I’ve got a soft spot for cute, pet-like animated characters so when news first broke that DreamWorks Animation was making a movie about a ghost who needs to attend ghost school in order to become a better scarer, I was hooked. However, that was a few years ago and since, the narrative and title of Boo U has changed.
Now we’ve got B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations on the way and it tells the story of a pair of ghosts who go to work for the B.O.O., an organization dedicated to protecting humans from evil spirits. The scenario still sounds fun and also has Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, Octavia Spencer, Matt Bomer and Bill Murray leading the voice cast, but the very first look at the characters just surfaced and it’s not really what I was hoping for. Hit the jump to check it out. B.O.O. is scheduled for a June 5, 2015 release.
Clearly the characters pictured in this image via Film Divider are not ghosts; they’re children, but isn’t this supposed to be a movie about ghosts? I won’t write the film off completely, but if these kids really are the main characters, my interest in B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations is dropping drastically.
Sure, this is only a “learn to draw” book for kids, but it’s also worth noting the (unedited) Amazon description:
“Short for ‘Bureau of Otherworldly Operations,’ B.O.O. introduces children to ghostly adventures in the digital age, as they come along for a spooky ride with the super-classified ghost-busting agency no one has ever heard of and certainly never seen. The agents of B.O.O. work to protect humans from evil hauntings with a secret weaponâ??they are ghosts themselves! With Learn to Draw Dreamworks’ B.O.O., young artists can learn to recreate favorite haunts and heroes from the film step by step, such as agent Jackson Moss and his oddball partner Watts, who save the agencyâ??and the worldâ??from an attack threatening to destroy it forever. Featured drawing projects include popular ghost-busting agents and their cool gadgets, as well as the film’s villains, including the scheming criminal Most Wanted Haunter.”
According to the film’s IMDb page, Davis Cleveland is voicing “Young Jackson” and Rogen is credited as “Jackson Moss,” so perhaps the characters pictured on the cover of this book are only in a small portion of the film.