Netflix’s new Sonic Prime has a real multiverse full of insane vibes

If your friend jumped down a flight of stairs, would you join them?
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Today Netflix released a new trailer for its upcoming Sonic animated show. Sonic Primepacked with fun new multiverse themes for its colorful cast of characters.

First we got a glimpse Sonic Prime back in September, but the teaser trailer didn’t reveal anything about what the show would actually be about. Thanks to today’s trailer, we know Sonic is up for some timey-wimey shenanigans, and I’m here for it. Similar to Sonic irritated touch something he shouldn’t be messing with in Sonic Frontiers, Sonic breaks Eggman’s mysterious Paradox Prism and plunges into a world of injury. The aftermath of Sonic’s actions sends him into a dystopian timeline similar to that of 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog Cartoon where no one knows who Sonic is and Eggman rules with an iron fist. But not everything is doom and gloom, because Sonic’s friends have them pretty sick new designs.

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When Sonic Tails asks why the heck his friends look so different, Tails drops a much-needed explanation that he and the rest of the gang are from “Shatter Spaces” ie alternate dimensions. The new dimensions come with new glow-ups for Sonic’s buddies. Throughout the trailer we get glimpses of a wacky Doc-Oc looking Tails, a cyborg Amy with extendo legs, Big the Cat in tribal attire, and Knuckles and his pacing girlfriend Rouge in slick militia-high. We also get the tiniest glimpse of Shadow the Hedgehog towards the back end of the trailer, but he appears to be sporting his usual forever-nude look. I yawn at him for it.

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Aside from the new multiversal looks for Sonic’s countrymen, the best design in my humble opinion is the speedline theme for Sonic’s run animation. Instead of running the circular speedline animation of games like the OG games for Sega Genesis, sound the hedgehog 2, or Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic has a Mobius Loop-like walking animation like he did in Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

This new animation not only serves as a nice change from the animations in shows like Sonic X and sonic boom, but there is also a nice connection to the concept of infinity. It’s like Sonic Prime screwed up a dr Strange multiverse of madness storyline. Yes, I checked a Niel DeGrasse Tyson video and leaned heavily on mine JoJo’s bizarre adventure Knowing to rehash the concept of a Mobius loop so I might sound smart. Sue me. The trailer shows Sonic’s shoes lighting up like some kicks purchased from Payless, so I’m assuming his shoes allow him to Dimension Hop. Either that or he just is new boot silly. We will see.

Sonic Prime is co-produced by Sega, WildBrain Studios and Man of Action Entertainment, the creators behind it ben 10 and big hero 6corresponding The wrap. The series will have 24 episodes.

Sonic Prime is scheduled for release on Netflix on December 15th. Netflix’s new Sonic Prime has a real multiverse full of insane vibes

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