July 25, 2014

New ‘Monsters University’ Images Showcase Mike and Sulley’s Rivalry

After grossing more than $200 million in North America alone, Brave‘s domestic run is beginning to come to a close. While the 13th feature film from Pixar is not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, with its Blu-ray/DVD release and award season still to come, eyes will soon start to turn towards the studio’s 14th film, Monsters University. The Monsters, Inc. prequel created some buzz in June with the release of beautiful concept art and a hilarious teaser trailer. Now, we’ve stumbled upon a few new images from the film, which you can take a look at after the break!

In literature found on Pixar’s Graphics Research website, three new Monsters University images can be seen. These are not exactly hi-res stills (or even finished), as they accompany the paper to solely provide context to the supporting literature. Bearing that in mind, you can view the three images below:

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©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. 





Mike and Sulley are clearly not getting along in these images, giving us a glimpse at the rivalry between the two. You can likely expect many pranks to ensue, along the lines of what was seen in the teaser. It makes one question what brings them to develop the close friendship seen in Monsters, Inc..

Here is the film’s latest official synopsis:

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” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Thanks to Luc for the tip about the images!

What do you think will ultimately bring Mike and Sulley to be good friends?

About Samad Rizvi

Samad is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pixar Times and The Disney Times. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, and of course, Pixar's Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up.

  • Anthony

    whats with the red oxes in the last two pics?

  • otterprods

    The red boxes are showing the difference between global illumination and direct… The images are from a Pixar tech page explaining a global — to which there is a link in this article.

    It’s actually really interesting if you like reading about rendering methods from an developer perspective. If you go to the article, you can see comparative images which show how much more elegant the shading is with global illumination (much less harsh than direct). Of course ‘GI’ is not anything new… We’ve been seeing it for over a decade now, even before it was able to be programmatically accomplished, but what this particular white paper is about is a way to cache and render GI to make the artists’ workflow more accurate and efficient. You won’t notice a huge difference in the finished MU film because of it, but all those little advancements make a big difference over time.