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It's time for the big 5-year update on animation. Walt Disney has confirmed their release plan for the next five years of animated movies from both Disney Animation and Pixar Animation. The news and dates come from ERCBoxoffice (via SlashFilm) but it doesn't contain any titles or information beyond just the dates for a bunch of films coming up through 2018. However, I've organized a complete list of releases, including most of those we do know titles for through 2015 (the last one announced being Finding Dory), but the rest we'll have to wait for the announcement. For now this is just a quick release date update from Disney/Pixar.
Disney and Pixar Animation's summer sequel Monsters University isn't too far away, and following that cute little Mother's Day wish last weekend, the film is now getting some hype courtesy of the trendy online t-shirt company Threadless. They've teamed with Disney and Pixar to sell some custom shirts inspired by Monsters University and Monsters Inc. The cool thing about these shirts is the designs on sale were chosen from 487 submitted designs from artists around the world. Some truly amazing artwork is on these shirts, to the point that I would almost want some of these images up on my wall instead of my shirt. Look!
Some cute little shorts featuring the characters of Toy Story have already made their way to the big screen, even after Toy Story 3 hit theaters. Now another new one is coming this Halloween, but it's a full 30-minutes long and will be getting the TV treatment. Given the timing of the short's premiere, it's no surprise to learn it's called Toy Story of Terror, and it mostly focuses on Jesse (Joan Cusack) as Bonnie takes the toys on a road trip and they end up staying in a spooky motel after the car breaks down. But don't worry, because Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and some of the other toys will be there too.
"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.