TURNING RED Director Domee Shi Reveals If Fan Theories Abby Is MONSTERS INC.'s Boo Are Correct (Exclusive)

TURNING RED Director Domee Shi Reveals If Fan Theories Abby Is MONSTERS INC.'s Boo Are Correct (Exclusive)

If you're on TikTok, you've probably aware of a very popular theory that argues Turning Red's Abby is, in fact, Boo from Monsters Inc. Now, director Domee Shi reveals whether they're one and the same...

By JoshWilding - Apr 22, 2022 03:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Animated Features

Turning Red - which has a Fresh 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes - tells the story of Mei Lee, a confident, dorky thirteen-year-old torn between staying her mother's dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. And as if changes to her interests, relationships, and body weren't enough, whenever she gets too excited (which for a teenager is practically always), she "poofs" into a giant red panda! 

There's a lot to love about this movie, and like many Pixar releases, it's crammed full of fun Easter Eggs for fans. While many of those in Turning Red reference what it was like to live in Toronto in the early 2000s, there are plenty of nods to the studio's other projects to be found, and here's a very popular theory doing the rounds that Mei's friend Abby is, in fact, a teenage Boo from Monsters Inc.

Let's take a look at the evidence; the flowers on her clothes are nearly identical to the ones on Boo's door, she has a love of all things fluffy, and there's definitely a slight resemblance between the two. When we spoke to Turning Red director Domee Shi, we asked if there's any truth to the theory.
 


"[Laughs] Oh yeah, I saw that. I saw that TikTok. I don't want to spoil people's conspiracy theory, rabbit hole investigations, because that's always super fun, but Abby is not an older Boo, unfortunately. You know, they could be related. I can see the similarity with the hair. I also like the idea that people are embracing that Boo is is Korean. That's cool. I support that! [Laughs]"

Well, it was fun while it lasted, eh? 

Some fans had already pointed out flaws in this theory (including the respective settings of each movie), but it did look like there could be a connection between the two characters. Fans have spent years trying to pinpoint Boo's location - there's even a time-travel theory that connects to Brave - but it won't be found in Turning Red. Hopefully, she'll return if and when we get a Monsters Inc. sequel.

Turning Red is available on Digital April 26 and Blu-ray May 3.
 

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AmazingFILMporg
AmazingFILMporg - 4/22/2022, 3:02 PM
It's true....all of it💁
dracula
dracula - 4/22/2022, 3:03 PM
Was Boo suppose to be asian?
WruceBayne
WruceBayne - 4/22/2022, 4:12 PM
@Waddles - just tell me if Tarzan is the brother of the Frozen girls.
theredmeadow
theredmeadow - 4/22/2022, 4:38 PM
@Waddles - I think it's just laziness on behalf of the artists and probably reuse artwork or framework.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 4/22/2022, 3:05 PM
I never understood this theory AT ALL. They look NOTHING ALIKE. People are weird.
comicfan100
comicfan100 - 4/22/2022, 3:08 PM
Boo was in Toy Story 4, though. I think that was confirmed.
NightBoyWonder
NightBoyWonder - 4/22/2022, 4:09 PM
@comicfan100 - yeah that was confirmed to be her

HulkisHoly
HulkisHoly - 4/22/2022, 4:39 PM
@NightBoyWonder -


Wowwww never noticed that.
LiteraryJoe
LiteraryJoe - 4/22/2022, 3:11 PM
Boo was the witch in Brave.
WruceBayne
WruceBayne - 4/22/2022, 4:14 PM
@LiteraryJoe - you sound ridiculous and that doesn’t even make sense. Boo is so obviously the egg shaped robot from Wall-E. Lol
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 4/22/2022, 4:24 PM
@LiteraryJoe - I've seen this theory, it's quite well thought out actually.
Origame
Origame - 4/22/2022, 4:37 PM
@WruceBayne - no you fool. Boo grows up to be the Asian boy scout from up.
WruceBayne
WruceBayne - 4/22/2022, 4:57 PM
@Origame - how could I have been so blind!?
QuiGonsGhost
QuiGonsGhost - 4/22/2022, 6:20 PM
@LiteraryJoe - Boo = Zurg, enemy of Star Command
dragon316
dragon316 - 4/22/2022, 3:24 PM
People make theories are always 99% percent wrong of time I don’t believe anything to be true unless movie proves it other wise and people who worked on movie as well
Lokiwasright
Lokiwasright - 4/22/2022, 3:36 PM
People have more theories on fictional things than facts about things that actually matter.
Razorface1
Razorface1 - 4/22/2022, 4:27 PM
@Lokiwasright - Let me tell you about this thing called "Academia".
99OPTIMISTPRIME
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 4/22/2022, 4:11 PM
Adorable.😂🤣 However, that little boy in Iron Man 2, is NOT a young Peter Parker!
WruceBayne
WruceBayne - 4/22/2022, 4:15 PM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME - I don’t care what anybody says, that little boy is NOT Peter Parker.
Razorface1
Razorface1 - 4/22/2022, 4:26 PM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME - Retcons are just the worse. Also weird he is more heroic as a child, if that were the case.
HulkisHoly
HulkisHoly - 4/22/2022, 4:40 PM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME -

But didn’t feige retcon that and say it was Peter?
ElricReturns
ElricReturns - 4/22/2022, 4:51 PM
I want a conceptual game brave in the way Kingdom Hearts was, but this game will be called Disney Theories, and we play as Nic Cage from National Treasure (I believe it's owned by Disney) who is tasked with solving and stringing together all of the mysterys of the "Disney is all connected" theories in a Sherlock Holmes meets Indiana Jones meets Disney lore adventure. Market it as Nintendos UNCHARTED.
Evansly
Evansly - 4/22/2022, 6:54 PM
@ElricReturns - Interesting. I'd also watch a show where Nic Cage tries to interpret Disney theories
TheWalkingCuban
TheWalkingCuban - 4/22/2022, 4:55 PM
Monsters Inc is Pixar’s funniest movie
QuiGonsGhost
QuiGonsGhost - 4/22/2022, 6:23 PM
Excited to watch this with my gf

Also, first time hearing/watching Josh do his thing
MosquitoFarmer
MosquitoFarmer - 4/22/2022, 6:39 PM
Boo was too adorable and endearing to risk ruining with another full-fledged role as an older kid.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/23/2022, 12:20 AM
Not even close.
IcePyke
IcePyke - 4/23/2022, 1:14 AM
Of course not!

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