was Di C
's second attempt at a Sonic The Hedgehog Animated Adaptation
, and in many fans eyes, the most exceptional. It separates greatly from Di C
's usual affair with video game series, and compared to Adventures Of Sonic's more light hearted affair, is a darker story with continuity based plots.
The show gets credit in it's execution of a darker take, as while very different in style, it keeps mostly true to the basic surreal ideas of the games, just slapping a Cerebus Syndrome
onto them, rather than trying to make Sonic something it isn't by giving him a gun or lecturing him on romance and politics. It also doesn't overdo it and still has a nice balance of drama and the usual whimsy found in Di C
's shows. That's not to say it isn't pretentious at times however, sadly a bit of story loses out due to lack of emotional development. There's a blatant use of 'Red shirt' characters here for example and the backstory utilised in the two parter is rather poorly done.
The characters are fairly likeable, but don't expand that much to be very exceptional. Sonic is basically a more arrogant replica of his Aosth counterpart, even mirroring his voice and dated 90s slang. Sally is a decent original character but still largely just Di C
's Princess Zelda in cartoon squirrel form. The show's enterpretation of Robotnik is delightfully sinister, but still a rather cardboard embodiment of eeevil. The rest of the cast are just background extras or comic relief that add a little fun, but don't add much to the plot.
The show also sadly suffers in the second season due to placing all creative control onto one writer. While Ben Hurst (RIP) had some decent ideas, they were a bit skewed into very particular prefered concepts, perhaps most blatantly Sally. She takes over everything
, appearing as Sonic's co lead and most of the cast being downgraded to boost her role. Sally is at least very likeable but a lot of stuff seems to get put in the background in favor of her banter with Sonic (Bunnie has a great concept but is barely given any spotlight).
All in all, it's a fun show, but not much different from the standard cheesy Sonic fare, it has it's definite good points, but the same can be said for nearly every cartoon of the franchise. Watch expecting a bit of fun but don't expect it to be the epic blockbuster material many make it out to be.