Following the commercial (if not critical) success of Pixar’s Cars (2006) and its sequel, it’s unsurprising – if disheartening – that we now have Planes (2013), a Disney spin-off set in the same universe. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the project sounds lazy, particularly for a studio which is renowned for its originality, and over the course of 92 underwhelming minutes these suspicions are confirmed.
It’s been over a decade since Pixar Animated Studios’ highly regarded Monsters, Inc. (2001), and fans have been eagerly awaiting a return to the universe since. Directed by Dan Scanlon – who replaces Pete Docter at the helm – Pixar have done a good job of whetting our appetites, what with the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. late last year as well as a teaser trailer. Now we have our best look yet in the first full length trailer, and it promises more animated fun. Monsters University (2013) will focus on the college years of Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman). Before they became the delightful duo we know and love, Mike and Sully were mismatched roommates who couldn’t stand one another. However, when a larger dilemma forces them together, they must overcome their differences.
Watch the trailer for Monsters University at CineVue here.