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Pixar Animation Studios has created a monster and it’s not named either Mike or Sulley. It’s called “expectations.” After pretty much a decade of flawless excellence, the creators of Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, Up, The Incredibles and so much more hit a bit of a critical rough patch. 2010’s Toy Story 3 was their most successful film of all-time, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. That was followed by Cars 2 and Brave. Each were financially successful, and Brave even won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but many Pixar fans were disappointed. They looked ahead to 2013 for the next chance at Pixar perfection.

That chance comes this weekend with the release of Dan Scanlon‘s Monsters University. The film comes not only with the baggage of Pixar’s last two films, but the fact that it’s the company’s first prequel. That’s a lot to live up to. As reviews were released over the past few weeks, reactions have been decidedly mixed. Some, like me, praised it as a return to the glory of Pixar. Others have dismissed it as a sub-par cash grab with little heart or emotion. Personally, I have no idea how anyone could come to that latter reaction, but we’d love to hear your thoughts on the film below.

Is Monsters University a return to the Pixar of old? Or is this their third questionable film in a row? Read our review here, listen to the /Filmcast review here and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Pixar’s favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, return to the big screen this weekend as the excellent Monsters University has finally been released. To mark the occasion, College Humor has imagined the moment when Pixar first revealed the younger versions of the characters to their voices, John Goodman and Billy Crystal. The results are hilarious. Read More »

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DaveGermain, and Laremy (author of Film Critic) discuss this weekend’s box office contenders, Monsters University and World War Z.

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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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The still above from 21 Jump Street is an accurate representation of my reaction to the reveal that the sequel will be called 22 Jump Street. Also after the jump:

  • Check out pics from Transformers 4‘s Texas set
  • How much of Transformers 4 is set in China?
  • Freida Pinto and James Franco won’t return (duh) for more Apes 
  • Marc Forster is “open” to a World War Z sequel
  • Sofia Vergara gets another Machete Kills poster
  • See a trailer for Despicable Me 2‘s “Minion Rush” game
  • Watch tons of B-roll and interviews from Monsters University

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Monsters University

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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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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At any given time, the gang at Pixar has roughly half a dozen films in various stages of development, many of which the public is unaware of. Currently we know they have Monsters University out next month, Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur out next Summer, Pete Docter’s Inside Out set for release Summer 2015 and Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, out November 2015. Lee Unkrich is also making a still-untitled Día de los Muertos film which’ll be released somewhere in that time period. But, obviously, more is on the way.

Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger did a conference call with shareholders and one small piece of information he mentioned has yet to be discussed. Iger said that, over the next five years, Pixar has “fantastic original stories as well as some great sequels to their previous hits.” That’s “sequels,” plural, meaning there must be at least one more beyond Finding Dory. Read the full quote and speculate below. Read More »

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The Way Way Back, Fruitvale Station, Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, Only God Forgives, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and In A World. The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival already features a laundry list of the year’s best festival films and highly anticipated fall releases. Now the fest is adding a bit of blockbuster appeal.

The festival, which takes places June 13-23 in downtown Los Angeles, has just added special advanced screenings of Man of Steel and Monsters University. And if that’s not enough, Spike Jonze will do a special event talking about his career and presenting footage from his upcoming movie, Her. Read More »

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