Anime Programming in the US
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A new Sonic the Hedgehog CG animated series, tentatively titled Sonic Boom, will debut on Cartoon Network in the United States next autumn. Sega describes the story, which is aimed at children aged 6 to 11:
Sonic Boom is a character-driven comedy that leaves a trail of robot wreckage in its smoldering wake. The series centers on Sonic, his best friend and sidekick, Tails, their never-ending search for adventure, and their battles with Sonic's arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman. Rounding out the ensemble are fan favorites Knuckles and Amy Rose, plus a rogue's gallery of enemies—some familiar to Sonic fans and some brand-new.
This is the first computer-animated series in the Sonic franchise. SEGA of America Inc. and Genao Productions co-produced the first batch of 52 11-minute episodes. Evan Baily (formerly an Executive Vice President of Production and Creative Affairs for Classic Media) and Co-Executive Producer Bill Freiberger (The Simpsons, Drawn Together) are showrunners. "Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team and driving creative force behind the Sonic games, is overseeing the series to ensure that it's true to the Sonic characters and universe."