On the finish of January, Sonic the Hedgehog‘s voice actor, Roger Craig Smith, introduced his departure from the position.
On the time it, was once suspected one thing was once occurring in the back of the scenes at Sega forward of Sonic’s 30th-anniversary celebrations, however in line with the voice actor, it was once his personal choice.
He lately shared this knowledge in an interview with Voices from Krypton (transcript courtesy of The Sonic Stadium):
“I believe my reaction can be “it’s simply a type of issues.” It’s a time in having a look on the method issues are being treated and the best way that you’re, the place you’re at, and what you more or less wish to take care of, and do. And I discovered myself going, ‘I believe it’s time. I believe it’s time to be finished.’”
“I do know individuals are kind of shocked and stunned by way of it, and it was once like “yeah”, and I’ve noticed the entire hypothesis that have been like, “voice actors don’t stroll away, he was once fired!
It’s attention-grabbing the belief that folks have, and we get this always; like, it’s wonderful how the entire professionals which are in the market that experience not anything to do with this business that make all of those assumptions, , ‘that is how this works and that is what this does’…
You realize, after a when you do issues and get started going ‘I believe I’m very happy and I’m very proud and I’m more than happy with what has took place there,’ and I believe it’s time to mention, ‘I don’t wish to stay doing this.’
Some other people can be like, “why?” and it’s like, “it doesn’t need to make sense to you.” It’s completely excellent sense to me and it was once the proper factor to do, and I’m glad to have finished it.’”
Smith’s departure from the position was once adopted by way of Tails’ voice actor noting she would not be voicing the nature within the upcoming Netflix animation, Amy Rose’s voice actor additionally printed she was once finished and Mike Pollock showed he would proceed to voice Dr. Eggman in long run Sonic video games.
You’ll be able to see Roger’s parting message (and Sega’s good-bye message to him) in our earlier tale.