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EPISODE TYPE: Growth Ray (Potion) & Overeating
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WHAT IS TAILS?: An anthro, furry, two-tailed fox
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Growth dust from damaged growth machine hit him
HOW MUCH OF GROWTH STAGES SHOWN?: Entire Growth Stages Shown
MACRO NAME: (If different from regular sized name) --SAME AS BEFORE--
QUOTE: "The Bigger I get, the hungrier I get!"
LOCATIONS: Wienerville in Mobius
MACRO SIZE (Approx or Average ): 50 feet
NATURE: Heroic Good
DESTRUCTION LEVEL DONE: Low - A few structures in the town
SYNOPSIS OF EPISODE: Dr. Robotnik, comes up with another scheme to defeat Sonic the Hedgehog. This time he kidnaps Professor Von Schlemer and takes his growth gun in the hope to use it for his evil purposes. The problem is the gun falls apart due to Robotnik's two robotic goons, namely Scratch and Grounder. Scratch somehow gets the machine back together while Grounder has fallen all to pieces. Robotnik decides to try and test the machine out to see if it really works. while the Prof. watches tied up against a tree. But the machine just fizzles and jumps about and doesn't work at all. Robotnik is less then pleased and walks up to the Professor demanding he tell them how to get it to work. The Prof refuses to talk unless he was tortured. The goons come back with various devices to use for such purposes. Robotnik pulls out a feather and starts to tickle the Professors foot. The Prof. can't stand it much longer and starts to tell Scratch what to do to make the machine work properly. They make the proper adjustments and order the Professor be taken to the deepest darkest part of the jungle so he can never be found again.
REVIEW OF EPISODE: Not bad for a growth situation but not good otherwise. This cartoon is probably the worst translation of a video game to cartoon series I have ever seen. Most fans of the Sonic series try and forget that this cartoon was made as there were three better versions made later then this. Those being an ABC series of Sonic which is seen as the best and proper version of the Sonic game cartoon ,Sonic Underground which at least had a story to it even if it was not that accurate when considering the game and Sonic X which is an anime version more based on the Dreamcast games of a few years ago. The problem with the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is three fold. First the animation is sub par at best, second the stories were juvenile and not funny and very poorly written and third it just is stupid overall. The whole show revolved around some lame jokes at the expense of Grounder and Scratch and sometimes Chuckles, or some other silly situation that Robotnik came up with and the whole show was not an enjoyable experience due to these facts. But that all aside, the Tails episode isn't horrible. It just isn't great either.
This episode starts out like most episodes do. Sonic and Tails are on another adventure together roaming the lands making a fool of Chuckles and landing in a town to get some food. Now the town itself is a problem I had while watching this episode. The town of Wienerville is literally a town of anthro wieners who seem to enjoy serving hot dogs and sausages and the like. The whole idea was ridiculous to put it lightly. What was the writer thinking and when has something like this ever happened in a Sonic the Hedgehog video game? It was variations like this that ruined the series as a whole as it dumbed things down so much it didn't even take itself seriously anymore. So we have talking hot dogs pretty much now running things and then they get mad at Sonic and Tails because Tails grew and was eating everything in sight. which is fine as I guess it could be pretty bad if a giant anthro fox is stepping on things and eating every building and melon cart he comes to. But the whole story was just horrible. I don't know why the show was written so badly. Next they go with a whole Sonic and Tails must be bad thing as Robotnik tells them so and Robotnik gives them gifts to bribe them.. umm ok. Sure why not.
Story aside, the macro situations do save the episode if you take it from the view of what is good for themes on this page. When Tails first grows there is a pretty cool growth moment. They show his whole growth and he has mixed expressions and feelings about the whole thing. Then his hunger gets the best of the now giant Tails and he actually does make for quite the monster. Destroying a few buildings by either stepping or eating on them and then in a moment that I thought was actually pretty original and creative (if not very silly) after Tails finishes eating and apologizing to the town, he lets out a massive, powerful, echoing belch that shakes the whole town about as if an earthquake was occurring. Moments like this were interesting to say the least as you don't often see such things in a macro situation so while the cartoon was bad it's silliness sometimes made for unique situations. But after Tails few moments of causing trouble and shaking the town about towards the beginning the episode goes downhill. We don't see Tails again until well at the end where they shrink him down with a giant sized hot dog with some garlic on it. A great situation and a cool character to be macro just wasn't as cool as it could have been due to the story and over all dumbing down to very young viewers that this cartoon often did. Nothing ever made sense, Sonic was always able to do anything no matter what and the bad guys were complete morons. Tails as a giant was fun at first but I found I wanted him shrunk back too by the time we see him next as it just got too ridiculous now to stomach this anymore.
Overall I would say watch this for the few Tails moments but besides that it is a real stinker. The story is not funny, the situations are corny and the animation is bad even for the time it was made. DiC, the company that made this should take some of the blame as they do cut corners and have been known to do poor quality things like this. It's just too bad that they had a great idea but a poor cartoon to use it in. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought a giant Tails would be a cool situation, but then we see it and it's a huge disappointment. But due to the fact that a giant fox is so rare, this is something that should be seen and noticed for that. Tails does have cool giant moments and while he doesn't know if he wants to be big or not (at first liking it then hating it.. figure that one out) his appetite makes for quite the fun but not much more after that. Sorry I still can't get over the whole talking hot dog citizens, what were they thinking there!?
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
Factual -- The orange dust from the growth machine affected Tails as he was walking, causing him to grow as he was touched by it. But the cloud traveled a long distance and also must have touched many other things in the town and along the way. More people or objects should have grown besides just Tails due to this method of growth.
Continuity -- Tails' size shifted at various points. Sometimes he looked much bigger then he did moments before and other times he looked smaller in comparison then he did previously.
- :Poor animation and story overall that should have been much better then it turned out to be.. Cartoon wasn't a good representation of the Sonic the Hedgehog video games. Lots of silly moments that just weren't funny and didn't work. The whole gimmicky idea of Wienerville was poor.
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