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November 12, 2013

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Gamer Tuesday Fun Find in Sonic Colors

It has been a while since I've done one of these, hasn't it? Well like the title states, I must FIND a fun find before I can write about said fun find. Thankfully, I found a very fun fun find in one of my favorite Wii games: Sonic Colors.

Sonic Colors

Released in 2010, the plot behind Sonic Colors is that the nefarious Doctor Eggman is hoping to build an intergalactic theme park using the power of the Wisps, a colorful alien race with various powers. Enter Sonic the Hedgehog, who has decided to investigate what is going on in this nefarious theme park, and rescue the Wisp race once and for all.

Sonic Colors is, in my opinion, one of the best Sonic games in recent time. There are many reasons why, but one of them is that it is a very funny, tongue in cheek parody of theme park culture. While the game doesn't exactly go after the Disney theme parks as a lot of tropes apply to theme parks in general, it does make a gentle jab or two at their culture and fanbase, such as the notorious theme park prices, safety spiels before and after every ride and general announcements.

Sonic Colors

This is done through audio announcements that can be heard throughout the levels. With Eggman being the owner of the park, he is the one in change of the announcements as well. All of these announcements are done is a very snarky manner that call back to all the announcements you have ever heard at any park. But one announcement in particular is actually a callback to a very famous Disney parade! Here is the announcement as heard in the game:

Attention ladies and gentlemen! Please make you way over to the main viewing area where the Light Speed Electrical Parade is about to be... oooh. And, and that concludes the Light Speed Electrical Parade.

That's right, Eggman himself is referencing none other than the Main Street Eletrical Parade. Even if it is a small audio cue, it truly does show that Disney can appear in the most random of places, even within mockeries of their own mindsets and theme park culture.


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