Sonic Prime

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Sonic Prime
Sonic Prime Logo (English).png
Based onSonic the Hedgehog
by Sega
Developed byMan of Action
Voices of
Theme music composer
Country of origin
  • Canada[1]
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Man of Action
  • Haruki Satomi
  • Yukio Sugino
  • Shuji Utsumi
  • Toru Nakahara
  • Erik Wiese
  • Anne Loi
  • Josh Scherba
  • Stephanie Betts
  • Logan McPherson
  • Takashi Iizuka
  • Hitoshi Okuno
  • Mayumi Tachikawa
  • Melissa Beery
  • Morgana Duque
  • Denise Tanchanco
Running time22–43 minutes
Production companies
Original networkNetflix
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital Plus 5.1
Original releaseDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15) –

Sonic Prime is an animated television series based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series, co-produced by Sega of America, Netflix Animation, WildBrain Studios and Man of Action Entertainment. It is the sixth animated television series based on the franchise.

The first season, comprising eight episodes, was released on Netflix on December 15, 2022.[2][3] According to WildBrain Studios, the series is to have at least 24 episodes in total.[4] Sega confirmed that more episodes will be released in 2023.[5]


During a battle with Dr. Eggman, Sonic recklessly shatters the Paradox Prism, a crystalline artifact with reality-bending powers, which destroys the universe and creates the "Shatterverse", a multiverse of alternative dimensions called "Shatterspaces", each of them formed by one of the Prism shards and inhabited by alternative versions of Sonic's friends (Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Rouge and Big), but lack their own versions of him.

Sonic first ends up in New Yoke City, a futuristic dystopian version of Green Hill ruled by a group of Eggman variants who call themselves the Chaos Council, who used their realm's shard to conquer it with ease. Even worse, they seek to extend their reach and conquer the entire Shatterverse after learning of its existence through Sonic, but are opposed by him and a resistance formed by denizen versions of his friends. While Seeking to reassemble the Prism and restore reality, Sonic ventures to other Shatterspaces such as Boscage Maze and the No Place, two worlds covered in jungle and water inhabited by feral and pirate versions of his friends respectively.

Voice cast[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Shattered"Erik WieseMan of Action & Erik WieseDecember 10, 2022 (2022-12-10) (Roblox premiere)
December 15, 2022 (2022-12-15) (Netflix)
While engaging in a fight with his arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman, Sonic the Hedgehog destroys the Paradox Prism, an ancient artifact with immense power. This causes a ripple in the space-time continuum, separating Sonic from his friends and sending him to New Yoke City, a dystopian version of Green Hill in a parallel universe ruled by the Chaos Council, a group made up of five Eggman variants (Dr. Babble, Dr. Done It, Dr. Deep, Dr. Don't, and Mr. Dr. Eggman). Traveling through his new surroundings, Sonic discovers he has absorbed the Paradox Prism's energy, which causes him to trip and slide around, due to his equipment being unable to handle the power. He encounters Nine, a variant of his best friend Tails who constructed mechanized tails as weapons against his childhood bullies, not having Sonic to help him. Sonic earns Nine's trust, and he modifies Sonic's shoes and gloves to attune to his newfound powers. However, Sonic and Nine are captured, and Sonic is taken for tests run by Rusty Rose, a variant of Amy Rose turned into a subservient cyborg. When the Council threatens Nine, Sonic pushes his powers to the max, causing him to generate a massive amount of energy. However, he notices what seems to be a hallucination of his rival Shadow the Hedgehog during the surge and flashbacks to an earlier confrontation with him.
2"The Yoke's On You"Erik WieseMan of Action & Erik WieseDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
In a flashback, Shadow receives a vision of Sonic causing the world to shatter while feeling the impact Sonic causes when he attacked Eggman's badnik. Shadow questions Sonic's action and attempts to stop him from reaching Eggman to prevent the impending catastrophe. However, his hostile tactics and cryptic warnings make Sonic misunderstand his intention, and both fight each other before Sonic slows him down enough to reach Eggman. Back in the present, Sonic's energy surge creates an electromagnetic pulse that causes New Yoke City to temporarily black out, cluing the Council to a new source of power, coming to the decision to dissect Sonic and strip him of his powers. However, resistance fighters Rebel Rouge and Renegade Knucks, variants of Rouge the Bat and Knuckles the Echidna, arrive and rescue him and Nine, but are cornered by Rusty Rose and Badniks.
3"Escape From New Yoke"Erik WieseMan of Action & Erik WieseDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
After destroying most of the Badniks, Sonic, Nine, and the Resistance decide to take the opportunity to steal the "Crystal" that gives the Council supreme power. Nine successfully takes over Rusty Rose's programming, making her fight alongside them. When closing in on the power source's location, Sonic and Nine are separated from Rebel, Knucks and Rusty who buy them time, fighting against the enemy while Sonic and Nine get the power source. It turns out that the Crystal is a shard of Paradox Prism. This makes Sonic realize that he has caused the world to change after he destroyed the Paradox Prism during the attempt to stop Eggman. Sonic refrains from touching the shard, but does so at Nine's insistence, sending him to another universe.
4"Unwelcome to the Jungle"Erik Wiese & Kiran SangherraBrittany Jo FloresDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
Sonic is sent to the jungle world of Boscage Maze, where he meets Prim, Hangry, Gnarly, and Mangey (feral versions of Rouge, Big the Cat, Knuckles, and Tails) who live up on the trees in fear of a "monster" down below. They decide to use Sonic's speed to distract the monster long enough to get food and falsely promise Sonic to help him find a shard of Paradox Prism in exchange. While looking for food, the monster drives them away, leaving Sonic to face it alone, who is revealed to be Thorn Rose, a variant of Amy, and her giant bird, Birdie. Thorn explains that Prim and the others are scavengers who have ravaged the jungle, so she's fighting them to protect it. During the fight, Thorn notices the light from Sonic's shoes is similar to "The Great Green". Believing it to be a shard of the prism, Sonic convinces Thorn to escort him to it by promising he will leave afterward. The Great Green that Thorn refers to is actually a coconut tree that Sonic knows from his original world, empowered by the Prism Shard. Sonic digs the Shard from beneath the tree using his gear, but Thorn deems him as another scavenger and claims it.
5"Barking Up The Wrong Tree"Erik WiesePatricia VillettoDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
Sonic tries to grab the shard from Thorn who uses its powers to make the jungle impenetrable for the scavengers, but fails and is forced to retreat. Sonic decides to persuade the scavengers to make peace with Thorn, but they reveal that they and Thorn were friends until she became disgusted by how they kept abusing the natural resources and became obsessed with protecting the forest, driving them away. Sonic arranges for both sides to meet up and talk, but the scavengers seize the opportunity to attack her instead. Realizing that Thorn has only done further harm to the jungle after noticing that the coconut tree (which is a tree that Sonic, Amy, and friends used to hang out around) has withered due to lack of sunlight, Sonic tricks Thorn into fighting him, then knocks her hammer and the shard through the branches, revealing the condition of the tree and healing it. This helps Thorn realize the error of her ways and reveal her side of the scavengers' story; she tried out of concern to warn them about their abuse but they kept ignoring her, causing her to eventually snap and attack them, a misunderstanding she came to regret. This leads her to reconcile with the scavengers, who also agree to help conserve. Sonic goes to get the shard but comes into contact with it and warps to another dimension.
6"Situation: Grim"Erik WieseMarcus RinehartDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
Sonic is rocketed back to the war-torn New Yoke and learns that weeks have passed in the dimension since his departure. It turns out that right after he vanished, Nine fled with the shard, leaving Knucks and Rebel at the Badniks' mercy with Rusty returning to her original programming. As a result, Rebel and the Resistance are distrustful of Sonic. Taken to the Resistance's hideout, Rebel shows Sonic their version of the coconut tree, the only natural tree left and the symbol of the life they deserve. The Chaos Council tracks Sonic's position through the traces of the shard's energy from him and attacks the Resistance's hideout. Nine appears in an airship powered by the Shatter Drive, a machine that allows him to use the stolen shard's powers to open portals between the Shatterverse, the void between the worlds, which he calls Shatterspaces. Nine takes Sonic with him to a barren Shatterspace called the Grim, where he intends to rebuild the world and their lives for both of them. Sonic refuses to abandon the rebels and Nine reluctantly sends him back to New Yoke, but has a change of heart and joins Sonic and the Resistance. While Sonic and the Resistance successfully defeat the Eggforcers attacking them, the Chaos Council unleashes their flying fortress, the Mothership, and captures Nine.
7"It Takes One to No Place"Erik WieseOmar SpahiDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
While looking for Nine, Sonic sees an apparent apparition of Shadow, who has managed to escape the universe's shatter using Chaos Control but is now trapped in the void, telling him to keep going, which causes his Shatter-boosted powers to kick in and teleport him into another Shatterspace, the deep seas of No Place, where he meets Batten, Sails, Black Rose, and Catfish (pirate versions of Rouge, Tails, Amy, and Big), led by legendary pirate Knuckles the Dread. They welcome Sonic into their crew as they find his speed useful and he helps them defeat Dread's former crew. Dread explains how he was a feared pirate who with his former crew aimed for a treasure called the Devil's Lighthouse, which is actually a shard of Paradox Prism, only for them to end up shipwrecked and Dread's former crew deserting him. Sonic insists on getting the shard, so Dread makes him the captain. Unexpectedly, Rusty Rose and a group of Eggforcers arrive on a submarine and attack the pirates.
8"There's No ARRGH In "Team""Erik WieseJustin PenistonDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
After capturing Nine, the Chaos Council seizes the Shatter Drive for their plans to conquer the entire Shatterverse, but Nine convinces them to keep Sonic alive to learn of his unique ability to travel across the Shatterverse, which they reluctantly agree on. Meanwhile, in No Place, Sonic and the pirates attempt in vain to fight back against Rusty Rose. After replicating the Prism energy compass mod from Sonic's sneakers to find the Shard, Rusty prepares to destroy them, but hesitates and leaves after seeing her Pirate counterpart. As the ship begins to sink, Sonic convinces the runaway Dread to return, who, after realizing that succeeding where he failed would restore his reputation, resumes command and has his crew use buoyancy materials to keep the ship afloat and Sonic's super speed and newfound power to float above water to give them some power. They sail to the Devil's Lighthouse at full speed. While Sonic and the pirates defeat and capture Rusty, Dread, obsessed with getting the Shard, is ambushed by Badniks and is knocked off the mountain. Sonic saves him, before touching the Shard and disappearing back into the Void. He is confronted a furious Shadow, who reveals that their original universe no longer exists because of Sonic's actions.


Sonic Prime was officially announced in February 2021,[11] though the development of the series was initially revealed in a deleted tweet in December 2020.[12][13] The series will have 24 episodes overall.[14][15][16] Colleen O'Shaughnessey, known for portraying Miles "Tails" Prower since 2014, responded to a tweet on Twitter that she won't be reprising the role in the Netflix series, due to Canadian content and union laws meaning that a large portion of voice actors portraying roles in Canadian television programs have to be Canadian.[17][1] In May 2022, it was announced that Deven Mack would voice the titular character for the series.[6]

The series is made by Man of Action and WildBrain Studios, and marks as their second collaboration on a video game based series after Mega Man: Fully Charged, along with Netflix Animation and Sega's animation studio Marza Animation Planet. One of the writers, Duncan Rouleau, stated that the series will be set in "the video game universe created by Sonic Team" and that "possible Sega crossovers are not ruled out."[18] According to executive producer Logan McPherson, the series is canon to the games' timeline.[19] In June 2021, concept art of the series was discovered on a now deleted artist's portfolio.[20]

Duncan Rouleau later confirmed that Ian Flynn, who has written for the Archie, Boom, IDW series and the newly released Sonic Frontiers, would be a consultant.[21] Additionally, The Willoughbys director Kris Pearn worked on the series as a creative consultant with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls director Ishi Rudell as an episodic director.


The first season of Sonic Prime, consisting of eight episodes, was released on December 15, 2022. The first episode premiered on Gamefam's Roblox game, "Sonic Speed Simulator" on December 10, 2022.[3][22] The release timeframes of the next seasons have not been officially confirmed, but will be in the "not too distant future" after the first season, according to executive producer Logan McPherson. On January 2023, Season 2 was announced to be released later in the same year. [23]


Audience viewership[edit]

On December 20, 2022, Netflix announced that Sonic Prime was ranked number five of the top 10 on English television to be watched with 27.7 million hours watched between December 12 and 18.[24][25]

Critical response[edit]

Sonic Prime received generally positive reviews from critics with praise given to the voice acting, story, and animation; but some criticized its writing. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a score of 60% based on reviews from 5 critics.[26]

Polly Conway of Common Sense Media said that it is fun, frenetic animated series touts teamwork and has violence.[27] Kennet Seward Jr of IGN gave the film a score of 8 out of 10, calling it a "fun and family-friendly" show for new and old fans, said "Sonic Prime is a fun and overall entertaining, family-friendly show. Sitting tonally between the 1992 Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and 93’ Sonic the Hedgehog – which features a similar “freedom fighters seeking to overthrow a cruel leader” vibe – it offers an exciting look at the past while presenting some new ideas. It has some issues concerning pacing and the abrupt ending of the first season won’t do it any favors. That said, Sonic Prime should be well received by new and longtime franchise fans."[28]

Josua Kristian Mccoy of Game Rant gave Prime 3.5 out of 5, labelling it "very good" and also calling it a lot of fun: "Sonic Prime is yet another argument for Sonic as a TV star first and a game character second. Sonic fans will love the showcase for their favorite characters and the fast-paced action. Despite some weak writing and a bit too much repetition, Sonic Prime is a lot of fun. Enjoy the Blue Blur's journey into the multiverse."[29]


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