Pixar Announces 'Monsters University' at CinemaCon, Teases 'Brave'
by Alex Billington
March 29, 2011
Now we know the title and I'm already very excited! I just left Disney's big presentation at CinemaCon today, the convention in Las Vegas for movie theaters and the movie industry, and have many things to talk about (like The Avengers) but the big news that I was most excited about and wanted to share with all of you, was the announcement of an official name for the upcoming Monsters Inc sequel that Pixar confirmed previously is in the works. It will be called Monsters University and is a prequel focusing on the years Mike and Sully went to Monsters University and how they became best friends. I already can't wait for this!
Disney confirmed that, while there isn't an exact release date yet, Monsters University would be arriving late 2012 and both Billy Crystal and John Goodman will be back to voice Mike and Sully. They explained briefly that the two monsters were not the best of friends when they both entered the university, and this will tell the story of how they became such good friends (we reported this plot as a rumor previously). They haven't announced a writer or director yet, but as always Pixar doesn't seem to name any credits until closer to release, but we do know that Pete Docter, who directed the original, will not be returning to direct this.
But before we see Monsters University, Pixar's mid-2012 movie is the Scotland-set adventure Brave (formerly Bear and the Bow), which is about a tomboyish princess named Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald. They showed some of the same concept art released earlier this week, including a few shots we haven't seen. The world and environment looks great as always, but because it's all human characters, I'm still weary and really looking forward to actually seeing some footage first. I'm curious, but not yet excited for Brave, but they've still got a long way to go. We'll let you know when we hear anything more about this.
As a final wrap-up on all things Pixar from CinemaCon, they also showed us a good 20 minutes of footage from James BondCars 2, or rather Cars 2 as it's officially known. While the story does wrap around the World Grand Prix race that Lightning McQueen is in, it really is a James Bond movie with Cars characters. It even opens with a James Bond-like scene featuring British spy Finn McMissile (already one of my favorite characters) on a mission. I'm actually very excited to see it. Cars 2 hits theaters on June 24th this summer.