A couple weeks ago I visited Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA to learn about the five year process of creating Monsters University. The clever folks at Pixar organized the day into a series of classroom environments, each with a teacher who served as a department head on the film. One of the coolest classes explained how Pixar’s art directors created the “monsterfied” college world of MU.
I must warn you, the following report is very NERDY. You’re going to learn a lot of information on the little subtle details that go into the architecture and lightening of this incredibly well-thought out computer animated world. You shouldn’t however worry about spoilers, as the details are pretty much spoiler-free. Any information discussed in terms of plot could be gained through the trailers and marketing released thus far, so don’t worry, you’re in safe hands.
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Sometimes movie studios come to CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest) to screen early cuts of their films. Dreamworks Animation came to Vegas in 2008 with an early cut of Kung Fu Panda with temp score and sequences of storyboards or unfinished rendered animation. A few years back Disney arrived at the convention with an early cut of Toy Story 3, with unfinished animation and lighting. Both of those worked out well enough.
This year Disney was confident enough in the latest Pixar effort to bring it to the convention. On the surface, Monsters University doesn’t seem like much of a gamble. It’s a sequel (errr prequel) to a blockbuster film from years ago, which brings beloved furry and one eyed franchise characters back to the screen. But the movie is very different from the original.
See spoiler-free video and written reactions, after the jump.
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The cast of Pixar’s Monsters University already included a few expected names and some good newcomers, including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Helen Mirren, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn. Now there’s a report that many more recognizable names lent their voices to characters in the film. EW says that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski,and Bonnie Hunt are among the voice cast of Monsters University. Sean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina also have roles.
In addition to that news, there are new fraternity and sorority posters showing off many characters from the film. You can see those below. Read More »
It all started with a tweet. That tweet above, to be specific. Monday afternoon director Edgar Wright tweeted that “Aside from The World’s End, I directed one shot in another summer movie. But which?” with the hashtag “I probably will not tell.” Twelve minutes later, he tweeted “Yeah. Some of you got it right.”
Many more people have replied to Wright after that 12 minutes but, looking just at the first few tweets there’s one film that’s mentioned way more than anything else: Iron Man 3. Which would make sense. Wright is set to next make Ant-Man, a Marvel movie, and a cameo would be very cool. Alas, Wright “exclusively revealed” that his shot is NOT in Iron Man 3. Back to the guessing game.
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Briefly: Pixar’s latest film, Monsters University, is still a few months from release, but each and every day the marketing gets increasingly awesome. Disney is really playing up the whole “college” aspect of the film with commercials for the University, rather than the movie, selling a tone and setting as opposed to the characters and franchise. The latest example of this is their little online April Fools prank showing Fear Tech, an obvious rival to MU, hacking the homepage for the school. That’s an image above, click here for the full Fear Tech takeover.
Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Oscars they aren’t, but the Kids’ Choice Awards are very good for getting fresh looks at upcoming films. Both of this summer’s big animated sequels — Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 — premiered new spots with unseen footage at this weekend’s event.
The former is still running with its college theme, as Mike and Sulley enjoy the G-rated, Pixar equivalent of a wild frat party. The latter shifts the focus back to the minions once again. Both are very heavy on the adorable. Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Dwayne Johnson‘s gone from franchise to franchise the past few years, but now he may finally be ready to lead an offshoot of his own. The actor reveals a Luke Hobbs spinoff could “possibly” arrive after Fast & Furious 6. Also after the jump:
- Johnson also talks Bond and Expendables 3
- The Transformers series will return to Chicago
- Scary Movie 5 gets a slightly less crass poster
- No, Meryl Streep will not be in Anchorman 2
- See Bruce Willis‘ international G.I. Joe poster
- Cobra Special Forces has a message for the Joes
- Hatchet III teaser is all about Victor Crowley
- Monsters University reacts to March Madness
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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 »
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Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University shows Mike and Sully in their college days, and illustrates how their friendship evolved out of an early rivalry. That’s stuff we’ve known for a long time, but a new Japanese trailer features some footage that illustrates more of how a couple of the character transitions take place. Plus, it features some great Japanese voice acting for the main characters.
Despite the fact that none of the trailer audio is in English, it’s pretty easy to tell what’s going on thanks to Pixar’s strong visual style. And we’re told that this trailer, unfortunately, has a few big spoilers in it. For some, given that we know generally how this story turns out, that won’t be a big deal. But if you’re cautious about knowing too many specifics of any movie beforehand, might want to steer clear of this one.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not always the case that “family films” actually appeal to the whole family, but two that do are Monsters, Inc. and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. So even though we (as childless adults) may not be in their ideal target demo per se, we’ve very much looking forward to the sequels Monsters University and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Both are due out later this year, and both have just released new posters which you can check out after the jump.
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