For the past 10 years, apart from a single movie, one man has only played the iconic voice of Sonic the Hedgehog: Robert Craig Smith. But after a 1
If you’re unfamiliar with Smith’s take on Sonic, you might be surprised by what you hear as you delve into his many submissions, including Sonic Boom. During the ’90s, the few cartoons featuring Sonic displayed an attitude-filled, wise-cracking and cheeky personality. But Craig’s view was more subtle and measured.
Welp, 10 years was a great run.
On to new zones!
Much love to the fans who have been so nice. 💙
It was an honor.
– Roger Craig Smith (@RogerCraigSmith) January 28, 2021
That led to some brilliant jokes, like an episode of Sonic Boom that led to this hilarious exchange where you hear Roger’s real voice for a rare, brief moment:
Smith first took the role in 2010 Sonic Free Riders and sustained Team Sonic Racing. He voices the character in animated series, video games, and even some quick cameos for the two Wreck it Ralph movies. Even Nintendo got in on the action, inviting him to speak to Sonic for the Smash Bros. spell.
Roger Craig Smith has been an integral part of the SEGA family for over 10 years. He brought Sonic’s voice to life and we are forever grateful for his unending enthusiasm to help the community and spread joy.
Thank you, Roger, for everything you have done for Sonic.
– Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) January 28, 2021
The notable exception is the recent one Sonic the hedgehog movie. Ben Schwartz from Parks and recreation and The Scrooge McDuck series “Ducktales fame provided a voice closer to Sonic’s more arrogant days. The announcement of Smith’s departure came through his Twitter account confirmation from SEGA not long after that. It’s unclear who will replace him in future roles, but whoever that may be, they have big red shoes to fill.