From Sonic Retro
- For the game, see Sonic Underground (LCD game).
|Creator: DiC Entertainment, Sega (characters)|
|Country of origin: United States, France|
|Number of seasons: 1|
|Number of episodes: 40|
|Picture format: 4:3|
|First aired: 1999-08-30|
|Last aired: 1999-10-22|
Sonic Underground is an animated television series that follows the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and his siblings Sonia the Hedgehog (his sister) and Manic the Hedgehog (his brother). Sonia is a magenta hedgehog, who wears a red and purple dress. Manic is a green hedgehog who is similar to Sonic in appearance beside the fact that he wears a red vest and his first two spines are replaced by spiky hair. It bared little continuity with the often convoluted Sonic universe — including previous animated series, and Sonic comics and games - and, apart from Sonic and Robotnik, few established characters.
The three are the children of Queen Aleena Hedgehog who was the original ruler of Mobius before Dr. Robotnik seized power. As They travel around Mobius they are chased by Dr. Robotnik and his bumbling bounty hunter sidekicks Sleet and Dingo, who pursue the three because of a prophecy made by the Oracle of Delphius (a spoof of the Oracle of Delphi of Ancient Greece) - stating that the Queen's three children will one day find their mother and together end Robotnik's reign, becoming the rulers once more.
The three siblings have magical amulets that not only change into musical instruments but change into weapons when the triplets are in perfect harmony with each other. Sonic's amulet is an electric guitar/gun, Sonia's amulet is a keyboard/gun, and Manic's amulet is a drum kit/earth controller. The three use the amulets not only to fight Robotnik's forces but also as instruments for their underground rock and roll band, "Sonic Underground".
During the run up to the launch of the Dreamcast, Sega heavily advertised all their big products. For Sonic, they contacted DiC, who previously made both SatAM and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, to make a new Sonic cartoon. Strangely enough, Sonic Underground started production in early 1997, before the development of either the Dreamcast or Sonic Adventure even started. The show first premiered in France on January 6, 1999 on TF1, then in UK on May 2, 1999 on ITV1 (however, for reasons unknown only 18 episodes were shown) and finally in the US on August 30, 1999 on the syndication block, Bohbot Kids Network, which was shown on networks like FOX, UPN, The WB and Sci-Fi Channel. Due to low popularity, Sonic Underground ran for only one season consisting only of 40 episodes (though there were presumably 65 planned). Since then, the reruns of the show can be found sometimes on many different networks.
|Role||Voice Actor (English)|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Jaleel White|
Samuel Vincent (singing voice)
|Sonia the Hedgehog||Jaleel White|
Louise Vallance (singing voice)
|Manic the Hedgehog||Jaleel White|
Tyley Ross (singing voice)
|Doctor Robotnik||Gary Chalk|
|Queen Aleena Hedgehog||Gail Webster|
|Knuckles the Echidna||Brian Drummond|
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|English||Sonic Underground||Sonic Underground|
|French||Sonic Le Rebelle||Sonic The Rebel|
- Sonic Underground at the Big Cartoon DataBase
|Sonic the Hedgehog television shows|
|Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) | Sonic the Hedgehog (1993-1994) | Sonic Underground (1999) | Sonic X (2003-2004) | Sonic Boom (2014-)|