The latest Disney/Pixar production, Brave, opens in theaters this Friday, and as is customary for Pixar, that film includes a teaser trailer for the next project from the computer-animation studio: Monsters University.
A prequel to Monsters, Inc., Monsters University goes back in time to when one-eyed Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal), furry James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman), chameleonic Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi), and their fellow “creepy” creatures were all just party-happy students attending… well, see the title.
Here is the official synopsis for Monsters University:
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
Directing duties on the Monsters, Inc. prequel were handled by Dan Scanlon, an animation veteran who worked his way up the ranks at Disney by serving as a storyboard artist on the Mouse House’s direct-to-video sequels to The Little Mermaid and 101 Dalmatians, before he got his break at Pixar contributing to the script for Cars, and directing the spinoff short “Mater and the Ghostlight.”
That’s all to say: Scanlon’s earned the chance to prove he can deliver a competent feature-length Pixar product, so hopefully his directorial debut will be a good one. For what it’s worth: the Monsters University teaser is cute, energetic, overall harmless fun, and serves as yet another reminder of just how dazzling Pixar’s animation has become over the years (just look at the texture of Sulley’s nose and hair).
Monsters University opens in theaters around the U.S. on June 21st, 2013.