Trivia / Sonic SatAM

The TV Show

  • Ascended Fanon: The SatAM nickname made it onto the cover of the DVD boxset.
  • Creator's Favorite: Writers of both Sonic Satam and the Sonic the Hedgehog comics have admitted that Princess Sally Acorn is their favorite character.
  • Creator's Pest: Word of God has it that the reason the second season had Rotor Demoted to Extra was due to creator and producer Len Janson's unexplained dislike of the character.
  • Edited for Syndication: When the series re-aired on the USA Network, many scenes were cut for commercial time.
  • Executive Meddling: The staff were pushed to create Dulcy so as the balance out the gender ratio of the Freedom Fighters. The four Antoine shorts were also a request of executives.
  • Fake Nationality: Antoine, as voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • I Am Not Shazam:
    • Some of the fans call the sorcerer "Ixis Naugus" (his name from the comics) when, technically, in the show he is simply "Naugus".
    • Antoine is often referred to by his comic surname (D'Coolette), while his actual name in the show (mentioned only once) is Depardieu. A bit of an odd example as the comic got "D'Coolette" from the show's bible, but the show opted to change the name after the comic had already started using it.
    • Sally's last name (Acorn) is never mentioned in the show proper, although most fans have adopted it from other works (her last name is provided in the show's Bible, as well as featured in the comics and as part of the video game supporting lore).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The DVD set has gone out of print and the show's now gone from Netflix too. The only place it currently reruns is Starz Kids & Family, and that's only in the US. And unlike the Adventures series, it never reran on Toon Disney (possibly because TD started in April of 1998, at which point USA Network still had the rights; USA dumped their cartoons in September 1998).
    • It is however, like the other Sonic DIC cartoons, available on itunes
  • Name's the Same: Sonic is really bad for this. The show shares its official name with no fewer than five other products: the original video game, the Archie comics, the 2006 video game, a children's novella loosely based on the SatAM universe, and the franchise as a whole. Oh, and the main character of course. Most fans use the moniker "SatAM" to distinguish it as a result.
  • The Other Darrin: Cam Brainard replaced Mark Ballou as Rotor in Season 2.
    • An unusual example is Sally in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog special Sonic Christmas Blast. Sally has no lines except for gasps and moans, and the vocal effects are provided by Tabitha St. Germain. This is because Kath Soucie could not reprise her role due to conflicts with her work on Space Jam.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Tim Curry an actor who made his name playing villains here plays the kindly and just King Acorn.
    • Even when voicing villains Jim Cummings tends to be known for his comedic roles. Robotnik is... decidedly not comedic.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite pulling in solid ratings against Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and being connected to a mega-popular video game series, the show got cancelled for two reasons: one, Disney had just bought ABC and decided to clean house concerning their Saturday lineup (which would lead to One Saturday Morning emerging a couple years later), and many of ABC's stations tended to delay the lineup or preempt it entirely to air local news. As a result, some people didn't see the show until USA Network put it on as part of their Action Extreme Team block.
  • Stock Sound Effects: In one episode, the SWATBots have to tie down a large, dinosaur-like tank that's gone crazy. They accomplish this with tether-launchers which make the same sound as Batman's grapple-gun.
  • Talking to Herself: Kath Soucie as Sally and NICOLE.
  • Unfinished Episode: Story plans had already been made for a third season, in which Naugus and Snively would take turns as Big Bad and Tails would develop into a main character. ABC ensured the series would never last past two seasons.
  • What Could Have Been: The show's third season was completely laid out and prepared, and then ABC cancelled it.
    • Knuckles would have appeared in the third season.
    • Had SatAM not been cancelled, Naugus would have taken over as Big Bad of the series.
    • According to the series bible, Nate Morgan from the Archie comics was originally supposed to appear in the show. Also, Snively's original name was Quizley, and he was Robotnik's second cousin twice removed on his mother's side rather than his nephew. The bible also mentions more sinister renditions of badniks from the games such as Crabmeat and Caterkiller. While a redesigned Buzz Bomber appeared in the pilot, the others made no appearance, though like Nate Morgan made appearances in the early comics.
    • The bible also refers to several unused episode ideas, an early script for "Heads Or Tails" would have revolved around Princess Sally's birthday for example.
    • Some very early prototype designs were recently uncovered. Sally was a human at one stage (and a proto-Seedrian at another), Bunnie had some Disney-esque stylization and was organic from the waist up (or mechanical from the head down, in another sketch), and Robotnik, as a likely result of having no visual references, was drawn as both a cyborg-pirate thing, and then a green demon overlord that looked kind of like Ganondorf if he were drawn by Don Bluth.
    • The show apparently would have eventually confirmed, as some fans had already speculated, that Mobius was Earth All Along, with the story set millenia after a world-purging nuclear war that wiped out humans and caused animals to become sentient. Robotnik and Snively were to be the last humans alive and had been off-planet on a space colonization mission when the war struck. After betraying and killing the rest of their crew, they returned to Earth and, due to relativity, landed after the animals had already assumed control of the planet.
    • The original intro, as seen in animatic form here, and in partial video here, was far different, more cartoonier and offered an alternate take on how Bunnie became a cyborg- only a couple of elements from this made it into the final intro.
    • Ben Hurst at one point discussed with a SEGA executive about making a movie that would have used the ideas in the unmade third season in 2000, and the executive was interested in talking a bit more about it (all this was happening years after MGM dropped the Sonic movie license and left their treatment unproduced). Ken Penders (infamous among the fandom for a lawsuit that robbed the Archie Comics of quite a few characters), who had heard about it, was offered to help, and he went to represent Ben Hurst. The project was rejected afterward. With Sony getting the Sonic film rights in 2014, it's unlikely this will ever be restarted again.
  • Word of God: The answers to questions about the series-ending cliffhanger to SatAM were eventually discovered in interviews with the writing staff, including some plot threads which were supposed to continue from this point. These include the pair of sinister red eyes glaring at the viewer when the show ended belonging to Naugus, Snively's Heel–Face Turn, Robotnik becoming Naugus' Right Hand Man as the latter became the series' Big Bad, the introduction of Knuckles, and increased prominence for Tails.

The Cancelled Game

  • What Could Have Been: This was one of many attempts at making a SatAM game revolving around stealth rather than speed. The closest these elements ever got to being included in a finished Sonic game was Sonic 3D Blast, which excised all of the SatAM elements and ended up being a Flicky revival, and Sonic Spinball, which relegates the SatAM cast to cameos in a mini game.
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