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I’ve seen Monsters University 2 and a half times now, only because the first time I watched it I only saw the first 45 minutes because the movie wasn’t finished yet. So I saw a movie without really understanding who Squishy was before interviewing Peter Sohn, the heart and voice behind Scott "Squishy" Squibbles . Squishy is such a cute character in Monsters University, I would even go as far as saying he is the heart of the movie. He has the innocence of a child and the determination close to Mike’s.
Squishy is not a scary monster, he still lives at home, he likes to build forts and he likes cake. He wants to be scary and in Monsters University he learns quite a bit. Peter Sohn does an excellent job playing this part as he represents this squish-able character. Peter was called asked to do some pre-recording for Squishy’s voice. The animators use this video for storyboarding, animation and just to get a feel for the character. Turns out Peter was so good at it, he became the part. He was the perfect Squishy. He had me laughing the whole time.
The Peter Sohn Interview
How did you get the role?
Um, it’s funny. Uh, I’ve– I’ve– I’ve played, um, Emile in Ratatouille here. And it was like you’re chubby. And you’ll eat funny food. So why don’t you play this guy? I’m like okay. And then this is kind of like you’re chubby. And you’re kinda nerdy too. So why don’t you give this a shot? Um, but it’s– it’s– it’s funny. Uh, I have to play– I– the recording was done a while ago. Uh, and I’ve been on other projects since.
What do you when you’re not doing voice?
Uh, well, I started here in, um, as a character designer on Finding Nemo in 2000. And then I moved into story on that on production. And then, uh, I’ve been in animation. So I’ve been all, uh, in many departments. But currently I’m codirecting, um, uh, the– The Good Dinosaur with Bob Peterson, uh, that’s coming out in 2014. And, uh, um, it’s– it’s– it’s gonna be great. But I’ve been all over the place here. I really–uh, it’s– it’s been, um, amazing, uh, that this place allows you to just move around into– into what you’re interested in and what you want to learn about.
I think it’s the back and forth. I’m not sure, uh, exactly if it was just like, uh, um, because in the beginning there was a squishy but then evolved to be, uh, a guy with a hat and– and chubby. And so maybe it wasn’t a stretch. Maybe that’s– that’s what he looks like. Oh, that guy looks like that. Let’s put him in there. Uh, yeah, but it was– it was an evolution for sure.
You’ll fall in love with Squishy when you watch Monsters University now in theaters.