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Immersed in Movies: Pixar's Kelsey Mann Talks 'Party Central' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 21, 2014 11:21 PM
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Despite Pixar not having a feature this year, it worked out perfectly for the MU short, Party Central, to play in front of Muppets Most Wanted since Jim Henson was such an important influence on director Kelsey Mann. "They always had that manic energy when you got a group of the Muppets together. I wanted to get that over the top feeling in this short."

Immersed in Movies: Getting Animated About the Oscar Nominations

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 13, 2014 2:00 PM
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Will the studios totally dominate the best animated feature category or will there be room for one or two indies? And how many surprises will there be for animated short? Let's look at my predictions for Thursday's Oscar nominations.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Monsters University'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2013 12:31 PM
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With Monsters University failing to snag a Golden Globes nomination (a first for Pixar), many are wondering how it will impact the Oscar race. But there's more than meets the eye in the Monsters, Inc. prequel. Director Dan Scanlon and global tech/research TD Christophe Hery explain how storytelling and aesthetics unite more closely.

Immersed in Movies: The Monsterfication of 'Monsters University'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 21, 2013 3:00 AM
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Pixar has come a long way technologically since Monsters, Inc., so the design challenge with the Monsters University prequel was to expand the world through creative engineering while maintaining consistency. They call it "Monsterfication," and I went deeper into the process with production designer Ricky Nierva and sets art director Robert Kondo.

Immersed in Movies: Director Dan Scanlon Talks Primal Screams at 'Monsters U'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 13, 2013 3:09 AM
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During a recent visit to Pixar, I sat down with first-time director Dan Scanlon, a story artist on Cars and Toy Story 3, who Billy Crystal calls a "hipster," and discussed his role on the forthcoming blockbuster.

Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Monsters U' with Billy Crystal and John Goodman

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 4, 2013 2:25 AM
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In Monsters University, Pixar's oddest odd couple, Mike and Sulley, meet for the first time in college as fierce rivals before becoming best buddies in Monsters, Inc. Co-stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman recently reminisced about their own college years and what it was like reuniting a decade later for Pixar's first prequel.

Latest and Final "Monsters University" trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 30, 2013 3:00 PM
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Here is the latest - and final - look at Pixar's Monsters University we'll get before the film opens on June 21st. Too early to judge, but it looks great - and it certainly promises to be fun.

Should Pixar Have Made "Monsters University" For Older Audiences?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • May 15, 2013 12:01 AM
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Is Pixar losing out on an opportunity to bring such teenagers back into the animation fold?

HOT TRAILER: "Monsters University"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 25, 2013 1:02 PM
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The latest trailer for Pixar's next feature has just come online. Watch it here.

Immersed in Movies: Sneaking Pixar's 'Monsters University' and 'Blue Umbrella'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 24, 2013 7:28 PM
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I got a chance to see the first 40 minutes of "Monsters University" earlier this month. Rest assured: I've seen enough of Pixar's first prequel to report it's not only a fun and funny college romp but also another animated breakthrough.

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