Sonic the Hedgehog Loses His Iconic Voice After 10 Years

Sonic and other characters from the 'Sonic Boom' tv show.
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For the last 10 years, barring the occasional movie, one man alone has stood as Sonic the Hedgehog’s iconic voice—Robert Craig Smith. But after a 10-year run (no pun intended) in shows and video games, that’s coming to an end. Future iterations of animated Sonic will never sound the same.

If you’re not familiar with Smith’s take on Sonic, you might be surprised by what you hear if you delve into his many entries, including Sonic Boom. During the ’90s, the few cartoons with Sonic featured an attitude-filled, wise-cracking, and sassing personality. But Craig’s take was more subtle and measured.

That led to brilliant jokes, like an episode of Sonic Boom that led to this hilarious exchange where you’ll hear Roger’s actual voice for a rare, brief moment:

Smith first took up the role in 2010 for Sonic Free Riders and held on through Team Sonic Racing. He voices the character in animated series, video games, and even a couple of quick cameos for the two Wreck-it Ralph movies. Even Nintendo got in on the action, inviting him to voice Sonic for the Smash Bros. games.

The notable exception is the recent Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation and Duck Tales fame provided a voice closer to Sonic’s more arrogant days. Smith’s departure announcement came through his Twitter account, with confirmation coming from SEGA not long after. It’s unclear who will replace him in future roles, but whoever that might be, they have big red shoes to fill.

Source: SEGA

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