As part of the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York, Disney offered an invite-only look at some of the upcoming toys and clothing to support Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, in theaters on June 21, 2013. The majority of the products on display were from Spin Master who serves as the master licensee for the film. Spin Master, who recently also began releasing products in support of Monsters Inc., previously created waves in the Disney universe when it served as the master licensee for TRON: Legacy, infusing technology in play that hadn’t been seen before. The tradition continues with Monsters University in which some of its most advanced toys don’t use batteries at all, yet manage to produce detailed and intricate amusing actions just the same.
While potential film spoilers and the American International Toy Fair often go hand-in-hand, rare is the opportunity that we are able to actually photograph (with permission) new items that contain information not yet disclosed to the public. That said, yesterday we were able to do just that with some supporting merchandise for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, just ahead of the new trailer launch at 9 am ET and the full Toy Fair product launch with John Goodman and Billy Crystal which kicks off an hour later, at 10.
Animation Fascination has uploaded a new featurette/sneak peek at Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, presumed to be included on the upcoming Monsters Inc. blu-ray release. Narrated by director Dan Scanlon, the featurette offers up quite a bit of concept art along with some of the story which involves how rivals Mike Wazowski and James ‘Sulley’ Sullivan were rejected from the prized scaring educational track by Dean Hardscrabble and how Mike concocts a plan to get into the program. To pull it off, they must join the Oozma Kappa fraternity which — although is made up of other scare program rejects — is just OK with us.
Just ahead of the 110th annual American International Toy Fair kick-off this Sunday, Disney Consumer Products has shared a sneak peek at just some of the toys coming later this year, representing some of its iconic properties. From Monsters University, Oz the Great and Powerful and Planes to ‘Sofia the First’ and ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ to proven franchises such as Minnie Mouse, Disney Fairies and — of course — the princesses, these toys represent some a new take on classic play, often integrating cutting edge technology to enhance the experience.
At a launch event held earlier today at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, Disney Interactive Co-President John Pleasants was joined by John Lasseter to announce ‘Disney Infinity,’ a multi-platform experience which will certainly prove to be one of the most ambitious projects to date in the world of video games.
The announcement confirms everything we have reported previously. Using a combination of plastic figures, a ‘Disney Infinity’ reader and more, players will have the ability to allow Pixar and Disney characters to interact with each other directly in a video game, as demonstrated by the screen shot to the left which features Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 alongside Bullseye, Mr. Incredible, Mike Wazowski and Sulley.
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|Vinylmation 2013 Valentine Figure – 3” – $14.95 |
|Vinylmation Jr. Series 7 In Space – 1 1/2” – $9.95 |
|Monsters, Inc. DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack – Collector’s Edition – Pre-Order – $24.95 |
Premiering during today’s Rose Bowl game, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios began its television campaign to promote the upcoming Monsters University prequel. The ad, which mocks traditional campus life-style advertisements, features students explaining why Monsters University is the right school for them. The ad finishes by promoting the viral website for the film, MonstersUniversity.com/edu, which launched last year.
The new ad even has its own page on the University’s website in which it is accompanied by an article about its production.
Just in time for the theatrical release of Monsters, Inc 3D featuring alumna from next year’s prequel, the Monsters University campus store is now stocking its popular 4-armed hoodie, just almost in time for the holiday season.
We first reported on the Monsters University merchandise some time before the viral site went — well, viral, but it’s seemed to go under the radar that despite a couple of items that appeared to be jokes, the site’s Campus Store is a fully-functioning shop filled with (mostly) real products and serviced by Disney Store.
While we hope to have a larger version soon, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have released yet another new still from their upcoming prequel, Monsters University, via the studio’s official Tumblr.
UPDATE: Walt Disney Studios and Pixar have provided us with a hi-res version of the image. You can click on the smaller image here to enlarge it, then click on the resize icon to view it at its original resolution.
According to the image caption, When it comes to college life, Mike and Sulley have VERY different ideas of what it means to have a good time — it’s a wonder these two mismatched monsters ever settled their differences.
Just in time for the theatrical release of Monsters Inc 3-D on December 19, Disney Mobile Games released ‘Monsters, Inc. Run‘ last night for Apple iPhone, iPad and iOS Touch devices ($.99).
‘Monsters, Inc. Run‘ is a side-scrolling action platform adventure that has players dashing through locations from the movie as their favorite Monsters, Inc. characters. Players find themselves on a spine-tingling mission as some of the most popular scare team duos, including Mike and Sulley, to find and rescue Boo from danger.