In early April, I was invited to visit Pixar to preview its upcoming films for the year, Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella, and to speak to the filmmakers that worked on them. One of the concerns (translation: nitpicks) that some Monsters, Inc. fans had after the announcement of prequel Monsters University was the comment Mike made to Sulley in the original film that inferred they knew each other in the fourth grade. With the prequel film revolving around the story of how Mike and Sulley met in college, there was a vocal minority that complained about what seemed to be a contradiction. After the break, read what MU director Dan Scanlon had to say about that!
Aside from Mike and Sulley and the few nameless monsters we caught in the Monsters University teaser trailer last year, we were unsure of who else the film’s cast would include. Surely, with the film taking place on a college campus, the students would play an essential role. At Toy Fair a few weeks back, Disney/Pixar detailed several of the new characters that we would see in the prequel film. Today, a new poster has been unveiled and it is packed to the brim with characters. Take a look at the poster after the break!
We have been eagerly anticipating new details, concept art, and video from Monsters University. After the film’s impressive viral campaign kicked off with a website and advertisement for the fictional school, Pixar has been keeping the prequel close to its chest, as we have yet to see a full-length trailer. There may be some new material debuting at Toy Fair next week during the scheduled press event previewing toys and merchandise that will tie into the film. Now, there is a brand new featurette that gives us a better overview of the film’s plot and features new footage and stunning new concept art. Watch it after the break!
Chronicle Books and Pixar have worked together for over a decade to deliver art books filled with gorgeous pre-production artwork created during the development of films from the animation powerhouse. Years are devoted to exploring ideas in art form at the studio, so getting a chance to take a peek at the behind-the-scenes process is often awe-inspiring. With Monsters University on deck for release this summer, that means another art book will be making its way to stores. Actually, The Art of Monsters University was recently listed for pre-order, giving us a look at the possible cover for the book. Take a look at it after the break!
The marketing campaign thusfar for Monsters University has already been quite creative, especially given that the film is not set to arrive until June 2013. Disney/Pixar opened up a creative viral website for Monsters University recently, showcasing the fictional college’s history, mission statement, campus map, and more. From what we have seen of the film, it looks like the story will be humorous, filled with many college hijinks. This morning saw the release of two new images from the film, which are centered around the time when Mike and Sulley first meet. Take a look at the great images after the break!
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! [Read more…]
Late last night, we had the arrival of the first piece of concept art from Pixar’s first prequel film, Monsters University, with the promise of a new teaser trailer. Early this morning, Disney/Pixar quadrupled down on that promise with the release of four different versions of the MU trailer! We won’t spoil the teaser, as it is laugh-on-the-floor hilarious, but the various versions involve slightly different lines from Mike Wazowski (once again voiced by the great Billy Crystal). Watch all the different versions of the teaser after the break, and take a look at the first stills from the film! [Read more…]
On my trip to Disney World a few weeks ago, I toured the Magic of Disney Animation building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Disney/Pixar has put up a nice amount of Brave pre-production artwork. Outside of the Brave exhibit was a poster for Monsters University, likely the first place it has been seen out in the wild (outside of Pixar and Disney office buildings). While the title treatment was released last May, we had not seen it in poster form until now. Check out the poster after the jump! [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Studios presentation on Saturday at the D23 Expo proved to be the most jam-packed of all the panels and events at the show (and was also the hardest to get into, as even those who lined up two hours before did not make it in). Featuring sneak peeks at the various films coming from Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures and Animation, and Marvel, all electronic devices (e.g. cameras, laptops) were checked in before attendees were allowed into the arena. However, official images from the event of the directors and the actors talking about their films have been released. [Read more…]
In celebration of 25 years of Pixar magic, the top creatives from the studio sat down for an informal chat at the D23 Expo on Saturday. On hand for the event were John Lasseter, Jim Morris, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, Mark Andrews, Dan Scanlon, Pete Sohn and Ronnie del Carmen. Scheduled but missing from the panel was Lee Unkrich. The “nine young men” told stories about Pixar’s past and reminisced about their time with the studio. Each Pixarian was asked to recall their favorite memory while working at the studio. Some of the stories were new and some famiilar. From the first SIGGRAPH convention to the production of the first Cars film, each panel member had a great story to tell. [Read more…]