One of the many announcements from last year’s D23 Expo was the reveal of Party Central, a short set in the Monsters University world. It was slated to be attached to The Good Dinosaur, but that film’s delay to 2015 brought its fate into question. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now know that we won’t have to wait long to see Party Central; it’ll be attached to the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted.
The short was already complete when it was screened at D23, so it makes sense for Pixar to get it out this year – and the choice of film is unsurprising, as the Toy Story Toon Small Fry was attached to the first Muppets reboot. Director Kelsey Mann, who was a story supervisor on Monsters University, spoke with EW about the roots of Party Central:
"When you first meet the Oozma Kappas, they go to their fraternity house and the first thing they say is, ‘Welcome to party central! We haven’t thrown a party yet, but when we do we’ll be ready. I kept telling [MU director] Dan [Scanlon], ‘I really want to see their party. We have to do it in the credits or something.’ Then when the idea of doing a short came up, we were like, ‘That could be the party!’"
Pixar won’t be putting out a feature film this year, but perhaps Party Central will make the wait for 2015 a bit less excruciating. Muppets Most Wanted releases in the U.S. on March 21.