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Sonic Christmas Blast (originally titled An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas) is a 1996 Christmas television special originally aired on the USA Network, spun off from the animated series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which itself was based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.



Dr. Robotnik as Robotnik Claus.

Christmas Eve has come to Robotropolis, and everyone in town has gathered around the Jumbotron in the middle of the square to see Santa Claus (actually a robot duplicate of him, but they do not know this) make a very important announcement - he's retiring. He claims to have found a "perfect replacement" in the form of Robotnik Claus (Dr. Robotnik in a Santa suit), who says that he is making a few slight changes to the holiday. The kids who don't know any better line up in the mall to sit on Robotnik's lap, only to find out that, in true greedy porker fashion, he demands that the children give him presents for Christmas. When one kid objects to this, Robotnik orders to have him taken prisoner.

Sonic talking with Sally

Sonic talking with Sally.

Meanwhile, Sonic, after having a talk with Princess Sally, goes to meet up with his buddy Tails, whom he recruits to help him find Sally some Christmas presents. This confuses the little fox, because Sonic just agreed with Sally that they wouldn't get each other anything this year. Sonic explains that he and Sally made this same agreement last year, but she ended up getting Sonic a bunch of cool stuff anyway, like a ring on his finger with a mysterious squiggle mark. Sonic, on the other hand, took the "no presents" agreement seriously and got Sally nothing last year. This year, though, he has figured out that when a girl say she wants "no presents, she really means two stores full."

The two arrive at the Robotropolis mall only to find that all the stores are completely empty. Trying to figure out why, Sonic runs into the kid Robotnik tried to imprison earlier, who explains that Robotnik has taken over Santa's position and has sent his Badniks to steal all the presents in the stores. Just then, Scratch and Grounder, Robotnik's bumbling henchmen, show up with the Robot Santa from earlier and attempt to do away with Sonic, but typically fail to do so. Sonic then disguises himself as a garbage man and tricks them into telling him that the real Santa Claus is being held in a cave seven miles south of the North Pole. Upon realizing that they've just been tricked, Scratch and Grounder alert Robotnik of this. Robotnik orders them to alert the SWATbots he has guarding the cave in which Santa is being held.

Sonic snowboarding

Sonic snowboarding down the mountain.

Accompanied by Tails, Sonic arrives at the cave, defeats the SWATbots, and frees Santa, but it doesn't change the fact that Robotnik still has every Christmas present in the entire world, and by the time they get them all back, Christmas will be long over. Fortunately, Santa recognizes the squiggle on Sonic's ring from an ancient cave pencil drawing painting that reveals the secret of achieving ultimate velocity. The one who wears the sacred ring (Sonic) must pass three tests of skill, the first being a treacherous climb up a really skinny mountain. After Sonic does that, he then has to go snowboarding down the mountain and then ride a bicycle through dangerous territory.


Santa decides to retire and gives his position to Sonic.

Sonic passes the tests with flying colors and achieves ultimate velocity, but to no avail, Santa fears, because it's almost Christmas morning, and they still need to retrieve the presents and distribute them. But fortunately, Sonic uses his new super speed to zip to Robotnik's fortress and snatch the stolen presents (as well as Robotnik's Santa Claus outfit for some reason), and then distributes the presents to everyone on Mobius, including Sally. In the end, Santa is so impressed with the job Sonic has done, the he decides to retire after all, and turns the job over to Sonic.

Broadcast history

Sonic Christmas Blast was first aired November 26, 1996, on the USA Network, which had the broadcast rights to the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons at the time. It was rerun on USA in 1997. Then, when the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog reruns were picked up by Toon Disney, the special was shown as part of the channel's Christmas marathons from 1998 through 2001.


The special was first released on VHS by Lions Gate Entertainment on October 16, 2001. It was released on VHS again by Sterling Entertainment Group two years later; this release also included two episodes of the later Sonic cartoon Sonic Underground. A DVD of this release was also put out at the same time, with another episode of Sonic Underground included as a bonus feature. The DVD would later be reissued by NCircle Entertainment in 2009.

In addition, Sonic Christmas Blast was also featured on Shout! Factory's DiC Animated Christmas Blast compilation DVD set, as well as on the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Volume 3 DVD set. Most recently, it has also been made available on iTunes alongside Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas.


  • A brief plug for this special was given in the fan mail column in issue #41 of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book, advertised with its original title, An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas. The original title suggests that the special was made with the intention of tying in with Sonic X-Treme, a Sonic video game that was supposed to be released for the Sega Saturn in the holiday season of 1996. However, Sonic X-Treme was delayed (and eventually cancelled the following year), so the special's title was changed to fit with the Sonic game that did come out in time for Christmas that year, Sonic 3D Blast.
  • Although the special is based mainly off of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog series, the character of Princess Sally comes from the Saturday morning Sonic cartoon that ran at the same time as Adventures (which was titled simply Sonic the Hedgehog, but called Sonic SatAM by fans to differentiate from the games and the other show), though here she is colored with her color scheme from that show's pilot, "Heads or Tails". She also notably does not have any actual lines, except for some vocal gasps; a brief cut right after Sonic speaks with her suggests that dialogue for her was already scripted and even animated, but cut out because, for whatever reason, Kath Soucie (who had voiced the character on SatAM) did not agree or was unable to reprise the role. Other elements from SatAM used here are the town name being Robotropolis (albeit pronounced differently) and the drone Badniks being referred to as SWATbots (though they do not resemble the ones seen on SatAM).
  • Sonic's hands frequently shift between having four and five fingers throughout the special.
  • When disguised as a garbage man, Sonic tells Scratch and Grounder they'll have to pay a fine of 10,000 Robotnibucks. But in previous episodes of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the currency was referred to as Mobiums.
  • The scene where Sonic uses a snowboard is likely based on the levels in which he uses one in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for the Sega Genesis and Sonic Triple Trouble for the Game Gear.
  • When Sonic zips into Robotnik's fortress, the lights and decorations on Robotnik's Christmas tree disappear before he even touches it.



Sonic and Tails wishing their viewers "an extremely merry Christmas".

Voice actor Character
Jaleel White Sonic the Hedgehog
Chris Turner Miles "Tails" Prower
Long John Baldry Dr. Ivo Robotnik
Phil Hayes Scratch
Garry Chalk Grounder
Tabitha St. Germain Elf
Jay Brazeau Santa Claus
Eric Pospisil Human boy
no voice Princess Sally

External links

Video Game Cartoons
Nintendo "A Christmas Story" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus Is Coming to Flatbush" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • "Holiday Hi-Jynx" • "Christmas Night" • "Stantler's Little Helpers" • "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights" • "Delibird's Dilemma"
Other video games Christmas Comes to Pac-Land • "Just Like Old Times" • Sonic Christmas Blast • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" • "Happy Holidays and a Merry Berry Day"
DHX Media
Studio B Productions "Jungle Bells" / "Goat of Christmas Presents" • "Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas" • "Fangs for the Memories" • "Hearth's Warming Eve" • "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Day" • "Christmas Evil" • "Hearthbreakers" • "A Hearth's Warming Tail"
CINAR / Cookie Jar Entertainment "Madeline's Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Present Ever" • "Abe and Babe's Christmas Lesson" • "Sally Cat's Christmas Dream" • "The Big Apple Christmas Caper" • "Santa Needs Help" • "Christmas Star" • Arthur's Perfect Christmas • "Caillou's Christmas" • Caillou's Holiday Movie • "A Holly Johnny Christmas" • "That's Swellaphant!"
DIC Entertainment "Christmas Memories" • "North Pole Cat" • "Xmas Marks the Spot" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush" • "Christmas in July" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • "Merry Christmas, Super Dave!" • Inspector Gadget Saves ChristmasA Hollywood Hounds Christmas • "Do Not Reboot 'Til Christmas" • "Kilo Is Coming to Town" • "It's a Gorganus Life" • "Madeline at the North Pole" • "Just Like Old Times" • Twas the Night Before BumpyJingle Bell RockSonic Christmas BlastA Christmas Carol • "A Gadget Boy Christmas All Around the World" • "Witchmas Carole" • "The Christmas Phantom" • "Santa Claw"

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