Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Disney has reached out to let us know that its blog has made an error, and that Scanlon is not directing Cars 3. No director has been announced for the Pixar sequel. Original story follows.
You won’t find many Pixar fanatics who cite the two Cars movies as their favorites from the studio. The first Cars wasn’t bad, but it was a disappointment coming in the middle of Pixar’s impeccable early run, and the second Cars is still the only Pixar movie ever to get a “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s safe to say a lot of adult fans wouldn’t mind if Lightning McQueen and his friends just drove off into the sunset for good.
But Cars is absolutely huge with kids, and as a result this franchise draws in money by the truckload. Box office and home video sales are just the start of it. There are also toys, theme park attractions, and tons of other tie-in merchandise. So of course Pixar’s going to keep this thing running as long as they can. The studio announced a Cars 3 in 2014, and now they’ve finally revealed who’s behind the wheel: Monsters University director Dan Scanlon. Read More »
One of the things Pixar is legendary for is the company’s story meeting. Each is a gathering of creative minds (John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich and Brad Bird are frequent attendees) at which they go over the scripts for upcoming movies and riff on concepts. Ideas are thrown out, discussed, and evolved. It’s this collaborative process that helps Pixar make such timeless movies.
Unfortunately, the normal fan is never allowed into these meetings. Instead, we have to settle for a minute long tease of one where director Dan Scanlon and others discuss Monsters University. It’s still pretty great and you can see it below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
The completed Monsters University hit theaters this summer, but now director Dan Scanlon is back to earn some extra credit with two new deleted scenes. The clips were released as promotion for the film’s home video release, which will hit in time for Halloween.
The first offers a better look at the Monsters University campus and curriculum, including a lesson on gathering information about kid targets. The second shows Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) butting heads yet again, this time in the context of a drama course. Hit the jump to check them out.
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Monsters University features all the entertainment and heart you’ve come to expect from Pixar, and then some. We meet Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) during their college years, as the company’s first prequel is set years before the events of 2001’s Monsters Inc.
Director Dan Scanlon turns that simple story idea into a great, fast paced college comedy with an intriguing blend of emotional highs and lows. Every single character and moment is played to near perfect effect, leaving the audience dumbfounded at how the movie constantly keeps raising the bar. Just when you think it can’t get better, it does, and you’ll leave the theater fulfilled, but also wildly surprised at where Pixar goes this time around.
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Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
As college kids across the country toss their mortarboards into the air, the bright-eyed freshmen of Monsters University are just now getting ready to arrive on campus and hit the books. And this year’s new class includes future Monsters, Inc. co-workers Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voiced by John Goodman).
With three weeks to go until the release date, Disney has now revealed the final trailer for the Pixar prequel. This promo’s a little heavier on the plot, with a fair amount of new footage. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Odds are, your college experience didn’t involve two-headed frat boys or courses about scaring. In most other respects, though, Mike and Sulley’s first days on campus should look pretty familiar to anyone who’s ever logged time in a dorm room.
In a new clip from Monsters University, the pair have a little roommate spat, because learning to live with other people is never easy. Fortunately, they learn to have good times together as well — the new trailer shows them staying up way too late and partying way too hard to the strains of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Roar.” See both videos after the jump.
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Some Pixar fans have noticed that the set-up of Monsters University is inconsistant with the backstory presented in Monsters Inc.. How could Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan have met for the first time in college when there is a line in Monsters Inc about the duo knowing each other in the fourth grade? While I was visiting Pixar a couple weeks back, someone asked Monsters University director Dan Scanlon about this continuity error during a roundtable interview. Find out the story of how and why this happened, after the jump.
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Disney has kind of a big movie opening next week, and is using it to promote the other big movies they have coming up next. We’ve already seen the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World and now Disney has released a final trailer for Pixar’s 2013 film, Monsters University. In this trailer, we get our first glimpse at the film’s big Revenge of the Nerds homage, the Scare Games. Students at the university must compete to prove they’re the scariest monsters and it’s up to Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) to help a ragtag fraternity win it all.
Honestly, while this trailer is really great, it’s also incredibly revealing with all kinds of brand new ghosts, gags and ghouls. I’d suggest avoiding it, but since it’ll be attached to Iron Man 3 next week anyway, you might as well watch it now. Read More »
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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 »
Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
When we first encountered Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) the pair were among the top employees Monsters, Inc. But just as humans don’t ascend the ranks of Fortune 500 companies without hard work and some know-how, monsters need to learn the ropes before they can go on to prestigious careers in scaring. And that’s where Monsters University comes in.
In a new viral video from Pixar, the school dean talks up the benefits of a Monsters University education. Turns out they aren’t all that different from the advantages of a human college, except that instead of setting students up for jobs in finance or journalism or engineering, it prepares them for a lifetime of spooking little kids. Watch the message from the dean after the jump.
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