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Michael "Mike" B. Pollock, sometimes credited as Herb Lawrence, is an American voice actor who has done voice work for the English dub of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He has worked on many voice overs of English-dubbed anime by 4Kids Entertainment. He is most notable for being the voice of Dr. Eggman in several media since Sonic X.

Pollock is the only English-language voice actor who wasn't replaced in 2010. It was revealed by Pollock in a chat session on November 16 that Sega had held auditions for Dr. Eggman, but they decided to keep him because none of the other voice actors who auditioned fit Eggman well.

Pollock confirmed that he will continue to voice Eggman.[1]

Credits[]

Voice acting[]

Reception[]

Mike Pollock's voice of Eggman is likely the most popular voice work ever in the Sonic franchise, possibly over Ryan Drummond. There has been very little criticism of any of his performances, as even Sega agreed he was the best one for the job and didn't replace him in 2010 when they did for everyone else for Sonic Colors, being the only English voice actor who wasn't replaced.

Trivia[]

  • Pollock is the longest running voice actor for the Sonic the Hedgehog series in the English language.
  • Mike Pollock owns an Eggman-themed debit card.[3]
  • Pollock attended Sonicon in 2010, along with Jason Griffith, Lisa Ortiz and Pete Capella.
    • When a fan asked the panel if any of them ever used their character voices in real life, Pollock replied that he went to a carnival in New Jersey and saw some Sonic plushies as a prize at an arcade game. When a little kid went up to win one, Pollock screamed in Eggman's voice, "Look! It's Sonic!".
  • During a chat in 2009, Pollock revealed that Sega was involved with the casting of Sonic X, claiming that they would record their voices during the audition and send it to Sonic Team and Sega of Japan to see which voices sounded the best.
  • The name "Herb Lawrence" is a tribute to his late father, Herbert Lawrence Pollock.[4]
  • Pollock participated actively in the Sonic community during the early stages of Sonic Boom information release, teasing the fans about possible new characters and Marine appearances.
  • According to one interview, Pollock claimed that when his voice was too scratchy to perform Dr. Eggman's higher-pitched laugh in Sonic X, he would have Dan Green perform the laugh in his place.[5]
  • Pollock's favorite episode in the Sonic Boom television series is "Eggman the Auteur".[6]
  • Pollock's favorite character to voice on the Sonic Boom series, other than Dr. Eggman, was Mayor Fink.[7]
  • Pollock's favorite Sonic the Hedgehog game is Sonic Colors.[8]
  • When asked if he had seen the Sonic Cinema Universe movies and what he thought of Jim Carrey's performance, he responded that he hasn't seen the movies and that he wouldn't judge Carrey's performance if he had.[9]
    • Carrey also occasionally mimics Pollock's voice acting of the doctor throughout the films. One notable example being when he shouts "Whats the matter with you!?" on the Mushroom Planet at the ending of the first film sounding identical to the latter.
  • Pollock commented he is actually Polish on his father's side and Russian on his mother's side.[citation needed]
  • Sonic Prime marks as the first time in the Sonic the Hedgehog series since Sonic Advance 3 in 2004 in which Pollock doesn't voice Eggman.
  • Mike participated in a fan-film called "Project Shadow" (the American dub version of the fan-film) as the Narrator of the Air Shoes which can be heard here.

References[]

  1. Mike Pollock on X. X (6 February 2021). Retrieved on 6 February 2021.
  2. Mike Pollock on X. X (28 December 2022). Retrieved on 29 December 2022.
  3. Mike Pollock on Twitter. Twitter (24 July 2018). Retrieved on 2 November 2018.
  4. Pollock, Mike . Fan FAQ. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020.
  5. "I Am The Eggman" - An Interview With Mike Pollock, Voice Of Dr. Eggman. YouTube. FTCR (1 May 2013). Retrieved on 20 January 2021. "Mike Pollock: As I recall, when we were recording Sonic X, which was obviously the first exposer to the character, and the "Hohoho" laugh came in, um, I think I opted for a more 'Santa Claus'-esk delivery, because that would be my natural pitch range, but I believe the director/producer, were the ones saying "oh no, we wanted a more high pitch 'HO HO HO HO!'" kind of thing... ... And its a little known fact that I now like to share because the statute of limitations is expired but in some episodes of Sonic X, where my voice was a little too scratchy to give them the, uh, high pitch laugh that they wanted, I do have a stunt laugher, um, and the man behind that, lets say his name rhymes with 'Stan Freen'."
  6. Mike Pollock on Twitter. Twitter (18 March 2017). Retrieved on 18 March 2017. "Emily Lancman: Okay, this is for the whole crew. What are your favorite episodes you've done in the series so far? Love you guys! / Mike Pollock: "Eggman the Auteur." It's an award-winner, right, @evilsamdestroyr?"
  7. Mike Pollock on Twitter. Twitter (18 March 2017). Retrieved on 18 March 2017. "Demi Adenuga: Favourite character to voice that is not on Team Sonic? / Mike Pollock: The Mayor."
  8. Yuan, Kevin (5 December 2016). Media Blasters Reveals More English Dub Cast for World War Blue Anime. Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 13 November 2020.
  9. https://x.com/itsamike/status/1547380870943744000

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