He’s been running for 30 years, and still going strong. Sonic The Hedgehog has been a fan favorite since gamers fired up their SEGA three decades ago. Since then there have been multiple games, animated series and even a big screen, live action movie last year. Netflix plans to add to that legacy with a series of their own.
In 2022, Netflix will premiere Sonic Prime. The new, 24 episode animated series will be targeted to fans six to eleven, but promises to delight fans of all ages. Vancouver based WildBrain will handle the animation duties. They will also share licensing and distribution with SEGA of America, which to me means, toys could be in our future. Ben 10 creators Man of Action will serve as showrunners and executive producers.
Story details are slim in these early stages, but Netflix did reveal this much: “features the “Blue Blur” of video game fame in a high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new multiverse rests in his gloved hands. Sonic’s adventure is about more than a race to save the universe, it’s a journey of self-discovery and redemption.”
Dominique Bazay, Director of Original Animation at Netflix, is understandably excited for the series. “Sonic is a beloved character and holds a special place in everyone’s heart including my own. I spent many hours with the blue blur as a kid and it’s a privilege to be able to bring this character everyone knows and loves on a brand new adventure with Netflix — one that a generation of loyal fans and brand new fans around the world can enjoy.”
Josh Scherba, President of WildBrain, also spoke about the recent boom in Sonic’s popularity. “With generations of devoted fans around the world, Sonic the Hedgehog is more popular today than ever before, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Netflix, SEGA and Man of Action to deliver all new Sonic adventures for audiences worldwide. This premium franchise is ideally suited to WildBrain’s capabilities and it’s already inspiring great things from our talented creative teams. We’ve witnessed first-hand the enduring popularity of this brand from the strong and steady global demand for our library of legacy Sonic series. We look forward now to bringing fresh and exciting Sonic content to fans both new and old.”
Keep checking back for updates, including an exact release date and first look at the series.
Photo Credit: Netflix/SEGA