japantoday– Speed is Sonic the Hedgehog’s greatest strength, and it’s also a critical key to success in the entertainment industry. So following the surprising success of 2020’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” film, Sega is keeping the momentum going with the announcement of a brand-new CG Sonic animated series.
Titled “Sonic Prime,” it’ll be hosted on Netflix, which is co-producing the series. Handling animation will be Vancouver’s WildBrain Studios, whose previous 3DCG works include “Ninjago,” “Mega Man: Fully Charged” and “Blaze and the Monster Machines.” Also involved is U.S.-based writer collective Man of Action Entertainment, serving as showrunners and executive producers, and who were also creative partners on “Mega Man: Fully Charged” as well as the “Bakugan: Battle Planet and Big Hero 6” TV series.
Conspicuously absent from the production team, however, is Sega of Japan, as it’s the video game developer’s U.S. division, Sega of America, that’s representing the corporate family for “Sonic Prime.” Considering how freaky the last overseas redesign for the character was, at least initially, the lack of contribution from Sega of Japan artists might be worrying to some fans, but Sonic creator Yuji Naka (who’s also not part of the Sonic Prime team) seems cautiously optimistic, retweeting the announcement with a hedgehog emoji.
Netflix has greenlit a starting run of 24 episodes for “Sonic Prime.” WildBrain is describing it as “a high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new multiverse rests in his gloved hands,” implying that its story will be independent from the existing Sonic video game and movie narratives (we’re also assuming that “high-octane” is just a slightly clumsy metaphor for “fast-paced,” and not a sign that Sonic has become addicted to guzzling gasoline in Prime). The description goes on to say that “Sonic Prime” is “more than a race to save the universe, it’s a journey of self-discovery and redemption” while also promising to “captivate the imaginations of audiences ages six to 11, as well as legacy Sonic fans of all ages.”
Honestly, that sounds like a lot to take on, especially considering the poor track record the Sonic franchise has when going for high drama.
Still, “Sonic Prime” isn’t slated to premiere until sometime in 2022, so we’ll have to wait until then to see if turns out to be a high-speed train wreck or a sprint down the fast lane on Sonic’s road to recovery as one of gaming’s most beloved characters.