Trivia / Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Banned Episode: The episode "Mass Transit Trouble" was stricken from the airwaves twice. The first time was in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing because of the episode's references to terrorism. The second time was during Toon Disney's run, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.note  The Toon Disney version of episode was circulating on YouTube for a couple of years before the uncut episode was finally given a proper release on DVD, thanks to Shout! Factory.
  • Creator Backlash: According to Milton Knight, many of the staffers openly despised working on this show. Knight himself enjoyed working on it, but found the animation, writing, and most of the voice acting to be quite shoddy.
  • Depending on the Artist TMS: As anyone can tell you, TMS did five episodes and the opening. However, due to Farewell to Nostradamus and a smaller budget then what TMS normally got from Warner Bros. on their shows, the bulk of the animation was outsourced. Listed below are the animation directors and outsourcing units used during production.note 
    • Opening: Toshihiko Masuda; In house.
    • "Quest for the Chaos Emeralds Part 1"/"Blackbot the Pirate": Kazuhide Tomonaga; Nakamura Productions.
    • "Quest for the Chaos Emeralds Part 2"/"Hedgehog of the Hound Table": Kenji Hachizaki; Anime Spot.
    • "Quest for the Chaos Emeralds Part 3"/"Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme": Atsuko Tanaka; Actas.
    • "Quest for the Chaos Emeralds Part 4"/"Prehistoric Sonic": Toshihiko Masuda; Studio Jungle Gym.
    • "Super Robotnik": Kenji Hachizaki (first half, left during production to work on Farewell to Nostradamus), Yuichiro Yano (second half), Hiroyuki Aoyama (the Sonic Sez segment of the episode); in-house.
  • Depending on the Artist (other studios): The quality of the characters and animation as a whole tend to change between episodes.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Dr. Robotnik was originally conceived as television's sexiest fat man. The animators weren't up to the challenge, but it didn't stop them from slipping in a lot of shirtless scenes and scenes that draw too much attention on Robotnik's rear end. This also includes the bikini pic from "Hero of the Year."
    • Sonic Christmas Blast was originally intended to be titled An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas as a tie-in with the game Sonic X-treme, but the game's cancellation forced it to be titled for Sonic 3D Blast instead.
  • Fake American: Jaleel White was the only American voice actor. Everyone else in the cast was based in Vancouver. However, this is averted with Robotnik, since Long John Baldry made absolutely zero attempts to mask his native British accent.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • The abstract, Jackson Pollack-esque backgrounds? The thin, nonsensical plots? The loose, Off Model animation? Yeah, a lot of this show was, shall we say, inspired by The Ren & Stimpy Show. Justified in that a number of ex-Ren & Stimpy crew members actually worked on the show.
    • The classic animated shorts from Warner Bros. were also likely an inspiration. Compared to the games, this show portrays Sonic and Robotnik's rivalry more along the lines of the Road Runner and Wile. E Coyote. It even features similar gags.
    • Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs may have had some influence on this show, considering that the animation company TMS actually did work on all of those shows as well as Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!:
    • Nearly every sound effect in every episode from the series derives from those used in Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Seriously, just try to find a sound effect in the series that isn't in a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
    • The episode "Grounder the Genius" features two of the actual sound effects from the Sonic gamesnote  in one part of one scene; specifically, the "jump" and "ring" sound effects.
    • One episode has Mario sound effects when Robotnik pushes a few buttons. This could be due to the fact that DiC also made the Mario cartoons, so they certainly had the sound effects on-hand already.
    • One of the "running" sound effects (used in numerous other cartoons, primarily from Hanna-Barbera) would later be used as one of the sound effects when landing on a spring in modern Sonic games.
    • The Mario sound effects later appear in "Attack of the Pinball Fortress".note 
    • The "derez" sound effect from TRON can be heard in "Robitnik's Rival".
    • The "spider" sound effect from Centipede can be heard in "Coachnik".
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Robotnik sings much worse than his voice actor, Long John Baldry.
  • Name's the Same: Christopher Stephen Welch shouldn't be confused with Christopher Evan Welch.Explanation 
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the unaired pilot, Dr. Robotnik and Scratch was voiced by Jim Cummings, while Tails' voice actor was uncredited. In the series proper, Robotnik was voiced by Long John Baldry, Scratch was voiced by Phil Hayes, and Tails was voiced by Christopher Stephen Welch.
    • In Sonic Christmas Blast, Tails was voiced by Chris Turner, instead of Christopher Stephen Welch.
    • Princess Sally from SatAM appears in Sonic Christmas Blast, but has no lines aside from gasps and moans. Sally's voice actress, Kath Soucie, was under contractual obligations voicing Lola Bunny in Space Jam at the time, so her lines were written out and Tabitha St. Germain provided her vocal effects in the special.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Coconuts' voice actor, Ian James Corlett, is also the voice of Mega Man in the Ruby-Spears cartoon.
    • Sonic was voiced by none other than Jaleel White, who was also known for playing Steve Urkel in Family Matters.
  • Retroactive Recognition: During its run, the series ran a "Watch and Win Sweepstakes" contest. One of the two winners was a young boy named Christian Weston Chandler.
  • Talking to Himself: Katella and Mama Robotnik are both voiced by Kathleen Barr. When she was playing Mama Robotnik in "Zoobotnik", she made her voice lower and gruffer than she had sounded previously.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The cartoon was going to last longer, but it played the 65-Episode Cartoon trope straight.
    • There was a workprint of a pilot episode that was screened when the cartoon was being pitched to ABC. Unfortunately, the network hated it and instead preferred DiC's second idea of a Sonic-themed television series, ultimately leading to the pilot being scrapped. The workprint itself can be seen on YouTube. The work print also has some noticeable differences from the final product. Robotnik and Scratch are voiced by Jim Cummings (as mentioned above in The Other Darrin), a narrator (voiced by Gary Owens) speaks throughout the action and there is slightly more authenticity to the games themselves with zones and badniks seen in far more recognizable form.
    • The series' writers' bible, in an attempt to establish a connection with the successful Saturday morning cartoon series airing at the time, claims that this series is a Prequel to SatAM that takes place before Robotnik conquered Robotropolis and sent Sonic into hiding in Knothole,note  insinuating that this is the same Sonic, Tails and Robotnik inhabiting the same world rather than Alternate Continuities. It's uncertain if this detail was ever actually intended to be explored in the plot of AoStH, or if it was merely included as a direction so that writers would acknowledge that the two shows have different settings and not confuse them, but nevertheless, AoStH and SatAM are very different in tone and very different in their characterization of Robotnik, to the extent that the average viewer watching the final products wouldn't dream of assuming that they take place in the same Time Line.
  • You Look Familiar: Some of the background badniks' designs were reused in different episodes tweaked or recolored. DOS Holiday from "Magnificent Sonic" uses the same design as Humpty from the pilot and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine for example, while Davy Sprocket from the same appearances reappears as a giant badnik in "The Last Resort".
  • You Might Remember Me from...: If you grew up in the 1990s with the TGIF block on ABC, you will recognize the voice of Sonic as Steve Urkel. Older viewers, particularly the parents of the viewing demographic, will recognize the voice of Dr. Robotnik as the late singer Long John Baldry who was also the voice of Captain Capacitor, the Crimson Binome.

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