The series will be broadcast by Cartoon Network in the United States on November 8, 2014, and on Canal J in France on November 19, 2014, followed by an international release and premiere on Gulli. The series will be a part of the Sonic Boom spin-off franchise, which consists also of two video games developed for the Wii U (Rise of Lyric) and Nintendo 3DS (Shattered Crystal) that act as prequels to the television series, a comic series by Archie Comics, and a toyline by Tomy.
ProductionThe animated series was first announced in October 2013, revealing a teaser image featuring the show's four main protagonists, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, in silhouette form. The series, which will consist of 52 eleven-minute episodes, and is being developed by Evan Baily, Donna Friedman Mier, and Sandrine Nguyen, with Baily and Bill Freiberger as showrunners, under the supervision of Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka. On February 6, 2014, Sega revealed the first trailer for the series, showcasing the new designs for the characters.
The series will feature returning voice actors from the video game series, including Roger Craig Smith as Sonic, Travis Willingham as Knuckles, Cindy Robinson as Amy, and Mike Pollock returning as Doctor Eggman, while voice actress Colleen Villard will be succeeding Kate Higgins in the role of Tails. The series will also introduce a new character named Sticks the Jungle Badger, a somewhat-delusional hunter who has been living alone in the wilderness for many years before meeting Sonic and his friends, who is voiced by Nika Futterman. In an interview with Polygon, Iizuka stated the series came about as a desire to appeal more to Western territories, following the 2003 Japanese anime series, Sonic X, with Iizuka also stating that the franchise will run in parallel with the 'Modern' series of Sonic games. Baily has stated the series will be a mixture of action and comedy, featuring an episodic structure. On October 4, 2014, Sega announced the air date of the series in the United States to be November 8, 2014.
Cast and Characters
See also: List of Sonic the Hedgehog Characters
Sega confirmed various cast and characters for Sonic Boom on February 25, 2014. On May 29, 2014, Sega announced that Nika Futterman will play the role of Sticks, a jungle badger, who will join the franchise as a major character. Other characters, including Shadow the Hedgehog and Metal Sonic, will make appearances in the series as well, alongside new characters created for Sonic Boom such as Mayor Fink, Fastidious Beaver, and Perci the Bandicoot. Jack Fletcher works as the show's voice director, a role he has also held for the video game series since 2010.
Princess Sally Acorn, Cream the Rabbit, Rouge the Bat, E-123 Omega, Espio the Chameleon, Charmy Bee and Vector the Crocodile will be joining Shadow the Hedgehog in later Season 2 episodes.
Also, Manic the Hedgehog, Cosmo the Seedrian, Sonia the Hedgehog, Blaze the Cat, Silver the Hedgehog and Marine the Raccoon will be joining the Team Sonic in later Season 3 episodes.
- Roger Craig Smith as Sonic the Hedgehog and Dave the Intern
- Colleen Villard as Miles "Tails" Prower, Charmy Bee, Zooey the Fox, Child Monkey and Beth the Strew
- Travis Willingham as Knuckles the Echidna
- Tara Strong as Princess Sally Acorn
- Michelle Ruff as Cream the Rabbit
- Cindy Robinson as Amy Rose, Perci the Bandicoot, Walrus Child, Lady Goat and Juster Beaver
- Greg Cypes as Manic the Hedgehog
- Alyson Court as Cosmo the Seedrian
- Louise Ridgeway as Sonia the Hedgehog
- Kirk Thornton as Shadow the Hedgehog, T.W. Barker and Orbot
- Karen Strassman as Rouge the Bat
- Vic Mignogna as E-123 Omega
- Laura Bailey as Blaze the Cat
- Quinton Flynn as Silver the Hedgehog
- Wendee Lee as Marine the Raccoon
- Nika Futterman as Sticks the Badger and Staci the Bandicoot
- Bill Freiberger as Comedy Chimp and Lady Walrus
- Wally Wingert as Cubot
- Mike Pollock as Doctor Eggman, Fastidious Beaver and Mayor Fink
- Keith Silverstein as Vector the Crocodile and D-Fekt
- Troy Baker as Espio the Chameleon
- Greg Hahn as Bike Chain Bandit
The Villagers People
The Villagers People
Sonic the Hedgehog
Miles "Tails" Prower
Knuckles the Echidna
Sticks the Badger
Perci the Bandicoot
Shadow the Hedgehog
Zooey the Fox
Team Sidekick: Groups
Team Sonic: Sonic, Tails and Amy
Team Sonic: Groups
Main article: List of Sonic Boom Episodes.