Pixar’s ‘Monsters University’ Trailer Shows School Spirit (80 Screenshots)

Pixar Monsters University Trailer

It may be difficult to hear, but Pixar has hit a bit of a slump. With Cars 2 misfiring and Brave gaining mixed reviews–leaning more negatively, despite it’s Oscar win–the once glorified animation studio has seen better days. So why not bring back two characters everyone loves, again? A full theatrical trailer has been released for Monsters University. See for yourself, after the jump, whether or not Pixar has what it takes to pick itself up.

It’s been 12 years since we last saw our pals, Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman). The dynamic duo is back, but this time way back, back to the good ol’ college days. With these two, shenanigans will ensue, but will Monsters University have that same emotional beat to warm our hearts again?

Pixar Monsters University Mike Wazowski

Compared to Brave, there is definitely a little more spunk and fun to be had in the world of Monsters University. It will be exciting to see what new monsters the Pixar team has come up with and what kind of new depth they can bring to this world. Revisiting Mike and Sully is a great way for the studio to improve and bring more range to their friendship. Let’s just hope they did.

Everything about this trailer feels completely separate from the original film. It’s a new environment, younger monsters, and different scenarios. It looks more vibrant and lively. Pixar also had 12 years to hone their skills as animators and story tellers. I dig this trailer, but it doesn’t really give us too much of the plot. We can tell that they meet, become rivals, and at some point befriend each other.

Pixar Monsters University Mike and Sully

But what is the deeper story here? Sure, Pixar wants to sell us on the idea that Monsters University will be about Mike and Sully becoming friends, but what is the true conflict? This whole movie can’t be about these competing against one another; the trailer shows them running amok together. There has to be something they aren’t telling us. Will it be a Harry Potter-esque story where there is a bad professor in the midst of the University? Whatever the case, I hope it’s strong enough to be on the same level as the first film.

Pixar Monsters University Professors

Read the official plot synopsis of Monsters University via Apple Trailers:

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.

Pixar Monsters University Screenshot 37

Instead of giving us another original movie, Pixar would rather focus on characters they already know and figure we care more about. In some ways this will work, but is this a cop out? Sure a dinosaur movie is in the works, and the Toy Story franchise has made a lot of money, but we all saw how Cars 2 panned out now didn’t we?

Monsters University will hit theaters June 21, 2013 in 2D, 3D, and RealD 3D.

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