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Kwanzaa Links: Christmas Edition

Yup, it’s almost Christmas. Meaning there’s Christmas stuff you can watch on TV,  the internet, your phone or some futuristic machine that hasn’t been invented yet that you’re reading this on at the moment. Or you could actually be spending time with your family or loved ones, because that’s a Christmas thing you can do. Anyway, this week Balena Productions made another Sonic Christmas cartoon, some of our staff did commentary on a different Sonic Christmas cartoon and cool music guy Falk made a thing. Also some other stuff including:

Retro/Bits news

Sonic/SEGA news

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Animation, Humor

SEGA Cinema Holiday Special: Sonic Christmas Blast with Sonic Retro and SEGAbits

In celebration of the holiday season, I (Barry the Nomad), David the Lurker and Bartman settle in around the fireplace, sip eggmanog, and enjoy two episodes of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. The first is the holiday special “Sonic Christmas Blast”, which released three years after the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog aired. The special was planned to be titled “An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas” to tie in with Sonic X-treme. But when X-treme was scrapped, the title was changed to tie in with Sonic 3D Blast.

The second bonus episode is entitled “Sno Problem”, a wintery themed adventure that sees Sonic and Tails taking on Robotnik who has unleashed his Ultra Freeze-O-Matic on mobius. His grand scheme? Watch and find out!

We’ve also added a few surprises, so sit back and enjoy! Like this video? Subscribe to the SEGAbits YouTube channel!

Animation

Update: Christopher Evan Welch did not voice Tails in “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog”

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Update: It turns out that Christopher Evan Welch did not voice Tails. Read the full report over at SEGAbits.

Variety has reported that actor Christopher Evan Welch, the voice of Miles “Tails” Prower in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon series, has passed away at the age of 48*. Welch voiced Tails in all 65 episodes of the series alongside Jaleel White’s Sonic and Long John Baldry’s Robotnik (Baldry passed away in 2005).

Welch’s other TV credits include AMC’s Rubicon, The Sopranos, The Practice, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife. Welch also appeared in several movies including Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and Lincoln, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

As a Sonic fan who tape recorded every single episode of the series as they aired, Welch’s death really is heartbreaking. His voice acting really shaped the character of Tails in those early days when he was a silent sidekick in the games, and was relegated to a smaller role in the Saturday morning Sonic series. All of us at Sonic Retro send our thoughts to Welch’s family and friends.

I wanted to add that the Seattle Times has a fantastic tribute to Welch’s stage acting career, featuring a great photo from 1993 which was around the same time he had worked on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

*Despite many entertainment outlets stating that Welch was likely 48, this doesn’t jive with his child-like voice in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. At 48 now, Welch would be 28 in 1993. But given puberty has been the presumed cause for Welch not appearing in Sonic Christmas Blast in 1996, he would have been closer to 11 which matches with a 1983 birthdate floating around. And yet, the Seattle Times shows a photo from 1993 featuring a man much older than 11. So either Welch was much older and could do a great child voice, and did not appear in the Christmas special for other reasons, or something else is not matching up.

Animation, Game News, Interviews, Miscellaneous, Sega Retro

Monday Links: Animu Edition

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And by animu I only mean Kill la Kill. It’s a show in which school uniforms give people powerful powers and there’s different tiers of powerful school uniforms and it’s made by the same guys who made Gurren Lagann. Go watch Kill la Kill you guys. Also some big Sonic stuff happened.

Retro/Bits News

  • Forum member Jayextee is making his own neat-looking game called [SLAVE]
  • George, Barry and Bartman did a commentary on Shenmue the Movie [SEGA Cinema]
  • The SEGAbits The Cave contest ends tomorrow, you can still enter and try to win some stuff [Contest]
  • Speaking of The Cave, here’s an interview with Ron Gilbert by [SEGAbits]
  • My Life with SEGA revisits the Alien Trilogy [Youtube]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • Nintendo brought the incredibly shocking news that Sonic will be in Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS [Smuggy smug]
  • The first CG Sonic cartoon is coming to Cartoon Network next year [Sonic Boom]
  • Gametrailers dug up some new details on Michael Jackson’s involvement with Sonic the Hedgehog 3 [Gametrailers]
  • If you’re one of those guys who likes to spoil everything before he plays a game, here are all of the worlds and color powers in Sonic Lost World [I’m not looking]
  • Ikaruga is on Steam Greenlight, vote for it if you want the game to be released on PC! [Steam Greenlight]
  • SEGA is making a Plants vs. Zombies arcade game [Arcade Heroes] Continue Reading
Animation

Sonic Makes a Return To Television With a New CG Cartoon Series: Sonic Boom

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SEGA just suddenly announced that there will be a new comedic CG animated series called Sonic Boom. This show will be Sonic’s fifth cartoon on TV, but if this teaser image is anything to go by this will be the first to heavily change the character designs. I can’t be the only one getting flashbacks to Loonatics Unleashed

Sonic Boom will air during the fall of 2014, with the first season consisting of 52 eleven-minute episodes. The cartoon is being produced by SEGA of America and Genao Productions. You can read the full press release after the jump for more info. Continue Reading

Animation

Way Past Cool! The Original Saturday Morning Sonic Turns 20 Today

When I was a spry, young lad, I could still wake up every Saturday morning at the crack of dawn. Filled with exuberance for a block of time that would soon be lost to the ages with the popularization of children’s programming on basic cable, I would arise to make sure I wouldn’t miss a second of what was to be broadcast. Fox Kids, One Saturday Morning, Kids WB, even the not-aimed-at-me TNBC block…from local programming to the last remnants of syndicated tales involving the Hardy Boys, my elementary years were spent absorbing half hour after half hour of useless information.

On this day twenty years ago – September 18th, 1993 for those who aren’t paying attention – my focus was once again squarely on the television. Sitting in bed like I did every Saturday, my eyes glazed over watching my tiny moving picture box, the same one that I had played hours upon hours of the original Sonic the Hedgehog titles. But that day was something special. Something tremendously exciting. What was it? Well, the cast of Hanging With Mr. Cooper kindly told me the night before during T.G.I.F…

Yes. Sonic the Hedgehog was now on the airwaves.

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Animation, Game News, Miscellaneous

Mighty Monday Links: No. 37 Edition

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This game is going to be awesome. Unlock the $3.000.000 stretch goal for an extra sentence in this opening paragraph.

Retro/Bits News

  • Strife’s upcoming game Freedom Planet has been greenlit on Steam and will feature various Steamworks features as well [SteamForums]
  • SEGAbits teamed up with Age-Media, DCS and DC Emus to interview David Munoz, the author of the book “Service Games: Rise and Fall of Sega ” [SEGAbits]
  • Will has reviewed the American version of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F [SEGAbits]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • The Sonic balloon will be at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade again this year [Cititour]
  • Before working on the Castle of Illusion remake (out this week), SEGA Australia worked on a pitch for a series of re-imaginings of old Sega classics that’d take place in the same universe [Kotaku]
  • SEGA is publishing a neat looking indie game called Heroki for iOS [SEGA Blog]
  • Here’s some more info on Yakuza Ishin [Siliconera, SEGAbits]
  • A few Bayonetta characters make cameo appearances in The Wonderful 101 [Not Enough SEGAbits Links] Continue Reading
Animation, Community, Fan Works, Game News, Miscellaneous, Sega Retro, Site News

Monday Links: Suddenly Fingers Edition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and by that I mean not go to Sonic-related websites in the past few days, you know that Eddie Lebron released his Sonic fan film last week. And if you’ve seen you’ll probably think that it’s impressive for a low-budget fan project or that it’s crap. Or you actually have a different opinion than the majority of the internet, but that’d just be silly. Anyway monday links.

Sonic Retro News

  • Missed the community stream we did last Friday? It’s fully archived on Youtube along with a first look stream we did a while back. [Youtube]
  • Dario released a new version of SonicGMI for Sonic Generations. [SonicGMI]
  • Something that I missed last week, Mercury is working on a Sonic engine for in Game Maker called AeStHete (An excellent Sonic the Hedgehog engine that’s editable). [AeStHete Engine Thread]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • The first details on the PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed got revealed and the game is up for pre-purchased on services like Steam. [ASRT PC]
  • Planning on getting Aliens: Colonial Marines for PC? You’ll probably want to know the system requirements. Also like All-Stars Racing Transformed, it can now be pre-purchased from Steam. [AVPGalaxy]
  • SEGA also released a TV Commercial for Aliens: CM. [Youtube]
  • The Conduit is coming to Android and will be optimized for Nvidia’s Project Shield.  [Polygon]

Other Stuff

  • Want another Jurassic Park movie? No? Well you’re probably going to watch this new sequel that’s in production anyway. [Coming Soon]
  • CD Projekt, makers of the The Witcher games showed the first teaser trailer for their upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077. [Youtube]
  • Joe Biden talked to some video game industry people because apparently people still blame school shootings on games, because I’m certain that other things like the media have no affect on things like that. [Youtube]

Video of the Week

  • The best dubstep singer yet

Animation

Sonic Desperately Tries to Look Cool on Wreck-It Ralph Poster (UPDATE: more posters)

Disney recently released a new trailer of Wreck-It Ralph, which features Sonic desperately trying to look cool by doing an old pose he did for Sonic 2006. Eggman appears on the poster as well along with other characters like Qbert, Zangief, M. Bison and Qbert. You can click on the poster on the left for a bigger version.

Sonic appears in the new trailer as well. You can see that one here. He only appears of like one second so blink and you might miss him. He also appears in a different scene in the Japanese trailer for an even shorter amount of time. He appears at about the 0:36 timestamp. In the scene it looks like he joined a party with a bunch of characters from the fictional game the main character of the movie comes from, Fix-It Felix Jr. You can see Wreck-It Ralph in theaters from November 2nd.

UPDATE: Disney has released four more posters for the movie, with one of them having Sonic front and center and another one with Eggman standing behind M. Bison. Another one of the posters also has that rhino boss from Altered Beast, so that’s neat. Also, yes Sonic does actually look kinda cool in the new poster, but my point that he is desperately trying to do so still stands! You can see the new posters in the gallery below.

 

 

 

Animation

Sonic to Appear in Wreck-It Ralph

It’s no surprise that Sonic will have a cameo in Disney’s upcoming movie Wreck-It Ralph. With so many classic videogame characters appearing in it Sonic was bound to be included, especially with Eggman making an appearance as well. Now we’ve got a confirmation that he’s not just going to sit or walk by like a lot of the cameos.

At the Comic-Con panel for Wreck-It Ralph the first 10 minutes of the film were shown, and in those 10 minutes a PSA was shown with Sonic explaining that if a game character dies in a game that’s not their own they die for good. Seemingly a reference to the Sonic Sez segments from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. There’s no confirmation on who will be voicing Sonic in the movie, we already know that Zangief (from the Street Fighter games) isn’t voiced by his normal voice actor in the movie so there’s some doubt on if Roger Craig Smith will be playing the role.

You can expect to see Wreck-It Ralph in theaters from November 2nd, 2012 in the US.

[Source: Collider.com]