Growing up as the voice of Boo from Monsters Inc: The early years
So fourteen years after Monsters Inc came out in 2001 and I’m finally deciding to start a blog about my life since voicing Boo. At first, as I try to catch you guys up, my posts may be a little sporadic and I apologize for that! But bear with me and I will catch you guys up in no time :)
Growing up was the hardest part.
The movie came out when I was five, the time I was in kindergarden. Of course my recollection of this period is scarce, but I have patched together bits and pieces using my fragmented memories and second-hand accounts from my mom.
During fund raisers for my school I would literally be auctioned off for play-dates and dinners-with-Boo… Since the movie just came out at this time, it was always a major hit. Although I have no recollection of these arrangements, it’s slightly unsettling knowing I was being exploited like that. Either way, It did raise quite a bit money so I guess there’s no harm in that.
Paparazzi would show up at my kindergarden to interview me and for some reason the school office would allow it… Then again, I guess they’ve never had to deal with paparazzi showing up for a kindergardener so it was a weird experience for all of us. They asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up… I told them I wanted to work at a nail salon.
Before the movie came out, I brought a Boo doll to school for show-and-tell. Each time I pressed the belly a “Mike Wazowski” or a giggle would come out in my little three year old voice. After the presentation one of the moms came up to mine:
Other Mom, “Thats so cute! Where can I get a doll with my daughters voice on it?”
My mom, “Well, you can purchase a doll, but they’re all going to have my daughters voice on it…”
That always makes me laugh :)
Now, elementary school is where my memory becomes clearer…
Constantly bombarded with the jealous intentions of my classmates advising me that so-and-so was only my friend because I was in a movie. Even as a first grader I knew most of those accusations were false, I remember this specific fifth grader who was the common bully among my class but treated me as if somehow Boo bridged the gap and we were best friends. I saw through her like cellophane though as I did for all the other “fake friends” that started coming into my life. Luckily I was able to find a few true ones and many of them are still a part of my life today.
I remember when I was in first grade and yearbooks came out. I was trapped by a swarm of hungry fifth graders, all eager for my signature in their book. I even signed some guys arm, being told he would never wash it again. Luckily my friend came to my rescue and pulled me away from the crowd. I never thrived off the attention but it was just something I had to become used to. Boo has literally been with me my whole life and along with the role comes the curiosity of the fans. I just have to remember that if I was someone else and the voice of Boo was at my elementary school, I would probably be acting the same way.
Now, I’m a freshman in college and that notion has got me through all of repetitive curiosities and questions. One of my favorites, “Can you do the voice for me?” But before I get asked that question for the millionth time let me inform you all… No, I cannot do the voice any longer. I was three and since then I have gone through puberty. :)
I hope as this blog progresses, everyone enjoys hearing about the accomplishments I have made so far, the places I’ve been, and enjoys growing with me as I embark on many more journeys.
So, I am watching the second season of Skylanders on episode 10. A scene appeared 1 minute and a few seconds into the show with the Skylanders fighting a mob of choppy hand puppet minions. A close up of said choppy hand puppet started talking and said the word “shitty skylanders” during the fight. Apparently, the producers of the show probably did not care about the voice actor cursed for that scene, since it is a kid show.
I may be right or wrong on this, but I am pretty sure that
puppet said the word shitty.
From Dexter’s Lab: Photo album prop that I had to create for a close-up on the image in the upper right (From Dexter’s family’s trip to a snail-themed amusement park). Had to create little scenes for all the photos, but since the left side wouldn’t be in the shot, decided to draw Dex dropping acid. #ChildhoodRuined
What the shrek did you just shreking say about me, you little puss? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Shreks, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on fairytale creatures, and I have over 300 confirmed swamps. I am trained in donkeh warfare and I’m the top shreker in the entire Duloc armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will shrek you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this swamp, mark my shreking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, shreker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of pixies across Duloc and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, swamp maggot. The storm that shreks out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking shreked, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can shrek you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare ear tube antenna things. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed shrek, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the Duloc Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to shrek your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little puss. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your shreking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re shreking shreked, kiddo.
I love “adult” jokes in kids films that go above the heads of the little kids, but aren’t at all sexual or drug-related. Just like, really clever jokes that the kids don’t get. So that when you rewatch it when you’re older it’s not a #childhoodruiner, it’s more like an easter egg.