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  • Adored by the Network: Although the series didn't join the Toon Disney lineup until a little while after its April 1998 launch, it eventually did in September 1998, and afterward it aired every day on the network for over four straight years, and the channel even dedicated a marathon of the entire series called the "Sonic Hog-A-Thon" for Groundhog Day 2001. This made it easy to record every single episode for those who were into the hobby of recording cartoons, and it may have played a role in keeping the series from going into obscurity. The show left the network alongside other older Disney and DIC cartoons in August 2002, before the channel's rebranding.
  • 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. It also survives on Starz and CBS All Access.
    • "Magnificent Sonic" was banned by Toon Disney for a short while after the Columbine shooting due to all the guns featured in the episode. Like the previous episode, it's on Starz and CBS All Access.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • This isn't Robotnik's facial expression when he says you know what.
    • The slower version of "Hall of the Mountain King", most famous instance being when Sonic gives his PSA on sexual harassment, that appears as incidental music was never intended to be Scratch and Grounder's theme. They share a leitmotif with Robotnik, but in a slower dopier arrangement.
  • Children Voicing Children: Tails was voiced by then-ten-year-old Christopher Stephen Welch.
  • Cowboy Be Bop At His Computer: One Sonic Says segment claims that moss grows the thickest on the northern side. This is completely wrong. Moss doesn't care about directions and grows thickest on the moistest side, regardless of which direction it's facing.note 
  • Early Draft Tie-In: According to the book Console Wars, originally Tails met Sonic when he was four. This was changed in development and by Adventures it's shown that Tails was older than four when he met Sonic. In this cartoon, Sonic met Tails when he was a baby. This is likely an erroneous detail caused from mixed information.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • In the U.S., the Sonic Says segments were cut from the USA Network run and local Los Angeles station KTLA's short-lived 1997-1998 run, but were restored when Toon Disney picked the series up.
    • The Channel 4 run in the UK removed all of the Sonic Says segments from the episodes, and weren't restored there until Pop picked up the series.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • 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 Pollock-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 Sonic.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!:
    • Nearly every sound effect in every episode 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. Although this show didn't abuse the HB library as much as other DiC cartoons like Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats.
    • 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 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 "Robotnik'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.
  • Missing Episode: The Toon Disney run skipped "Robo-Ninjas". The cause for this is unknown, though it's possible the stereotypical accent and mannerisms of Kwai Chang Crane may have caught Toon Disney off-guard.
  • Name's the Same: Christopher Stephen Welch shouldn't be confused with Christopher Evan Welch.Explanation 
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the unaired pilot, Robotnik and one of the SSSSS Squad (commonly believed to be Scratch) were voiced by Jim Cummings, while Tails was voiced by Russi Taylor. In the series proper, Robotnik was voiced by Long John Baldry, Scratch by Phil Hayes, and Tails by Christopher Stephen Welch.
    • In Sonic Christmas Blast, Tails was voiced by Chris Turner, instead of Christopher Stephen Welch, due to the latter's voice changing.
    • 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 to voice 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.
  • Out of Order: The last episode to be numbered on Wikipedia is "Sonically Ever After", while the last episode aired, and placed in the production code, is "Hero of the Year".
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Sonic was voiced by none other than Jaleel White, who was also known for playing Steve Urkel in Family Matters.
    • Ian James Corlett tends to voice good guys. In this series, he's the voice of Coconuts.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: There is allegedly a Japanese dub of this series, along with Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) and Sonic Underground. However, the Japanese dubs of all three series are so rare that it's debatable whether they actually exist or not. There aren't even any clips on YouTube or any other video streaming site of the dubbed versions.
  • Recycled Script: "Over the Hill Hero" has a very similar plot to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode "Superhero for a Day". Both feature a former Golden Age superhero (Captain Rescue and Gadget Man) coming out of retirement to try and help out the main characters (Sonic, The Turtles) against the main villain (Robotnik and Shredder), but end up only makings things worse for the heroes leading to the main characters getting captured and leading to the Golden Age heroes feeling guilt ridden as a result and watching old tapes of their glory days and then redeeming themselves by rescuing the main characters and helping them defeat the bad guys. Both episodes also have the same writer (Francis Moss).
  • 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.
  • Vindicated by Cable: The show found greater popularity when it began airing on Toon Disney in September 1998, joining a selection of other DIC-produced programming on the channel, due to Disney's then-ownership in DiC. The network's run was so popular that the channel aired the series for four years, every single day. This allowed people who were interested in the Sonic franchise to record almost every single episode for a new generation.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An early model sheet shows Sonic might of had a more Disneyesque design.
    • 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. The network rejected 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 all the Badniks 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. 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 Alternate Timeline.
    • In the storyboards for "Zoobotnik", there was an X-ray shot of Katella's chest showing her heart encased in ice before thawing, growing and morphing her whole body into a heart shape. Director Kent Butterworth objected to putting focus on Katella's chest and in the final episode, she just morphs into a heart shape instantaneously.
  • Working Title: According to character sheets, Adventures was originally called Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, in the same vein as The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • 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".


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