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Sonic the Hedgehog is a cartoon adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog produced by DiC Entertainment, and currently distributed by DHX Media. The cartoon is quite unique for airing simultaneously with another, entirely different cartoon based on the exact same character: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Being the more serious of the two, it is a very sharp contrast to its similarly named but much more comedic weekday counterpart. The show is commonly known as Sonic SatAM (as in Saturday Morning, when it aired on the American ABC network) to distinguish it from the other show, which was aired in syndication on weekdays. It premiered on September 18, 1993, replacing Goof Troop on the 9:00 AM time slot. It was bumped to the 8:30 AM time slot for season two, where it remained until it ended on December 3, 1994.

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The series features Sonic as the leader and primary member of the Freedom Fighters, a closely-knit resistance force attempting to overthrow the dominion of Dr. Julian Robotnik, a genius dictator who has already conquered most of the planet Mobius and turned it into a cold, urban, metal nightmare. All of the conquered peoples are forced to undergo roboticization - a process that turns living creatures into automatons that serve his empire as forced laborers.

The series fell victim to the demise of many Saturday Morning Cartoons, being abruptly cancelled after two seasons on a Cliffhanger, on a total of only 26 episodes. Even when it was originally aired on ABC, it was pre-empted in many markets: some viewers didn't see the show at all until it was re-aired on USA Network.

Sonic Spinball is based on some of the show's concepts. Sega had also planned to make a proper spinoff game of the show, but that was also cancelled.

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Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog was licensed as a spin-off of this show, though the comic book got to the consumers first. Despite being officially licensed as a spinoff and using many of the same characters, the comic bears little similarity to the shows' overall plot thanks to problems in communication early on.note  As a result, the comic quickly shifted away from the show's continuity and tone and - despite running for 24 years before being cancelled in 2017 - did not provide a conclusion for the cartoon's Cliffhanger ending.

In addition to the aforementioned Adventures, this show is not to be confused with Sonic Underground, Sonic X, the Sonic animated film, Sonic Boom, or the 2020 movie of the same name.


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  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The first season had at least one episode where Sally is searching for her father. In the second season, she finds him, but no attempt was made to connect it with the clues found in her previous searches.
    • In "Blast to the Past", Sonic and Sally alter the past to ensure that their nanny survives to the present day, and it's revealed at the end of the episode that she does — and is never seen again afterward.
  • What the Fu Are You Doing?: Antoine tries to learn martial arts ("King Fu") from Bunnie in "Fed Up With Antoine", and clumsily epic fails at it for the most part, spouting Funny Bruce Lee Noises and making a mess of things. Subverted temporarily late in the episode when he flying kicks an enemy that was sneaking up on Sonic and subsequently demonstrates how he did it. But then he mistakes Bunnie's praise of the latter for the opposite, fumbles Demonstration #2, and lands on Dulcy's foot. Distracted by the pain, she wrecks the hut they're in.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Sonic's running animation looks like this. It is directly based on his running animation from the games. In the finale, Sally demonstrates this trope along with Sonic as he shares the energy of the Deep Power Stones with her.
  • With Friends Like These...:
    • Antoine acts like a stuck-up jerk towards Sonic an awful lot, and Sonic constantly insults Antoine. While Sonic does show that he cares about Sally, Tails, Rotor, and Bunnie, it's really hard to tell if he cares at all about Antoine. In "Hooked on Sonics", when Antoine gets captured, Sonic just labels him an idiot and outright refuses to go after him. Sally is unable to really retort that Antoine would actually save him if the roles were reversed, only coaxing him into the job by reminding him of the potential danger if Robotnik gets a hold of the power ring he had at the point of his capture.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: In "Hooked on Sonics", Rotor suggested to Antoine that this trope is why Sally prefers Sonic over him. It definitely seems to be the case, as she is more openly romantic towards him when he's recently done some amazing thing.
  • The Worf Effect: Naugus introduces his power by effortlessly immobilizing Sonic with his magic.
  • A World Half Full: Dr. Robotnik takes over the world, turns most of it into polluted ruins, and turns everyone he captures into robotic slaves, so the people struggle day in and out just to live; the show's premise is as dark as an early nineties Funny Animal show can get. Then comes the heroes, who are bright and competent enough to screw the bad guy's plans continuously and spectacularly.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • The exact line is said by Robotnik, verbatim, to an ill fated SWATBot in "Hooked On Sonics".
    • Enraged at his defeat, Robotnik kicks his nephew out of the only escape pod and leaves him to die in the detonating base. Snively had predicted this would happen and had created his own means of escape, while Robotnik's pod ironically got caught up in the base's destruction.
  • Your Size May Vary: NICOLE would vary from the size of a pocket calculator to the size of a textbook between appearances. She was supposed to be portable enough to be carried on Sally's boot.

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Alternative Title(s): Sonic Sat AM

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