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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I am going to scare circles around you." The lovable Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc are back in the prequel Monsters University, the 14th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. While there is no Boo this time, we do meet a whole batch of new monsters including Squishy, Don, Terri & Terry, Art, Johnny and the ominous Dean Hardscrabble. So how is it? Does it live up to Monsters Inc at all, is at as good as that classic, or not even close? Does it have as much heart as there is humor? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pixar's Monsters University.
In 2001, when Monster's, Inc. came out, Pixar was still in its early years. The company had two Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, which some considered a slight disappointment. Adorable as it was, Monster's, Inc. still didn't quite reach the heights of quality storytelling that would come a bit later with films like Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. It's only natural that now, 12 years and ample amounts of that quality later, the company's trek back to the well brings us Monsters University, a prequel. The results are still fine, adorable as ever, with plenty of laughs from audiences both young and old. And maybe that's good enough.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy are joined by Kate Erbland, from MSN Movies & Film School Rejects, to go through their picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and much more. The main topic was a discussion on Pixar's cinematic output since the topic was last broached on the show in 2010, coinciding with Monsters University hitting theaters this week. The group talks over their last few films and how the company has/hasn't changed and where they hope to see them go.
Apparently Disney-Pixar doesn't know the meaning of the word "final." Back in April, the new Monsters University trailer hyping the Scare Games was touted as the final trailer. But earlier this month a short new trailer showed up, and the music of Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia was included, so that was fine. Well, now we're here with the second "final" trailer, but this is called the "final exam" trailer, showing Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) studying their hearts out in college. This looks like it has all the staples of university life we know, plus the heart of Pixar. Watch now!
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.