Photo: WildBrain

Sonic the Hedgehog getting a new CG Netflix series produced in the U.S. and Canada

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

"Speed is Sonic the Hedgehog’s greatest strength, and it’s also a critical key to success in the entertainment industry. So following the surprising success of 2020’s "Sonic the Hedgehog" film, Sega is keeping the momentum going with the announcement of a brand-new CG Sonic animated series.

Titled "Sonic Prime," it’ll be hosted on Netflix, which is co-producing the series. Handling animation will be Vancouver’s WildBrain Studios, whose previous 3DCG works include "Ninjago," "Mega Man: Fully Charged" and "Blaze and the Monster Machines." Also involved is U.S.-based writer collective Man of Action Entertainment, serving as showrunners and executive producers, and who were also creative partners on "Mega Man: Fully Charged" as well as the "Bakugan: Battle Planet and Big Hero 6" TV series.

Conspicuously absent from the production team, however, is Sega of Japan, as it’s the video game developer’s U.S. division, Sega of America, that’s representing the corporate family for "Sonic Prime." Considering how freaky the last overseas redesign for the character was, at least initially, the lack of contribution from Sega of Japan artists might be worrying to some fans, but Sonic creator Yuji Naka (who’s also not part of the Sonic Prime team) seems cautiously optimistic, retweeting the announcement with a hedgehog emoji.

Netflix has greenlit a starting run of 24 episodes for "Sonic Prime." WildBrain is describing it as “a high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new multiverse rests in his gloved hands,” implying that its story will be independent from the existing Sonic video game and movie narratives (we’re also assuming that “high-octane” is just a slightly clumsy metaphor for “fast-paced,” and not a sign that Sonic has become addicted to guzzling gasoline in Prime). The description goes on to say that "Sonic Prime" is “more than a race to save the universe, it’s a journey of self-discovery and redemption” while also promising to “captivate the imaginations of audiences ages six to 11, as well as legacy Sonic fans of all ages.”

Honestly, that sounds like a lot to take on, especially considering the poor track record the Sonic franchise has when going for high drama.

Still, "Sonic Prime" isn’t slated to premiere until sometime in 2022, so we’ll have to wait until then to see if turns out to be a high-speed train wreck or a sprint down the fast lane on Sonic’s road to recovery as one of gaming’s most beloved characters.

Sources: PR Times via Otakomu, WildBrain

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- Consoles, franchises, mascots and memories! The top 10 years in video gaming history

-- Awesome Sega Mega Drive six-button controller taiyaki lets you bite into mouthful of nostalgia

-- Sega apologizes after exec says Puyo Puyo players eat beef bowls with cheese

© SoraNews24

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

Cool. My kids loved the movie.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

We can’t wait to see this ‘**On Netflix*’.- @therougou 11:22a JST - My kids loved the movie. *

Really? Is the 2020 ‘Sonic the Hedgehog‘ movie with Jim Carrey available in Japan, ON Netflix****?

“*Considering how freaky the last overseas redesign was,...worrying to fans, but *Sonic* creator Yuji Naka (who’s not part of the Sonic Prime team) seems cautiously optimistic*

We understand it was actually the ‘fandom’ that was able to get the producers to delay the movie release and reworked *the character **back to the original designs that fans know and love’. *

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Really? Is the 2020 ‘Sonic the Hedgehog‘ movie with Jim Carrey available in Japan, ON Netflix*****’ *?

No, not on Netflix. We rented it on Amazon Prime Video, I think. They have a series called Sonic Boom on Netflix, though. Another another called Sonic X that is more anime style.

We understand it was actually the ‘fandom’ that was able to get the producers to delay the movie release and reworked *the character **back to the original designs that fans know and love’. *

Yeh, hopefully they have learned their lesson. I showed my kids the original design for the movie and they said "ewww that's disgusting!"

1 ( +1 / -0 )


-1 ( +0 / -1 )


FYI, seems the movie is coming to Netflix on March 2.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites