Monsters University: Meet Peter Sohn the Voice of Squishy #MonstersUEvent

Monsters University introduced a lot of new monsters including the adorable Scott “Squishy” Squibbles. The fun loving 5 eyed monster almost steals the show in the Monsters, Inc. prequel released this past Friday. On my recent trip to Pixar headquarters in San Francisco, I had a chance to meet with the talent behind the movie Monsters University. The voice talent behind Squishy, Peter Sohn, was kind enough to spend a snack break with members of the media to answer some questions.

Monsters University Squishy Peter Sohn

Sohn who has worked at Pixar for about 11 years said he was lucky to have the opportunity to play Squishy the chubby guy with the hat and a bunch of eyes.

This was Peter’s response when asked how he got the role of Squishy:

It’s funny. I’ve played Emile in Ratatouille. And it was like you’re chubby. And you eat funny food. And you’re kinda nerdy too. I’m like okay. So why don’t you play this guy? I’m in story. And so I’m pitching stuff. Usually you’re pitching stuff to do voices. But this was a straight on kinda casting call for the thing where they wanted me specifically. So it was just Dan (Dan Scanlon, Monsters University Director) saying come on down and do the scratch for it.

He went on to explain that scratch voices are just temporary voices used to feel out how the story’s going to work.

Snack time with Squishy…

Snack Time with Squishy

Sohn also spoke about what it’s like to work at Pixar equating it to family, and said that it’s a real give and take environment. And when in such family, you want to do whatever you can for each other. Also, that the studio allows staff the freedom to try different things. Peter Sohn is a perfect example of this freedom to move around and grow at Pixar. He started at Pixar as a character designer on Finding Nemo in 2000. And then moved into story on that on production and onto animation. Currently, Peter Sohn is co-directing The Good Dinosaur with Bob Peterson that’s coming out in 2014.

Monstes University Squishy

Sohn described to us what he likes about the Squishy character:

I like that he’s so sincere and naive about things. There’s a scene where Mike and Sulley want to throw a party. And he’s like this is great. Grab some couch cushions ’cause we’re gonna build a fort. I totally connect with that type of guy just ’cause that’s how I grew up with my cousins. We didn’t have the Internet. You have that one piece of Lego and can just nerd out for a while. It was that naive sincerity that I really really liked about him.

I have to admit that I totally get why Peter Sohn was pegged as the voice of Squishy. In many ways he reminds me of the fun loving character, and I mean this in the nicest of ways. He came across as so genuine and the type of person who would give the shirt off his back. I am looking forward to what comes next from Peter Sohn!

Monsters University is in theaters now! Like Monsters University on Facebook!

All-expense paid press trip provided by Disney/Pixar. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Angela, it looks like you had too much fun on this trip! I am enjoying reading about all your adventures. Reading all these posts makes me want to see the movie!

  2. I thought out little lunch with Pete Sohn was awesome. He was so down to earth and funny! I wish we would have got to spend more time with him to ask him even more!

  3. I’m looking forward to taking my lil guy to watch this soon!

  4. I cannot wait to take my boys to see this movie!!

  5. Squishy sounds so lovable. Can’t wait to see this.

  6. I LOVED this character in the movie.

  7. How fun, I am gonna have to watch this movie. I see it all over and it keeps calling my name out to watch!

  8. Great celeb experience! Love those Disney junkets!

  9. Squishy is adorable! One of my faves!

  10. My boys would be right there with him building a fort!

  11. This was the cutest movie!

  12. My son and I have a mommy-and-me date this weekend to go see Monsters University!

  13. How fun! Great that he took the time to chat with you all. I can’t wait for this movie to come out! I mean, I can’t wait to take my kids to this movie. I mean, my kids can’t wait for me to take them to this movie :)

  14. I can’t wait to go see the movie…. loved reading your post, was sooo much fun and hearing about some of the background story of the character.. LOVE it. THANKS

  15. Squishy looks like such a fun character! I am taking my son to see this sometime this week. Can’t wait!

  16. I can’t wait to see this movie.. first off! What a cool interview, he seems like a super cool guy! Looking forward to seeing the new character too, so fun!

  17. Awesome!! I love putting a face with a character!

  18. aww he sounds sweet! I can’t wait to see this movie!

  19. That’s so cool you got to be part of that – it looks like you all had a great time!

  20. my son gets to see this before *I* do and i’m pouting! i can’t wait to see :)

    it looks hilarious esp squishy

  21. I just LOVED being in the same room with him. He was definitely entertaining and a great asset to Pixar!

  22. We just saw this, this morning, Squishy was hilarious. (as is his mom LOL)

  23. You’re so right that he’s perfectly cast in this. He really does personify the part in personality!

  24. Michele Behlen says:

    I have read so much about this movie for weeks. I can’t wait to see it.

  25. Sarah L says:

    What a fun interview. Sounds like a neat guy.

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