Sonic X

 
Hedgehog and human join together to battle evil.

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

Violence is a main form of conflict resolution, but there's also some attempt to teach mild lessons about positive behavior.

Positive role models

Sonic and Christopher are always on the side of good, and the bad guys are clearly bad. But there's not a lot of attempt to make the central pair strongly influential role models.

Violence & scariness

Frequent action and battles (often involving martial arts), but no blood, and no major harm to main characters.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There are lots of Sonic products out there, and the show itself was inspired by a video game featuring the same character.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this show has some violence, it also attempts, at times, to deliver messages about behavior. While appropriate for grade schoolers, the violence that does occur, such as a city-wide martial arts tournament, isn't recommended for the youngest viewers.

What's the story?

The heroes of this program -- Sonic, a royal blue-colored hedgehog, and his human friend, Christopher -- team up to find the seven Chaos Emeralds. Sonic, Christopher, and their assortment of friends in Station Square clash repeatedly with Dr. Eggman, an obese villain with an arsenal of robots who wants to claim the emeralds for himself and conquer the world.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While parents may snicker at phrases borrowed from the Oscars ("they like me; they really like me") and other one-liners, kids will like the show's colorful characters, including two cuddly creatures, Cream and Cheese. With proper parental guidance, kids may even learn a few lessons from watching.

While SONIC X -- which is based on the popular video game series/characters -- is no Barney, its characters struggle with themselves in their own ways. And, while many movies and shows feature the age-old theme of world domination, Sonic X at least lets viewers know who shouldn't be ruling the planet.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the issues raised by the show. Can friends ever fight each other? How can one person best show his loyalty toward someone else?

  • What is power, and how can possessing an item such as a precious jewel make someone worthy?

TV details

Cast:Amy Palant, Jason Anthony Griffith, Suzanne Goldish
Network:WB
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Written byAnonymous December 1, 2011
age 7+
 

Fun, but be careful of what version you're watching

This show is amazing, for what it is. At first, I was a total fan, but after a while the plot lines for each episode get dreadfully similar and every single character becomes extremely repetitive. One thing to keep in mind about this is it's a Japanese anime. The original Japanese version was edgier and had cursing. The series was then modified to fit the kid-friendly standards of the American channel it was aired on. As far as the action goes, it's completely full of it. The battles are bloodless and the good guys generally win, but the writing is so simple that the show gets too predictable.
Kid, 10 years old March 31, 2011
age 4+
 

Only watch the 4Kids dub if you want to kill yourself.

Ignore my old review on this show. The reason I said that was because I haven't seen the awesome, uncut, Japanese version! But Chris and Cream are SUPER ANNOYING!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old April 23, 2010
age 8+
 

Stupid But Okay!

Pretty good, but ruined Sonic's legacy!
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old March 28, 2011
age 5+
 

Sonic X Rocks!!!

Very awesome to watch!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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