Pixar has lost one of its most talented screenwriters. Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote both Big Hero 6 and the Monsters Inc. movies, passed away this weekend after a battle with brain cancer. He was 49.
The concept of Inside Out sounds unbearably twee, not to mention borrowed from the sitcom Herman’s Head. We’re seeing inside the head of a young girl, where each of her emotions is a cartoon, voiced by a comedian. But Inside Out is actually a brilliant movie about the beginning of wisdom.
We love happy endings. In fact, a big part of why we devour stories is to escape from reality, where endings are by definition unhappy. And a really wonderful happy ending can make you turn your bullshit detector all the way off. Here are 10 somewhat contrived happy endings we can't help falling in love with.
Monsters, Inc., one of my favorite Pixar movies, used the idea of monsters and scares and creepy creatures for laughs and a heartwarming story. This movie trailer by Ross Thompson paints the picture differently and re-cuts the scenes in the style of the Prometheus movie trailer. This is Monsters, Inc. the horror movie.
Our favorite science fiction and fantasy films seem to have burst into existence fully formed, already perfect. So it's weird when you realize that a lot of the best movies had the biggest false starts and dead ends. Here are 12 much-loved movies that had very different storylines early on in their creation.
Computer animation has come a long way since the first Toy Story movie. Last week, Pixar offered a rare behind-the-scenes look at the sophisticated system used on Brave and Monsters University.
The internal spaces of toys are made up of cotton, plastic, and air. But these amazing sculptures reveal an entire re-imagined internal anatomy for our favorite toys — ranging from Lego man, to My Little Pony, to Barbie — complete with bones, detailed musculature, and internal organs.
Curious what the insides an employee of Monsters Inc. (or a student from Monster's University) looks like? Well now you know, thanks to artist Jason Freeny. Behold, the guts of a great monster.
"We were somewhere around Scareville on the edge of the desert when the terror began to take hold." A silly spin on Mike and Sulley by artist Andy Timm.
It's no secret that every Pixar film comes with loads and loads of production artwork, as artists tinker with the character designs. Chris Sasaki's character designs would look great in a hand-drawn Monsters University cartoon.
Pixar's latest films have been terrific, but not quite up to the standard of Classic Pixar. And with sequels to Monsters Inc., Cars and Finding Nemo coming out recently or soon, some people have worried that Pixar is becoming a "sequel factory." But Pixar president says that's about to change.
Before Monsters University was a collegiate twinkle in Pixar's eye, Disney considered a Monsters Inc. sequel featuring not just Mike and Sulley, but Boo as well.
Over a 15-year spree, Pixar made an indelible mark on the history of cinema. From Toy Story to Toy Story 3, Pixar's winning streak expanded our ideas of storytelling. But Pixar's latest, Monsters University, is more evidence Pixar's glory days might be over. It's not a masterpiece — just one of the best films of the…
This week, Pixar returns to the world of Monsters Inc. with Monsters University, and reveals what Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan were like as college freshmen. We spoke with several members of the MU team and learned secrets about the film. Here are 14 things you probably didn't know about Monsters University.
Each time it prepares to release a new movie, Pixar redecorates its Emeryville, Calif., studio to match the theme of the film. This year, in anticipation of Monsters University, the studio was transformed into the MU campus, complete with a student lounge, cheerleaders, and the fabled Monsters University gates.
Imagine a G-rated Revenge of the Nerds with a Greek Week obstacle tournament as inventive as the tasks in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire... and you've got Monsters University. We were among the lucky few to catch an early screening of the latest Pixar movie, and here are our spoiler-free reactions.
Major monster-college spoilers ahead. A Japanese trailer for the Pixar prequel Monsters University spoils most of the movie, including crucial plot twists. Much to the horror of a few Pixar animators on twitter. So much is revealed — like baby Mikey and what inspired the little eyeball to enroll at MU. Don't watch…
Monsters University is shaping up to have a pretty classic college movie vibe. In this preview clip, which comes on the new Blu-ray edition of Monsters Inc., MU director Dan Scanlon gives a spoiler-filled synopsis of the upcoming sequel, and shows off characters and concept art. Skip to 2:50 to watch the first clip…
Pixar's prequel to Monsters Inc. might a long ways away, but marketing for Monsters University is already underway. The school where Sulley and Mike learned all about the art of scaring has a website, and it's adorable. The whole thing is pretty interactive — there's even a run-down of monster Greek Life. Fingers…