Monsters Inc., Monsters University. The burning question in our mind though was, "Why so long? It's been 11 years." Dan Scanlon (Director) responded by saying that at Pixar, they don't want to do anything until they're for sure it'll be a great movie. That answer makes me happy because the first was epic so I wouldn't expect any less from the second one.
Monsters University is the story of how Mike and Sulley first met. Mmhmm, fans of Monsters Inc. may remember differently (I'll explain in the Q & A section below). They didn't always get along. Mike actually aspired to be a scarer so things got competitive with Sulley, the natural scarer, the jock if you will. In fact, they got kicked out of school rather quickly because of that. To get back in, Mike comes up with a loophole but it means he must team up with Sulley and work together with a bunch of rejected scarers from school. Together, they form their own fraternity.
-Don Carlton (Joel Murray) is the older, mature student who's gone back to college to chase a dream of becoming a scarer.
-Twins Terry (Dave Foley) and Terri (Sean Hayes) are the bickering brothers who wanted to be scarers but it just didn't work out. Terri is the younger twin and is now a dance student.
-Scott Squishy Squibbles (Peter Sohn) is the guy that doesn't know who he wants to be.
-Art (Charlie Day) is the college guy who you don't really know anything about, the weird guy who hangs out in his room all day. For some reason, he's become quite popular according to Dan and Kori and I can see why after seeing the new clip that I'm not allowed to tell you about. What I can tell you though is that there will be cameos from first film and you should watch the backgrounds for them! You'll also see Randall Boggs as an 18 year old and see how his path first crossed with Sulley and Mike.
Now that we've learnt a bit more about the story, let's talk toys!! Check out this clip from Disney Living of John Lasseter describing the new line of Monsters University toys.
Do you know what happened next? We actually got to interview Josh Silverman, Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae, and John Goodman. Here's the meat of the Q&A.
Josh Silverman (VP of Global Licensing)
Q: We caught a glance at some of the apparel so far, the 4 armed hoodie, will there be more coming out?
A: There are a lot more apparel coming out. This is Toy Fair so it's toys now, but it's only a small sampling of the great products that we have. There are 125 licensees so there are a lot of items across many categories like figures, role play and so on.
Q: Do you have a particular favorite product?
A: The mask was so great. Josh tried to focus on tech and innovation. Innovation doesn't necessarily have to be plugged in and with batteries. He loved how the mask just has facial movement...the eyebrows and mouth moves.
Q: Who is involved in product ideas?
A: John Laseter is really passionate about the process but the producers and directors are all involved.
Q: Scariest part of being in college?
A: Showing up and realizing you're not as good as what you thought you were.
Q: In the first movie, there was a line about how they met in fourth grade, how do you explain that?
A: They had actually thought about that line but in the end, they want to tell the right story and the best story. So in order to tell it the right way, they had to take some creative liberties. They even joked that the fourth grade line could be like monster "slang".
Q: In terms of artwork and characters, how do you make them look younger?
A: At first glance they do look younger, brighter and more vibrant colors were used.
What do you think so far? What's your favorite?
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