It’s been a couple of years since Pixar had audiences leaving the theatre in tears after their superb Summer film Toy Story 3. In the years since, the studio that once had a spotless reputation has brought us an obnoxious sequel (Cars 2) and a mediocre original (Brave). While the visual imagination has not diminished in the slightest, both Brave and Cars 2 were lacking the wit and emotional layering that made films like Toy Story, Up, and Ratatouille so very great. With fewer original projects and more sequels in the pipeline, fans of Pixar might be concerned that the studio is headed in the wrong direction.
For this reason, there will be a lot of attention paid to Monsters University, the latest Pixar film set to hit theatres this Summer. With the great cast from Monsters, Inc. returning with a few notable additions, the new film will seek to replicate the humor and cleverness from the original. Hopefully the film will strike a nice balance between comedy and heart, with emphasis on the budding friendship between the little green Mike and the big blue Sully.
The new Monsters University trailer, which premiered today on Yahoo! Movies, emphasizes the silliness that we have come to expect from the Pixar universe. There are references galore to classic college comedies like Revenge of the Nerds and Animal House, leading one to hope that they haven’t abandoned the character driven comedy for a much more shallow brand of referential humor. It’s very hard (and unfair) to judge from the trailer, but I cannot help but feel a little hesitant.
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi all return to the vocal cast with additions that include Helen Mirren, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, Bonnie Hunt, and many more. Check out the new trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Where do you think Monsters University will rank in the Pixar canon?
Monsters University will be in theatres on June 21, 2013.