Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is a 1993 children slapstick comedy cartoon show produced by DiC Entertainment, which produced a total of 65 episodes for its first season, and was syndicated by Bohbot Entertainment, now BKN International (in the original run, every episode began and ended with the "Bohbot Entertainment Presents" logo).
Later, DiC ceased production on this comical version to spend more time on its darker interpretation, dubbed just Sonic the Hedgehog (commonly known as SatAM by fans), a series launched on ABC's Saturday morning line-up. It also aired on Toon Disney and Fox Kids from 1998 to 2003.
Production and Plot
Pierre De Celles, an animator who worked on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, described the show as "fun and humorous."
The central protagonists are Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails", while the main antagonists include Robotnik and his two hench-bots Scratch and Grounder (with a third robot, Coconuts, appearing on occasion).
There are many occasional minor characters and robots too, including Robotnik's dominating mother. The world has more non-human creatures, like anthropomorphic animals superpowerd humans and robots than other projects. The planet, Mobius is more of a zany, colorful cartoon world in this version. Each episode featured the famous "Sonic Sez" segments where Sonic gave us advice on different topics, ranging from staying in school, not running away from home and not using guns to smoking, alcohol abuse, false advertising, sexual harassment, and even the dangers of riding in clothes dryers. Today, the segments, along with the entire show are often used in internet memes.
In the United Kingdom, the series was screened on Channel 4 on Sunday mornings which had the "Sonic Says" segments edited out, possibly because of either time constraints or they were more aimed at American audiences and that many of the subjects were considered too controversial or hard to understand for UK audiences. They were also edited out on the UK VHS releases of the series. However, the segments were intact on the TCC and POP! airings, as well as the DVD boxset. In Australia, the show was aired on Agro's Cartoon Connection on weekday mornings and on Cheez TV on Saturday mornings. Unlike in the UK, all "Sonic Says" segments were left intact.
De-Celles said in an interview that the staff of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog did not possess an awareness of nor a sense of competition against the Saturday series, which he describes as "serious and heavy." He said that the approaches to the cartoons differed and he described the staff as too busy to pay attention to the other series.