Back in December of 2013, fans of the early 90’s cartoon Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog were saddened to learn that actor Christopher Evan Welch, the man credited as voicing Miles “Tails” Prower, had passed away. However, soon after the news hit, several fans noted a discrepancy with the actor’s age and the obvious child-like voice of Tails. Christopher Evan Welch was 28 in 1993, there’s no way he could have pulled off such a voice. I decided to find out if Evan Welch was indeed the voice actor of Tails, and after a few e-mails with friends of the actor and a call to Evan Welch’s agent in New York, I came to the conclusion that Christopher Evan Welch did NOT voice Tails. But if he didn’t, then that meant another actor did, and it was possible that the REAL Christopher Welch was still out there.
Fast forward to yesterday. A friend of Christopher Welch by the name of Damien came across my Christopher Evan Welch article and left a comment letting me know that “The voice of Tails was recorded in Vancouver by a then 10 year old actor named Christopher (Stephen) Welch. He had a short but prolific career working mostly in commercials. He stopped acting around the age of 13 and is now a sales rep for a food distributor in Vancouver, BC.” Damien added that he and Chris are still friends and he invited Chris to comment on the story. Chris had this to say:
Hi Barry, My name is Christopher Stephen Welch and I was indeed the voice of tails for 65 episodes back in 1993. I did a lot of television commercials as a child and went to an audition for this part and landed it. It was the only voice work that I ever did.
It was recorded in Koko production and sound studios in Vancouver BC. I never worked side by side with Jaleel White but I did work with Gary Chalk (Grounder) and Philip Hayes (Scratch) as well as Long John Baldry (Dr. Robotnik). Paul Quinn directed us in the Vancouver studios.
It was a great opportunity and something that I remember fondly. I was 10 years old when we worked on and recorded these episodes. As mentioned above, Damien is a friend of mine and we always found it strange that everywhere online Christopher Evan Welch was credited with this work.
I am shocked that there is so much interest in this and was shocked at the length and depth of this article that you wrote.
Thanks for your interest!!
It brought a smile to my face!
As a childhood fan of the cartoon series, hearing from Chris made my day. It’s nice to know he is doing well and looks back on his Sonic the Hedgehog days with fondness. From myself and all of us at SEGAbits, and on behalf of Tails fans everywhere, I want to thank Chris for reaching out and I wish him all the best!Ad: