If rumors are correct, a new Sonic the Hedgehog animated series could be arriving in the foreseeable future. The blue hedgehog made his debut back in 1991 in a video game for the SEGA Genesis console. Now, nearly 30 years later, Sonic is still being featured in video games, TV shows, and (starting next year) movies.
Sonic the Hedgehog was a huge hit right when the original game was released in the '90s. A sequel to the first game was released the very next year in 1992 and game developers have since pumped out video games about as fast as Sonic can run. SEGA and the following game developers have kept up with the times and continued to release a Sonic video game with each new console. Sonic also made his TV debut in 1993, via a cartoon series titled The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (which ran for three years and a total of 66 episodes). Even more Sonic animated TV shows have been produced since then, including - most recently - the YouTube series Sonic Mania Adventures, which helped promote the video game Sonic Mania Plus. The series was a collection of shorts but by the looks of it, a whole new animated TV show could be in the pipeline.
In an Instagram post, Sonic Mania Adventures Production Manager Cel La Flaca teased the development of a brand-new animated series. In the photo, Flaca can be seen posing in front of a Sonic statue (as well as cutouts of other Sonic characters), with the image caption reading "Gotta go fast, gotta make it last—finally swung around the SEGA office". That being said, her original post included the caption, "we’re working on another fun series with the blue hedgehog… y’all are gonna love it" but has since been edited to not include any mention of "another fun series". Check out a screenshot of her original post, below.
Regardless of whether there's a new Sonic animated series in the pipeline or not, a Sonic the Hedgehog movie is set to be released near the end of 2019. This film will be a combination of live-action and CGI and follow Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) as he goes on adventures with a human police officer played by James Marsden. It's also worth noting that the film will make some drastic changes to Sonic's character - specifically, Sonic will be a juvenile delinquent in the movie.
While the Sonic movie is currently in production, a new animated series isn't 100 percent official for the time being. There could be a number of reasons why Flaca's original Instagram post was edited, but it's possible SEGA simply didn't want the news to break just yet. There could be another explanation altogether (like, say, the show has already been cancelled), so for the time being anyone's guess is fair game. In the meantime, we will continue to bring you more Sonic the Hedgehog-related news (including, updates on the movie) as they come our way.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) release date: Feb 14, 2020