Well sorry to say this, but its kind of true: Sonic, for the most part, is fairly cartoony and wacky series, and while the occasional depth is appreciated here and there, it really shouldn't what the entire series is about, and it that exact reason Shadow and 06 are looked down upon, it was trying to turn the series into something else entirely and failed as a result.
I would agree that it's cartoony, but the only time the games ever got significantly wacky
was with things like the Riders series and Colors, far later into the series' lifespan. Most of the games before had a more grounded, adventurous tone. Colors is, in many ways, as much an outlier as ShtH is, not games SA1, SA2, or the Storybook series and classics.
Nonetheless, I think you're misconstruing me: I didn't say nor even imply the series should adopt the tone of something like Wolf's Rain and make it default, (in fact, I don't know why
calls for adventurous plots automatically mean a person wants some grimdark shit). I'm saying if we were privy to plots that were, at the very least, like Kung Fu Panda, this wouldn't be some betrayal of the franchise. Having a moment where we can take Sonic seriously is not some leap of faith.
Gah, I should have never even said that anthropomorphic animal statement. It's not even the crux of my argument. I'm not trying to be facetious when I ask, but do you honestly think that the Sonic brand has to potential to put out a product of the same quality as a Pixar brand? When you factor in Sonic's tarnished brand name and the fact that no one takes him seriously anymore I just don't see how it's possible. I'm completely honest when I say I think Sonic Team lacks the creative talent to produce anything better than what we saw in Colors and what we will see in Generations. Not to say that it was bad, I've been trying to say I enjoy where the series is at now this entire time. I just think you guys might have your hopes a bit too high is all.
We're not discussing quality
. We're discussing tone.
And yes, I do think that the Sonic brand- with all of its reaching mythos, varied casts of superpowered
characters, expansive locations and alternate universes, and robotic armadas
- can do far more interesting things with its narrative than be a bad Looney Tunes cartoon for six hours to eight hours. Yes, I do think that the characters have the potential to invoke empathy from the audience. Yes, I do think that the story can turn serious or have serious moments. These aren't hallmarks of Pixar. They're hallmarks of fiction.
Edited by Nepenthe, 08 October 2011 - 06:28 PM.