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Monsters University Easter Eggs

 

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Pixar loves to throw little nods to past projects into their films and have going back to old short film references in the original Toy Story.  If you’ve seen Monsters University, did you catch these?

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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This number refers to the classroom where John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton studied at CalArts.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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The delivery truck in the drive away is the same one that carried Buzz and Woody to the now iconic pizza restaurant.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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The ball with a star on it made it’s first appearance in a groundbreaking short produced in the early days of the studio.

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Movie Review: Monsters University (2013)

Monsters University, Mike, Disney, PixarIt’s not Cars 2.  Relax.  Peace out (drops the mic and walks off the keyboard).

More?  So needy, you people.  Pixar delivers a solid double with it’s 14th animated effort.  For any other studio this is incredibly, but it’s lumped in the middle pack of really good movies, below the classics, above the abomination.  It’s a fun expansion of the Monster world, clever, cute and fun for kids of all ages.

The film tells how Mike and Sully met at Monsters University roughly 10 years before the events of Monsters Inc.  Rather than destroy any affection you had for the characters like Cars 2 did, MU enhances the world in which they inhabit and give insight and depth to characters (especially Randall Boggs).

The animation is just astounding.  When you think Pixar could not possibly make something more gorgeous, they turn around and up themselves.  The vibrancy and diversity of the literally hundreds of monsters populating the screen at some points is incredible.  When you look at Boo in Monsters Inc and compare her to the kids in this film, the strides in complexity are night and day.

No Pixar film is complete without a short film (usually worth the price of admission alone) and MU’s is called The Blue Umbrella.  It takes its place amongst the other wonderful shorts, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say that this is THE best computer animation I have ever seen anywhere.  It’s astounding.  I could not believe it wasn’t live action.

Pixar is beginning to erase my ire (and as a notorious grudge holder that’s saying something) over Cars 2 with two fun outings in Brave and Monsters University.  Next year is The Good Dinosaur and 2015 will have both Pete Docter‘s Inside Out and Finding Dory, so the future looks bright once more for the best name in family entertainment.
8.25/10
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Top 5: PIXAR Characters

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As Pixar releases their 14th animated feature today, I have to look back through the hundreds of amazing characters they’ve created already and pick my favorite five.  I cannot separate Woody and Buzz so you can call it cheating if you wish, but then you must start your own website dedicated to nothing whatsoever.  I doubt you’ll muster the effort therefore I win.  PIXAR!

1. Buzz Lightyear & Woody (Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3)

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2. Dory (Finding Nemo, Finding Dory)Finding Nemo, Marlin, Dory, Pixar, Disney

3. Dug (Up)Doug, Up, Pixar, Disney

4. WALL-E (WALL-E)WALL-E, Pixar, Disney

5. Edna Mode (The Incredibles)Edna Mode, The Incredibles, Pixar, Disney

Disney and Pixar Animation Release Dates Through 2018

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Monsters University (Pixar) – 6/21/13
Planes (Disney) – 8/9/13
Frozen (Disney) – 11/27/13
The Good Dinosaur (Pixar) – 5/30/14
Big Hero 6 (Disney) – 8/1/14
Inside Out (Pixar) – 6/19/15
Finding Dory (Pixar) – 11/25/15
Untitled Disney Animation – 3/4/16
Untitled Pixar Animation – 6/17/16
Untitled Disney Animation – 11/23/16
Untitled Pixar Animation – 6/16/17
Untitled Pixar Animation – 11/22/17
Untitled Disney Animation – 3/9/18
Untitled Pixar Animation – 6/15/18
Untitled Disney Animation – 11/21/18

In case you’re so much of a planner that you don’t want to miss a single Disney or Pixar animated release between now and 2018, Disney today kindly released the dates, if not the titles, of their planned releases. 2015 is the first time  that there will be two Pixar releases in a single year as there will again in 2017.

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