Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to sit down with Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae, along with John Goodman, for a few minutes as part of a roundtable at the Disney/Pixar presentation at the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Following up on a tip I had received the day before, I took the opportunity to explore what overlap — if any — we might see between Monsters University and the original Monsters Inc. film. Unfortunately Scanlon nearly skirted the question altogether: ‘Well I don’t want to say that, I think you should wait and see. I will say that it’s teeing up to the original film nicely.’
Almost as cryptic was Scanlon’s and Rae’s response to my question about a tribute to Boo in the upcoming prequel. Although I realized it would be impossible for Boo to directly appear in the film and I personally felt it would be impractical for her to appear in any direct form, I imagined with Pixar’s knack for inside jokes and tributes, it wouldn’t be far off to anticipate getting Mary Gibbs (who voiced Boo as a toddler) to return to the recording studio. So can we expect the voice of Boo to return to the big screen in some form? ‘I can’t say anything about that, but,’ Scanlon replied before producer Rae interjected with ‘but there’s a bunch of new characters that we’re really excited about.’ Scanlon followed up with ‘there’s a lot of new characters. There’s lots of fun cameos here and there, so… yeah, keep an eye out.’
And new characters there are plenty. While we’ve been introduced to fellow Oozma Kappa students Don Carlton, Art, Terri & Terry Perry and Scott ‘Squishy’ Squibbles, there are plenty more characters to be formally introduced, especially sisters of the Slugma Slugma Kappa (EEK) and Eta Hiss Hiss (HSS) sororities. In addition to Carrie, we can probably look forward to getting to knowing fellow students Nadya, Sonia, Rosie, Violet. Carla, Brynn, Rhonda and more.
And just in case you missed it, be sure to check out our additional coverage of the Monsters University Toy Fair event including an exclusive in-depth look at upcoming toys for this spring and fall.