Sonic has developed quite a following over the decades, and while well over half of them are either forgotten or despised, there are plenty of fan favorites. One standout who has been around almost since the beginning is Sonic’s unwanted friend and hammer-wielding teammate Amy Rose.
Amy Rose, also known as Rosie the Rascal, was introduced on the 1993 Sonic CD. She was playable in a few spin-off racing games before making her full gameplay debut in 1999’s Sonic Adventure. Amy is a good-natured and energetic hedgehog who develops a crush on Sonic, which makes her want to follow him on all his adventures. Unfortunately, her infatuation with Sonic was her only character trait in her early appearances, but she’s taken on a more identifiable personality over the years.
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The Sonic Boom cartoon was probably her pinnacle as a character, adding both an element of unbalanced temperament and emotional maturity to her. Even her relationship with Sonic has become more nuanced. Amy is a much more complete character in her modern incarnations, and with her longstanding pivotal role in the franchise, it’s a foregone conclusion that she will join the ongoing Sonic film universe.
A seemingly obvious choice, but fraught with setbacks. Cindy Robinson has been the voice of Amy for over a decade, starting with Sonic Free Riders. She is the performer who brought to life the best shot of the aforementioned franchise in Sonic Boom. Colleen O’Shaughnessey’s surprise cast as Tails in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 set the precedent for the films being able to bring the series’ regular cast into the new medium, an industry rarity.
However, Robinson, along with longtime voice of Sonic Roger Craig Smith, announced that after 11 years and at least 17 projects, she would not be returning to the role. Then again, shortly thereafter, both she and Smith were cast in the upcoming video game Sonic Frontiers, so it’s hard to tell where they stand in the franchise. After all, if Robinson decides she’s not done with the role, she’s fantastic in the role and her history with the character would add a lot to the film. Robinson can also be heard in recurring roles such as Makoto in the BlazBlue series or Operetta in Monster High.
This beloved Pitch Perfect star has been in the industry for over twenty years and continues to be one of the most charming performers around. Kendrick is an award-winning talent with over 50 credits under his belt. Although better known for her on-screen accolades, Kendrick is also an accomplished voice actress in films such as Paranorman and the Trolls franchise. Kendrick would bring a lot of attention to the film and bring her comedic liking to the role.
Amy is a fun character because her primary traits are fixed, but the sliders of her personality are always in flux. Kendrick is a gifted performer who was able to bring out both her empathetic team therapist side and her unhinged aggressive side. However the film portrays Amy Rose, Anna Kendrick would obviously be a good choice for the role.
On stage, she is one of the most compelling characters in alternative comedy. On screen, she’s an iconic supporting character in some of the best sitcoms of the generation. In the vocal booth, she lends her highly recognizable voice to iconic characters such as Bob’s Burgers’ Louise Belcher and Gravity Falls’ Mabel Pines.
Schaal has a voice like no other, fans can identify her within a line or two, but that’s to her advantage. Ben Schwartz, the voice of Sonic in the films, is also an accomplished stage comedian. It would probably be a lot of fun to see the two play each other and bring more humor to Sonic and Amy’s bizarre relationship. Schaal is a hilarious performer who would liven up the Sonic movie universe.
Best known for being the title character in the hit Netflix comedy series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kemper is a hilarious performer with a disarmingly upbeat sense of humor. Her most iconic role alone would give Amy Rose solid credibility, but Kemper is a wonderful supporting actress in a variety of films and shows, from her recurring role on The Office to her voice acting on shows like Sofia the First.
As a comedian, she has worked with The Daily Show, writes for The Onion and has made a name for herself in the sketch community. Kemper’s trademark and well-established comedy skills make her a great choice for the Sonic franchise.
This versatile and gifted actress has brought to life some of television’s most beloved characters over a career spanning almost twenty years. Her role as Annie Edison in Community was as hilarious as it was powerful, commanding a very complex character and standing out among many great performers. Her performance in GLOW was a dynamic lead that exuded genuine pathos throughout the show. She is an accomplished comedian and her natural charm makes her a fantastic choice to play Amy Rose.
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