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Sonic the Hedgehog Watch & Win Sweepstakes

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The Sonic the Hedgehog Watch & Win Sweepstakes was a contest held in 1993 to promote the first Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon, the syndicated Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

The contest's grand prize — a $1,000 Kay-Bee Toys shopping spree — was awarded to two lucky winners, one of whom happened to be Chris; the other winner of the contest was a six year old girl from California, who decided to split her prize money with her classmates instead. This seminal event marks both the high point of Chris's life and the first hint of his future decline into the manchild we know and troll today. The segment below was from the Dateline News program on Charlottesville NBC affiliate WVIR, and was Chris's first televised appearance. The segment on Chris's DVD is partially seen twice, as it was repeated and re-recorded on a later edition of the same newscast.

The video shows several revealing things, namely that Chris's verbal skills and fashion sense have not improved since he was twelve. In fact, the only thing that has visibly changed is his sense of entitlement.

Ever since winning the Sweepstakes, Chris has entered several other contests, expecting to win through the sheer power of his autism.

Of the games Chris bought, only 3 are known:

  • Batman Returns ($49.99)
  • Sonic Spinball ($49.99)
  • "Star Trek" (probably Star Trek: The Next Generation: Echoes from the Past) ($12.99)

Chris is also seen pulling an original "Power Rangers Megazord" (est. $29.99) out of a bag at the end of the video.

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Transcript

Anchorwoman: Well, we've got a little more for ya, including what Sonic the Hedgehog means to a very special Charlottesville boy. And the significance goes way beyond the high score and videos.

[One clip cuts out and another begins.]

Anchorwoman: Finally, tonight, Sonic the Hedgehog is running wildly in the Chandler household this weekend. 12-year-old Christian Chandler of Charlottesville was the winner in a video game shopping spree. Christian is one of only about a hundred winners nationally to receive $1,000 worth of Sega games and equipment. For his parents, it’s just another example of how well he's doing. Christian is a high-functioning autistic child. This past fall, of his own initiative, he entered a contest based on a favorite cartoon character.

Cashier: [quiet] $980.8...

Chris: ...I had to do was exactly...watch Sonic the Hedgehog...uh, cartoon...an—and risten to what Sonic says at the end of it…and writin' it down for a whole week. And then, I had to mail it in, and I had to be drawn out of a hat, and I just won!

Anchorwoman: And Christian's father says it only takes a few hours for him to master an electronic game and then...move onto another!

Co-anchor: Unbelievable...

Anchorwoman: I can't master any of ’em! That's it for now, and it’s just...comin’ up on the NBA basketball game at 5:30. It’s not 6:30; it’s 5:30. We'll see you back here at 11:00. Thanks for watching.

Co-anchor: Good night.

Black Anchorman: Buh-bye.

[An NBC Dateline News notice appears before the clip cuts out, making a weird "hweeur" noise, and another begins.]

Anchorwoman: —winners nationally to receive $1,000 worth of Sega video games and equipment. Christian is autistic, but he's entering the contest completely of his own accord was a sign to his parents of how well he is getting along.

Cashier: [quiet] $980.8...

Chris: ...I had to do was exactly...watch Sonic the Hedgehog...uh, cartoon...an—and risten to what Sonic says at the end of it…and writin' it down for a whole week. And then, I had to mail it in, and I had to be drawn out of a hat, and I just won!

Anchorwoman: And Christian's father says it only takes a few hours for the boy to master one of the electronic games before he moves onto another one.

See also

⇐ n/a Chris's videos Song of Christian
Christian Weston Chandler...Yep, I'm on TV :)

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Director's Cut: ChandlerFamilyChristmas2004ChrisAfterChristmas2004