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- For the LCD 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 Sonic the Hedgehog television series produced by DiC Entertainment in 1999. It was the third cartoon to be produced by the company and was established as an entirely separate show from its predecessors, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog, which both started airing in 1993.
Sonic, Sonia and Manic are the children of Queen Aleena, the original ruler of the planet Mobius before Dr. Robotnik seized power. They travel around Mobius looking for their mother, while being chased by Dr. Robotnik and his bumbling bounty hunter sidekicks Sleet and Dingo. Robotnik wants to stop the children due to a prophecy made by the Oracle of Delphius (a spoof of the Oracle of Delphi of Ancient Greece), which states that the Queen's three children will one day find their mother and end Robotnik's reign.
The three hedgehog siblings have magical amulets that not only change into musical instruments but also 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".
|Main article: Sonic Underground/Development|
During the run up to the launch of the Dreamcast, Sega heavily advertised all their big products. For Sonic, they contacted DiC Entertainment, 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|
|Main article: Sonic Underground/Home releases|
|Main article: Sonic Underground/Magazine articles|
- 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 (2014-2017)|