So I was rewatching the "Man of the Year" Sonic animation that was in Sonic Jam and noticed it seems to be set in a stylised variant of San Francisco
The opening panorama covers a building that looks like the Transamerica Pyramid, the coastline roughly approximates SF coastline (especially with the aforementioned skyscraper, and the piers jutting out seem similar). Robotnik's Island could correspond to Alcatraz (though moved a bit). Market Street seems to be represented, and Victorian style buildings built on a slope.
Something to do with Sega having HQ in San Francisco? Except the game was released 1997 (animation probably earlier) and Sega only moved their HQ into SF city proper in 1998: http://www.sfgate.co...ity-3003921.php Also again raises questions of who actually animated this.
Also, considering that the animation deal with Sonic having to deal with an imposter in a San Francisco-esque city, this game seems to predict Sonic Adventure 2 a bit. Of course, I've always felt that the animation inspired parts of the original Sonic Adventure (the running along the faces of skyscrapers is how Sonic is first introduced to us in that game, and the end part of Speed Highway let us engage in similar stunts gameplay wise)
Anyway, thought some here would be interested.