For Pixar’s latest, Monsters University, Disney is really taking the college angle and running with it. We’ve seen updated websites, ads and more selling the movie like it’s a real university. Not only does this gets Pixar fans excited to see something new, Disney is obviously hoping it’ll pique the interest of non-fans asking, “Just what is this Monsters University thing all about?”

That viral marketing continues this week as two new MU ads have popped online pointing towards the June 21 release of the Pixar’s first prequel, starring John Goodman, Billy Crystal and others. Read More »

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‘Monsters University’ Clip: Roommate Bonding

The Monsters University marketing has made no secret of the fact that eventual BFFs / business partners Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) weren’t such fast friends when they met in college. That’s not so surprising considering how different their personalities are, but now a new clip reveals exactly how horribly their first encounter went. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Pixar gives up new footage from its latest sequel in this trailer for Monsters University. Starting off with a classic bit of “arriving at college” footage, we’re introduced to the institution in which Mike and Sully meet, form a rivalry, and eventually become friends. It doesn’t look quite as warm and fuzzy as the original film was, but there’s enough of Pixar’s gorgeous animation to make it a treat to look at.

The new and returning cast includes John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Kelsey Grammer, Frank Oz, Ken Jeong, John Ratzenberger and J.B. Smoove, and you’ll hear many of them here, along with an unexpected blast of rock from 1989. Read More »

Thanksgiving takes place in the States in a couple days, which means we’re at the time of year when some families will be convening for afternoons and evenings spent lazing around lethargically reconnecting in front of a ball game or a movie. There are already plenty of films that serve pretty well as background for family conversation, but Parental Guidance looks like a film that aims to be in DVD players for holidays starting in 2013.

The film features Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as grandparents who are enslisted to care for their family’s youngest generation when the kids’ parents (Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott) have to spend a work weekend out of town. And so begins a whirlwind weekend of debauchery and deep introspection. Or, sorry, that’s a different movie — Parental Guidance seems to gently pit Crystal and Midler’s practical but old-fashioned ways against sensitive modern parenting. As gently as possible while also keeping a scene in which Crystal takes a baseball bat to the nuts, that is.

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On the surface, Parental Guidance seems pretty simple. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star as grandparents who butt heads with their daughter (Marisa Tomei) on how to bring up her kids. The Christmas Day release is directed by Andy Fickman, who has made hit movies (The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain) but never good movies (consider She’s the Man, and You Again). Knowing all that, expectations are suitably curbed and the first trailer largely enforces the predictable, holiday cookie-cutter image you might have in your head.

But then the trailer says the film is about “New school vs. old school” ways of parenting and shows somes differences between tough love, Baby Boomer parenting and the softer coddling style of Generation X. Which got me thinking, maybe this movie has something to say? Maybe it’ll be good? Am I giving Parental Guidance way more credit than it deserves? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself. Read More »

Pixar’s first prequel, Monsters University, will be released next summer and tells the story of how monsters Mike and Sully met in college long before they were scare partners at Monsters Inc. Billy Crystal and John Goodman both return for the film, which is out June 21, 2013. Until now, all we’ve really known is that Mike and Sully started as rivals. That much was evident in all four teaser trailers that came online along with Brave.

In a new interview, though, Billy Crystal has dropped a few new details about the plot and even compared the film to the cult Eighties college comedy Revenge of the Nerds, which featured a small role by none other than John Goodman. Read his quote after the jump. Read More »

Disney has released the teaser trailer for Pixar’s Monsters Inc prequel Monsters University. The film takes us back to when Mike and Sully were in school learning how to scare. Its Pixar’s version of a college comedy, and the teaser trailer gives us a glimpse at some of the partying and pranks we might expect. The trailer will be presented in 3D, attached to Pixar’s Brave this Friday. But you can watch it now, embedded after the jump. And to complicate things, Disney has released the trailer in four different variations. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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