I attended Monsters University as a guest of Disney • Pixar; however, all opinions are my own.
Not too long ago I got a chance to interview Dan Scanlon. He’s the director of the upcoming Disney Pixar film, Monsters University. This is his second time in the director’s seat for this film franchise, and he knows the characters well.
Monsters University – The Prequel
Scanlon tells how the story came about. “We were hunting for the story that we wanted to tell, which was the story of how these guys met and became friends.” It became clear to the creative team that Monsters Elementary wasn’t the story they wanted to tell.
In fact, it was Pete Doctor and John Lasseter who approached Scanlon with the idea of having them meet in college. Sure, it’s a different story than the one they told of their meeting in
Their goal was to show these two monsters before they meet – Mike the misfit who heads to college where he meets big-man-on-campus Sully, who’s a bit of a jerk. Along the way they find themselves involved in college life and become Greek brothers almost by accident.
Scare Factor – Monsters University
But what about the scare factor of
In fact, the monsters in Monsters University are fun characters with the exception of Dean Hardscrabble, and even she shows a softer side by the end of the film.
PG-Rated College Life
Changing to the topic of college life and its place in children’s animation, Scanlon mentions that they worked hard at making it feel like a college, retaining some of that “wild side”, but they kept it tasteful. They modeled much of the campus life after their favorite 1980’s college films like “
Check out Scanlon’s Monster University in theaters 6/21/13
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