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Sonic Prime
Studio: WildBrain, Man of Action Entertainment, Sega
Distributor(s): Netflix
Number of episodes: 23
Original airdate: 2022-12-15

Sonic Prime is a 3D animated Netflix television series based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, produced by WildBrain in conjunction with Sega of America, Netflix and Man of Action Entertainment. The series is animated at WildBrain’s Vancouver studio, with Sega and WildBrain jointly participating across production, distribution and licensing, while Man of Action is brought on as showrunner and Executive Producer for the series. The series premiered on Netflix in December 2022 with more episodes airing in July 2023 and January 2024. The series is also considered to be part of the game universe by Sega.[1][2][3][4]

Premise

When an explosive battle with Dr. Eggman shatters the universe, Sonic races through parallel dimensions to reconnect with his friends and save the world.

— Official Website[5]

In Sonic Prime, the action-packed adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog go into overdrive when a run-in with Dr. Eggman results in a literal universe-shattering event. Desperate to piece his prime reality back together and save his old friends, Sonic races through the Shatterverse, discovering strange worlds and enlisting new friends in an epic adventure of a lifetime! Slated for debut in winter 2022, the series is being animated at WildBrain’s Vancouver studio.[6]

Voice actors

Due to Canadian labour laws, it was not possible hire the characters' original English video game voice actors, whom are largely from the United States. The series producers were obligated to recast all the roles to a selection of local Canadian voice talents specifically for Sonic Prime.

Main/Recurring Characters

Character VA (English) VA (Japanese)
Sonic the Hedgehog Deven Mack Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Miles "Tails" Prower Ashleigh Ball Ryo Hirohashi
Knuckles the Echidna Adam Nurada Nobutoshi Kanna
Amy Rose Shannon Chan Kent Taeko Kawata
Shadow the Hedgehog Ian Hanlin Koji Yusa
Rouge the Bat Kazumi Evans Rumi Ochiai
Big the Cat Ian Hanlin Takashi Nagasako
Dr. Eggman Brian Drummond Kotaro Nakamura
Tails Nine Ashleigh Ball Ryo Hirohashi
Rusty Rose Shannon Chan Kent Taeko Kawata
Mr. Dr. Eggman Brian Drummond Kotaro Nakamura
Dr. Done-It Brian Drummond Kotaro Nakamura
Dr. Deep Vincent Tong Yasuhiro Kikuchi
Dr. Don't Vincent Tong Takuma Sasaki
Dr. Babble Vincent Tong

Supporting/Minor Characters

Character VA (English) VA (Japanese)
Orbot Deven Mack Mitsuo Iwata
Cubot Deven Mack Wataru Takagi
Rebel Rouge Kazumi Evans Rumi Ochiai
Renegade Knucks Vincent Tong Nobutoshi Kanna
Denizen 1998 Ian Hanlin Takashi Nagasako
Thorn Rose Shannon Chan Kent Taeko Kawata
Prim Rouge Kazumi Evans Rumi Ochiai
Gnarly Knuckles Vincent Tong Nobutoshi Kanna
Hangry Cat Ian Hanlin Takashi Nagasako
Mangey Tails Ashleigh Ball Ryo Hirohashi
Knuckles the Dread Vincent Tong Nobutoshi Kanna
Black Rose Shannon Chan Kent Taeko Kawata
Batten Rouge Kazumi Evans Rumi Ochiai
Sails Tails Ashleigh Ball Ryo Hirohashi
Catfish Ian Hanlin Takashi Nagasako
Chaos Sonic Deven Mack Jun'ichi Kanemaru

Episodes

Season 1

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate Description
1 (1) "Shattered" US: 2022-12-10 (Sonic Speed Simulator)Media:SonicPrimeSonicSpeedSimulatorPreviewPoster.jpg[7]
US: 2022-12-15 (Netflix)
FR: 2022-12-15 (Netflix)
A collision with the Paradox Prism sends Sonic to a parallel world called New Yoke City, where the dull environment looks oddly familiar.[8]
2 (2) "The Yoke's on You" US: 2022-12-15
FR: 2022-12-15
UK: 2022-12-15
A power outage gives two rebels a chance to break into a lab where the Chaos Council is studying Sonic's strange connection to their energy source.[8]
3 (3) "Escape from New Yoke" US: 2022-12-15
FR: 2022-12-15
UK: 2022-12-15
To secure the Prism Shard, the rebels battle the Chaos Council. Then Sonic makes a startling discovery about the events that shattered his world.[8]
4 (4) "Unwelcome to the Jungle" US: 2022-12-15
FR: 2022-12-15
UK: 2022-12-15
In a dimension called the Boscage Maze, Sonic runs into tree-dwelling versions of his friends who warn him of a monster that lives on the jungle floor.[8]
5 (5) "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" US: 2022-12-15
FR: 2022-12-15
UK: 2022-12-15
To find his way back to the right dimension, Sonic must battle the jungle monster who waged war on his friends and capture the powerful Prism Shard.[8]
6 (6) "Situation: Grim" US: 2022-12-15
FR: 2022-12-15
UK: 2022-12-15
Back in New Yoke, Sonic desperately tries to convince Nine to join the Resistance, but Nine is focused on building a brand-new home.[8]
7 (7) "It Takes One to No Place" US: 2022-12-15
FR: 2022-12-15
UK: 2022-12-15
In the tropical No Place, Sonic meets a friendly band of pirates and their mysterious captain, who loves to party.[8]
8 (8) "There's No ARRGH in "Team"" US: 2022-12-15
FR: 2022-12-15
UK: 2022-12-15
As Sonic's crew races to the Prism Shard, they quickly realize they're not the only ones after it. There's only one way to win — they gotta go fast![8]

Season 2

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate Description
1 (9) "Avoid the Void" US: 2023-07-04 (YouTube)[9]
US: 2023-07-13 (Netflix)
FR: 2023-07-13 (Netflix)
Shadow ambushes Sonic in the void of the Shatterverse to confront his rival about the destruction of Green Hill — and take matters into his own hands.[10]
2 (10) "Battle in the Boscage" US: 2023-07-13
FR: 2023-07-13
UK: 2023-07-13
As the Chaos Council searches for the Boscage Prism Shard, Sonic realizes there's only one way to stop the robots from destroying the forest: a battle.[10]
3 (11) "Second Wind" US: 2023-07-13
FR: 2023-07-13
UK: 2023-07-13
To save Captain Dread's crew and recapture the Shard, Sonic will have to do what he does best: act fast. Luckily he has help from an unexpected ally.[10]
4 (12) "No Way Out" US: 2023-07-13
FR: 2023-07-13
UK: 2023-07-13
Friends become foes when Captain Dread's crew questions Sonic's loyalties. Then, a battle on the high seas breaks out over possession of the Shard.[10]
5 (13) "A Madness to Their Methods" US: 2023-07-13
FR: 2023-07-13
UK: 2023-07-13
The Chaos Council returns to New Yoke City more powerful than ever, forcing the rebels to come out of the shadows and bring a fight to their front door.[10]
6 (14) "Double Trouble" US: 2023-07-13
FR: 2023-07-13
UK: 2023-07-13
Sonic meets his match in Chaos Sonic, a robot version of himself designed to never fail. Meanwhile, the Chaos Council decides to expand their empire.[10]
7 (15) "Cracking Down" US: 2023-07-13
FR: 2023-07-13
UK: 2023-07-13
The key to reassembling the Paradox Prism lies in one of the Shatterspaces. But can Nine and Sonic find a portal to safely transport the Shards there?[10]
8 (16) "Ghost of a Chance" US: 2023-07-13
FR: 2023-07-13
UK: 2023-07-13
While Nine reassembles the Paradox Prism, Shadow and Sonic battle the Council to buy more time — but there's one big surprise they weren't counting on.[10]

Season 3

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate Description
1 (17) "Grim Tidings" US: 2024-01-05 (YouTube)[11]
US: 2024-01-11 (Netflix)
FR: 2024-01-11 (Netflix)
With the Paradox Prism in his hands, Nine begins building the Grim into his own personal paradise — unless Sonic and Shadow can convince him otherwise.[12]
2 (18) "Dome Sweet Dome" US: 2024-01-11
FR: 2024-01-11
UK: 2024-01-11
To get help in the fight against Nine and his winged lackeys, Sonic heads to New Yoke and forms an allegiance with the very last people he ever expected.[12]
3 (19) "No Escape" US: 2024-01-11
FR: 2024-01-11
UK: 2024-01-11
Sonic races to No Place to save the pirates before their world collapses, but Nine still needs Sonic's energy to power the Paradox Prism.[12]
4 (20) "Nine's Lives" US: 2024-01-11
FR: 2024-01-11
UK: 2024-01-11
Sonic must learn to give up some control if he's going to defeat Nine on the battlefield. The first step? Letting the team take over.[12]
5 (21) "Home Sick Home" US: 2024-01-11
FR: 2024-01-11
UK: 2024-01-11
To beat the biggest bot on the battlefield and get one step closer to Nine, Sonic needs to move fast — and accept a little help from his friends.[12]
6 (22) "The Devil is in the Tails" US: 2024-01-11
FR: 2024-01-11
UK: 2024-01-11
Sonic discovers a new ability that may be the key to defeating Nine. But Nine's endless army has only one purpose: to capture Sonic's energy.[12]
7 (23) "From the Top" US: 2024-01-11
FR: 2024-01-11
UK: 2024-01-11
Reality will cease to exist unless a selfless hero makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will it be enough to reverse the damage Nine caused to the universe?[12]

Home releases

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History

On December 10th, 2020, Netflix released the first teaser for the at-the-time unnamed series on Twitter, announcing the collaboration with Sega, WildBrain and Man of Action Entertainment.[13] On February 1st, 2021, the series' title and premise was officially announced with a press release.

On December 6th, 2022, Netflix announced that the first episode would be able to watch in full for free through Sonic Speed Simulator five days before the official Netflix debut of the series.[14][15]

On May 17th, 2023, it was announced that Season 2 of the series would be coming to Netflix on July 13th, 2023.[16][17][18][19] On July 4th, 2023, the first episode of Season 2 was released on YouTube ahead of its proper Netflix release.[9]

On July 13th, 2023, Season 2 of the series was released on Netflix[20] alongside Sonic Prime Dash, a game developed by Sega Europe studio Hardlight in collaboration with Netflix, released for iOS and Android devices through the Netflix Games service to promote the titular series.[21]

On November 11th, 2023, it was announced that Season 3 of the series would be coming to Netflix on January 11th, 2024.Media:SonicPrimeSeason3ReleaseDate.png[22][23][24] On January 5th, 2024, the first episode of Season 3 was released on YouTube ahead of its proper Netflix release.[11]

Performance data

Number of hours watched Reference Platforms Regions
82,100,000 Season 1 Ranked #144 on Netflix worldwide for Q1/Q2 2023.[25][26] Netflix Worldwide

Promotional Material

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Sonic Speed Simulator Preview Video


References

  1. https://www.sonicstadium.org/2022/08/takashi-iizuka-on-connecting-universes-and-creating-a-unified-sonic-experience-sonic-stadium-interview/ (Wayback Machine: 2022-08-30 08:40)
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIIT4PzdjGs (Ghostarchive)
  3. https://www.youtube.com/clip/UgkxbCO4iCU0aRiySLbB1WKpVEc7Za1_v9xJ
  4. https://youtu.be/2hmaANOftzA
  5. https://www.netflix.com/title/81294811 (Wayback Machine: 2022-11-30 23:37)
  6. https://www.wildbrain.com/newsreleases/wildbrain-cplg-and-sega-speed-into-sonic-prime-novelty-toys-and-games-category-with-pmi/ (Wayback Machine: 2022-09-13 01:46)
  7. File:SonicPrimeSonicSpeedSimulatorPreviewPoster.jpg
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 https://www.netflix.com/title/81294811 (Wayback Machine: 2022-12-15 08:38)
  9. 9.0 9.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym3OWqSavVE (archive.today)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 https://www.netflix.com/title/81294811 (Wayback Machine: 2023-07-13 07:01)
  11. 11.0 11.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT9cV6sZsGQ (archive.today)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 https://www.netflix.com/title/81294811 (Wayback Machine: 2024-01-11 08:01)
  13. @NXOnNetflix on Twitter (Wayback Machine: 2020-12-10 17:01)
  14. @NetflixGeeked on Twitter (archive.today)
  15. @NetflixGeeked on Twitter (archive.today)
  16. @WildBrainStudio on Twitter (archive.today)
  17. https://about.netflix.com/en/news/miraculous-ladybug-and-cat-noir-the-movie-joins-a-fun-filled-slate (Wayback Machine: 2023-05-20 09:32)
  18. https://www.netflix.com/title/81294811 (Wayback Machine: 2023-07-13 04:27)
  19. @NetflixGeeked on Twitter (archive.today)
  20. @sonic_hedgehog on Twitter (archive.today)
  21. @SEGAHARDlight on Twitter (archive.today)
  22. File:SonicPrimeSeason3ReleaseDate.png
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzVGC-A7O14 (archive.today)
  24. https://www.netflix.com/title/81294811 (Wayback Machine: 2023-12-17 00:51)
  25. File:What We Watched A Netflix Engagement Report 2023Jan-Jun.xlsx
  26. https://about.netflix.com/en/news/what-we-watched-a-netflix-engagement-report (Wayback Machine: 2023-12-12 19:51)


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