‘Monsters, Inc. 2’ to be Prequel to Original Disney/Pixar Film (Spoiler)


Citing a Disney film catalog distributed to film owners, Disney Central Plaza has reported on the apparent official synopsis for the highly anticipated second installment of the Monsters, Inc. franchise. The official synopsis was seemingly not published, so it is summarized below.

Slated to be released on November 2, 2012, the second film will take us back to before a time when Mike Wazowski was top comedian, before James P. Sullivan was top scarer, even before the buddies joined the MI workforce. In fact it takes us all the way back to school — the University of Fear to be precise.

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Book Details Reveal Plot of Disney/Pixar ‘Hawaii’ Toy Story Toon Short

Call it Hawaii, Dream Vacation or even Play-cation!, the plot of the first Toy Story Toon has been revealed in an upcoming book from RH Disney now available for pre-order on Amazon.com:

Bonnie is off to Hawaii, and Barbie and Ken are excited to go along on their first tropical vacation! But when they’re accidentally left behind, it’s up to Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the toys to create a Hawaiian paradise right in Bonnie’s room. Based on the latest animated short featuring the toys from Disney/Pixar Toy Story, this full-color storybook includes punch-out postcards that girls and boys ages 3-7 will love sending to their friends!

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Disney/Pixar Pals to Grace United States Postage Stamps in 2011

United States Postage Stamps for 2011The United States Postal Service today announced its commemorative stamp program for 2011 and it includes some very familiar faces, fictional and not, including friends from several Disney/Pixar films.

The Send a Hello stamps are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic. The Send a Hello series is meant to encourage people to connect with their loved ones via the United States Postal Service.

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Disney/Pixar’s Newest Short, ‘Hawaii,’ May Be Lead-in to ‘Cars 2’

Disney animator and Legend Floyd Norman took to Twitter recently to offer doll-size details on a new short from Disney/Pixar titled Hawaii which features Mattel’s Barbie and Ken from Toy Story 3 as they destine themselves for a ‘Dream Vacation’ to the exotic destination. Norman notes that doesn’t know which film this will be attached to, but we already know that one of the new Toy Story Toons (which we first speculated on back in March 2010 and later confirmed by Disney/Pixar) will be leading into Cars 2 as per Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich.

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‘Modern,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Toys’ Golden Globe Noms for Disney

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is the weakest link in the nomination chain with a single, but very crucial nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in which it competes against Walt Disney Animation Studios’ own Tangled along with unsurprising entries from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.

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Annies to Consider ‘Tangled’ and ‘Toy Story 3;’ Awards ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’ Documentary

Despite The Walt Disney Company’s public protests against the prestigious Annies animation awards with what it feels are voters heavily sided with DreamWorks Animation, Disney’s Tangled and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 are in contention for several major awards.

The pair are not only nominated for Best Animated Feature, but both Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and Dan Fogelman (Tangled) are being considered in the Writing in a Feature Production category. Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich is also nominated for Directing in a Feature Production.

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Lotso New Topiaries, Attractions to be Featured at Epcot’s 2011 Flower & Garden Festival

The heroes of Toy Story 3 have left the toy box. Woody and Buzz Lightyear meet arch-enemy Lotso the teddy bear on the Future World playground for the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort.

The popular Disney/Pixar characters hit the sandbox as seven- and eight-foot-tall topiaries at the Epcot front entrance flower bed featuring a sand castle, strawberry-scented field and playground toys. Created by Disney gardeners and topiary experts with bold strokes of seasonal color, the topiary display marks the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. It’s also the first time in seven years that the front-entrance floral spectacle showcases all-new topiary characters, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘Day & Night’ on Shortlist to be Considered for Academy Award Nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

  • “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
  • “Coyote Falls,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
  • “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)

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‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ to be New Parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

According to cast member Paul Chadkin, the new parade debuting on January 16, 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will be titled ‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ The parade will consist of characters from several Disney/Pixar films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., and Up.

‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ will replace the existing afternoon parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ‘Block Party Bash’ which will see its final performance on January 1, 2011.

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Disney/Pixar Cars by Ridemakerz Now Available at DisneyStore.com

Disney/Pixar Cars from Ridemakerz Just in time for the holiday season, DisneyStore.com has introduced the Ridemakerz custom cars inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Cars and the Cars Toons. Up until now, this special Ridemakerz collection has been exclusive to just the handful of ‘Imagination Park’ concept Disney Stores, but is now available to online guests at DisneyStore.com. Here’s how you can build your own Disney/Pixar Cars Ridemakerz today in just a few simple steps:

Step 1: Pick your body. You can choose from Classic Lightning McQueen, Classic Tow Mater and Classic Sally or you can go custom with the Cruisin’ Lightning McQueen, Dark Racer Lightning McQueen, Dinoco Lightning McQueen, Mater the Greater, Stealth Tow Mater and Sally Custom bodies.

Step 2: Decide whether you’d like a basic chasis or if you’d like to make it a radio controlled car (an optional rechargeable battery/charger is suggested but not required).

Step 3: Choose your wheels and tires (note they’re sold as sets of 2 with front and rear tires distinguished, so you’ll need a total of two sets of each). There are even tires that carry the Lightyear brand name, just like the movie!

Step 4: Accessorize! Choose from a wide collection of various accessories including spoilers, street lights, hood scoops, side pipes, muffler tips, decals and more!

Hint: To easily see all the options available for the Disney/Pixar Cars by Ridemakerz, check out our beta DisneyStore.com interface here.

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