Sonic is an unmistakable creature of the video game world, long considered Mario̵
That announcement came from Netflix this week, in a tweet that has since (strangely) been removed. The outline of the iconic speedster indicates a design in line with recent 3D video games, which has been more or less unchanged since Sonic adventure on the Dreamcast.
Sonic had an interesting history on television: first came out an American cartoon series, in fact a Loony Tunes-style comedy, by DiC in 1993. Shortly afterwards an Italian-American series followed, which was much more serious and ‘serious’ and a line of Sonic comic books that continues to this day. DiC returned to the franchise with Sonic Underground in 1999, a doubling of science fiction and storytelling. Oddly enough, Sonic’s first and only Japanese-produced anime series was well received Sonic X, 2003-2006.
Sonic Boom, his first fully computer-animated series, came back to America on Cartoon Network in 2014. Loved by fans, who appreciated the wacky dialogues and self-referential humor, it was easily the longest-running Sonic series with over 100 episodes. It is much better remembered than the eponymous games of the same name, which were universally reviled by critics.
All Sonic cartoon series exist in their own continuities, refer to each other and the games, and sometimes borrow elements and characters from each, but never officially pass. Netflix’s series probably works the same way. It is produced by some respected names in the cartoon industry: WildBrain (owns a staggering amount of rights to children’s TV shows) and Man of Action, producers of Ben 10, Generator Rex, and Zak Storm. The second live action movie will also hit theaters in 2022.
Source: The Verge