Sonic, Team Chaotix for… well, Team Chaotix, and This Machine for Team Dark. Imagine my reaction when this landed in my inbox!
Without further ado, here’s Mister Macanulty with Heroic Hedgehogs!
Now this is the kind of thing I love seeing in my inbox! There’s nothing like a good piano rendition of some of my favourite tunes, you know? And Macanulty here did a spectacular job here weaving four entirely different tracks together. Nerves were soothed, emotions were calmed, and it was a start to a great day. Thanks for sending this gem over, Mac!
For Act 2, Dill Tasker sent over his take on Sonic 4 Episode 2‘s sky-piercing stage, Sky Fortress Act 2 D&B Remix!
Does this make you want to get up and dance like a pro? …or dance like an idiot when no one’s around, maybe? Yes? Good. Smooth to the ears, but with a fast pace to keep you going. A definite winner for a remix on a Sonic 4 piece. Great job, Dill!
And for a bombastic finale, we got something for the metalheads! To those who grew up with Sonic in the 90s, this mouthwatering medley put together by 331Erock is for you! Here’s Sonic Meets Metal!
Eric Calderone’s feat here is nothing short of the word amazing. I feel faint just listening to him tear his instrument a new one. As if his solo towards the end didn’t spell “awesome” out for you, this mixture of Green Hill, Emerald Hill, Chemical Plant, and the theme to SatAM is a true love letter to a way past cool childhood! Special thanks to Etna on the SSMB for the find!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be abusing the replay button to each of these tunes over and over again until I end up turning deaf.
Found an interesting remix, cover, or original track somewhere on the web? Got one of your own you’d want to show the world through The Sonic Stadium and SEGASonic: Radio? If you’ve answered yes to either question, then send everything you got over to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
Following an announcement on SonicFanFilm.com, Eddie LeBron (the director of the Megaman Fan Film) appears to have recruited the classic vocals of Jaleel White, the voice of Sonic throughout the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and the SatAM cartoon series, in order to reprise his role for a short 10-20 minute fan film.
To quote a statement from LeBron on the site:
As of early October, we have officially signed Jaleel White to voice to do the voice of the titular character, “Sonic the Hedgehog”. Jaleel White first entered the public eye as Steve Urkl in the TV sitcom. “Family Matters” and since then, he has been in various feature films and has also entered voice acting. One of his most popular voice acting roles was as Sonic the Hedgehog in various cartoon adaptations. He is widely known by fans as THE voice of Sonic; as we do. Thus, we want Jaleel’s involvement on this.
LeBron goes on to detail the format of the live action movie, which hopes to take most of its inspiration from the earlier Sonic titles, as well as to include a completely CGI Sonic. It is hoped the final production of the short will be premiered at the Screw Attack Gaming Convention in 2011.
For more details head over to the Sonic Fan Film site.
Let us know your thoughts and feelings in the comments section!
One of the things Mr. Hurst pursued for years was a third season for SatAM. In fact, one of the biggest things he disliked about Sonic Underground was the fact that it could have been the finale that SatAM lacked.
Leave it to the fans to take a step to finally realize his vision. Enter: Sonic the Hedgehog Sea3on. Meant to act as a third season for the classic cartoon, Sea3on is a surprisingly awesome fan made comic from the good people of FUS, not to be confused with a similar take on the story that the same website had attempted to realize many years earlier.
The best thing about this comic is that it feels like SatAM. The comic features strong writing and art, and has managed to achieve a constant weekly release since it started last year. I would like to extend my kudos to the creative team, as I am sure Mr. Hurst would be really happy with what you’ve accomplished. Please keep the comic going in his memory.
This comic is being written by FUS member Gojira007, with art for these first bunch of pages by Salamander.
Now, to start you all off on this comic, I have included the first five pages of the series below. If you want to read the rest, please visit the site here.
We at The Sonic Stadium have been informed of the passing of former SatAM and Sonic Underground writer, Ben Hurst. His age at the time of his passing was believed to be in his mid-50s. Continue reading SatAM Writer, Ben Hurst, Has Passed Away
Ok, so a couple of weeks back we were treated to a sneaky peak at some DLC for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing on the XBox 360 over on the SEGA Blognik. I set a little task to go about doodling on the avatar in a no-holds barred contest to basically make as humorous an entry as possible. Well as per usual at the promise of free goodies, the entries came in their masses, which were whittled down to just a handful. The TSS staff then had a look, and out of the selection we picked a winner…the quality of the entries was so spectacular, that I think they deserve a mention here too…
3RD PLACE: MUSHROOM 64
It looks like Sonic is taking a real pounding! Genius! Mushroom 64 is the proud winner of a First4Figures mini Knuckles figurine!
2ND PLACE: Adamis
It looks like two wheels are better than four! Big is leading the pack! I think the bias for anything Big related shone through here! Again, hillarious! Adamis is the proud winner of a First4Figures mini Sonic figurine!
WINNER: T. Brockmüller
…OK, so I’m out of ASR quotes….but Rotor’s face cracks me up in this last frame. Also, SatAM really does not get enough love! Props to you Mr. Brockmüller – you are the proud receipient of a SEGA Prize Europe Sonic plush!
All winners please send your postal details to the competition email address, and I’ll get your prizes out to you! A big thumbs up to all of the other competitors…keep an eye out for more competitions in the future!
In our forth episode, Todd Hakusho takes us on his own “special” look at a classic Sonic cartoon.
Sonic the Hedgehog (also known as: Sonic SatAM, because it usually aired in a Saturday morning timeslot) is an American animated series created by DIC Entertainment with the partnership of Sega of America, and was loosely based on the video game series. The series aired from September 18, 1993 until May 1995 in the United States.
It’s clear to see that the best release of the SatAM DVD box set is the American one. Brits have also been lucky enough to see a SatAM boxset, but we don’t have any of that awesome artwork on the cover, nor the fan art that adorns the inside packaging. So what better than to get a copy of the American DVD boxset that’s also signed by Series 2 writers Ben Hurst and Pat Allee? Just your luck then, as such a item has hit eBay recently.
Former Fans United for SatAM website owner, Quexinos, is putting up this copy of the DVD boxset, said to be one of only three in the world to exist. The eBay auction includes a certificate of authenticity too, so you know you’re getting the real deal. According to current owner of FUS, RockyRaccoon, the auction’s proceeds are going to “Chief-Aid”; a campaign to help FUS Forum ‘Chief’ out of a financial hotspot. He’s a single father who’s just been laid off, and at this time of the year that’s just cold and brutal.
If you want to help the “Chief-Aid” cause and grab yourself a limited edition SatAM boxset in the process, then head on over to the eBay auction here to place your bid. The current bid is $41 at time of writing, as is the case with these ‘charity’ style things, if you feel like affording a bit more for what you feel the boxset is worth then it could truly change someone’s Christmas for the better. Our wishes go to ‘Chief’!
Autographed SatAM Boxed Set on eBay – SSMB (thanks for the tip, Rocky)
DIC Entertainment, owners of the television rights to Sonic the Hedgehog, has been bought out by another US based group, Cookie Jar accoring to playthings.com.
LOS ANGELES and TORONTO—Cookie Jar Group is purchasing licensor DIC Entertainment and its related businesses for $31.5 million, the two companies announced this morning.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cookie Jar will purchase all of the issued and outstanding equity in DIC in a transaction valued at approximately US $87.6 million. Upon closing, DIC will continue as a subsidiary of Cookie Jar, which will remain a private company.
The deal will give Cookie Jar access to the merchandising and licensing rights to such brands as American Greetings’ Strawberry Shortcake; Mommy & Me, the parent-oriented, direct-to-retail product line featured at Wal-Mart; as well as Inspector Gadget, Horseland, Cake, Madeline and Eloise, among others. Its programming library includes nearly 3,000 half hours of children’s programming with series such as Sabrina, Liberty’s Kids, Sonic The Hedgehog and Care Bears.
The purchase also includes DIC’s European subsidiary, Copyright Promotions, and DIC’s one-third interest in KidsCo, an international children’s television channel created in partnership with NBC-Universal and Corus Entertainment.
Doubtful that Cookie Jar will do anything with the license, but I guess its newsworthy. News has been slow lately. :-/
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.
Some original early artwork from Sonic the Comic, Sonic the Hedgehog(Dic, AKA Satam) and Sonic X has hit eBay. They look VERY nice and pretty legit too. If you are a fan of these shows and comics and have the money then head over there and place your bid now.
Auctions originally found by GoNintendo
While a few Best Buys DID break the street date, I can now safely inform all Sonic fans that the SatAm boxset has, as of March 27th, 2007, been officially released in stores across the US! For those of you who don’t live in America, you can still pick the set up via various online retailers. Don’t forget, it’s region free!
The Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete series boxset contains various bonus features on a 4 disc set, containing art work made by fans like you. The official MSRP is $25.99.
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.
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)
Rumours have been flying around the Internet for years now about a Sonic The Hedgehog motion picture, however, one of these trails it seems may finally come into fruition. Film maker Richard Kuta has been working on an animated film based on the series known commonly to fans as Sonic SatAM, and has recently received approval for the project from Soloakai Animation.
After successful negotiations with SEGA throughout last year, Kuta and his co-writer initially pitched the film to IDT Entertainment, who mulled over the idea before eventually rejecting it. Since then the team proposed the film to Solokai Animation, who were more than happy to take the project onboard. Continue reading Sonic The Hedgehog Movie In Pre-Production?
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:
- Way Past Cool! A Conversation with Sonic Writer Ben Hurst
- The Fastest Thing Alive: A Conversation with Jaleel White.
- Printable Heads or Tails Pilot Script
- Storyboard-to-Screen: The Doomsday Project – The complete episode shown with the animated storyboards
- Original Storyboards for an Unproduced Opening Title Sequence
- Original DiC Concept Art Galleries
- Easter Eggs Galore!
- Packaging Designed COMPLETELY by The Fans!
- 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Information has been passed to The Sonic Stadium of an upcoming future Sonic animation appearing on your screens. Except, this animation will be showing on your PC Screens, not your Television. Enter the latest (if there was any previous) Sonic Fan Animation to hit the Internet, Fight 4 Freedom.
Those that loved SatAM but hated Underground will take to this new show very warmly. The creator, Travis Martin, explains…
“It’s based off the SatAM series (with Sally, Bunny, etc…), but also has some new characters. It is expected to officially launch by August 2002.” So, in a mere few weeks, you’ll be seeing the first episodes of Fight 4 Freedom. If you’re interested, head over to the F4Freedom website at:
There is information (on a link to the old website), and two available trailers of the cartoon series to have a peek at. It’s looking very tasty, so roll on August 2002!
This news comes from Sonic HQ:
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.
There’s no smoke without fire, they say – and animation house DiC has curiously relaunched its official website with brand new details and info on its past Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons, adding fuel to the rumours that DVD re-releases of the shows could happen soon. Continue reading DiC Launches Brand New Website With Focus on Sonic Cartoons
A group of Sonic fans have started work on realising the long lost ‘third season’ of the SatAM cartoon series, by launching a comic called ‘Sea3on’. After a long hiatus after the release of Issue 2, the team behind the project has announced that its third issue is available for download.
Continue reading Fan-Created SatAM Season 3 Comic Launches Third Issue
Remember when DiC announced plans to re-release the Sonic SatAM cartoon series on DVD? Well, that was for the US. But recent developments have suggested that there is an effort to finally get these DVDs out in the UK as well. Continue reading DiC Reportedly Working on Releasing Sonic SatAM DVDs in UK
More details have surfaced on the VHS and DVD home re-releases of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) episodes. A pack containing four episodes will go on sale on February 26, 2002, according to Team Artail. The VHS will retail for $9.99 and the DVD for $14.99.
Well there’s a surprise! It looks like Amazon are selling old VHS tapes of the SatAM Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon. They’re going for around $12 each, and there are only three to choose from, but if you’re needing an animated blue blur fix right now you can’t say fairer than this. Hooked on Sonics, Sonic Racer and Super Sonic are the three sets to choose from, check them out.
DiC Entertainment, the animation company responsible for the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons in the 1990s, has recently broken free from former parent company Disney. And now that it is an independent once more, it plans to re-release a number of Sonic shows on DVD in time for the company’s tenth anniversary. Continue reading Sonic Cartoons Coming to DVD, Courtesy of DiC