Inside the OK K.O. Sonic the Hedgehog Team-Up

Creator Ian Jones-Quartey reveals just how much Sonic influenced OK K.O. before the two series team up!

Sonic the Hedgehog and OK KO Team-Up

OK K.O! Let’s Be Heroes won’t slow down with its team-ups! The zany Cartoon Network series has teamed up with Captain Planet and Ghoul School but it’s about to meet the fastest thing alive. This Sunday, August 4th at 4:45PM, KO will team-up with the famous video game characters Sonic and Tails!

For OK K.O. creator Ian Jones-Quartey, this was a dream come true. He’s been a Sonic the Hedgehog fan since his youth and the wacky 90’s series The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was a big inspiration on OK K.O.

“It’s very wacky and kind of a low rent Bugs Bunny,” explains Jones-Quartey. “It has very expressive and funny drawings. It does so much just for a laugh. The characters have no reason to exist except be hilarious. Now that we have Sonic in OK K.O. we can do some direct call outs to the show’s inspiration.”

Jones-Quartey also reveals that they wanted to pay tribute to almost every iteration of Sonic in animation for the episode, and that includes the intro to Sonic CD.

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“The intro to Sonic CD is one of my largest influences in the way the OK K.O. characters, when they have their hands balled up into fists they just become balls. That’s something I stole from Sonic CD.”

Jones-Quartey and the OK K.O. crew have been working on making this episode happen since season one and they’re delighted to finally get it out there. Jones-Qartey knows a lot of Sonic fans will be tuning in just for the episode but hopes they’ll like what they see enough to check out more of OK K.O.

“If you like pure-hearted heroes who also have dark sides and battle against each other? If you like something bright and fun and colorful but can be a little edgy when it wants to be? That’s OK K.O. If you watch a little more of the show you’ll understand very much that Sonic is something that very much inspired us.” 

Don’t forget, the special team-up airs August 4th (that’s this Sunday!) at 4:45PM on Cartoon Network! Come back here next week for an in-depth look at the episode with Ian Jones-Quartey.

Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! Read more articles by him here!

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