In addition to some of the upcoming additions to the Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic that we reported earlier today, we have some details on Walt Disney World’s ‘Monstrous Summer’ that are expected to be confirmed/announced later this week during a press event.
To confirm reports from other sources, on May 24, 2013, the Magic Kingdom will play host to a 24 hour party, which will feature appearances by Mike Wazowski and James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan as their Monsters University meet and greet persona, as pictured here.
The Magic Kingdom will also be ‘updating’ its Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor attraction so that jokes and the material presented will honor the performers’ alma mater.
Also being updated is the duo’s permanent meet and greet location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios which will be transformed from the current Monsters Inc. work environment to the MU student union.
And perhaps quite unsurprisingly, a monorail wrap which is Disney is already promoting as the ‘Monsterail’ will make its resort debut in support of Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, in theaters June 21, 2013.
UPDATE #1: 04/24/13 – The official Disney Parks blog has confirmed the ‘monsterail’ monorail wrap and has provided the concept art in which the students of Monsters University appear to be riding the monorail:
Another site has posted several Monsters University character poses it has received from Disney/Pixar. Among the illustrations of a younger, thinner James P. Sullivan and a younger, metallic Mike Wazowski are newly revealed characters including Art, Don, Squishy, Squishy’s Mom and the twin
s, Terri and Terry.
Interestingly enough, a cursory search turned up only one other mention of Squishy and that was in a PEZ candy sales page which displays a photo of Squishy, Mike W, Sulley and Randall as PEZ dispensers, available May 2013. On a tangent, the brochure also mentions an all new Disney Channel Original Movie for ‘Phineas and Ferb’s Christmas Vacation’ in 2013 when introducing its Candace dispenser.
[The art featured here has been removed as requested by Walt Disney Studios. We look forward to its official release.]
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
Screaming with laughter and fun, Monsters University stars the vocal talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn and is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
When you last saw Disney/Pixar’s Brave, did you manage to spot the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story that’s made its way into most every Pixar film since? How about the hidden character from the next Disney/Pixar film?
Surprisingly enough both items can be found in the same location in the film and now Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios would like us to share with you just where you can spot them for the next time you see the film in case you missed them the first (or second (or third)) time around:
The Witch, an eccentric crone disguised as a woodcarver specializing in whittling wooden bear figurines and conjuring haphazard spells, showcases her mysterious and inexplicable knowledge of the future with a carved figurine of the infamous Pizza Planet truck.
Meanwhile, a carving of Sulley, the lovable blue monster slated to return to the big screen in 2013’s Monsters University, appears on a piece of wood in the home of the Witch.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has set a date for the release of the highly anticipated Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray. Initially expected to be released back in May alongside A Bug’s Life, the new street date is November 10. With an MSRP of $39.99, the 2 disc set also includes the film on DVD as well as a Disneyfile digital copy.
As you might imagine, the Blu-ray edition is feature-packed and includes such features as:
Filmmakers’ Round Table – Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Bob Peterson reflect on the creation of the film, and share their most memorable anecdotes.
Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek: Building Monstropolis in Tokyo – A sneak peak of the newest Monsters attraction in Tokyo Disneyland, with exclusive interviews of the artists and engineers behind the ride.
Roz’s 100 Door Challenge (Interactive Game) - Think you have what it takes to be a Monsters, Inc. employee? Roz will be the
judge of that with her 100 Door Challenge. Deal with whatever is behind each new door. It could be a puzzle, a trivia question, a mini-game . . . it could be crazy! Do your best. Your future employment at Monsters, Inc. hangs in the balance.
Plus all of the original DVD bonus features:
• Academy Award® nominated short film “Mike’s New Car“ (With Audio Commentary By Directors)
• Academy Award® winning short film “For the Birds” (With Audio Commentary By Director)
• Banished Concepts
• Storyboard To Film Comparison
• Monster file
• Animation Gag Reel 1: Sulley/Boo/Waternoose
• Animation Gag Reel 2: Giraffe Gag
• Animation Gag Reel 3: Sulley Bowling Boo
Here’s a look at the promo for the Blu-ray edition that we brought you several months ago when it was still expected to be released in May:
Moviegoers waiting to see the newest release from Disney/Pixar, UP, at the Kerasotes Show Case Theaters in Chicago, IL got a big surprise when some of Pixar’s classic characters came out to celebrate and watch the movie too. Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles) and Buzz Lightyear and Woody (Toy Story) worked and schmoozed the already excited crowd.
Below is a gallery of more photos from the event. Photos from WireImage. © Disney/Pixar. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.