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Western Animation: Sonic Boom

Announced on October 2, 2013, Sonic Boom is the new animated entry in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise set to debut on Cartoon Network. Much like Sonic Underground, Sonic Sat AM and the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and other series by DiC Entertainment, its animation has been outsourced to a French animation studio, this time, the fledgling Oui Do! Productions. Roger Craig Smith, Travis Willingham and Mike Pollock are set to reprise their in-game roles as Sonic, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman, while Tails is now voiced by Colleen Villard and Amy is set to appear for the first time in a Western Animation series in the Sonic franchise, also voiced by her in-game voice actress, Cindy Robinson.

Not much is known about it other than the fact that production is being handled by SEGA and directly supervised by Sonic Team's very own Takashi Iizuka, and that it will be broadcasted on Cartoon Network's USA feeds and France's Canal J and GULLI. Not to be confused with the Los Angeles fan event every year as a Transatlantic Equivalent to the Summer of Sonic convention in the United Kingdom, or the North American main theme of Sonic CD.

The first trailer, featuring Sonic, Eggman, and Tails, can be seen here.

It will get its own video game using the art style on Wii U and 3DS, serving as a prequel to the show. Tropes for the game should be placed here.

Sonic Boom provides examples of:

  • Alternate Continuity: SEGA has confirmed that the show and the game are the beginning of a "sub-franchise", which are entirely different from the main games.
  • Art Evolution: And how. While Tails and Amy just get normal wardrobe changes, Sonic's arms are now blue and he's a little slender. Knuckles...seems to have moved into a gym for a month and now towers above the other three. Sports tape also seem to be a motif among the characters now, who all have them in some way (with Sonic and Tails even sports taping their shoes).
  • Canon Foreigner: Sticks the Jungle Badger.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Sticks.
    Sticks: Crossing paths with a cross-eyed moose brings a curse upon the moose-crosser and the non-moose-crossed friends! Don't you people know anything about science?!
  • Composite Character: Sticks looks very similar to Marine's design and is as active as she is. Also, she seems to be new to friends like Blaze.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sonic as usual.
  • Denser and Wackier: Episode plots include Sonic firing Tails from his sidekick position (out of concern, it seems) and Eggman taking Sonic to court.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy have been given slightly different proportions (Knuckles now being the tallest character being the biggest example), and clothing articles have been added (Tails gets attire emphasizing his inventor nature).
  • Expy: Sticks the Jungle Badger to Marine the Raccoon.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "I'll be back, with a robot, that has super lazer eyes. and feeds me ham. Eeevvvvviillll ham."
  • Market-Based Title: The Japanese title is Sonic Toon.
  • Mythology Gag: The athletic tape over Sonic and Tails' shoes hearkens back to the white stripe on the shoes of their game counterparts.
  • Negative Continuity: It's been said that each episode will always start fresh with no attachment to the previous episode so anything that changes in the world from the previous episode won't affect any other episode.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Burn-Bot (whose main feature is big painful claws). Lampshaded by Sonic who even proposes several better names for the thing.
  • Oh Crap: From the trailer, Tails gives two in the space of ten seconds: First, when Burn-Bot attacks the Tornado, causing it to barrel-roll out of control and second when he pulls the eject lever, only for the whole lever assembly to detach from the mechanism. Second one comes complete with an Oh Crap Aside Glance.
  • Role Reprisal: As stated, Roger Craig Smith, Travis Willingham, Cindy Robinson and Mike Pollock will all return to reprise their respective roles for Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Eggman. Kirk Thornton and Wally Wingert also return as Orbot and Cubot.
    • For Mike Pollock, he doubles down on this trope since he also voiced Eggman on Sonic X.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Sonic wears a brown one.
  • Scenery Porn: It has some of the best CGI seen on TV.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The bandaging on Sonic and Tails' shoes? That's called spatting, a practice in which athletes wrap sports tape around their shoes and ankles for stability and to protect their feet and ankles from injury.
    • Sonic's new Scarf of Asskickingnote  actually has some practicality: wind chill at the kind of speeds Sonic achieves can be murder on one's neck. This is a big reason why airplane pilots during World War I wore scarves, themselves: to protect their necks. It can also be pulled over his face to keep dust and bugs from flying into his mouth at high-speeds.
    • The bandages around Knuckles' arms and hands? Boxing tape. Serves the same purpose as Sonic and Tails' spatting, only for his hands and wrists.
    • Amy's handwraps and sarashi, too, are justified by the ginormous hammer she carries.
  • Status Quo Is God: It's confirmed that the cartoon's world will be set back to the way it was at the start of each episode by the end of each episode.
  • Ultimate Universe: From everything shown, the show and the sub-franchise it plans to launch will remain somewhat faithful to the original games, but has a lot of room to be as "fresh" as they want.
  • Vague Age: Sonic and Amy are in their teens, Tails is 10, Knuckles is 19 and "Eggman is as old as you think he is."

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