Parents' Guide to

Sonic Underground

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Surprisingly complex cartoon touches on tyranny vs. freedom.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Good show but bad music...

The show is pretty darn good. This is the 2nd best Sonic cartoon behind the much darker Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM. The only thing that I can't stand is the songs are usually terrible with some being simply okay. The show revolves around Robotnic (Eggman for those who don't know that they are the same) being a cruel dictator who upon hearing about a prophecy about his downfall sets out to kill the royal hedgehog triplets Sonic, Manic, and Sonia. The hedgehogs mother Queen Alaina separates them to protect them from harm and years later the hedgehog triplets reunite through the Oracle who made the prophecy and the music. Sonic is the fast one and is on the electric bass guitar, Sonia is the fighter and she's on the keyboard, and Manic is a kleptomaniac (their) who's skills at the five finger discount are equally matched by his drumming skills which also happen to cause the earth to shake. Unfortunately the show was cancelled before it finished telling it's story so I cannot recommend this to anyone who doesn't like an unfinished story...

Is It Any Good?

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For a kids' cartoon, SONIC UNDERGROUND has some surprisingly dark themes more commonly associated with dystopian fiction for the older set. Though the content never feels truly threatening and Dr. Robotnik's evildoing is offset by the quirky trio of heroes and their often-comical escapades, this is still a story about an enslaved people rising up against an oppressive tyrant and his powerful armies to safeguard their personal freedom. Kids who watch may have questions about the characters' actions and their motivations, but if yours are ready for it, this can start some thoughtful conversations about these issues.

Content-wise, there isn't a lot here that will surprise kids familiar with similar cartoons. Violence is more about flash than it is about packing an actual punch, and characters are rarely hurt in the action. Sonic and his siblings learn about teamwork the hard way, but the end result is a good one. And central to the story is the age-old struggle between good and evil that's not easily resolved. The bottom line? Sonic Underground has some good things to offer kids, but only if they're ready for the complexities of its story.

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