Sonic movie sequel officially titled Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – releasing April 8, 2022

The Sonic movie twitter account shared the news that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel, which we have all been calling Sonic the Hedgehog 2, will in fact be titled… Sonic the Hedgehog 2! The animated logo reveal, which you can see after the break, features Emerald Hill Zone music and a stylized 2 featuring Tails’ tails. The release date is set for April 8, 2022.

Dr. Eggman Actor Mike Pollock to Continue Voicing Character

Despite the recent shakeups in the Sonic the Hedgehog voice cast, including the departure of Sonic voice actor Roger Craig Smith, and the previously unreported by us departures of Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Tails and Cindy Robinson as Amy Rose, one cast member has confirmed they are staying. Mike Pollock announced via Twitter that he will remain in the role of Doctor Eggman, a role he has held since 2003. Said Mike:

“You know what they say: the more the merrier! You’ve not yet heard the last of me as Dr. Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog video games! Kindly prepare your ears accordingly. If you guessed otherwise, SURPRISE!!!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to stock up on lozenges.”

Mike is the longest serving Sonic franchise voice actor, who also has the distinction of voicing the most versions of the character between the games, tv shows and spin-offs. It is also worth noting that Mike specifically mentions video games, with no mention of Sonic Prime. Given how far out the upcoming Netflix animated series is, it is possible they have not cast for it yet, or Mike knows something we don’t. But we don’t want to assume, because you know what they say about people who assume.

SEGA Talk Podcast #63: D (1995) Kenji Eno Retrospective

We are dedicating February to Kenji Eno, the game creator and founder of Warp. Eno passed away 8 years ago and left a brief but impactful legacy on the game industry. On this SEGA Talk, Barry and George discuss 1995’s D. Learn how Eno got his start developing games, what led to the founding of Warp, and the crazy stories behind how his FMV adventure game came to be.

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Sonic Boom Season 1 Blu-Ray and Season 2 Volume 1 DVD Announced – Coming May 2021

Maybe its the recent voice cast departure news, or maybe I’ve softened on the now cancelled “new branch” of the Sonic franchise, but I have to admit I was really happy to learn today that not only will Sonic Boom season 2 receive a Volume 1 DVD release (with a Volume 2 to follow) but there will also be a Sonic Boom season 1 blu-ray release. Read on to learn more!

LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone Given the Green Light

LEGO Ideas, the official LEGO outlet that gives fans the ability to submit designs for official approval and release, has announced that the Sonic Mania: Green Hill Zone set from Viv Grannell aka toastergrl has been given the green light! This means that SEGA has signed on to the project and it will carry the official Sonic the Hedgehog license. The next step will have LEGO’s builders review the build and make any refinements or develop new unique pieces. From there, we should see an official reveal, box art and some pre-order links! But it is going to take some time. Hopefully the Sonic Mania branding remains intact and it releases for the 30th anniversary.

After the break, check out the official word from LEGO.

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Prime Animated Series Announced for Netflix

SEGA and Netflix have announced a new animated series titled Sonic Prime, and on this SEGA News Bits Barry runs through the press release and gives some of his own speculation on what the series might contain.

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Netflix and SEGA Announce Sonic Prime, a 24-Episode 3D Animated Series Releasing in 2022

Move over Amazon, Metroid and Optimus. There’s a new prime in town! Netflix announced today via Twitter details about the previously leaked Sonic show heading to the streaming service. Sonic Prime will be 3D animated and run for 24 episodes, with the plot revolving around the fate of a new multiverse resting in Sonic’s hands, and a race to save the universe.

The series will be animated by WildBrain’s Vancouver studio, with SEGA jointly producing the series. Man of Action Entertainment, creators of Ben 10, will showrun and executive produce the series.

After the break, check out the full press release. In the comments below, share your thoughts on the series!

SEGA News Bits: Roger Craig Smith Will No Longer Voice Sonic The Hedgehog

We learned the sad news today that Roger Craig Smith will no longer be voicing Sonic The Hedgehog, after over ten years in the role. On this SEGA News Bits, Barry and George share their thoughts on his departure and what the future might hold for Sonic.

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Roger Craig Smith Will No Longer Voice Sonic The Hedgehog

Sad news today for Sonic fans, as longtime Sonic The Hedgehog voice actor Roger Craig Smith announced via Twitter that he would be stepping down from the role. Roger said “Welp, 10 years was an amazing run. Onward to new zones! Much love to the fans who’ve been so kind. It’s been an honor.”

Roger began his career as Sonic not in games, but as the voice of a Sonic themed hotel room in the UK Alton Towers resort. Roger made his video game debut as Sonic in the Xbox 360 Kinect exclusive Sonic Free Riders and appeared soon after in Sonic Colors. From there, Roger voiced Sonic in a variety of roles, from video games to the multi-media project Sonic Boom to both Wreck-It Ralph films to LEGO Dimensions. Between all his Sonic work, Roger was and is undoubtably the most prolific Sonic voice actor to date who has portrayed more versions of the character than any other actor before. His work will be fondly remembered by generations of fans and his work as Sonic, alongside his nemesis Eggman voiced by Mike Pollock, will be sorely missed.

It is unknown at this time if Roger is stepping down on his own, or if he has been replaced. It is also unknown who that replacement is. We also do not know at this time if other voice actors from the series are leaving. More news as we hear it. In the meantime, we wish Roger all the best and thank him for his excellent work. After the break, check out our classic Swinin’ Report Show interview with Roger.

Sonic The Hedgehog Sequel Sees a Returning Actress PLUS Filming Locations Revealed

Since we’re all at home, its easy to catch daytime television. On Live with Kelly and Ryan, actress Tika Sumpter guested and confirmed she will be returning for the Sonic The Hedgehog movie sequel and filming will begin in March, 2021. Additionally, the movie will film in Vancouver and Hawaii.

Fans might remember the first movie filmed in Vancouver, which acted as Montana and San Francisco. So it is likely we will return to the small town of Green Hills, Montana. Additionally, the Hawaii location is interesting as it could act as Sonic’s world with some CG enhancements. We’ll know more as filming begins.

[Source: Twitter]

SEGA Talk Podcast #62: Bayonetta (2009)

On this stylish, sexy episode of the SEGA Talk Podcast, George and Barry look back at the Platinum Games’ masterpiece known as Bayonetta. We dive into the development, the characters, the games, and hopefully by the end we can silence what little critics this game has left.

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Ground Zero Texas – Nuclear Edition Revives SEGA CD Classic – Announced for PS4 and Steam

Screaming Villains, who released HD ports of Night Trap, Double Switch and Corpse Killer – FMV games made famous on the SEGA CD – is back at it with an HD release of Ground Zero Texas.

The game will release digitally March 2nd, 2021 to PlayStation 4 and Steam, and there will be a physical Limited Run Games release which will be available for pre-order on January 22, 2021. We can assume there will be both standard and collector’s editions as they have gone for the previous games.

SEGA Talk Podcast #61: Arcade Candy Cabinets (1986-2005)

Barry and George take a break from talking about SEGA software and shift the focus to SEGA’s legendary “Candy Cabinet” line of multi-purpose arcade cabinets which included the famous Astro City and many more. Let’s dive deep into Japanese arcade history on this hardware episode of SEGA Talk Podcast!

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Unboxing: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Animation Legends Blind Bag Part 3

Back again, this time with a captain’s hat! It’s another blind bag of animation cels from the 1993 cartoon Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog from Animation Legends.

The company promises that you are guaranteed to have an A rated cel (80% – 100% of a character), and the remaining cels will be randomly selected with a B (cel visibly shows less than 80% of a character) or C (cel might include parts of a character but these cels mainly include scenery or other aspects of the show) grade. I ended up ordering another 15-pack and above you can check out my third unboxing.

If you like what you see, hit up Animation Legends and check out their offerings. Many cel packs are currently 50% off, and as an added bonus you can use promo code SEGABITS10 to take an additional 10% off your purchase!

SEGA Talk Podcast #60: Sonic Colors (2010)

On this Christmas Day episode, George and Barry celebrate the tenth anniversary of Sonic Colors with a special look back at the game and the impact it made on the franchise. This is also our 60th episode, and the last episode of 2020 which happens to be SEGA’s 60th anniversary!

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