Friday, January 4, 2013

Monsters University (2013) - Prequel Arriving June 21, 2013

Monsters University, Prequel to Monsters, Inc.

Gateway Monsters University 2013
Monsters University (2013).
Monsters University (2013) is the upcoming animated Disney/Pixar prequel to "Monsters, Inc." (2001). John Goodman,, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Frank Oz, Dan Gerson, Dave Foley, Jennifer Tilly, Julia Sweeney, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, J. B. Smoove, and John Ratzenberger (of course) are all slated to voice Monsters University characters. Kelsey Grammer replaces James Coburn as Henry J. Watermoose, Chairman of Monsters, Inc.

Just as a heads up, advance reviews are good, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 75%, while HuffPost's Greg Wetherall says:
"Director Dan Scanlon has managed the unlikely in this outing; he has, at the very least, matched the bar of the film's forebear. In these particular eyes, he's toppled it. This is a film that will live long after its cinema release and should be welcomed with open arms into homes across the world. Only a curmudgeon would not be melted by the exuberance and execution of Monsters University -- a film that is truly laugh-out loud funny, and is armed with an equally touching coda of a moral lesson that avoids the precipice of melodrama."
Our own review is here. We liked it, too.

Mike Wazowski Monsters University 2013
Mike has arrived! Let the party begin!
"Monsters University" is being produced by Pixar and will be distributed by Pixar's parent company, Walt Disney Pictures. Once again, Goodman voices James P. Sullivan, Crystal is Mike Wazowski, Steve Buscemi is Randall Boggs, Jennifer Tilly is Celia Mae, Frank Oz voices Jeff Fungus, and John Ratzenberger is the Abominable Snowman.

Studying Monsters University 2013
Reading on the green.
Details about the plot remain secret. The film will be set about ten years prior to "Monsters, Inc. Sulley and Mike meet, become rivals, then join the same college fraternity and at some point settle their differences. According to Pixar:
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, Monsters University stars the vocal talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn and is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae.
Student Monsters University 2013
Studious students at Monster University.
The narrator of a television commercial says, promoting the "Monsters University" college:

"Your future is knocking. Open the door."

The spot was actually shown during California’s New Year Rose Bowl Parade, which takes place in Pasadena, north of Los Angeles.

Frat Boy Monsters University 2013
Rowdy Frat monster.
Georgian Progressive Metal band Mastodon has stated that they are contributing a song. Randy Newman is preparing the score.

Mike Sulley Monsters University 2013
Mike and Sulley get down.
"Monsters University" will be accompanied by the short "Umbrella." Television commercials already are airing, and you may visit the Monsters University website. "Monsters University" will be in 3D computer animation. Dan Scanlon directs, Kori Rae is producing.

Pixar/Disney has released several international posters as well as a short Mother's Day spot:


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