New Trailer for ‘Monsters University': Old School Scaring (& Partying)

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Given the success of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., it’s taken a surprisingly long time for the studio to get around to releasing a follow-up. The first film was launched almost 12 years ago and received high praise from critics and audiences alike, complimented by a box office take that was almost five times the original production budget.

Hopefully the wait will have been worth it, as the highly anticipated prequel Monsters University will be knocking on the doors of theaters worldwide in just a few month, with John Goodman and Billy Crystal both returning to reprise their roles as James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski.

To keep anticipation high for the summer release of Monsters University, Pixar has released a brand new trailer over at Yahoo, which you can watch above. As previous trailers and Pixar’s featurette have shown, Mike and Sulley are not the close friends that we came to know them as in this movie, but are instead arch-rivals in Scaring who are determined to outdo one another.

Set to the delightful strains of Andrew W.K.’s “Party Hard”, the new trailer gives a definite impression that Monsters University is just like any other college campus – complete with jocks, geeks, cheerleaders, slackers, liberal arts majors, frat boys and people who insist on playing the acoustic guitar at parties.

Scary cheerleaders in Monsters University New Trailer for Monsters University: Old School Scaring (& Partying)

If anything, the plot is looking a little bit too generic. Sulley and Mike are a mismatched pair thrown together as roommates, and Mike becomes jealous of Sulley’s innate prowess in the field of Scaring, vowing to beat his grades by the end of their first year. Desperate to join the cool cliques and afraid of being lumped in with the nerdy Oozma Kappa fraternity, Mike enters the university’s annual Scare Games and – for reasons not yet explained – is threatened with expulsion by the Dean if he doesn’t win.

The whole set-up sounds surprisingly conventional for a Pixar movie, but taking into account the fact that the denizens of Monsters University are unusually hairy, slimy or betentacled (even more so than the average college student), the film could actually turn out to be quite a clever parody or subversion of the tropes usually associated with college coming-of-age stories. There are some great visual gags in this trailer that we’ve not seen before, along with the previously shown clip of an unfortunate snail-shaped monster “hurrying” to class.

Pixar have even set up a university website for prospective students to peruse, a surprisingly straight-faced and in-depth introduction to the fictional institution and its schools of Scaring, Science, Business, Engineering and Liberal Arts & Monstrosities. Between their student testimonials and their offer of financial aid for tuition fees, you may end up wanting to apply for admission. Just make sure you got the right score on your MAT (Monster Aptitude Test).

Monsters University is out in theaters on July 12, 2013.

Source: Yahoo

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  1. Can’t wait. I hope this is good.

    • I acually saw this already in a REALLY early screening, lol. It’s pretty good. I liked it. :-)

      • Good to hear. :)

  2. Alright, I’m not super excited about this but I’ll give Pixar the benefit of the doubt once again. That snail joke made me laugh so even if this ends up being more for kids I’ll still pay full price to see it.

  3. so… is this basically…. A Goofy Movie 2? lol Gonna like this one though.

    • “An Extremely Goofy Movie”

  4. Eh…it does NOT look like there will be any charm in this. The only thing that truly helped meld all the characters together was: Boo.

    Boo isn’t in this. It looks to generic and there isn’t enough “oomph” to it. Honestly, I need MORE than just a simple “Mike Vs. Kitty” story. I want to know what BOO looks like and how they manage to keep their friendship…and the possible chance of a new threat of some sort. (There is ALWAYS something bad happening.) But, I see no point at all for a prequel. It’s pointless. We won’t learn anything new except that “Mike and Sullly become friends till the end.” And as you can tell, that is already a given.

    Sorry but this is a mistake, just like Cars 2. Maybe if they did a Cars prequel and a MI2…then things would be better.

  5. I’m glad they made this a prequel instead of a sequel (sorry guys, but the ending to the original Monsters Inc. was perfect, there is no reason to try to follow it). I know you guys want to see Boo grown up and all, but I don’t. As a character, Boo represented innocence as a child. I don’t want to see her older and that element gone. And because the ending to the first one WAS so perfect, I see no reason for them to try and do another one.

    That being said, as much as I loved the first one and hope this is good, the past few trailers have kind of let me down. The first trailer was great, but everything after that has gotten me worried. I really hope I’m wrong, but many of the plot devices here seem TOO generic. Even the jokes and side characters just aren’t that funny.

    I re watched the first one the other day and I thought it was still pretty hilarious and very touching. This trailer didn’t have any of that.

    Like I said, I’m still looking forward to this movie and I REALLY hope I’m wrong and this is good, (and I’m glad they decided to do a prequel instead of a sequel) but I just didn’t get a good vibe from this trailer or the last one.


  7. Aron