SyFy Wire: “Sonic Underground was Peak Weird Sonic”

Full disclosure: I never got Sonic the Hedgehog.

I should love Sonic. I was 13 years old when the game debuted in 1991. I bought a Sega Genesis with my lawnmowing money in 1993 and played the system all the time. And yet, I found the games boring and character irritating.

But when he was about five years old, my oldest son fell in love with Sonic. All of Sonic: the games, the butt-rock songs on Sonic soundtracks, and, of course, the cartoons. And as a good dad, I played and listened to and watched all these things too.

So when the wider world started paying attention to Sonic, I wanted to spread the word about the weirdest Sonic property: the late 90s cartoon, Sonic Underground.

As I wrote for SyFy Wire,

[I]n Sonic Underground, Sonic and his siblings form a rock band, playing instruments spawned by their magic amulet. In fact, music becomes the heroes’ primary superpower, as every episode features a Scooby-Doo-style music video, in which the trio perform a song about that episode’s plot. Yes, Sonic does still go fast — and his siblings have their own abilities, with Sonia’s spin attack and Manic’s … uh … shoplifting skills — but he saves his speed for eating chili dogs and running away from danger.

You can read the whole thing here, and hear a few weird Sonic songs.

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