Sonic Superstars: Trio of Trouble

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Sonic Superstars: Trio of Trouble
Studio: Powerhouse Animation Studios
Publisher: Sega
Original channel(s): YouTube
Running time: 5 minutes and 39 seconds
Release Date RRP Code Rating
2023-09-20[1] FREE[1] ?
(Audio Description)
2023-09-20[2] FREE[2] ?

Sonic Superstars: Trio of Trouble (『ソニックスーパースターズ』トリオ・オブ・トラブル) is an animated short produced by Powerhouse Animation Studios and posted on official Sonic the Hedgehog social media channels by Sega to promote Sonic Superstars. It was first teased on Twitter[3] and broadcast on September 20, 2023.


While escorting Dr. Eggman and his hapless new helper Trip through a perilous ruin, Fang the Hunter will need to muster all his cunning to overcome past mistakes and escape the coils of a fierce new enemy. Meanwhile, Eggman discovers what may be the key to his next dastardly scheme.

— YouTube description[1]

Plot summary

Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna and Amy Rose are all gathered together in a ruined temple where they encounter the hooligan Fang the Hunter. Fang stands above them on his Marvelous Queen, taunting them with the green Chaos Emerald in his hands. The purple jerboa attacks them with his missile launchers but Sonic and his friends are quick to dodge and deflect them. Sonic and Tails hit Fang with a Spin Attack to distract him while the clever fox reverses the power on the Marvelous Queen. Doing this knocked Fang to the ground and Amy bops him with her Piko Piko Hammer.

Fang then wakes up, turns out the battle was just a bad dream. Dr. Eggman yells at Fang while Trip the Sungazer explores the Golden Capital temple on her own. She looks at a plant growing down in the tunnels they're in but Eggman stomps on it. The doctor then triggers a trap and Fang gets them out of there using his hovercraft. The three of them break through a wall and find what they were looking for. It's a mural that shows the people of the Northstar Islands using the Emerald Powers, all around the Black Dragon. Meanwhile, Fang is attacked by a giant snake from the desert while Trip holds onto the Marvelous Queen's main power supply. Trip throws it to Fang and he remembers what Tails did in his dream. He reverses the power to drop down and uses his drill to trap the snake in rope, defeating it. Seeing the snake hurt saddens Trip, but Eggman and Fang don't care. Eggman had completed a drawing of the Black Dragon during the fighting and gets ambitious.

Production credits

  • Directed by: Evan Stanley
  • Co-director: Tyson Hesse
  • Executive Producer: Yukio Kusumoto
  • Producers: Jasmin Hernandez, Ian Drazen
  • Written by: Ian Flynn
  • Animation by: Powerhouse Animation Studios
  • Executive Producer: Brad Graeber
  • Studio Executive: Bruce Tinnin
  • Supervising Producer: Shane Minshew
  • Producers: Ryan Arrington, Rachel Citron
  • Supervising Director: Kellan Stover
  • Supervising Technical Director: Lindsey Chastain
  • Background Director: Chris Beaver
  • Outsource Coordinator: Mark-Ryan Magallanez
  • Production Assistants: Sergio Diaz, Ember Schwager
  • Supervising Pre-production Artist: Meg Kluck
  • Pre-production Lead: Mikk Dado
  • Pre-production Artists: Tory Patterson, Savannah Ruddy
  • Storyboard Artists: Manuela Escolar Gonzalez, Guillem Guarro, Meg Kluck, Miguel Angel Montañez Aragón, Cody Shaw, Kellan Stover
  • Supervising Background/Layout Illustrator: Megan Redlich
  • Background/Layout Illustrators: Caroline Born, Brett Carville, Steven Dang, Ashley Lange, Marius Millar, Dania Nava
  • Supervising Animators: Deanna Trudeau
  • Animators: Dennis Buara, Tom De Vis, Jeff Freeman, Manuela Escolar Gonzalez, Miguel Angel Montañez Aragón, Tyler Richlen, Kellan Stover, Ben Thomas, Kenny Tran, John Varvir
  • Compositing Lead: Jennifer Fields
  • Compositors: Kevin Cavanagh, Lindsey Chastain, Steven I. Garcia
  • Clean Up + IB Animators: YeonHee Jo, SoonHee Jo, JeeEun Cha, InOck Choi, HaeMee Kwan, YoungHwa Sa
  • Color: Seoul Oh, SeungYeoul Oh, JunJung Pang
  • Production Manager: So Sang Yoon
  • Supervisor: Seok Ki Kim
  • SFX by: Sound Racer, Ltd., Eiji Nakamura, Chiharu Minekawa
  • Animation Music by: Yuzuru Jinma
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  • Gameplay Capture: Strategy Guide
Source: Ending credits

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