SEGA of America and Netflix have revealed Sonic Prime, a new 24-episode 3D animated series that will star Sonic the Hedgehog and pals.
Set to premiere on the streaming service in 2022, WildBrain and Man of Action Entertainment are behind the legendary blue blur’s next adventure. The two companies have worked on projects such as Snoopy in Space, Mega Man: Fully Charged, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Big Hero 6: The Series and Bakugan Battle Planet.
The animated series will be created “for kids, families and long-time fans,” and will see Sonic “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.”
SEGA and WildBrain will “jointly participate across production, distribution and licensing,” with WildBrain’s Vancouver studio to be responsible for animating the series. Whereas Man of Action Entertainment has been brought on as showrunners and executive producers.
“Sonic is a beloved character and holds a special place in everyone’s heart including my own,” enthuses Netflix director of original animation, Dominique Bazay. “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.”
“Sonic the Hedgehog is a global entertainment icon that has captivated audiences since its video game debut in 1991,” explains SEGA’s chief brand officer Ivo Gerscovich. “With over 1.14 billion game units sold and downloaded to date, an exciting feature film, a robust licensing program and more, SEGA’s iconic hedgehog continues to surprise and delight audiences worldwide. We’re thrilled to partner with WildBrain, Man of Action Entertainment and Netflix to speed into this new, animated chapter in the Sonic franchise.”
WildBrain president Josh Scherba adds: “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.”