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Quint at D23! Pixar's Monsters University details, plus learn what familiar character will pop up in the prequel!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Hold on to your potatoes, fellas. I have a steady stream of Pixar, Marvel and Disney Studios news about to hit from the massive 3 hour presentation at D23.

First up, Monsters University! John Lasseter was on stage and said, “At Pixar, when we do a sequel we do it because we have a story as good or better than the original” and proceeded to segue into the Monsters Inc prequel. First he introduced a video of John Goodman and Billy Crystal in the sound booth giving well wishes to the fans. Goodman says that they really need the fans to be with them on this movie and probably should have been there. Crystal responds saying, “Well, I should be there, so I will be!” and appears on stage with a fully costumed Mike and Sully joining him and Lasseter.

Most of these cast appearances were just waves and good-byes, but we did learn a bit about Monsters University. We know the film will take place before Mike and Sully are working as scarers and Lasseter called the film a college movie set in the Monsters world.

But the story starts before that, in grade school as Mike and Sully don’t start off as the best of friends. They are very competitive and saying you want to be a scarer is like saying you want to be an astronaut. Everybody wants to do it, but very few can.

We saw a production painting of preteen Mike and Sully that wasn’t very descriptive, but show them in a messy bedroom (with bunk beds if my tired brain remembers correctly).

College Sully is skinnier and shaggier and college Mike looks about the same, but is wearing a retainer on his teeth (presumably to separate them more and make them less straight, scarier).

We also got a look at new characters, including the different cliques, including geek monsters, cool kid monsters (usually werewolf looking dudes in letter jackets) and even goth monsters, which mostly looked like Roz except dressed in black. There are monster professors, including stuffing literary professors (one was a dude wearing a “Latin is not Dead” t-shirt under a dinner jacket), eccentric drama department monsters and coaches, etc.

Concept art of the campus was shown. If you want to be a scarer you go to this particular college, which has the oldest scare-training building as the centerpiece of the campus. It is a stone structure, circular with odd window ports jutting out. The dorm rooms look a little haunted housey, with an old brick exterior.

Monsters University director Dan Scanlon said the heart of the story lies in the concept of college, a place where one goes to discover who they are and develop as personalities. The Pixar team spent a lot of time visiting campuses (Scanlon said “Most of us went to art school and have no idea what real college looks like!”) to find a reality to set their fantasy world in.

Voicing new characters are Joel Murray, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney and…

Steve Buscemi!!! Yep, Randall will return. The assumption is he’ll be at school with Mike and Scully.

So, Buscemi is confirmed to return to the series and while we didn’t see any footage, it feels like they’re on the right track. Monsters Inc is a universe I’d love to see them explore (much more than Cars) and Scanlon was saying all the right things.

So there’s that. Look for a flood of more coverage from the different parts of the panel, including the first real look at THE AVENGERS! Preview: Loki to Stark: “I have an army!” Stark to Loki: “We have a Hulk!” Oh yeah, it was pretty sweet.

-Eric Vespe
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  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    But is Cavill kicked off Superman yet?!

    by dead youngling

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Need. Avengers. Now.

    by BenBraddock


  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Monsters Inc 2

    by zacdilone

    A highly anticipated film in the classic style of "Cars 2."

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    "we have a hulk" line

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.


  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Monsters sounds fun

    by Stallion_Cornell

    And the Hulk line is awesome. Aways wanted to see a Monsters sequel with Mike and Sully having to do something in the human world. It's a good idea, and if Pixar steals it, I shall sue them.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by sonnyhooper

    loki "i have an army." <p> stark: "we have a hulk." <p> loki: "really? which one, the Australian guy, or eddie norton? <p> stark: "um....neither. it's a new guy., he was in the kids are allright." <p> loki: "no shit. really?" <p> stark: "really."

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Saw the Ang Lee Hulk

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Didn't like it too much. How was the newest one? Worth checking out?

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah. The Hulk line is funny, but logically stupid.

    by Hesiod2k7

    Thor is supposed to be as, or more powerful than Hulk. So, if Loki doesn't give a shit if they have "A Thor," why should he care if they have a Hulk?

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    The newest Hulk is more fun, but...

    by Hesiod2k7 came out too soon after the first one, so it lost its freshness factor.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    But Loki doesn't know what a Hulk is

    by D.Vader

    Or if he does, he might not know what a Hulk is capable of. Therefore, it just might strike fear into his heart.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I like the newer Hulk a whole lot better.

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Not that we should dissect these things this much, but...

    by Jon

    Loki already knows they have a Thor, and apparently he doesn't care. Also, Tony is just being a wise ass.

  • "They said they knew each other in second grade! Wah!" Movie starts with them in grade school. "They go to college and end up as plant workers! Wah!" Scaring is like being an astronaut in the monster world.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Just saw 'Monsters Inc' for the first time a few months ago

    by Kammich

    I'm not a diehard Pixar fan by any means(I've never seen "A Bug's Life," "Cars" or "Finding Nemo") but I like most of their stuff. I had never gotten around to "Monsters Inc" because it never grabbed me. But when I was staying at my sister's and chilling with my 4-year-old nephew, they were playing the film on ABC Family and I watched it with him. I actually found it to be a pretty cool little flick, but that may be my inherent bias towards any and all things "monster." I didn't realize this new film was a prequel. When I heard the title, I assumed the two protags just retired and opened their own training center, or something. Interesting.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    With Up PD solidified himself in my eyes as a great director. I can understand not having Boo as she wouldn't have been born (unless they have a time traveling door in this one) but no PD just might mean no ME.

  • I have her on facebook and I saw a post from her about her "next project" and when I clicked on it she was like 7 or more months pregnant. I know a lot of people here gave her flack (understandably so imo) but once she gives birth and has no baby bump but some lactating ta-tas will she be back on this site?

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    But what about ROZ?

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Aug. 20, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    And ANOTHER Cars (semi) sequel...

    by SifoDyasJr Although interesting that Pixar's name is not on it at all even though it's set in the same 'universe'.

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Tony's making the point that Hulk is worth more than an Army...

    by u.k. star

    I have an army

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    That's correct -- Planes is not by Pixar

    by bah

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Monsters Inc. prequel is of no interest.

    by Paul Morrison

    I just don't feel any need to see what happened before Monsters Inc. I want to see a sequel with a mix of live action and animation, with Christina Ricci playing a grown-up Boo.

  • Or... How Pixar sells bridges to gullible people.

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    WTF?! I first thought this Planes thing was a joke

    by Ricardo

    Really? REALLY??? Is that really where the money is? Antropomorphic vehicles?

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Tony would've said, "We have an army of me."

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    re: the relative strengths of the Hulk and Thor

    by Adam13

    Perhaps the canon has changed, but in the traditional Marvel universe, I believe the Hulk was always considered to be the most powerful guy around, followed by Thor and then a variety of strong guys including Iron Man, Hercules, Ben Grimm, etc. In fact, the Hulk's strength was always seen as variable, and potentially immeasurable, as it increased in proportion to his rage. The line "the madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets" was frequently used. I remember for a time thinking it was just a catch-phrase, but there are innumerable examples of the Hulk getting handed his ass until he gets pissed off enough, then--well, he throws someone into outer space or something. Please correct me if the Hulk has been "re-calibrated" in the last 30 years or so. I know Superman was made less powerful over the years to make it plausible that anyone could ever even challenge him.