It's not for nothing that Hamm the Piggy Bank is the first toy Andy picks up as he nostalgically looks through his old toy box in the trailer for Toy Story 3. John Ratzenberger, who voices Hamm, has been in every Pixar movie — the only actor who can claim that honor. In fact, the studio considers him its good-luck charm.
So in anticipation of Toy Story's return (one of our must-see movies this summer), we've picked our favorite scenes for each Ratzenberger-Pixar character. Do they match yours? Let us know with a Comment below.
10. WALL-E — John
Trade the Cheers
barstool for a hover chair, but keep the Cliff Clavin–like romantic awkwardness. What's not to love?
9. Ratatouille — Mustafa
With a French accent and nervous know-nothing
air, this Ratzenberger turn on screen is a well-played Pixar Easter egg
8. Toy Story — Hamm the Piggy Bank
Sure, pigs are smart, but ruthless, wisecracking Battleship players? Now, that's good bacon
. (And is it just us, or does Mr. Potato Head look like Norm?)
7. Cars — Mack
We always knew Kenny G was a force for evil. Thank you, John and Pixar, for bringing that important safety message to generations of children!
6. Finding Nemo — School of Moonfish
From the incessant game of impressions to the mocking of the neurotic Marlin (played as only Albert Brooks
could), this ranks high in movie scene-stealing moments.
5. Monsters, Inc. — The Abominable Snowman
Who better to give Sulley and Mike a never-ending stream of trivia instead of directions to the nearby village?
4. Up — Construction Foreman Tom
How many times did the Cheers crew want to blast Cliff with a round of hot air? The fact that it takes place at Carl Fredricksen's mailbox? Priceless.
3. A Bug’s Life — P.T. Flea
The over-the-top showmanship and evil genius on display here was almost enough to bump this up to our #1 Ratzenberger-Pixar scene.
2. The Incredibles — Underminer
Clocking in at less than 30 seconds, this villain's appearance in the movie's closing moments left fans wanting more — and lead to a video game sequel
, The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
. (Ratzenberger was the only actor from the movie to voice the matching game character.)
1. Cars credits
Mack + Hamm the Truck + Abominable Snow Plow + P.T. Flea Car = best Pixar end credits. Ever.