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03/19/2010 17:43:52 •••

Technically terrible, yet entertaining

Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog has all the elements of a bad, cheaply produced show. The animation is lazy, the plots are cheesy kid's fare, Tails has a voice actor that barely shows any emotion, and it has patronizingly Anvilicious Sonic Sez segments at the end. Nonetheless, this remains a beloved childhood classic. Why? Well, okay, a bunch of other children's television shows were just as bad, so those elements don't stand out that much, but that's not the point of this review.

The best part of the show is easily Long John Baldry as Dr. Robotnik. From his goofy appearance to his delicious voice acting, it's no wonder he ended up becoming an Internet celebrity. Who can ever forget his self-absorbed personality, his short temper, and of course, his Catchphrase in all its Large Ham glory: "I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!"? He may be different from game canon Eggman, but he definitely feels like "Robotnik" regardless. In addition, Scratch and Grounder with their stupidity and chemistry together make great henchmen to take Robotnik's abuse and crazy schemes, so much so that even to this day many Sonic fans think of them as the definitive henchmen despite all the others that have come and gone in future TV series. Sonic's carefree attitude translates nicely despite his toned-down attitude and while Tails suffers from being voiced by an inexperienced child actor, his childish innocence also shines through.

Ultimately, Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog is a zany, fun show that captures the spirit of the games despite its many deficiencies from a technical perspective.

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