Pixar's Lucky Charm: John Ratzenberger's Role in Each of the Studio's Movies
If you’re a fan of Pixar movies such as Toy Story and The Incredibles, you may have noticed a familiar voice. John Ratzenberger has been in every single Pixar movie to date, starting with Toy Story in 1995 and continuing all the way through the next Finding Nemo movie, currently scheduled for a 2016 release.
Ratzenberger isn’t sure why he has become Pixar’s lucky charm, but Pixar knows. Writer/producer Andrew Stanton said they had so much fun hanging out with him at the first Toy Story press junkets, they decided to work with him as much as possible in the future. And director Pete Docter just thinks Ratzenberger’s vocal work is recognizable. “He's someone so clear, I know that guy after only two lines of dialogue. Having him in every film is like our Hitchcock cameo."
In case you’ve missed some of those appearances, here they are.
Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3: Hamm
"You heard of Kung Fu? Well prepare yourself for Pork Chop!"
A Bug's Life: P.T. Flea
"Word of mouth got around, the next day there was a line of flies outside the tent, went on forever. It must have been a foot long!"
Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University: Yeti/The Abominable Snowman
"Abominable! Can you believe that? Do I look abominable to you? Why can't they call me the Adorable Snowman or ... or the Agreeable Snowman, for crying out loud? I'm a nice guy."
Finding Nemo: School of Moonfish
"What you wanna do is follow the EAC, that's the East Australian Current. Big current, can't miss it, it's in that direction. And then you gotta follow that for about, I don't know, what do you guys think? About three leagues? And that little baby's gonna put you right past Sydney."
The Incredibles: The Underminer
"Behold, the Underminer! I'm always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me! I hereby declare war on peace and happiness! Soon, all will tremble before me!"
Cars and Cars 2: Mack the Truck
"Oh, these best friend greetings get longer every year."
Ratatouille: Mustafa the Waiter
"She likes the soup."
Up: Tom the Construction Worker
"This is serious. He's out to get your house!"
Brave: Gordon the Guard
Gordon the Guard starts to announce the arrival of the other lords to the castle, but is interrupted mid-sentence.
Ratzenberger also has confirmed roles in the upcoming movies Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and Finding Dory.
All Images via Pixar Wiki.