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Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most recognizable characters in video game history, is making a comeback to television with a CG animated series co-produced by Sega of America with Genao Productions.
According to Variety, Sega, which introduced the character back in 1991, has hired The Simpsons’ Bill Freiberger to oversee the series. It will premiere in Fall 2014 on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and Canal J and Gulli in France. Takashi Iizuka, one of the character’s creators, is also overseeing the project.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that 52 episodes will be produced, aimed at children ages 6 to 11. Evan Baily and Freiberger will be the showrunners.
“Sonic is the star of the SEGA universe and the stage is now set for him to shine like never before,” Hiroyuki Miyazaki, SEGA’s chief content officer for Sonic, said in a statement. He explained that the new series will help ensure Sonic’s legacy. “We’re ensuring that the Sonic legacy will be introduced to a new generation of children across the globe,” he said.
Sonic has starred in four previous TV animated series and has appeared in over 70 video games, selling over 140 million copies worldwide. Sega recently said it will begin working with Nintendo on three new Sonic games.
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