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"They'll always be your biggest fan." It's Mother's Day this weekend in the US, and of course Disney/Pixar is celebrating it with a fun promo video for their animated summer movie - Monsters University. The video features a few clips of the amusing monster mother character, Ms. Squibbles, who is Squishy's mom from the fraternity that Mike and Sully join. We've seen Disney make plenty of these kind of promos for all sorts of different holidays, but this is a fitting one from Pixar since Ms. Squibbles is an important part of the cast and story in Monsters University. Check it out below. To all the mom's out there - Happy Mother's Day!
"If you're not scary, what kind of a monster are you?" The words "final" and "university" used to be the most terrifying combination in my younger years, but when I say the final trailer for Pixar's prequel Monsters University is here, it's all good. This trailer has all of the college fun, along with some new plot information to give us an idea of just how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) figure out who is better at scaring, but the stakes are even higher than that. This trailer finally gets me on board with the Pixar prequel, especially after the good buzz from CinemaCon last week. Watch!
When the first teaser trailers for Monsters University were released, they featured Sulley (John Goodman) pranking his new college roommate Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Now Sulley is back at giving Mike a hard time on a new poster for the Pixar summer release. Duct tape makes for some of the best pranks, and this one puts Mike up on the wall for all the kids to laugh at. It's good to know that these two become such friends after initially being enemies in college. Our own Alex Billington just saw the entire film at CinemaCon, and had nothing but nice things to say. Sounds like this Pixar sequel will be a delight. Look!
Welcome to Monsters University! Disney held their big 2013 presentation at CinemaCon on Wednesday morning, kicking things off with an impressive glance at their upcoming slate (which includes all Marvel Studios, Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm movies coming up). But the biggest surprise of the day was a screening of Pixar's Monsters University in its entirety. It seemed mostly final (unlike when they screened a rough cut of Toy Story 3 here three years ago) and is an excellent follow-up that made me quite emotional by the end. We also got to watch almost 20 minutes of footage from Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, which I was actually entertained by (it is another Jerry Bruckheimer movie) although it was overshadowed by MU.
Well, it sounds like the full voice cast for Monsters University wasn't entirely revealed. Despite including the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and John Ratzenberger, there are three more names that have just surfaced. Nathan Fillion is playing a horned monster from Roar Omega Roar named Johnny Worthington (see a new image below), John Krasinski is playing Frightening Frank McCay, a scaring superstar, and Bonnie Hunt (Cars) is voicing Mike Wazowski's grade school teacher Karen Graves. Look!
From the various trailers and TV spots, we've already gotten quite a taste of the college shenanigans that future friends Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) get into at Monsters University, the prequel to Pixar's original Monsters Inc. We've already met some of the new characters in the form of character posters, ID cards and class photos, and now we get to see even more with this set of photos highlighting the students of various fraternities and sororities with clever monstrous Greek names like Roar Omega Roar (RΩR) and Slugma Slugma Kappa (EEK). School this summer doesn't sound bad.
Even though we have to wait over two more years to see this, Disney and Pixar have officially confirmed and announced details on the Finding Nemo sequel. It will be officially called Finding Dory, which certainly hints at the plot, and will be arriving in theaters on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, Thanksgiving week. It was first revealed last summer that Andrew Stanton would be returning to Pixar after making John Carter to develop this new Finding Nemo sequel. Ellen DeGeneres is also confirmed to return as the voice of Dory, which is just perfect. "There is no Dory without Ellen," said Stanton. We couldn't agree more.
Happy April Fools Day from Pixar! This is awesome. We already featured one fantastically brilliant April Fools joke-turned-promo today (this Pineapple Express 2 teaser) but here's another one that earns a top spot. Pixar's Monsters University viral website, designed to be a fully operational university website, has been defaced today by the rival school "Fear Tech". Similar to the way the Joker suddenly defaced all The Dark Knight viral websites back in 2008, the site has spray paint all over and the color theme was changed to orange. It's a hilarious April Fools rivalry joke that works brilliantly in the context of this MU viral site.
"You may see a laboratory, we see cutting edge research, opening doors to the future." You know the drill, more college viral videos for Pixar's Monsters University, these ones even have some never-seen-before footage. Two short 30-sec viral videos have hit the web showing the exciting life of Monsters University students. The website they've been running for this is brilliant and we recently featured a Message from the Dean video as well, but it always brings a smile to my face to see more. The second video, with a focus on the "scaring" side of the school, is the better one with some subtle hints at what we can expect in this prequel.
It's the Class of 2013 on the new poster for Pixar's Monsters University. We've already seen quite a bit of good marketing for the movie, including a solid UK trailer and plenty of posters, student IDs, viral sites and more. We're still waiting to see a theatrical US trailer, but at least we've been introduced to most of the new gang. Beyond Mike and Sulley, there is a whole campus-load of new characters in MU, many of which become friends or rivals. I almost want a full shot of the entire class, as this poster seems cropped too much, but maybe that's how it's meant to be. This is reminiscent of the Toy Story 3 poster, but it's still cool to see.
"Your future is knocking, open the door." Time to meet all of the main characters from Pixar's Monsters University, their prequel to Monsters Inc, one of my all-time favorites. We've seen a a few good trailers, campus videos, viral videos and more, but now a set of 8 character posters & student IDs to go along with them have debuted (via Total Film/Empire). Besides Mike and Sulley, the roster includes purple guy Art, Randy Boggs (also from Monsters Inc), Terri & Terry Perry, "Squishy", Don Carlton and the rather ominous Dean Hardscrabble. The Faculty ID without a poster is "Professor Knight" but he's in the trailer.
"Open the door to your future, and become the student you were meant to be." Ever since the full UK trailer hit this week, we've been a bit hyped up over Pixar's Monsters University, their prequel to Monsters Inc bringing back Mike & Sulley. We've been waiting for the full US trailer, but in the meantime the full-fledged viral site at MonstersUniversity.com is still running and they recently posted a new video (via MovieViral). It's a quick "message to prospective students from the Dean of Monsters University," basically one of those cheesy "come to our college" videos, but with a Monsters twist. They even tease some of the school's theme.
Pixar Animation Studios presents their new short The Blue Umbrella, directed by Saschka Unseld. What a beautiful poster. Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival currently underway in Germany as we speak is this short film from Pixar, which will be playing in front of Monsters University later this summer. It will also be premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin (both logos are on the poster). Vulture premiered this beauty, which features a varied selection of black umbrellas lined up and our two lovers, the blue & red ones. Perfect, everything about this is sublime and it's just for an animated short. But I love it, even the font.
Director Andrew Stanton is returning to the familiar waters of animation after floundering in live action with the infamous 2012 flop John Carter, and he has already locked down Ellen DeGeneres to reprise her role of the forgetful fish Dory for Disney/Pixar's sequel Finding Nemo 2. Though Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive gave Albert Brooks the opportunity to stretch his acting muscles and play a villain, Brooks' voice work in the original Finding Nemo is actually his most famous performance of the past decade, so it's no surprise seeing Deadline report the actor has signed on to voice Nemo's father Marlin again in the sequel.