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Seth Rogen to voice a wimpy ghost in animated Boo U

08.19.2010

When we last heard about the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film BOO U. it was about a year ago and at the time it sounded an awful lot like a rip-off of MONSTERS INC. A year later and, unfortunately, that's still what it sounds like, even with the addition of Seth Rogen, who will voice the lead ghost in the film. The film follows a parallel universe where ghosts live and are trained by an organization to scare kids. So like MONSTERS INC. but with ghosts, right?

If it sounds like I'm being hard on the film, I'm not trying to. I'm actually trying to give the film the benefit of the doubt. There are times when projects sound very similar on paper but wind up being exceptionally different once the final products are released. But in the past Pixar and DreamWorks have released projects like A BUG'S LIFE & ANTZ and FINDING NEMO & A SHARK'S TALE. They weren't necessarily the same but similar enough to split audiences (in favor of Pixar).

I hope in the development process they'll take BOO U. further away from any territory mined in MONSTERS and the film has at least two years until release so there's definitely some time. As for Rogen, this is another in a long line of animated voices. Previously he's lent his pipes to HORTON HEARS A WHO, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, KUNG FU PANDA (and it's upcoming sequel) and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS.

Extra Tidbit: But will the ghost have the DreamWorks face?
Source: THR

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9:03PM on 08/19/2010
Monsters, Inc. was a more straight-faced take on the same general premise. Hopefully Dreamworks will take it the funny route and do close to as good a job. The knee-jerk reaction to hate anything Dreamworks is getting a little old. They hit just as much as they miss, so we'll see. Rogen's not my fave, but he usually does quality stuff. And if you're waiting for a Dreamworks movie that doesn't use the "Dreamworks face" it might be The Guardians. The concept art of Leo DiCaprio's Jack Frost
Monsters, Inc. was a more straight-faced take on the same general premise. Hopefully Dreamworks will take it the funny route and do close to as good a job. The knee-jerk reaction to hate anything Dreamworks is getting a little old. They hit just as much as they miss, so we'll see. Rogen's not my fave, but he usually does quality stuff. And if you're waiting for a Dreamworks movie that doesn't use the "Dreamworks face" it might be The Guardians. The concept art of Leo DiCaprio's Jack Frost character actually looks a lot different from previous Dreamworks character designs.
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2:45AM on 08/20/2010
Good to see Miguelito here to defend Dreamworks again. I should have known I would see a post from him. Did you ever respond to that "Toy Story 3 becomes the #1 movie worldwide" story, or did you avoid that?
Good to see Miguelito here to defend Dreamworks again. I should have known I would see a post from him. Did you ever respond to that "Toy Story 3 becomes the #1 movie worldwide" story, or did you avoid that?
7:28PM on 08/19/2010
This sounds like a rip off of "Monsters, Inc." which was just a rip-off of "Aaaah! Real Monsters!"
This sounds like a rip off of "Monsters, Inc." which was just a rip-off of "Aaaah! Real Monsters!"
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6:42PM on 08/19/2010
I've always preferred ANTZ to BUG'S LIFE, I felt it darker and more realistic (4 legs, brown ants, muddy habitat...)...
And I feel SOOOO lonely on this one ;-)
I've always preferred ANTZ to BUG'S LIFE, I felt it darker and more realistic (4 legs, brown ants, muddy habitat...)...
And I feel SOOOO lonely on this one ;-)
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4:50PM on 08/19/2010

Sounds more like Casper to me

A kind of school where they train ghosts to scare ppl and a reluctant one who just isn't good at it.
A kind of school where they train ghosts to scare ppl and a reluctant one who just isn't good at it.
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11:32AM on 08/19/2010
so it'll come out right around the time of Monsters Inc. 2?
so it'll come out right around the time of Monsters Inc. 2?
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2:41AM on 08/20/2010
That was my thought. The timing couldn't be more perfect, don't you think?
That was my thought. The timing couldn't be more perfect, don't you think?
10:05AM on 08/19/2010
meh...Rogen is 50/50 with me. I like fat Rogen alot more than skinny Rogen.
meh...Rogen is 50/50 with me. I like fat Rogen alot more than skinny Rogen.
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9:26AM on 08/19/2010

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If that picture of Rogen is anything to go by, the character will undoubtably have that stupid face.
If that picture of Rogen is anything to go by, the character will undoubtably have that stupid face.
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