Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of Sonic’s most inventive, craziest, and funniest cartoons: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog! One of my strongest nostalgic connections to the Sonic franchise was this 1993 cartoon series. It was the only cartoon of my childhood which I remember watching from the very beginning. While I was a huge Ninja Turtles and The Real Ghostbusters fan, both cartoons were at their heights a few years before I began watching.
When The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (hereby known as AoStH) premiered, I remember exactly where I was. It was September 6th 1993 and I was eating breakfast in our kitchen, catching the first episode (in airing order, not production order) “Best Hedgehog”. The image after the break is a pretty accurate representation of what I saw. Yes, despite it being 1993 we still had an old black and white in our kitchen.
By that point in my Sonic fandom, I owned Sonic 1 and 2 for the Genesis and had picked up the first issue of the Archie Sonic comics. So seeing Sonic in a cartoon, talking no less, was a huge deal. I caught the first act of the premiere upstairs, and then ran downstairs to see Sonic in color. Looking back, “Best Hedgehog” was a very odd premiere episode. The true first episode, “Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad”, actually introduces the main baddies Scratch and Grounder. “Best Hedgehog”, however, puts new characters Lucas and Lucinda at the forefront.
I remember being confused, I wasn’t sure if these characters appeared in a game that I missed (they hadn’t) or if they were intended to be secondary characters for the rest of the show (they weren’t). Despite the confusing aspects of the premiere, I was hooked on the show and didn’t miss a single episode. I even began recording the show and soon amassed a stack of a dozen VHS tapes.
Since then, I’ve grown up (how much depends on who you ask) but still enjoy watching the occasional episode on DVD. As a kid, I never would have thought that I would one day be able to own the entire series on magical discs. If you’re a fan, revisit your favorite episode on DVD, VHS, Netflix, or YouTube. If you’ve never seen an episode, check out the four-parter “Quest for the Chaos Emeralds” which includes the episodes “Blackbot the Pirate”, “Hedgehog of the Hound Table”, “Robotnik’s Pyramid Scheme”, and “Prehistoric Sonic”. If you aren’t a fan… then why did you read all of this? Happy anniversary Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog!Ad: