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Night of the Werehog

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Night of the Werehog is a short produced by Marza Animation Planet (called Sega Sammy VE Animation Studio and Visual Entertainment R&D Dept. at the time) before the release of Sonic Unleashed. The video debuted on the official Sonic Unleashed website as a streaming video. In Japan, the short is subtitled Sonic & Chip: House of Horror (ソニック&チップ 恐怖の館).

Story

It starts off with two young boys sneaking into a haunted mansion. Something sneaks up on the boys and scares them, then takes their picture. The perpetrators are two ghosts, a skinny one that wears a bandanna and a fat one that wears a bow tie. They take pictures of a person after they have scared them in order to show them to a female ghost, who in the fan community was dubbed as Ghost Girl. She takes great pleasure from seeing the scared faces of boys.

One night, Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip enter the mansion to get out of the rain. The two ghosts then get into a scaring war in order to win the affection of the female ghost. Chip is easily frightened by the two ghosts, who take many pictures of him. However, the female ghost becomes unimpressed when she sees the pictures of Sonic, who seems to be not frightened. She then demands that her cohorts scare Sonic for her.

The ghosts try and fail many times at scaring Sonic. Things become even more complicated when Sonic turns into the Werehog. After being utterly humiliated by the Werehog, the two ghosts set aside their differences and band together to scare Sonic.

They disguise themselves as one big green ghost and attack Sonic. They can also make themselves invisible, making it harder for Sonic to attack them. Chip realizes that taking a picture of them makes them visible. Sonic tries to use their camera against them but doesn't succeed. He then gets knocked out and his picture is about to get taken by the ghosts. However, the odds turn in Sonic's favor when the ghosts lose their concentration while fighting over who gets to take the picture. They lose their disguise and Sonic can see them. He then attacks them and punches them out of the mansion.

During all this, the camera takes one picture of Sonic which the female ghost finds. She then falls in love with the Werehog.

When Sonic and Chip are leaving, Chip acts rather strangely and wants to take a picture of himself and Sonic in front of the mansion. In the side, the two ghosts are watching. Behind them is another Chip tied to a chair. After the picture develops, it is shown to be the female ghost disguised as Chip while the real Chip is tied up inside the mansion.

Production credits

Director: Takashi Nakashima
Produced by: Takeshi Itou
Executive Producers: Okitane Usui, Hisao Oguchi, Kouichi Fukazawa, Hideki Okamura
Production Manager: Kei Miyamoto
Line Producer: Masahito Imamura
Supervisor: Shinji Aramaki
Art Director: Shinji Usui
Character Supervisor: Jun Masuda
Supervising Animator: Jiro Yamagishi
Lighting Supervisor: Takuya Hada
Director of R&D: Jun Saito
Supervising Technical Director: Masayuki Tanaka, Kengo Takeuchi
Cast (Character Voices) - Japanese: Junichi Kanemaru, Tomokazu Seki, Ryouko Shiraishi, Kevin Glenz, Ryan Drees, Momoko Ishikawa
Cast (Character Voices) - English: Jason Griffith, Tony Salerno, Kevin Glenz, Ryan Drees, Momoko Ishikawa
Music by: Tetsuya Takahashi
Sound Design/Mixing Engineer: Kouji Kasamatsu
Character Design: Illustrators unit Gurihiru
Sculptor (Maquette): Masanori Yoshida
Editor: Ryuji Miyajima
Pre-Production: Tomokazu Takahashi, Minoru Kusakabe, Naozumi Yamaguchi
Art: Hiroaki Ueno, Hiroyuki Kinoshita
Modeling: Kenichi Nishida, Toshiya Umeda, Satoshi Kounosu, Takayuki Hayama, Emiri Minagawa
Sets: You Amano, Yoshihiro Hanado, Kazushige Hayakawa, Yutaka Yamaki, Hideyuki Higashi
Sufacing: Takahiro Arakawa, Hideaki Makinouchi, Satoshi Takahashi
Rigging: Kiminori Kuano, Kenou Hakamaya, Tatsuya Akagi, Ayako Sakurai, Tomohiro Hanawa, Yoko Ukai, Kengou Nukizono
Animation: Yusuke Sakai, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Takaaki Kise, Tatsunori Tomiyama, Yoshimasa Kimura, Tomokazu Sakamoto, Hideyuki Kinoshita
Effects: Shuntaro Furukawa, Wataru Kitamura, Daisuke Satoyoshi
Lighting: Satoshi Tomatsu, Tsubasa Nakai, Hirokazu Ayukawa, Tomoya Kowase
Software Development: Seymour Wakisaka, Mio Tagiri, Tomoaki Saito, Gaetan Guidet, Yoko Sano, Tatsuya "Cap" Syuzui, Tomoya Matsumura, Takamasa Matsunari, Maes Marcelo Morales, Shouma Hosaka, Yusuke Ishikawa
System Administration: Yuji Umeki, Toru Iwata, Yusuke Yanagisawa, Yukari Imai, Tsuyoshi Ando
Project Assistant & Director Assistant: Tomohiro Mitsui, Ayano Fukuda, Naomi Tsujishita, Rumi Osagawa, Noriaki Hashimoto, Miho Ogawa
Special Thanks: Akinori Nishiyama (Sonic Team), Yoshihisa Hashimoto (Sonic Team), Sachiko Kawamura (Sonic Team), Tadashi Takezaki, Toyokazu Hattori, Akira Aoyama, Atom Kobayashi, Mana Nakano, Kousei Kimoto, Shin Kageyama (I'm enterprise), Akiko Nakahata (A&K Corporation Ltd.), Takuya Ohno (TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION), Eriko Kimura (TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION)

Voice actors

Role English Voice Actor Japanese Voice Actor
Sonic the Hedgehog Jason Griffith Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Sonic the Werehog Jason Griffith Tomokazu Seki
Chip Tony Salerno Ryōko Shiraishi
Ghost A Kevin Glenz
Ghost B Ryan Drees
Female ghost Momoko Ishikawa Momoko Ishikawa

Allusion in Sonic Unleashed

There is some reference to the short in Sonic Unleashed. In various scenes, Chip takes pictures of events and places he comes across. The camera he uses is the same one from Night of the Werehog. There were also a couple of missions where you had to search for the two ghosts from "Night of the Werehog".

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