From Disney•Pixar comes the scarily funny computer-animated comedy film Monsters University, the much-anticipated prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. Directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Bob Peterson, and John Ratzenberger reprise their roles as Mike Wazowski, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, Randall “Randy” Boggs, Roz and the Abominable Snowman, respectively. Joining the monstrously talented voice cast is Helen Mirren as Dean Hardscrabble, Alfred Molina as Professor Knight, Charlie Day as Art, Sean P. Hayes as Terri Perry, Dave Foley as Terry Perry, Nathan Fillion as Johnny Worthington and Aubrey Plaza as Claire Wheeler. Bonnie Hunt, who played Ms. Flint in the first film, is the voice of Mike's grade school teacher, Ms. Karen Graves. The film features a score from recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman, as well as music from Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia.
Lifelong buddies Mike and Sulley have not always been the best of friends. In fact, the two mismatched monsters started out as rivals when they first met at Monsters University (MU). Ever since college-bound Mike was a little monster, he dreamed of becoming a Scarer -- knowing the best Scarers come from MU. During his first semester at MU, his dreams are derailed when he crosses paths with the privileged hotshot Sulley, a natural-born Scarer coming from a talented family of Scarers. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit ends up getting them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. With their hopes and dreams dashed, they realize the only way they will make things right is by actually working together. Joined by an odd bunch of misfit monsters, they enter the Scare Games as the Oozma Kappa fraternity and head off on a grand Scare adventure that no books can prepare them for -- learning about self-discovery and the importance of teamwork and friendship along the way.
DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D special features include audio commentary and “The Blue Umbrella” animated short film. Exclusive to Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D are deleted scenes, promo picks, college campaign, theatrical campaign, set flythroughs, an art gallery and several bonus featurettes: “Campus Life,” “Story School,” “Scare Games,” “Welcome to MU,” “Music Appreciation,” “Scare Tactics,” “Color and Light,” “Paths to Pixar - MU Edition,” “Monthropology” and “Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective.” Also look out for easter egg “Introduction to Title Design.”
- Billy Crystal as Michael "Mike" Wazowski
- Noah Johnston as Young Mike
- John Goodman as James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
- Steve Buscemi as Randall "Randy" Boggs
- Joel Murray as Don Carlton
- Sean Hayes as Teri Perry
- Dave Foley as Terry Perry
- Peter Sohn as Scott "Squishy" Squibbles
- Charlie Day as Art
- Helen Mirren as Dean Abigail Hardscrabble
- Alfred Molina as Professor Derek Knight
- Nathan Fillion as Johnny J. Worthington III
- Aubrey Plaza as Claire Wheeler
- Tyler Labine as Brock Pearson
- John Krasinski as "Frightening" Frank McCay
- Bonnie Hunt as Ms. Karen Graves
- Bill Hader as Referee / Slug
- Bobby Moynihan as Chet Alexander
- Julia Sweeney as Sherri Squibbles
- Beth Behrs as Carrie Williams
- Bob Peterson as Roz
- John Ratzenberger as The Abominable Snowman
DVD Special Features:
- Audio Commentary
- “The Blue Umbrella” – This animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg, played in theaters in front of Monsters University. “The Blue Umbrella” tells the story of an evening commute in which the rain starts to fall and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.
Blu-ray Special Features:
Includes all DVD Special Features plus:
- Campus Life – What's it like being on a production crew at Pixar? Get a look at a day in the life of the Monsters University crew through their own eyes.
- Story School – This documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story, and the change in focus from Sulley to Mike. We'll also look at how gags are developed – from writing jokes to brainstorming a million ideas, only 5% of which actually end up in the movie.
- Scare Games – At Pixar, we play hard while we work. The same people who keep the film production moving - producers, managers, coordinators and artists - are also the ones who bring spirit and excitement to some of our extracurricular activities. We check out the MU production teams as they go head to head in the mostly playful Pixar Scare Games competitions.
- Welcome to MU – Sets aren't just buildings, they are the worlds our characters live in and explore. This look at the Monsters University campus and its development is told from the perspective of the artists who created each piece of the campus from the architecture to the ivy leaves.
- Music Appreciation – Randy Newman's scores are a mainstay of Pixar films, and this documentary will give you a privileged look at his creative process. We follow the Monsters University scoring process from spotting to writing and on to the scoring session. including special college-themed recording sessions.
- Scare Tactics – Animators are actors who digitally bring the characters to life. In this look at how the MU animation team worked, you’ll see their process of how they channeled their own monster-selves and created moments on screen that were really funny, really scary and also really serious, sometimes all at the same time.
- Color and Light – How can a single painting set the tone for an entire scene? We'll look at the creation of the colorscripts and how they were realized technically in the final film. Along with the process, this piece explores the many layers of technical innovation required to produce such a naturalistic feel.
- Paths to Pixar - MU Edition – When one door closes, sometimes another door opens – one with an even more exciting opportunity behind it. Members of the MU crew tell their own compelling backstories and share the challenges they overcame along their paths to Pixar.
- Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective – Explore the difficulties in creating characters that are 20 years younger with tools that are 10 years more advanced in this contrasting look at the differing technical challenges that arose when making Monsters, Inc., and Monsters University.
- Deleted Scenes – Four separate scenes – “Rivalry,” “Recon,” “Movie Night,” and “Drama Class” - are highlighted with an introduction from director Dan Scanlon.
- Introduction to Title Design (Easter Egg)
- Promo Picks
- College Campaign
- Theatrical Campaign
- Set Flythroughs
- Art Gallery
Blu-ray 3D Special Features:
Includes all Blu-ray Special Features plus:
- 3D Version of Feature Film
Check out the slideshow to see what the exclusives look like.
- Best Buy - Free Mike plush toy ($4.99 value) when you buy any Monsters University Blu-ray Combo Pack.
- Target - Monsters University with bonus DVD disc featuring never-before-seen bonus content “College Days,” available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack.
- Walmart - Monsters University Exclusive Gift Set with Blu-ray 2-Disc Combo Pack and choice of bonus Disney Infinity Randy or Mike figure.
Release Date: November 2013 (tentative)
- Blufans - Monsters University Blu-ray 2D+3D SteelBook.
Release Date: November 20, 2013
- FNAC - Monsters University Blu-ray 2D+3D SteelBook with 68-page unpublished book.
Release Date: November 27, 2013
- KimchiDVD.com - Monsters University Blu-ray 2D+3D SteelBook.
Release Date: November 6, 2013
Release Date: November 25, 2013
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Best Buy exclusive Mike plush toy - $4.99
Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with bonus disc - $22.99 online, $24.99 in-store
Target exclusive Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack with bonus disc - $29.99
Walmart exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with Disney Infinity Randy figure - $22.96 at Walmart stores, $29.96 at Walmart.com
Walmart exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with Disney Infinity Mike figure - $22.96 at Walmart stores $29.96 at Walmart.com
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