The REAL “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” Tails voice actor speaks up!

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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.

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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!

-Chris

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!

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8 responses to “The REAL “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” Tails voice actor speaks up!

  1. Tim says:

    As a huge Sonic fan and a nostalgic fan of that series, reading “I never worked side by side with Jaleel White” is kind of heart breaking. Great that you got back in touch with him though. And that’s some great detective work!

  2. Daniel says:

    I had a feeling this would happen sooner or later, I was wondering what Chris would think of all this; it’s very interesting to finally hear real testimony from him and his feelings on being the original voice actor for one of the most lovable cartoon characters there is. Thank you Chris for sharing this with all us Sonic/Sega fans.

  3. Overbound says:

    When this all started I remember a few members at Sonic United saying it was odd he was so old for playing Tails. At the time I didn’t think much of it heh.

  4. SevenChaos says:

    I never knew much about the voice actors, but I always liked his voice as tails, it was just a perfect fit!

  5. Nikki says:

    Hey, I do remember the fact back in 2012 I always thought that Christopher Evan Welch did Tails’ voice in AoSTH. But now in 2013-present, looking at this, I think to myself now… Oh. It does seem like Christopher Stephen Welch does remember his days of AoSTH and things. But I know what would be even more surprising than this info I’ve found! Asking Phil Hayes to do Scratch lines from AoSTH!! xDDD

  6. rob harrison says:

    I was tails from tails chance for stardom. I kid you not from newgrounds

  7. Tony Fink says:

    Did Damien do all the work in voicing Tails in Adventures of Sonic the hedgehog because Christopher Stephen Welch said: “I was indeed the voice of tails for 65 episodes back in 1993”?

    I’m so confused, I thought I was right at first before when I thought and saw (and thought I saw) that Damien did indeed voice Tails throughout the series, but I just wanted to clear up this confusion once and for all; I have dubiety about all this (who voiced him all the time (for all-time) in the AoStH series); I just want to know, thank you and am a big (huge) fan of Tails (AoStH Tails)

  8. Tony Fink says:

    Ah, another Christopher Stephen Welch voiced Tails, the friend of Damien: I get it now; the Original Tails is still iconic.

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