Mike and Sulley return as teenagers in ‘Monsters University’
It’s hard to believe that we were first introduced to Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc. a little over eleven years ago.
The loveable duo captivated hearts as their friendship, and careers as professional ‘Scarers’ in parallel city Montropolis, were put to the test when they accidentally let a human, Boo, through to their world. The story followed Mike and Sulley as they attempted to keep Boo secret and return her to her own world.
This Summer a prequel, Monsters University, is being released and will show Mike and Sulley during their university years and explain that, despite their closeness in Monsters Inc., they weren’t always friends.
Here’s the low-down on what we know about the prequel so far:
It’s been a long time coming…
Plans for a second Monsters Inc. film have been in process since 2005, however, disagreements between then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs caused issues. Changes in management at Disney and renewed negotiations led to the confirmation of a Pixar-made film in 2012.
Many of the characters from Monsters Inc. will be returning…
John Goodman (Sulley), Billy Crystal (Mike), Steve Buscemi (Randall), Jennifer Tilly (Celia), Frank Oz (Jeff Fungus) and John Ratzenberger (the Abominable Snowman) are all reprising their roles for the sequel. Kelsey Grammer will replace James Coburn as Henry J. Waternoose III following Coburn’s death in 2002. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Boo will be returning.
New additions to the cast include Ken Jeong as a character named Mack, Rob Riggle as a character named Jenny and national treasure Helen Mirren will appear as head of the school Dean Hardscrabble.
You can enroll too…
In order to prepare for the film release, Pixar have revealed a fully functional website for Monsters University.
The website is presented as the university’s own and includes admission information, campus news and a store where you can buy merchandise.
Here are some of my favourite elements of the website:
The website features many humorous articles including “Excel in the Art of Extreme Creepiness”
Comments by “students” are the kind of sickingly sweet quotes found in actual university prospectuses
A short film will be released alongside it…
As is the case with it’s predecessor, Monsters University has a short attached to it for it’s theatrical release. The short in question is The Blue Umbrella, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg.
According to The Big Cartoon Database, the synopsis is as follows:
Amidst the rain in a singing city, two umbrellas– one blue, one red– fall eternally in love. The blue umbrella notices and takes a shine to the red umbrella. Distance and natural forces halt their attraction, but objects on the street- such as construction signs and a mailbox- come to life to help bring them together again.
The film will be featured in Disney Infinity…
If you’ve yet to hear about Disney Infinity, it is the upcoming video game that uses collectable figurines of Disney characters that are then virtualised into the game. These virtual characters are then available to interact with in the game.
Monsters University will be one of the worlds in the game and Sulley, Mike and the Abominable Snowman will all be featured characters. The game will see these characters interact with other Disney elements and although marketed for kids, I can’t wait to hear more information about it. Check out some screenshots below:
Sulley and Mike appear in their Disney Infinity set
Mike and Sulley will also play alongside other famous Disney characters
The UK will need to wait until 12th July to see it…
Whilst Monsters University is set to be released on the 20th/21st June in most countries, us poor Brits will have to wait a few more weeks to see the film. (Click here to see the scheduled release dates).
Until then, enjoy these trailers!!