Sonic Boom

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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CGI series has some violence, but also fun and friendship.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Conflict usually leads to violence, but the characters also show they're able to set aside their differences and work together when it's beneficial, and revenge is not a motivation. Even so, negative behavior yields few consequences for anyone. Among the heroes, each character's special ability (strength, speed, invention, etc.) plays an important role. Friendship is a binding force, and teamwork is important. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dr. Eggman plays the aggressor, creating conflict through sabotage or trickery. Sonic and his friends respond with force but usually back down as tensions ease.

Violence & Scariness

Explosions, blasters, bombs, and flying objects never result in lasting injury. Robots are dismembered. Some hand-to-hand fighting. 

Sexy Stuff

A character's crush on Sonic is played for laughs. 

Language

Name-calling like "stupid," "loser," "whackjob," and "eggface." 

Consumerism

The show joins an extensive franchise of other series, movies, and multiple videogames.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sonic Boom is a CGI series that adds another chapter to the fast-paced antics of Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends. As in the four previous shows inspired by the videogame character, violence (blasters, explosions, and bombs, mostly) is the main issue for parents, but the show's humor keeps the mood light even in these scenes. Kids will hear some name-calling ("loser," "stupid," "whackjob"), and there's an ongoing struggle between Sonic's gang and a villain who tries to upend their cohesiveness for his own gain. On the other hand, friendship and teamwork are recurring themes. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 4, 8, 10, 14, 14, 14, and 17 year old Written byparentof7 March 2, 2015

nice

my 8 year old son loves sonic and he plays the games he loves sonic and when I heard about this series I told my son about it and he got excited and jumped up a... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous November 4, 2016

I LOVE It!

This is my favorite Sonic show. Whenever a new episode comes on my Cartoon Network app, I watch it! (Note to language-sensitive parents: I heard "butt... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 23, 2015

Funny, Yes. Action, Yes. 1 of the best TV shows, Yes.

I think this is a great TV show. Sonic does fight in some episodes but there is no blood just explosions.
Teen, 15 years old Written byChelsea was here December 17, 2014

Amazing

I've always loved Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid, and Cartoon Network has done well here. Instead of watching shows like Uncle Grandpa and Steven Universe, yo... Continue reading

What's the story?

SONIC BOOM follows the misadventures of the videogame-inspired blue hedgehog and his friends as they thwart the evil plots of their nemesis, Dr. Eggman (voiced by Mike Pollock) and his robot underlings, in their jungle home. Between fending off the scheming villain's plans and managing relationships within their own group, Sonic (Roger Craig Smith), Tails (Colleen Villard), Knuckles (Travis Willingham), Amy (Cindy Robinson), and Sticks (Nika Futterman) always have plenty to keep them busy.

Is it any good?

Sonic Boom is the first series based on the '90s videogame character to be cast in CGI. The change is a welcome one, bringing new vibrancy to this energetic bunch and giving the show a more modern feel than its predecessors enjoyed. This makes it all the more appealing for kids, who will see the humor in the posturing between the protagonists and antagonist as well as the dialogue's rapid-fire quips. The fact that the characters are endearingly quirky doesn't hurt, either.

While this series doesn't break any new ground in its content or the messages it sends kids, it offsets its violence with a sympathetic villain who's more concerned with his own gain than he is bent on harming anyone. As many scenes show lighthearted exchanges between Dr. Eggman and Sonic, it's hard to get too worried over those that include the videogame-style explosions and other scuffles. Ultimately the show's intent is for viewers to have fun watching it, and that they're sure to do. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Sonic and his friends. What unites them? In what ways is each character unique? What differences do your kids most appreciate in their own friends? 

  • Kids: Were you familiar with Sonic's character before this show? If so, did that make you want to watch? Do TV shows and commercials influence what you like? Why is it fun to have clothes or accessories with pictures of characters on them?  

  • What are some of your kids' go-to shows and movies? What, if anything, do they learn from them? What rules does your family have about screen time? What screen-free activities do you enjoy together? 

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