From Toy Story to Finding Dory, the wealth of majestic content pouring from the mind of Pixar's dream team has kept us entertained and awe-inspired for over two decades. And, so often are we so blown away and enamored by their animated characters that — unless voiced by the likes of Dwayne Johnson or Eddie Murphy — we forget that lurking behind these digital darlings are countless insanely talented actors. But we shouldn't forget, not when the faces look like the fellows on the list below, anyway.
The following five stars voiced child characters in classic Pixar movies but, if we're being honest, now we'd much rather see them grown and in front of the camera, if you catch my drift.
1. Toy Story's Andy — John Morris
Voice actor John Morris apparently brought a bunch of X-Men action figures to his Toy Story audition and made voices for them — understandably, the Pixar team loved it so much they gave him the part! In the 21 years that have passed since Pixar's first animation jumped into our hearts, Morris has voiced Andy twice in the franchise's sequels, graduated from University of California-Los Angeles School of Theater, Film & Television and developed a pretty well-manicured facial hair game.
2. Monster's Inc's Boo — Mary Gibbs
Should little Boo stumble across monsters today I doubt she'd have any issues putting them in their place. According to the voice actress' Instagram account, she now spends her time busting insanely flexi yoga shapes in stunning locations around the world. And, when she's not making us green with envy that way, she's lending her voice to other animated movies such as 2015's Inside Out and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.
3. Finding Nemo's Nemo — Alexander Gould
Nemo isn't floundering around in the ocean anymore! Since voicing everyone's favorite clown fish back in 2003, LA native Alexander Gould has bagged parts in a number of productions including the role of Twitch in How to Eat Fried Worms, Bambi in Bambi II and Shane Botwin in Weeds. What'll be more exciting to Pixar fans however, is Gould's recent cameo in Finding Dory — he voices Carl, the truck driver!
4. A Bug's Life's Dot — Hayden Panettiere
I'm sure you'll recognize the face behind the adorable purple Dot from A Bug's Life — Hayden Panettiere has been climbing the ranks of stardom since she was 11 months old, after all. Since participating in the animated tale of warrior insects, Panettiere has starred in hit NBC series Heroes, played Juliette Barnes in Nashville and the titular role in true crime drama Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, among many others. Now the mother to a beautiful baby girl, she's using her fame to open a discussion and awareness to women suffering from postpartum depression.
5. Brave's Merida — Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald has cemented her presence on the cinematic circuit, portraying a number of strong, inspirational women, even before she leant her captivating Scottish accent to the magnificent Merida in Pixar's 2012 hit Brave. You may know her better as Margaret Thompson in TV series Boardwalk Empire, as Dolly in Anna Karenina or as Helena Ravenclaw in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Are you shocked to see what the Pixar kids look like now?