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CinemaCon ’12: New Lee Unkrich Film Revealed; ‘The Good Dinosaur’ and ‘Mind’ Project Get Release Dates!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • April 25, 2012

Pixar’s plans for the future are often shrouded in mystery. However, Entertainment Weekly reports some exciting details out of CinemaCon 2012 regarding Pixar’s upcoming slate, including a previously unannounced production!

Speaking to theatre owners at Disney’s panel, John Lasseter announced Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich’s new project based on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), to be released sometime in 2015. Currently, little is known about the storyline, but the Mexican holiday provides some rich source material to experiment with.

Furthermore, the humorously titled The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs was renamed The Good Dinosaur. The film was also dated for May 30, 2014, following a release date conflict with Disney’s Frozen. Directed by Bob Peterson, best known as the voice of Dug in Up, the movie depicts a world where dinosaurs never went extinct.

The Untitled Pixar Movie that Takes You Inside the Mind, helmed by Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter, also received a new release date, June 19, 2015, about a year later than previously announced. No title or any additional details were revealed, although the premise continues to intrigue.

Finally, a teaser trailer for Monsters University was screened to attendees of the panel, depicting the rivalry between young Mike and Sulley through a college prank. Expect it to be attached to Brave, which opens on June 22, 2012. Monsters University will make its way into theaters on June 21, 2013.

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Mike + Sulley Updated Character Designs Revealed!

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Posted by Martin • August 21, 2011

Thanks to our friends at The Pixar Times, we now have our first look at the updated character designs of the iconic Monsters duo.

Director Dan Scanlon showed side-by-side images of Mike and Sulley from the original film and its prequel at yesterday’s D23 Expo. The scare team gets a facelift, you might say, as Monsters University takes audiences back to college.

Some notable changes seen in the 18-year old Mike Wazowski include shorter horns and nails, smoother skin and a retainer! Sulley is noticeably taller and skinnier with better posture and less exaggerated horns.

One aspect that stays constant from Inc. to University is the inclusion of Billy Crystal and John Goodman who will both reprise their starring roles in the upcoming film. Also confirmed at D23 is the return of Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs. New additions to the cast will include Dave Foley (Flik in A Bug’s Life) and Pete Sohn (Emile in Ratatouille) as yet-to-be revealed characters.

For more images, please visit The Pixar Times’ gallery.

Monsters University scares its way into theaters on June 21, 2013.

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Pixar Schedule at D23 2011!

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Posted by Martin • August 18, 2011

The 2011 D23 Expo is just one day away, and in light of that, we’d like to give our readers a preview of the forthcoming Pixar-related panels.

Since D23 is a biennial convention for avid Disney fans, expect to hear a ton of huge announcements straight from Anaheim throughout the weekend. Here are some of the events Pixar fans in attendance would be crazy to miss:

Friday, August 19, 2011

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. —- Stage 23

"Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios with this retrospective screening of the Studio’s legendary shorts."

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
—- Stage 23
"In a grand celebration, the U.S. Postal Service and The Walt Disney Company unveil the new Disney•Pixar Send a Hello stamps."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. —- Stage 28

"In this musical presentation, Michael Giacchino provides an earful of tunes and tales about his early influences for Pixar’s modern-day classic scores"

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Stage 23

"Join us for a rare opportunity to spend time with the key figures responsible for Pixar’s moviemaking magic."

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. —- Stage 23
"Character designers behind Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Monsters University come together to discuss how they bring these wonderful characters to life."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. —- Stage 23

"Join us for an afternoon of conversation and art with Steve Pilcher and Tia Kratter as we uncover the secrets behind Pixar’s detailed process."

For the full D23 schedule, please visit the convention’s official site at this link.

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Billy Crystal Talks Monsters University!

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Posted by Martin • August 13, 2011

The Los Angeles Times recently spoke with Billy Crystal about his voice work as Mike Wazowski in Monsters University.

Almost 10 years have passed since Crystal first took the mic as the walking, green eye ball. In the upcoming prequel, we learn that Mike and his hulking blue friend weren’t always best pals.

Behind the scenes, however, Crystal and John Goodman (voice of Sulley) are getting along fantastically. "We’re having a blast together… It’s a really great script, it’s really funny," says Crystal of Pixar’s first prequel.

Set in the monster’s college years, Billy Crystal wasn’t able to provide many new details about the film. He was able to let slip that "Mike has a retainer." Crystal also added that "Monsters University ends where [Monsters, Inc.] starts." I wonder if he meant that literally…

Directed by Dan Scanlon, Monsters University opens June 21, 2013.

Your thoughts?

(via LA Times/The Pixar Times)

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Monsters University: Official Logo + Synopsis Revealed!

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Posted by Martin • May 12, 2011

Pixar’s other highly anticipated sequel, Monsters University, has a brand new logo, synopsis and release date!

Heading to college on June 21, 2013, the prequel to Monsters, Inc. takes viewers to a time before Mike and Sulley were best friends. Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles. Directed by Dan Scanlon, produced by Kori Rae.

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.”

Monsters University hits theatres almost 12 years after the original.

(via Collider)

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Monsters University Supervising Animator: Scott Clark!

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Posted by Martin • April 11, 2011

Monsters University has stayed shrouded in (relative) secrecy lately, but Pixar’s own Scott Clark let something slip today…

Via Twitter, Clark announced that he is currently serving as the 2013 prequel’s supervising animator! Melodrama aside, the film’s crew is shaping up to be top-notch talent.

As The Pixar Times noted, Scott Clark and Monsters University director, Dan Scanlon, previously worked together in their current capacities on Mater and the Ghostlight. Clark is also well known in the Pixar fan community for his supervising animator work on Up and the original Cars.

Follow @CottSclark for all of Scott Clark’s tweets.

Monsters University opens on June 13, 2013.

(via The Pixar Times)

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Monsters University Pushed to 2013!

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Posted by Martin • April 4, 2011

According to Box Office Mojo, Monsters University has been pushed back to June 21, 2013, half a year after its scheduled premiere.

This news may come as a shock to fans looking forward to the prequel, especially after a large amount of news recently broke on the subject. Previously titled Monsters, Inc. 2, the film had a November 2, 2012 release on the calendar.

Just last week, it was revealed that rising star Dan Scanlon would step up as director. Mater and the Ghostlight (also directed by Scanlon) is one of my favorite movie-based short films, so I think the second installment in the Monsters franchise is in good hands— even if it may take a little longer.

Your thoughts?

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Monsters, Inc. Prequel Titled Monsters University!

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Posted by Martin • March 29, 2011

At this year’s CinemaCon event in Las Vegas, Disney announced the official title replacing Monsters, Inc. 2

Monsters University!

In turn, the studio also indirectly confirmed the plot of Pixar’s 2012 sequel. I’ll admit that when I first heard the rumors, I was pretty skeptical, but the idea sounds absolutely fantastic.

Reports leaked in January that Monsters, Inc. 2 would not be a sequel, but instead a prequel to the popular 2001 film. Monsters University reportedly follows Mike and Sulley way back in their college days. The word is that the inseparable duo had quite the rivalry at the University of Fear.

Monsters University is set to premiere exactly 11 years after the original, on November 2, 2012.

Your thoughts?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Monsters, Inc. 2: A Prequel?

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Posted by Martin • January 3, 2011

Could the long rumored, (relatively) recently confirmed follow-up to Monsters, Inc. actually be a prequel?

According to rumors stemming from the Dutch animation blog, Animatie, that may just be the case. Although the project’s core creative team has yet to be confirmed, a couple of plot details are currently being claimed.

The ramblings are as follows: Thanks to a 2011/2012 catalogue released by Walt Disney Pictures, we now know that Monsters, Inc. 2 may follow Mike and Sulley’s studies at the University of Fear. Turns out they had quite the rivalry back then…

Monsters, Inc. 2 is set to be released exactly 11 years after its 2001 predecessor, on November 2nd, 2012.

What do you think about this rumor? Good idea? True or false?

(via /Film)

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Monsters, Inc. 2 Pushed Up Two Weeks!

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Posted by Martin • August 4, 2010

According to Box Office Mojo, Monsters, Inc. 2 has been pushed ‘forward’ two weeks from its originally announced date to:

November 2nd, 2012

This move is in direct response to Breaking Dawn Part II, the final Twilight film, which was recently set to debut on November 16th, 2012 — the same day that Pixar’s sequel was supposed to open. Much needed breathing room has now been restored!

Let’s be honest, as popular as Monsters, Inc. is/was, its sequel would have certainly suffered against the rabid Edward vs. Jacob fans. Although Twilight movies have big opening booms and then tend to flounder, Disney/Pixar is well aware that a non #1 opening for ‘Monsters’ is not worth risking.

And the world is at balance. Then again, a monster fight at the box-office could be interesting… Maybe not!

Observation: The original Monsters, Inc. was released on November 2nd, 2001 so the sequel will premiere exactly 11 years later!

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