D23: Bill Hader Auditions to be Pixar's New 'Lucky Charm'
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Bill Hader has one Pixar film under his belt -- he voiced the humorous slug who was late for class in Monsters University -- and Friday at D23 he was on hand to introduce two more roles and make a humorous push to be Pixar’s next “lucky charm.”
John Ratzenberger -- who has voiced a character in all 14 of Pixar Animation Studios’ released features -- had enjoyed that nickname at the studio for years.
At D23, it was revealed that Hader will voice Forrest, a dinosaur who is the older brother of the protagonist in Pixar’s 2014 release The Good Dinosaur, directed by Bob Peterson. And he'll also be heard as Fear, a character inside the mind of the young girl in Inside Out, Pixar’s 2015-scheduled film from director Pete Docter (Up).
And as Pixar’s 2016 film, Finding Dory, was introduced, Hader came back on stage dressed as a sea cucumber to ask for a role in the Finding Nemo sequel. “I could be Pixar’s lucky charm,” he enthused.
At that moment, Ratzerberger, followed by a band, appeared on stage. The pair got a series of laughs, with Ratzenberger joking that Hader’s decision to leave SNL was a “good move” as he chuckled that the SNL alum had only appeared in three Pixar films.