Since his inception, Sonic the Hedgehog has been positioned as an icon of perspective meant to rival the extra squeaky-clean picture of Nintendo’s mascot Mario. Many voice actors have performed the character in Sonic the Hedgehog video games since they transitioned into 3D, and late final month it was confirmed that Roger Craig Smith is stepping down because the voice of Sonic. It is presently unknown who will take up the mantle, although for now Sonic’ movie voice actor Ben Schwartz has not been approached in regards to the function.
After an extended improvement due to fan backlash in opposition to an initially unappealing tackle Sonic’s design, Sonic the Hedgehog launched in U.S. theaters on February 14, 2020, and would go on to make $319 million worldwide on an $85 million finances, in accordance with Field Workplace Mojo. It was doubtless many viewers members’ last journey to the films earlier than a lot of the world was affected by the continued coronavirus pandemic, and this success resulted in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 being introduced for April 2022 earlier immediately.
Nonetheless, in an interview with ComicBook revealed yesterday, Schwartz mentioned he hadn’t even thought-about enjoying Sonic in video video games as a result of it by no means got here up till Smith was confirmed to be stepping down. Whereas Schwartz mentioned he loves the world of Sonic the Hedgehog and its followers, “No one’s had a dialog with me about any of that.”
That being mentioned, Schwartz expressed his appreciation at being a part of the character’s legacy, even when he does not know what the plan is for a brand new online game consultant. He credit Smith for having an “unbelievable” profession as a gifted voice actor. Nonetheless, he additionally touches upon the work of Ryan Drummond, who lately expressed an curiosity in returning to Sonic after enjoying him within the Sonic Journey period, as nicely as Jaleel White from the 90s Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon.
Jason Griffith portrayed Sonic in video video games following Drummond, up till Smith took over with 2010’s Sonic Free Riders on the Xbox 360. After Smith’s 10-year stint because the character in fashionable titles like Sonic Generations, crossovers akin to Tremendous Smash Bros. Final, and even a cameo in Disney’s 2012 movie Wreck-It Ralph, it’ll doubtless take time for followers to regulate to a brand new voice irrespective of who will get the function.
Whereas Smith and Amy Rose’s present English VA Cindy Robinson each introduced they’d be parting from the long-running SEGA franchise, Dr. Eggman’s Mike Pollock confirmed he’ll keep within the function for the foreseeable future regardless of having to “top off on lozenges.” As Schwartz prepares to steer Sonic right into a now-franchise of live-action movies, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how Sonic the Hedgehog video video games recast the blue blur.