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Our heroes: A Surfer Dude, a Deadpan Snarker and a Blue Bastard.

"Tails, you know I can't get dust in my contacts!"
Sonic, after a horrible plane crash

Sonic the Other Movie is Reputable Dubbing Pictures' first series in 2014, four episode Gag Dub of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie created by KyoSo (going by "Smegerama" at the time). It was sponsored by Sonic Paradox. The Other Movie is an abridged series in name only, being nearly uncut with the original story intact and minimal fourth wall breakage. Instead, treating itself much like its own show and not simply a parody of something else, the humor focuses on the dysfunctional characters, their interaction and tons of (occasionally elaborate) visual gags.

The complete series can be found here.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a dick and his sidekick Tails the Fox, despite being a sniveling coward when faced with danger, desperately wishes he could take over Sonic's job. One they are called to action by President Robotnik who claims his giant metal brother has incorrectly installed a nuclear reactor that could meltdown at any minute. Joined by the totally radical Knuckles the Flying Mole-Person, our heroes fight Metal Robotnik despite being nearly defeated by his anus cannon. But, of course, all that was just a ridiculously circuitous ploy to pit Sonic against the Super Duper Metal Sonic, an exact duplicate of our titular hero in every way, including his obnoxious personality and fondness for saying "bitch". Meanwhile Old Man Owl, charged with looking after Sonic's place while he's away invites all his old army buddies over for a night of excitement and debauchery.

The four episodes were released on June 26th, August 6th, October 6th, and December 26th of 2014. On April 20th 2015 a Director's Cut of episode 1 was released to improve the quality of the editing and add some additional jokes, including a scene-length stinger.

It was followed up in 2016 with Xonic S.


The overall abridged series features tropes such as:

  • Adaptation Distillation: Averted, unusually so for an Abridged Series.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Most characters are much more of a jerk in this work than in official material, with the exception of Robotnik. Knuckles acts and talks like a surfer dude to try to impress Tails.
  • Affably Evil: Robotnik, who seems nicer than either of our heroes and has some actual chemistry with Sonic and Sarah.
  • Affectionate Parody: Obviously.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Robotnik has an eye for Sarah. Unfortunately she's fifteen, so it's probably an example of Pśdo Hunt.
  • Anti-Hero: EVERYONE.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 4, should the Scrap Brain Zone reactor suffer a meltdown. But then Class 6 occurs in Episode 4, so it's not like that really matters.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: In stark contrast to his official persona, Tails is portrayed as incredibly bitter over being relegated to the position of sidekick under Sonic.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Sonic is fully capable of going all action hero to save the day, but only if he feels like it.
    Sonic: Lay off, Tails! It's Labor Day!
  • Butt Monkey: Tails, due to being less air-headed than the rest of the cast.
  • Cat Girl: Sarah. For some reason.
  • Character Development: Over the course of the series, Tails is slowly getting over his jealousy and coming to terms with being Sonic's sidekick.
  • Character Exaggeration: Sonic is substantially more of a Jerk Ass than in any official portrayals, and Old Man Owl has all but lost his mind.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Episode 4 in particular, culminating in the ending which blows up the world and hits the Reset Button, literally resetting the show to episode one but re-imagined a bad abridged series (or more accurately a deconstruction of one). The sequence is one big jab at lazy internet comedy, but also takes a shot at Sonic Boom.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Old Man Owl, but he's clearly faking it to cover up his real motives.
  • Crapsack World: Dr. Robotnik, a known super-villain, was elected president of South Island.
  • Cutaway Gag: Big's Bass Bonanza, and every look we get at Owl's wild party.
    • Another example in episode 3, featuring a "STOP THE TAPE HERE AND HAVE STUDENTS DISCUSS POSSIBLE ANSWERS" screen after Tails demands to know what Robotnik's real plan is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tails. Overlaps with Only Sane Man (see below).
  • Denser and Wackier: Episodes 3 and 4.
  • Dirty Coward: Tails may be smarter than Sonic, but there's a reason he needs him around.
  • The Ditz: Sonic, Sarah and especially Old Man Owl.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Makes sense given how much the writer clearly loves Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Editing Works: A given, this being an Abridged Series.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The results of the potential nuclear meltdown are less than promising.
  • Evil Knockoff: Played with. Aside from being under Robotnik's control, Metal Sonic speaks and behaves exactly like Sonic.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The "good" former President actually sounds worse than Robotnik.
  • Fearful Symmetry: Metal Sonic and Sonic.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tails, who makes use of these skills in the third episode to reconfigure the navigator.
  • Gainax Ending: A straight example, but it's built around parody of a very famous example. Metal reveals before his death that Owl has been pulling the strings all along, but before Sonic can act on this information the glaciers are shattered when the incredibly slow turtle-shaped missile Robotnik fired earlier blows up, and the Land of the Sky is torn to shreds. Showing a moment of mercy, Owl offers Sonic a new life in an alternate reality which he feeds him a sample of. It plays out as a parody of a stereotypically bad abridged series, with shoddy editing, one voice actor playing all the roles, and a number of silly gimmicks that would get tedious after more than a couple minutes. Sonic eventually comes to the conclusion that the new world, though comfortingly safe, is too dull and repetitive.
  • Genre Savvy: Sonic. Ironically more so than Tails.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Our lead characters aren't particularly pleasant people, personality-wise.
  • Going Critical: Robotnik tricks Sonic and Tails into thinking they're stopping this from happening.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Robotnik wants to build a utopia plastered with his face, and Sonic fights against it just for his own amusement.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Old Man Owl has moments of this during his nonsensical jabbering.
    Owl: ...and the empty fuel gauge not obvious, and gas prices going up, and the kids with their rocket boards and those dastardly Walkmen!
  • Headbutting Heroes: Sonic and Tails can't stand or do without each other.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Sonic, in droves.
    Sonic: (climbing out the wreckage of a plane crash) Tails, you know I canít get dust in my contacts!
    Tails: Yes, I'm fine, thanks for asking.
    • The Former President is even worse, not even once thinking of anyone's safety besides his own.
    • Although Sarah is exactly as self-absorbed, so maybe It Runs in the Family.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The gag reel, full of flubs and abusive ad-libs.
    Sonic: I was a young boy, acne, y'know how it is. And, uh, pretty much everything that moved, as long as it was relatively at the same speed of sound mind you, but anything that moved, I was just smashin' left and right. I have like twenty different girlfriends. No, you can't meet any of them.
  • Humongous Mecha: Metal Robotnik, at least after he was murdered and turned into a vehicle.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Knuckles, in his attempts to seem hip and cool to Tails.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Tails is absolutely horrified when he realizes Sarah has a tail. Later, in Episode 4, Tails shouts that his worst fear is being thrown into the air despite the fact that he has the ability to fly and pilot a biplane.
  • Idiot Hero: Sonic has shades of this, although due to his short attention span rather than legitimates stupidity.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Knuckles seems to spout one at least every other line.
    Knuckles: (stuck in glue) Looks like Iím in a sticky situation, bro!
  • Insufferable Genius: Tails, to some extent.
    Sonic: (as strange blobs form in the air around them) What is that stuff?
    Tails: It's not just stuff! It's beautiful shafts of heavenly light, you philistine!
  • Jerk Ass: Everybody except for Dr. Robotnik, the villain.
  • Kung-Foley: Frequently taken to the hilarious Logical Extreme, most notably with the runway catapult in episode 1.
  • Machine Monotone: Averted. Metal Sonic, while speaking a bit slower than Sonic, has just as much emotion in his voice. And is just as much of an ass, too.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Silentlyvocal plays Sonic, Old Man Owl and various extras while Time8th plays Robotnik, the Old President and various other extras.
  • Medium Awareness: The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise seems to exist in our heroes' universe.
    Sonic: Man, look at all these stoplights. Could've used some of these in All Stars Racing, y'know?
  • Motor Mouth: Any time Tails starts panicking. Most notably when Metal Robotnik returns from the dead:
    Tails: Holy freaking ass sacks! Sonic, you didnít kill him hard enough! I donít wanna die! Iím so young! Iím not even old enough to get confused about my sexuality for a couple years before settling down with a nice girl, having two or three kids and eventually succumbing to all the illnesses my doctor keeps telling me I donít have even though I looked up the symptoms and Iíve got, like, all of them!
  • Nice Hat: Knuckles' quite stylish Indiana Jones number.
  • Only Sane Man: Tails, to the chagrin of the rest of the cast.
    Tails: Uh, excuse me, but does nobody else care that he (Robotnik) tried to kill us not five minutes ago?
    Robotnik and Sonic: Shut up, Tails.
  • Original Flavor: The plot of the source material is kept largely intact, with much of the humor coming from the now incredibly dysfunctional characters and their interaction.
  • Post Modernism: Our heroes' titular franchise seems to exist in their universe, and Tails seems be aware he's in a TV show.
  • President Evil: Dr. Robotnik, who must have one hell of a campaign manager.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Occasionally employed for Soundtrack Dissonance.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Tails tries to sell out Sonic for his own safety multiple times.
    Tails: If you're only gonna shoot him, let me go!
  • Race Lift: Knuckles was misidentified as a mole in the English dub of the OVA. He remains one here, in reference.
  • Re Cut: 10 months after the release of episode 1, a Director's Cut was released to bring its editing up to the standards of episode 4.
  • Reference Overdosed: See Shout-Out, below.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: Star Light Zone and its many still-functional traffic lights.
  • Running Gag: Several, notably:
    • The "BAN!", first appearing in episode 1, will accompany at least two explosions per episode.
    • Tails yelling "Ow, my face!" when he gets hurt.
    • Several times when the characters apparently die, the credits begin playing for a split second before we cut back to reveal they're fine. Subverted in episode 3 when the joke is set up but, instead of credits, we see text reading "I PROMISE NEVER TO MAKE THE 'THEY'RE DEAD' JOKE AGAIN. PLEASE FORGIVE ME."
    • Rampant quoting of Sonic Adventure, mostly from the titular Sonic.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The series ends on an Incredibly Lame Pun that completely undercuts the message of everything building up to it.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few.
    • Episode 1: Aside from all the references to various entries in the Sonic franchise littered about, the Little Jack of Skies of Arcadia is featured prominently in one establishing shot, one gag mentions Sonic's support of suffrage for The Mole People, Sonic listens to "Play That Funky Music" and "Oh Yeah" on his radio, and one of Eggman's robots has the voice of Marik from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Chris Thorndyke of Sonic X shows up in The Stinger as Knuckles' understudy.
    • Episode 2: A parody of the opening from 24, a line from Monty Python, and a brief cameo from Chris Thorndyke.
    • Episode 3: Features a title, opening, inner-dialogue sequence, credits and stinger parodying those of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sonic directly quoting Sonic Adventure on multiple occasions, a few references to Earthbound, the famous five-note tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and, inexplicably, Sonic and Tails both making complete separate comments about going to Applebee's.
    • Episode 4: opening parodies Death Note and an elaborate parody of the last two episodes of Evangelion during the Gainax Ending.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The series is a huge fan of this trope in the latter two episodes.
    • Episode 3's use of the Blue Danube Waltz and Beethoven's 9th Symphony as battle music.
    • Episode 4 takes it a step further, heavily featuring the Hallelujah Chorus and Air on a G String throughout the fight with Metal Sonic.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: The ending of episode 4, Knuckles' puns and one example from Robotnik:
    Robotnik: The reactor is currently outputting far more power than any of the transformers can handle, dare I say producing enough energy to explode Optimus Primeís head. (pauses to chuckle heartily) Seriously though, this is a dire situation and weíre all going to die.
  • Standard Snippet: A number of classical examples are featured throughout, namely the Blue Danube, Ode to Joy and the Hallelujah Chorus. See Soundtrack Dissonance below.
  • The Stinger: Each episode features one.
    • Episode one has Robotnik apologizing to Knuckles for not being able to get him a scene in the episode, ending with Knuckles being removed from the script entirely which deletes him from reality. His understudy, Chris Thorndyke, replaces him. Poorly.
    • Episode two gives us a look at Old Man Owl's party just as the tubs of industrial mayonnaise arrive.
    • Episode three gives us a preview of the fourth episode, parodying the next-time teasers from Neon Genesis Evangelion (complete with a promise of plenty more fanservice).
    • Episode four dooms humanity by ending with Owl floating through space, talking about moving on to his next job. It's Earth.
  • Surfer Dude: Knuckles, or at least the persona he puts on to impress Tails.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Poor Tails.
  • Take That: Quite a few throughout.
    • The first gag of the series is one directed at Lainie Fraiser, voice of Tails in the original OVA; Tails' first line, audio and all, is taken wholesale from the source material. He then coughs violently and switches to his actual voice, apologizing and explaining he has a cold.
    • Later on, Sonic quotes another line verbatim, although this time it's just an impression rather than the original audio:
    Sonic: Forget about it. You created that stupid contraption in the first place, why should I have to go around cleaning up your messes?
    • Big's Bass Bonanza is a reference the character's infamously boring gameplay in Sonic Adventure.
    • Very notable example in episode three, where Tails makes reference to having "stalked and driven that girl Sticks out of town", and how "she just wasn't funny."
    • Robotnik makes a crack about the city being cleared faster than the audience at Dane Cook special.
    • Episode four implies that Sonic Boom has no effort put into it.
  • Techno Babble: Featured during nearly every Info Dump, most notably with Tails invoking the nonexistent "Erlenmeyer paradox" to justify Sonic and Metal's mutual telepathy.
  • Totally Radical: Intentionally invoked with Knuckles, to show how obnoxious his "hero" persona is, and with Old Man Owl (who will drop slang from completely different time periods into the same sentence.)
    Knuckles: Look at this place! What a radical wreck! Itíd be mondo bad mojo if you let some uncool fool hang out here alone.
  • Troperiffic: To be expected from an Abridged Series.
  • Tsundere: Sarah.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: The series is filled with references to the Sonic franchise, many of them obscure, purely for the enjoyment of those who get them. None are spelled out for those who don't.
  • Wild Teen Party: Geriatric version. Old Man Owl throws one of these in Sonic's house with his old army buddies.
  • World in the Sky: The Land of the Sky, where our heroes reside.
  • Written Sound Effect: "BAN!", which is accompanied vocally, occurs when Robotnik's hologram pops. It becomes a Running Gag.

Specific episodes of the series provide examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Metal Robotnik's glue gun, which is placed in a rather unfortunate spot. It gets pixellated.
  • Angrish: Tails, moments before Sonic saves him and Old Man Owl from crashing into a mountain:
    Tails: SON OF A HOLY SHSHHHSHSSSHSHSHSHSSHSABADAAAAH!
  • Big "SHUT UP!": From Sonic, who up to that point been very quiet and reserved.
    Sonic: Shut your freaking mouth, Tails!
  • Black Comedy: Robotnik murders his brother Metal Robotnik and fits him into a Humongous Mecha.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Sarah violently smashes a lead pipe into Robotnik's skull. Cue High-Pressure Blood.
  • Bond One-Liner: Metal Sonic, after thoroughly kicking the crap out of his meaty counterpart.
    Metal: How do you like them apples [beat] bitch?
  • Brick Joke: The amazingly slow asthmatic turtle badnik shows up again about ten minutes after he launches.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Very few examples, considering it's an abridged series.
    • Robotnik and Sarah play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 together.
    • Tails directly addresses the audience at the end of episode 2.
    Tails: See y'all next week! Same me time, same me channel!
  • Call to Adventure: What Robotnik does to Sonic and Tails. Sonic is less than pleased about this.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Knuckles catches Sarah after she falls from Robotnik's aircraft.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: Inverted. The first episode opening with Steve Blum telling us to watch something else.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The asthmatic turtle badnik, which shatters the glaciers when it blows up, initiating the Gainax Ending.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Old Man Owl is responsible for the Gainax Ending and the entire plot.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Tails' bodyboard surfing skills, which somehow dissolve the glue sticking his tails together.
  • Cliffhanger: The end credits of episode 1 cut Sonic off in the middle of his speech about how exciting their adventure will be.
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Parodied in Episode 2, complete with repeating dialogue and a "TV-Y7 FV" rating box when we fade back in. Sonic lampshades this when Metal Robotnik begins firing glue at them from his...ass-cannon.
    Sonic: You canít get away with this on a TV-Y7 show!
  • Cue the Rain: After both Sonic and Tails become trapped in Metal Robotnik's ass-glue.
  • Deconstructed Trope: The final episode deconstructs what The Abridged Series is like when poorly made.
  • Disregard That Statement: Tails freaks out and begs for mercy upon Metal Robotnik's return, until the messily-cobbled-back-together robot falls to pieces.
    Tails: Comment redacted.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: When Old Man Owl's plane explodes, presumably killing everyone, causes the credits to start rolling. Subverted when we almost immediately cut back to the three jumping clear of the explosion, unhurt. This becomes a Running Gag.
  • Double Entendre: Tails' speech about how awesome his rocket board is becomes extemely sexual as it goes on.
  • Dull Surprise: Sonic loses interest in the bizarre geography of the Layer of Darkness incredibly quickly.
  • Fighter-Launching Sequence: The Tornado runaway launch in the first episode is overly dramatic, especially with the catapult emitting ridiculously over-the-top anime sound effects.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The series loves this trope.
    • Episode 1 features a single frame that reads "I could have edited this frame out but instead I've opted to make it the most disappointing easter egg ever."
    • Episode 3 features an opening sequence absolutely full of freeze frame gags, such as Old Man Owl's full name: Senator Oldward Jezebel Owl. Later on, we meet "Melty the Blob", named in a caption over a bizarre animation smear of Tails that lasts for two or three frames.
    • Episode 4 features a caption over an animation smear of Knuckles that makes his fists look like a rocket ship, and "Melty the Blob 2" over a smear of Tails moments later.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Robotnik quickly devolves into playing a multiplayer tournament of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic Eraser with his hostages once he gets bored.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Robotnik, after being smashed over the head with a crowbar.
  • Info Dump: Robotnik's exposition speech in episode 1, and Tails' from episode 3.
  • Laugh Track: Used ironically in Episode 2.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Sonic indirectly taunts the audience at the end of the first episode.
    Sonic: Boy Tails, this adventure sounds so exciting Iíd kill myself if there was any kind of delay— [cue credits]
  • Mind Screw: See Gainax Ending.
  • Noodle Incident: Several:
    • Robotnik once took a false HeelĖFace Turn and built a chocolate factory as part of an evil scheme.
    • Tails apparently used to have three tails, but lost one to a lightning strike.
    • Tails drove Sticks the Badger out of town for not being funny.* Omnicidal Maniac: Referenced by Sonic, who claims Owl's driving is bad enough to make him this.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Sonic tells Old Man Owl to stop driving before he commits "vehicular omnicide".
  • Overly Long Gag: Metal Robotnik's gun doesn't need to charge up until he aims it directly at a trapped Sonic, in which case it begins charging for FIFTEEN SECONDS before Knuckles shows up to save the day.
  • Pac Man Fever: Sarah and Robotnik only play 16-bit era games.
  • Pixellation: Played for laughs to obscure the glue cannon on Metal Robotnik's backside.
  • Product Placement: Parodied with Tails' rocket board, which features a prominent Mountain Dew logo. But it only appears after he mentions it's there.
  • Really Gets Around: Old Man Owl claims to have been this in his younger days.
    Old Man Owl: ...back in my day I was quite the pilot, and pretty popular with my best friend's wife if you get my drift.
  • Ret Gone: In The Stinger for the first episode, Knuckles is deleted from the script for complaining that he didn't appear in the episode. He visually glitches and distorts before bursting into flames and vanishing into a bright light.
  • Riding the Bomb: Sonic manages to pull this off with one of Metal Robotnik's missiles. Considering the missiles had already exploded, it's kind of baffling. This is lampshaded.
    Sonic: I have no idea how this haaaaappeeeened!
  • Speak in Unison: Tails and Knuckles try to do this. They fail.
  • Split Screen: In the 24 parody opening.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: Tails' frequent cries of "Ow, my face!" get this in episode 4.
    Sonic: Ow, the back of my face!
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Old Man Owl totally promises he won't invite all his old army buddies over for the swellest, raddest party of all time while you're away. Oh my, no.
  • Take My Hand: Sonic to Metal. He rejects it.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In episode 3, Metal Robotnik fires some bombs at Sonic, and he presumably dies. In episode 2, Sonic comes back riding one of the bombs Metal Robotnik fired after they already blew up. Sonic states he has no idea how that happened.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: After Sonic witnesses the alternate universe that plays out like a generic abridged series, he comes to realize that his world is worth more than he gives it credit for and he resolves to try and treat it as such.
  • World-Wrecking Wave: After the initial explosion is set of by Asthmatic Turtle Bot, this occurs due to the nuclear reactor, probably.


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