Sonic Underground (Sonic le Rebelle in French) is an American animated television series that follows the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and his siblings, pink hedgehog Sonia and green-hued Manic. Sonic Underground bears little relation to the often complex Sonic universe (including previous animated series, as well as Soniccomics and games), and shared few established characters.
While it was believed for a while that 65 episodes were made of which only 40 aired, Ben Hurst, a notable writer from the Sonic the Hedgehog television show (dubbed "SatAM" by fans), whom was also involved in Sonic Underground's production, stated in a SAGE chat that only 40 were produced. According to Hong Ying, the animation studio who animated Sonic Underground list 40 episodes which is the complete series. Sonic Underground takes place on Mobius, similar to SatAM, but with notable differences. Elements that are not included in Sonic Underground but were present in SatAM include Snively, power rings, Knothole Village, and the Freedom Fighters. Though the Freedom Fighters were included, many of the characters in the Freedom Fighter group that were in SatAM are completely left out (including Tails). Another difference with the Freedom Fighter group is that Freedom Fighters do not remain in one Knothole-like refuge but instead travel around Mobius to battle Robotnik's forces on a global scale; and that Robotnik has left most of the Mobian people un-roboticised, leaving multiple cities, a poor underclass and an aristocracy for the heroes to interact with.
Jaleel White provided the voices for all three siblings. The main theme was composed by Robbie London and Mike Piccirillo. The musical underscore was composed by Jean-Michel Guirao and Mike Piccirillo. The series featured 40 songs spread over the series as featured music videos. Each of these songs were composed by Mike Piccirillo.
Sonic, Sonia, and Manic are the children of Aleena Hedgehog. They are chased by Doctor Robotnik and his bumbling bounty hunter sidekicks, Sleet and Dingo. The reason that he is chasing the three is because of a prophecy made by the Oracle of Delphius (a spoof of the Oracle of Delphi of Ancient Greece) - saying that the Queen's three children will one day find their mother, overthrow Robotnik, and together become the rulers of Mobius again.
The three siblings have powerful medallions that not only change into musical instruments but also into weapons when the triplets are in perfect harmony with each other. Sonic's medallion is an electric guitar/gun, Sonia's medallion is a keyboard/gun, Manic's medallion is a drumset/Earth controller. The three use the amulets not only to fight Robotnik's forces but to also have instruments for their underground rock band, Sonic Underground. Sonic, Sonia, and Manic also call Robotnik "Robuttnik", as opposed to just Sonic referring to him by that name.
During the run up to the launch of the Sega Dreamcast, Sega began heavy advertised of all their big products. For Sonic, they contacted DiC Entertainment, who previously made both TV shows Sonic the Hedgehog and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, to make a new Sonic cartoon. Due to low popularity, Sonic Underground ran for only one season, 1998 to 1999. Since then, the show can now be found in syndication on a few channels, including UPN at 8 AM. It is now also airing on the UK Channel "POP" at various times. POP has now aired all three DiC produced Sonic animated series. CITV also transmitted the show. All three series will move to Boomerang as part of Boomeraction in 2009.
Sonic: The world's fastest hedgehog, oldest sibling, and leader of the Sonic Underground. Yes, Sonic has many parents though but in this story, he has a brother and sister (below) and is known to be a prince. He is the lead singer, his medallion transforming into a laser-blasting electric guitar (which can act as a bass sometimes). As fast as the speed of sound, Sonic can easily outrun and outsmart Robotnik's forces. He is a big fan of chili dogs (just like in SatAM and AoSTH) and is rarely far from a chili dog stand. He is terrified of water as he cannot swim. In an alternate reality, Sonic and his siblings were the rulers of Mobius, but Sonic was an obese hedgehog from eating so many chili dogs and had banned music on the planet. Sonic's most-used phrases in the series include "Way past cool", "Bummer Majores!", "It's juice and jam time!" and "Let's do it to it!" He was voiced by Jaleel White. His singing voice was done by Sam Vincent, who also voices Edd (Double D) on Ed, Edd 'n Eddy and Dexter in Hamtaro.
Sonia the Hedgehog: The female member of the Sonic Underground and Sonic's sister. Unlike Sonic and Manic, she was raised by an aristocratic foster family, and she hates getting dirty. She is great at gymnastics and karate. Her medallion can transform into a laser-blasting keyboard]. Sonia has a pink motorbike to go as fast as Sonic. Sonia develops an attraction towards Knuckles at the Flying Fortress saga of the series. Some fans consider Sonia to be a clone of Amy Rose. In an alternate reality, Sonia and her brothers are rulers of Mobius, but she likes fashion, not wanting to rule and have to deal with Mobius problems. She was also voiced by Jaleel White (her voice is an exact copy of Steve Urkel's from the later seasons of Family Matters). Her singing voice was done by Louise Valliance.
Manic the Hedgehog: A cool and calculating hedgehog who was raised by thieves, unlike his siblings. Manic became an expert thief and eventually met his siblings, who disapprove of him stealing. Manic is the drummer of Sonic Underground, his medallion hiding his drums, which can cause earthquakes. Manic is the most often captured of the siblings; he has been under mind control, becoming Robotnik's spy, nearly Robotisized (but was freed), put to sleep, and hypnotized (for a short while). In an alternate reality, Manic and his siblings are rulers of Mobius, but he took away everyone's money for his own greed and enjoyment. In the Flying Fortress saga at the end, Manic's drum kit is destroyed by Dingo when he is a chaos monster. Like the above, he was voiced by Jaleel White. His singing voice was done by Phil Hayes.
Queen Aleena: Sonic's, Sonia's, and Manic's mother. She had to give them up in order for the prophecy to work. She now is on the run from her own children, until the time is right. Aleena has many allies, including the Oracle of Delphius and Knuckles. She often appears during the episodes.
Knuckles the Echidna: The guardian of the Master Emerald and Angel Island. He is very protective of his island home, and has set many traps about the island. He has a pet Dinosaur called Chomps. His great-grandfather Athair warns him he must stay on the island, in order to play his part in the freedom of Mobius. In the series, the Master Emerald has been changed to a Chaos Emerald, probably due to the fact that the Chaos Emeralds weren't well established in the series and adding the Master Emerald would cause confusion. He was played by Ian James Corlett.
Dr. Robotnik: Robotnik is the ruler of Mobius, after conquering it with his army of SWATbots. Robotnik lives in Robotropolis where he captures Freedom Fighters and Roboticizes them into his robotic servants. Robotnik's main minions are Sleet and Dingo. Robotnik's round shape doesn't help him stand up straight and when standing on unstable ground, (such as that of Manic's drums causing earthquakes) he bounces about much like a ball. His voice was done by Gary Chalk who played Grounder on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Optimus Primal from Beast Wars (and the various Optimus Primes that followed Primal).
Sleet: One of Robotnik's canine bounty hunters. This cunning wolf leads the bumbling Dingo about on missions to capture the hedgehogs. Sleet has a voice like that of Igor and has a morphing device that can transform Dingo into anything he wishes. Sleet may seem to be a serious villain but he is always failing at missions but he does succeed sometimes. Sleet is constantly being crushed by Dingo and is usually the one who suffers. He does however appear to get away from being Roboticized no mater how angry he makes Robotnik. Sleet's voice was done by Maurice LaMarche.
Dingo: One of Robotnik's canine bounty hunters. Dingo is a huge, muscle-bound dingo who has a relentless crush on Sonia. Sleet has a morphing device which can morph Dingo into anything he chooses (e.g. a chili dog cart, a carpet, or even a woman). In the Flying Fortress saga, Dingo breaks a Chaos Emerald which transforms him into an enormous out-of-control beast that threatens to destroy Mobius, but eventually reverts back to normal (crushing Robotnik in the process).
The Oracle of Delphius: An odd, warty, reptilian anteater in a cloak. The Oracle prophecised that when Robotnik invaded Mobius, Aleena and her children would form the Council of Four to overthrow Robotnik and free Mobius. The Oracle lives in a cave somewhere in a cold region of Mobius, and is quite good at making chili dogs.
Bartleby: A posh mink who is one of Robotropolis' richest aristocrats. Bartleby is Sonia's former fiancé, who dislikes her brothers and works as an agent for Robotnik. Eventually, Bartleby flees from Robotnik and joins the Freedom Fighters.
Cyrus: Cyrus is a lion and a technician in the Freedom Fighters. He is an old friend of Sonic. In his first appearance he was working as a spy for Robotnik but later quit. Cyrus has appeared several times afterwards. His father was Roboticized. His voice was also done by Ian James Corlett.
Trevor: A mouse who is an old friend of Sonic Underground and resembles a hippy. He is easily captured, but is just as easily freed. Only seen about once or twice.
The Freedom Fighters: The Freedom Fighters play an important role in the show as Robotnik's opposition. Notable members include Sonic, Sonia, Manic, Knuckles, Queen Aleena, The Oracle of Delphius, Cyrus, and Trevor.
The Freedom Fighters plays a large significant role in Sonic Underground, opposing Dr. Robotnik's evil reign over Mobius. The leaders are the Sonic Siblings. Cyrus is the head technician, with Trevor as his somewhat assistant. Other notable members are Knuckles, Queen Aleena and the Oracle. Below is a list of other one-time characters, many are Freedom Fighters.
Uncle Chuck: Sonic's uncle from the Archie Comics and the original SatAM series. Like in the comics and the cartoon, he is Roboticized. (He doesn't appear to be Sonic's biological uncle, as he was known to Sonic as "Uncle" through his adopted parents)
Ferrel: An odd insect-like creature who was Manic's foster father. He was a clever thief who showed Manic the ropes, but he too was Roboticized.
Argus: Queen Aleena's body guard. He was captured and Roboticized.
Mayor Winniham: A horse who is the Mayor of Mobodoon, the Sonic Underground band's hometown.
Mindy LaTour and Mr. LaTour: Mindy is Sonia's old friend and a fashionist. Her voice (talking and singing) was done by Louise Valliance. Her father is very protective of her. He was forced to create robotic watches for Robotnik.
Max: A pickpocket who leads a small group of thieves. After helping the Sonic Underground, he and his posse are given homes.
Captain Squeege: A sea sponge who is the captain of the Queen Aleena ferry.
Raphi: A desert dweller who lives in the city of Tashistan with his mother, father and grandmother. His best friend, Sonia, momentarily loses her memory. He is Roboticized in the legs (like Bunnie Rabbot from SatAM).
Stripes: A tiger who lives in Lake Valley. He has a crush on Sonia, but originally was a spy for Robotnik only to protect his home.
Speed-Bot: A Roboticized chimera-like robot made up of some of the fastest creatures on Mobius. Used by Robotnik in a race to capture Sonic.
Berlock: An elderly vampire bat who is the caretaker of Worst Castle, which is supposedly Sonia's ancestral home. He has a pet owl called Hooter. He cannot stand loud noises and is very humorous.
Chomps: Knuckles' pet dinosaur. He tries to eat Sleet and Dingo but instead eats their hologram projector. Only seen in "Friend or Foe?".
Mantu: The chief of the Speedster Island tribe.
Ifyoucan: The tribe leader of a desert clan. He has actually been half-roboticized and hides his mechanical limbs.
Aman-Rapi: A deceased Pharaoh who is Sonic's ancestor (and looks and sounds like Sonic). Like Sonic, he adores music.
Do-Bot: A robotic hairdresser who hypnotizes her patrons into revealing secrets to her which are sent to Robotnik via a cassette tape.
Titus: A scientist who has built a De-Roboticizer. It is revealed it is a fake and it is made into a Roboticizer. Titus falls into it and is Roboticized.
Renez: The leader of the Resistance in Anez. She appears in 'Sonia's Choice'.
A.R.T.: A learning robot built by Robotnik. A.R.T. stands for Artificial Robot of Technology, and he was capable of learning and evolving into more formidable forms. He betrayed Robotnik and joined Sonic Underground. A.R.T. was sadly crushed when Sleet activated a shrinking room in Robotnik's base.
Vince: A black-market salesman. Manic sells an orb to him before realizing it is a bomb, but by the time they get there, Vince has sold it to Bartleby. Vince ends up getting Roboticized by Sleet.
Note: It is not fully known what the exact ordering of episode listing is. Though the closest to official episode list (the version used here) is taken from the Anchor Bay Sonic Underground DVD boxset. To the right of the episode is the name of the song in it. For more information, see Sonic Underground (Episodes).
Beginnings** - Someday
Getting to Know You** - Working Together In Harmony
Harmony or Something** - We're All In This Together
Wedding Bell Blues - When Tomorrow Comes
To Catch a Queen - Have You Got The 411?
Mobodoon - I've Found My Home
The Price of Freedom - Money Can't Buy
Underground Masquerade - Let The Good Times Roll
Tangled Webs - The Children Light The Way
The Deepest Fear - Face Your Fear
Who Do You Think You Are? - We Need To Be Free
The Last Resort - Listen To Your Heart
Come Out Wherever You Are - Society Girl
Winner Fakes All - Built For Speed
A Hedgehog's Home is Her Castle - Let's Do It To It
Artifact - You Can't Own Everything
Bug! - Never Give Up
Sonic Tonic - (I Wish I Was) The Fastest Thing Alive
Friend or Foe - Not Always What They Seem
Head Games - Take A Chance
When in Rome - When There's A Will, There's A Way
The Jewel in the Crown - The Cosmic Dance
Three Hedgehogs and a Baby - Being A Kid Is Cool
Dunesday - True Blue Friend
Mummy Dearest - We Are Sonic Underground (Egyptian version)
The Hedgehog in the Iron Mask - Part Of The Problem
Six is a Crowd - I Can Do That For You
Flying Fortress* - No One Is An Island
No Hedgehog is an Island* - Learn To Overcome
New Echidna in Town* - The Mobius Song
Country Crisis - How You Play The Game
Haircraft in Space - Don't Be A Backstabber
Healer - We're The Sonic Underground (Rock version)
Sonia's Choice - Never Easy
The Big Melt - Fun In The Sun
Sleepers - Have It All Again
Bartleby the Prisoner - Justice Callin'
The Art of Destruction - The Sound Of Freedom
The Pendant - Liberty's Gonna Rock
Virtual Danger - Don't Let Your Guard Down
(*) Part of the 3 Part Flying Fortress saga
(**)Part of the 3 Part Beginnings saga
This cartoon was originally made in France and titled Sonic Le Rebelle (Sonic the Rebel).
This is the first American Sonic series to feature Knuckles and also to not feature Tails.
It is also the only feature a relative of Knuckles: his great-grandfather Athair (originally featured in the Archie comics), who was thought to have been voiced by Sean Connery, while it was in fact voice actor Maurice Lamarche.
For some reason, in the episode "Sleepers", Manic's voice is a little deeper than normal, in the episode "Wedding Bell Blues", Sonic's voice was more high-pitched than normal and in "To Catch a Queen" while Manic was stealing parts from some type of machine his voice sounded more like Sonic's as he was commenting on the parts.
The earliest song in the series was "Someday", while the latest song is "Don't Let Your Guard Down".
The Archie Sonic comics consider Sonic Underground as an alternate universe version of Sonic, and has made one appearance in the series, in Sonic Super Special #10.
There are only a few references to the games, including a circular floating fortress that resembles the Death Egg, a large Freedom Fighter-eating spaceship called Predator which closely resembles the Egg Carrier, and Floating Island (Now known as Angel Island) which first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 along with Knuckles.
In the first episode "Beginnings" just at the beginning there is a statue that strongly resembles King Acorn from the SatAM series.
Episode twelve of Sonic Underground is titled, "The Last Resort". Coincidentally, the ninth episode of the English version of Sonic X is also titled "The Last Resort", however Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog had an episode called "The Last Resort" which is the 35th episode. In Shadow the Hedgehog, a poster found in the Central City stage says "The Last Resort".
Sonic's singing voice sounds strikingly similar to Double D from Ed, Edd, and Eddy and fans say that it sounds like Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life. Due to the similarity, fans think that Jaleel White even is Sonic's singing voice.
Some fans have commented that the sanctuary at the end of Episode 20, Three Hedgehogs and a Baby, resembles Knothole Village from SatAM.
The SWATbots in "Who Do You Think You Are" have a different voice.
Many fans have noticed that in flashbacks, Queen Aleena has Sonia in her arms or lap. This has lead to fans that Sonia is her favorite child (she left her in an aristocrat home). Whereas Sonic was in a normal house, and Manic was in a poor-looking neighborhood before he got stolen. Also, Manic was the farthest away sitting from Queen Aleena in flashbacks, so Manic could be her least favorite child. This has gotten criticism for the fans of Manic (and sometimes Sonic).
In the episode Wedding Bell Blues, when the trio are carpet cleaners, Manic and Sonic look like the Mario Brothers.
In the episode Mobodoon, Manic says When the moon is full on the second even day of the third month it'll show up like a clockwork. Today's the day, and I just know that when Mobodoon shows up, so will Mom! In that particular episode, the hedgehogs had stated that it was their birthday. So, their birthday is, in fact, March 4.
Sonic cried once through the whole series (Beginnings), Manic cried four times (Mobodoon, Three Hedgehogs and a Baby, Six is a Crowd, and The A.R.T. of Destruction), and Sonia cried the most (too many times to count).
Sonic's last words were "Game over, 'Buttnik!"
There are many errors that always occur, such as when Medallions are missing, Manic has his earrings on his right ear, Manic's fanny-pack is missing, and gloves or arms are in a different color. There have also been perspective issues.
In the episode, "The Big Melt", when Manic comes out of the water and coughs, it's in Sonic's voice, and in "Beginnings", when the Oracle of Delphius reveals that their foster parents are robotosized, you can see Sonic's mouth move to Sonia's voice, and vise versa.
In the episode "Beginnings", when the photo of the three is shown, they are not babies, but toddlers. But, Aleena separated them when they were babies.
The medallion strings are in different colors rather than what many people think to be green, blue, and pink. Sonic has a red string, Sonia has a yellow string, and Manic has a blue string.
Throughout the series, Sonic calls Manic and Sonia "little bro/sis". So, Sonic is the eldest, but in the French episode of "When in Rome", Sonia calls Manic her little brother. So, Sonia is the middle child, and Manic is the youngest. But, they are triplets. It is possible that maybe Sonic was born 1st and Sonia and Manic were born a few hours/minutes after.
The Episode "Underground Masquerade" the purple mask worn by Manic and Max bares slight resemblance to NiGHTS, another game by Sonic Team.
The episode "Sonic Tonic" (which appears as a bonus feature on the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 DVD King Koopa Katastrophe) recycles the general plot of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Full-Tilt Tails".
The Sonic Underground's father was never mentioned. However, the French theme song of the show implied that there was no king at the time that Sonic and his siblings were born.
This TV Series was stated by Sega to take place in a parallel universe. This explains why Sonic has siblings in the Sonic Underground continuity while in all other Sonic universes, Sonic has no siblings.