He's the fastest thing alive!
It may have only run for two seasons and 26 episodes, but the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon is a true cult classic among any kid that came of age on the early 1990s, watching ABC's Saturday morning cartoon block.
Before you see James Marsden's team up with Ben Schwartz to fight Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik in the live-action/CGI movie adaptation of the iconic video game franchise, consider watching our video on everything you probably didn't know about the animated Sonic series that ended 24 years ago this month.
Set on the planet known as Mobius, the show followed Sonic (voiced by Family Matters' own Jaleel White) and his band of talking animals—calling themselves the Knothole Freedom Fighters—as they fought against the evil Dr. Julian Robotnik (Jim Cummings), who seeks to rule Mobius via an army of mechanic servants. Things often got serious and mature on the show, like Sonic's uncle being transformed into an evil robot, or themes of enviornmental degradation and industrial pollution.
Ok, so you probably already knew that stuff, but how about the fact that the beloved series was actually the second animated Sonic offering after Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which also launched in 1993? While this show ran for longer than its progeny, things often got kinda weird. Who could forget Sonic delivering an important, yet cringy, "Sonic Says" lecture on sexual assault? ... Anyone? That was just one of the reasons that ABC declined to pick up the strange and wacky Adventures of Sonic, forcing production company, DiC Entertainment, to reshape the premise into something the network would agree to air.
Jaleel White was a huge star in the '90s thanks to his performance as Steve Urkel, but he wasn't the only big name attached to the project. Tim Curry (King Acorn) and Harry Belafonte's daughter, Shari (Lupe), were also members of the cast.
Continue on to the video below to learn more stuff you didn't know about Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon series!