Cars Spinoff Planes to Hit Theaters in August

21 December 2012

The Disney-made Cars spinoff, Planes has just been given an official theatrical release date for the 9th of August, 2013.

Disney Animation Planes

The project was not originally meant for theatrical release; it was supposed to go direct to video. This might be a sign that it's turning out a bit better than Disney expected. While this is not a Pixar project, its existence does bear some weight upon the Pixar name because it is a spinoff of a successful Pixar franchise.

It's amazing how many other animated films are incorrectly attributed to Pixar. But this may be the first justifiable cause for confusion. The aesthetic is very intentionally copied from the Pixar style. I suppose in this case it is slightly less “blasphemous” since Pixar is actually owned by Disney.

MU Shirts Available for the Four Armed

21 December 2012

Back in October, Pixar launched a faux website designed to mimic the website of an actual university. The site offers enrollment information, images of the campus and athletic teams, and a store selling Monsters University gear.

Monsters University Store Selling Shirts with Four Arms

Many of the items were real, but some four-armed and two-collared shirts, that would presumably accommodate monsters with such abnormalities, were marked as “sold out” or “coming soon”. Well, as it turns out, there may have actually been some truth behind the images, because as of a few days ago, at least one of the four-armed sweatshirts has actually gone on sale in the store. It remains to be seen whether more of these novelties will be made available.

Monsters, Inc. 3D Featurette

18 December 2012

Art of Monsters University for Pre-Order

16 December 2012

Art of Monsters University CoverStarting with the original Monsters, Inc., Pixar has a long tradition of releasing "Art of" books for each of their films under Chronicle Books. They provide insight into the design process of each film and are incredibly inspirational for creatives of all kinds. The tradition continues with the announcement of The Art of Monsters University. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The books are typically not released until a week or two prior to the theatrical release of the film itself, so don't expect to see it until May or June of 2013.

Also, as a reminder, the Art of Monsters, Inc. was recently put back on the shelves in a massive re-print. It has long been unavailable, except to wealthy collectors, until this summer.

New Monsters University Stills

16 December 2012

Pixar Monsters University Mike Wazowski Carrying Luggage

Pixar Monsters University Mike Wazowski Riding a Monster