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"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.
"I'm gunna wipe the floor with that little know it all..." Surprise, surprise, we've got the full trailer for you! Disney has unveiled the first full-length (UK) trailer for Pixar's Monsters University, bringing back old pals Mike and Sulley to tell their early days become friends while at college. We've already seen one teaser trailer last year, a featurette this weekend, and a few posters, now it's time to get into the meat of the story and all the characters and the campus. While there are some odd cuts, seeing this trailer reminds me again why I love Pixar so much, and why Monsters University is a must see this summer. Looks like so much fun!
There's an "extended preview" featurette going around the web for Pixar's Monsters University, the prequel coming up this summer. It has been shown before (at conventions like D23 last year) but since it's now online, it's worth seeing. The video features director Dan Scanlon introducing the story, concept, updates and other details for Monsters University, bringing back the beloved characters Mike and Sulley for an adventure set at Monsters University. The way he describes it, it's pretty much exactly like an Animal House knock off, but within the Monsters universe, which should be incredibly fun. I can't wait to see this!
If you've been reading sites like ours for a few years, chances are you've come across posts like this one that shined a light on an amazing fan-made project: a shot for shot remake of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's been called "the greatest fan film ever made," but now we have one that might challenge it's spot on the throne. Gizmodo points us to The Live Action Toy Story Project, a fan effort to recreate the entirety of Pixar's flagship film Toy Story in live action, using real toys. It took over two years to complete, but Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta have finally done it, and the result is pretty damn spectacular.
It looks completely adorable already! In addition to teasing some concept art for their upcoming projects, Pixar has also decided to unveil their new short film playing in front of Monsters University this summer (out June 21st). It's called The Blue Umbrella and the first introduction includes mention of the rather interesting director, Saschka Unseld, who pitched his way up from the technical artists section of Pixar, where the specialties range from lighting to clothing-simulation software, not usually where directors come from but he has some obvious talent. The reveal includes a quick clip from the new short film, see it below.
While we wait for Pixar to finish up a prequel to Monsters Inc and ready their next original project for 2014, titled The Good Dinosaur, we also still continue to mourn the loss of one of their "cancelled" projects - Newt. The film was originally scheduled for the summer of 2011 then was cancelled (in place of Cars 2) due to similarities to Rio. Essentially, it's about a blue-footed newt, a tiny little salamander, who finds the one remaining mate of his species. We first posted some beautiful concept art back in 2010, but an illustrator named Katy Wu has recently posted her set of concept art for the project and it's stunning. Gorgeous work.
"Imagine You at MU!" Speaking of Pixar, aside from all that concept art, the animation studio has also released a brand new campus promo video for Monsters University, the actual college in the movie, not just the movie itself. If you've been following, there was a viral launched a few months back showcasing a full-fledged university website for the fictional in-universe Monsters University, where Mike Wazowski first meets James P. "Sulley" in the prequel. Thanks to a tip from Upcoming Pixar, a short 30-sec video debuted on a viral YouTube showcasing the school. It's a bit cheesy, but fun. Notice the School of Door Technology?
Happy New Year! To kick off 2013, Disney/Pixar have unveiled a reveal at their movies coming up in 2013, 2014 and beyond. Our friends at ComingSoon have discovered four pieces of new concept art for Pixar's next four movies, starting with Monsters University this summer, including their next few projects. In 2014 it's their if-dinosaurs-didn't-go-extinct movie titled The Good Dinosaur, directed by Bob Peterson, with a tease we've seen before. In 2015 it's Pete Docter's "Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind", now titled The Inside Out; and in 2016 they've also got Lee Unkrich's movie about Día de los Muertos, which we really don't know much about at all. Notably missing is Andrew Stanton's sequel Finding Nemo 2. Artwork below.
We've already seen an entertaining teaser trailer for the Pixar Animation sequel Monsters University, and later this month, we'll see Mike and Sully back in the big screen in the 3D re-release of Monsters Inc. But now we have some new images from the sequel showing everyone's favorite monsters starting things off on the wrong foot in college. Though Mike (Billy Crystal) looks excited about arriving at school, an encounter with Sully (John Goodman) at a fraternity party, and they don't really become friends at first sight. In fact, a prank war starts between them, making them enemies before becoming the monster friends we all know. These new images may mean a new trailer is on the way with Monsters Inc 3D out next week.
"Get ready to take the ride of you life!" I love Boo. Disney & Pixar have put out a TV spot for the upcoming re-release of Monsters Inc in 3D, arriving on December 19th just before the holidays. While it's only 15 seconds of footage we've all seen before, my love for Monsters Inc is so strong, I have to share it anyway. Plus it's rather interesting to note how they're selling 3D nowadays, using black bars and animation outside the frame to illustrate an illusion of 3D even to 2D viewers. Kinda smart, but obviously not the same as the real thing. This is such an outstanding movie, and it builds even more anticipation for Monsters U next year.
Time to brush up on "The Power of Screams". Another teaser poster has just been unveiled by Disney today (via Fandango) for Pixar's new prequel Monsters University, introducing us yet again to the lovable monsters Mike and Sulley (and many others). This time we meet them at MU, Monsters University (which has its own full-fledged college website), where they first become friends and learn the ways of scaring and even comedy. I love the young, hip spunky (and colorful) hairdo Sulley has and how much Mike is getting beat up already. This is going to be an awesome prequel, hopefully as good as the original. In fullsize below.