Sonic the Hedgehog is trending online as fans celebrate the 30th “anniversary” of video game legend turned movie star. On June 23, 1991, the very first Sonic the Hedgehog video game was released for Sega Genesis. Almost on its own, the fast rodent elevated the Sega Genesis as a serious competitor to Nintendo’s Super Nintendo console, as the game was an instant hit that spawned a very successful franchise.
Thinking back to the 30th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog’s release, many are celebrating what they consider the character’s birthday. This even includes voice actor Roger Craig Smith, who has been Sonic’s official voice in the video game series since 2010. Remembering playing the first game so many years ago, Smith still finds it hard to believe how. he eventually became the real hedgehog. himself.
“No 15-year-old girl could have imagined that 30 years later I would be involved in this entertainment icon,” Smith tweeted. “What an honor it has been to play a small role in this massive (and still growing) franchise. Sonic the hedgehog. Speed continues into the future! “
A 15 year old me could never have imagined that 30 years later I would be involved in this entertainment icon. What an honor it was to play a small role in this massive (and still growing) franchise.
Happy 30, @sonic_hedgehog.
Speed continues into the future! 💙 # Sonic30thpic.twitter.com / vqViZX90CS
– Roger Craig Smith (@RogerCraigSmith) June 23, 2021
Jeff Fowler, who directed Sonic the Hedgehog and its upcoming sequel Sonic the hedgehog 2, also posted a funny video on Twitter. Along with the rest of the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 team, Fowler celebrates the character’s birthday by literally blowing up a birthday cake for Sonic’s 30th birthday.
A very special message from # SonicMovie2 💙🎉 pic.twitter.com/UJjfOPOcVK
– Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) June 23, 2021
From his official Twitter account, Sonic’s other video game legend Pac-Man, also tweeted, “I can follow … I can follow … I can continue, I cannot follow! Happy 30th Birthday to the fastest guy around, Sonic the Hedgehog! You haven’t let old age slow you down! “
I can follow… I can follow… I can kee — I can’t follow!
Happy 30th birthday to the fastest guy around, @sonic_hedgehog! You haven’t let old age slow you down! pic.twitter.com/UrutVDvxZN
– PAC-MAN official (@officialpacman) June 23, 2021
And even the official PlayStation account tweeted a GIF of Sonic with the phrase “Happy 30th to a true blue hero”.
Happy 30 to a true blue hero 💙 # SonicTheHedgehogpic.twitter.com / cXuim18BA4
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 23, 2021
Many fans also honor the hedgehog online. Including hand-drawn fan art, one fan posted: “Happy 30th birthday to Sonic the Hedgehog! Thank you for inspiring me and millions of fans around the world to always reach for the stars! always number 1 in my heart, forever and ever blue heart happy birthday Sonic, we love you! “
Happy 30th birthday from Sonic the Hedgehog! Thank you for inspiring me and millions of fans around the world to always reach for the stars! You will always be number 1 in my heart, forever and ever 💙 Happy Birthday Sonic, we love you! # Sonic30th # SonicTheHedgehog # SEGApic.twitter.com / e89YrBBeoS
– Sparks the Echidna – Jr Sol Knight (@SparksEchidna) June 23, 2021
And another fan who also included birthday fan art said, “Happy Birthday Sonic! 30! Time flies really fast. It seems not that long ago I was a kid in. watching the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog back then. Thank you for 30 years, Sonic the Hedgehog! Art by yours truly. “
Happy Birthday Sonic! 30 years! Time flies really fast. It seems not that long ago, I was a kid watching Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog around the time of its creation. Thanks for the past 30 cool years @sonic_hedgehog! Art by yours really. # SonicTheHedgehog # Sonic30thpic.twitter.com / E9XGZYgXKe
– Billy K (@SlySonic) June 23, 2021
After the resounding success of Sonic the Hedgehog when it released last year, the franchise is more popular than ever. The official sequel, which brings back Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, recently wrapped up filming, as the director revealed. It is slated to hit theaters through Paramount Pictures on April 8, 2022. In the meantime, fans can watch the original Sonic the Hedgehog movie streaming on Hulu.
It did not turn out as pleasant as I hoped.
Anyway, happy birthday Sonic the Hedgehog
It’s gone for many years of adventures.
** Cake coming hopefully ** pic.twitter.com/Z3JagU1wJC
– Katrina N (Sonic Sequel Hype) (@KatTheLynx) June 23, 2021
It is midnight here in France. It’s officially Sonic’s birthdays. Thank you for making my childhood unforgettable! <3 # SonicTheHedgehog # Sonic30thAnniversarypic.twitter.com / isETPFSLHU
– ✨DTIYS IN PROGRESS !! ✨ (@anaellexe) June 22, 2021
Happy Birthday Sonic! That’s 30 years! # Sonic30th # SonicTheHedgehogpic.twitter.com / JG8qOTkujX
– 🗲DreamSpectre / MKX🗲 (@TheDreamSpec) June 23, 2021
Happy Birthday Sonic the Hedgehog!
I have some old doodles that I did in 2017. # Sonic30thpic.twitter.com / s5HiHQ43MY
– 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 DannyJenny BLM 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@DannyJennyArtz) June 23, 2021
A very happy 30th birthday to a fast blue rodent that I was a fan of in high school and three of my college years, Sonic the Hedgehog! I’m still ready to play Sonic Colors: Ultimate with my boyfriend soon and watch his movie sequel in 2022. # Sonic30thpic.twitter.com / YDvFf3Nq81
– Laura Amy Williams (@LauraOnDuty) June 23, 2021
Happy 30th anniversary to one of my favorite franchises, Sonic the Hedgehog !!! # Sonic30th # SonicTheHedgehogpic.twitter.com / 1UEisDlwf4
– Carter Stephens #TailsGang (Free Nairo) (@ tailsBOOM1992) June 23, 2021