MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Review

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Familiar lessons in family films are “Stay true to yourself!”, “Follow your dreams!”, and “Work hard and you can accomplish anything!”  This isn’t true, but it’s a nice sentiment.  The truth is that there are some things we’re not capable of accomplishing no matter how hard we work at them.  That’s a tougher lesson, but also a more rewarding one.  By embracing a more thoughtful theme but never forgetting their oft-repeated message about the importance of friendship, Pixar has returned to form in a big way with Monsters University, a film that’s not only intelligent, but also incredibly cute and ridiculously funny.

Billy Crystal Talks MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, Getting Back into Character, Playing off John Goodman, His College Experience and His Favorite Character to Play

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As a fan of many of their movies, I’ve been wanting to go to Pixar, for some time now.  And since you have to either work there, know someone who works there, or get an invite to go there, I jumped at the recent opportunity to make the trip to Emeryville, Calif.to do interviews for their latest feature film, Monsters University, and had a great time while I was there.  The film follows Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal), who arrives at the campus with the dream of becoming a Scarer while James “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) feels like he doesn’t have to put in the time or work to succeed because he was born with his talent.  When their journeys both prove to be a bit more complicated than they anticipated, they find help and friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

At the film’s press day, actor Billy Crystal talked about how easy it was to get back into the character, how great it is to play off of actor John Goodman during their recording sessions, what kind of student he was in college, why Mike Wazowski is the favorite character he’s played, how much his grandkids love it, why they never made a sequel to the original film, and finding satisfaction in every medium he works in.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY; Watch the Cast Record Their Lines

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Monsters University will be here soon, and I like what I’m seeing.  I like it so much that I’ve seen enough.  Even though we post plenty of trailers, clips, and featurettes on the site, I don’t watch all of them if I’m already interested in the film.  That stuff is for the people who need more convincing.  So if you’re still unsure about Monsters University, we have seven clips and 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage featuring the cast from Pixar’s upcoming prequel recording their lines.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John RatzenbergerMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

Billy Crystal and John Goodman Talk MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, the Mike/Sulley Friendship, and Creating Younger Versions of the Characters

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Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) are inseparable now, but that wasn’t always the case.  In Monsters University, Mike arrives at the campus with the dream of becoming a Scarer while Sulley feels like he won’t have to put in the time or work to succeed because he was born with his talent.  When their journeys both prove to be a bit more complicated than they anticipated, they find help and friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

During a press conference with Billy Crystal and John Goodman, the two talked about what it was like to create younger versions of the characters they first brought to life in Monsters, Inc. in 2001, why the friendship of Mike and Sulley resonates, feeling like misfits themselves, how much things have changed since the last time they worked with Pixar, working with director Dan Scanlon, and what used to scare them.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Final Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Disney-Pixar has released the final trailer for Monsters University. The prequel shows how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) became best friends during their time at college. I’ve been a bit wary about the prequel, but this trailer put those doubts to rest. The film looks incredibly funny but also has heart. This goes along with the positive buzz I’ve been hearing, and it looks like Monsters University could be the movie that gets Pixar back on track to the high quality we’ve come to expect from them.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

First Clip from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Pixar has released the first clip from Monsters University.  The Revenge of the Nerds-esque story finds Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) joining a fraternity of outcasts as all of the Greek houses must compete against each other in the Scare Games, which carry dire consequences for the losers.  The clip shows the roommates Mike and Sulley and how their bunk-bed situation has led to an awkward first moment involving shedding and humble stable boys.  It’s cute and funny, and it’s a hopeful sign for the rest of the picture.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21, 2013.

Billy Crystal to Star in FX Comedy Pilot, Logan Marshall-Green Stars in Cinemax’s QUARRY and Emma Roberts Joins AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

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Here’s the latest TV casting news:

  • Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally) is set to star in The Comedians, a new comedy pilot on FX from showrunners Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development).
  • Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) will star in the Cinemax pilot, Quarry, based on the Max Allan Collins’ book about a Vietnam veteran.
  • Emma Roberts (Aquamarine) will join the cast of the third season of FX’s horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Bill Hader Eyes LAWLESS, Hailee Steinfeld Set in Thriller FOR THE DOGS, Billy Crystal to Lead DISCONTENT, and Jeremy Allen White Leads GLIMMER

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We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening.  Briefly:

  • The very funny Bill Hader is in talks to star in the indie comedy Lawless, produced by Mike White and David Bernad.
  • Hailee Steinfeld has been tapped to star opposite Sam Worthington in director Phillip Noyce’s thriller For the Dogs.
  • Billy Crystal will lead the retirement community sex comedy Winter’s Discontent for director Frank Oz.
  • Shameless star Jeremy Allen White has landed the lead in DreamWorks’ found-footage time travel film Glimmer.

Hit the jump for more on all of the aforementioned films.

New Full-Length Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Disney has released a new trailer for the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University.  The pic focuses on the college years of Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), and this new full-length trailer reveals the film’s plot.  The Revenge of the Nerds-esque story finds Mike and Sully joining a fraternity of outcasts, as all of the Greek houses must compete against each other in the Scare Games, which carry dire consequences for the losers.  The film looks like it could be Pixar’s most purely fun movie yet, and early reactions from the screening at CinemaCon had many praising the pic’s heart.  If you missed any of Dave’s coverage from his visit to Pixar, be sure to check out his review from seeing 40 minutes of footage, 35 things to know about the film, and his interview with director Dan Scanlon.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens June 21, 2013.

Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, and Bonnie Hunt Join Voice Cast of MONSTERS UNIVERSITY; New Images Released

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Even though Monsters University is only a few months away, Pixar has been keeping the voice cast under wraps.  Today, EW is reporting that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, and Bonnie Hunt will be voicing new monsters in the upcoming prequel.  Fillion and Krasinski are newcomers to the Pixar world, but Hunt has been a longtime collaborator with the studio having voiced characters in A Bug’s Life, Cars, Toy Story 3, and Monsters, Inc. (although she’ll be voicing a new character).

Hit the jump for descriptions of Fillion, Krasinski, and Hunt’s characters, along with some new images.  The film also features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John RatzenbergerMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

First Clip from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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John Goodman was a guest on last night’s episode of Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, and he brought a clip from his upcoming film, Monsters University.  The film goes back to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan’s (Goodman) college days, and shows how the two overcame their differences and became BFFs.  In the clip, we see the first meeting between the two, and how Mike was uptight, Sulley was laid-back, and an escaped monster-pig was involved.  The clip doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, but the latest trailer had some good moments, so let’s keep hope alive.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, and Peter SohnMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

Full Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Starring Billy Crystal and John Goodman [UPDATED with 4 Chinese New Year Banners]

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The full trailer for Monsters University has been released.  The film goes back to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan’s (John Goodman) college days, and shows how the two overcame their differences and became BFFs.  We previously showed you an extended featurette that explained the plot points, but this new trailer avoids spoiling the story, and instead goes for laughs.  There are some good jokes in here, and I’m hoping the movie will offer plenty more.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, and Peter SohnMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st. [Update: We've added four new banners for the film that celebrate the Chinese New Year]

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Recruits New Students in Rose Bowl TV Spot

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Pixar’s Monsters University is capitalizing on college bowl games in order to recruit new students/viewers.  A new TV spot for the Monsters, Inc. prequel debuted during the Rose Bowl today and invited the best and brightest young monsters to visit their campus.  You can get a virtual tour by heading over to the film’s fantastic website complete with campus store.

Directed by Dan Scanlon (Tracy) and featuring the returning voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve BuscemiMonsters University opens June 21st.  Hit the jump to watch the recruitment commercial.

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler Talk PARENTAL GUIDANCE, Working with Kids, Twitter, and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Opening Christmas Day is director Andy Fickman’s (You Again) family comedy Parental Guidance.  The film stars Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as two grandparents who have a hard time finding middle ground with their three modernized grandchildren.  Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott play the parents.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I spoke to Crystal and Midler.  They talked about how the project came together, how much was improvised, what it was like working with the kids, Twitter, Facebook, and Crystal talked about Pixar’s Monsters University.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Posters for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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With the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. on the way, Disney is making sure to tie in the marketing for the upcoming prequel, Monsters University, and have released a couple of posters.  The film goes back to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan’s (John Goodman) college days and shows how the two overcame their differences and became BFFs.  These posters show both sides of the friendship, and how it’s probably best to not give the bigger guy the top bunk.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, and Peter SohnMonsters, Inc. 3D opens December 19th.  Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21, 2013.

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