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Monsters University 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray Combo Pack Review

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We are mere weeks away from Halloween, so it’s only natural that Monsters are coming out to play. In fact, Disney/Pixar’s unleashed their own monsters via the Monsters University Digital HD and Digital HD 3D release last October 8, 2013. They’re also going to follow it up with a proper retail release of the 4-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ra 3D Como Pack 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack,
3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack,DVD and On-Demand on October 29, 2013.

We currently don’t have access to a proper 3D setup so we won’t be focusing on the 3D aspects of the release. In any case, the 3D is just an extra – the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating – and whether owning Monsters University on home video will be worth your money or not will depend largely on the film itself (and maybe a few of the extras included in the set.)

The Movie: No Boo?

Let’s get this out of the way first. Monsters University is the prequel to Monsters, Inc. and focuses on Sulley and Mike during their college days – how they met, how they became best friends despite their differences and the path they took in order to become the top scarers in Monsters, Inc. This means no Boo, as she’s probably not even born yet during the events of the film.

It can’t be denied that Boo is one of the most popular characters in the original film but her absence here isn’t such a bad thing. It’s true that there’s a dearth of “daaww-sooo-cuuuutee,” moments but you won’t miss it much once you realize that Monsters University doesn’t really need it to work this time around. Rather, it is more of a college buddy comedy that’s reliant on Mike and Sulley’s chemistry (or initial lack thereof).

New Trailer for Monsters University Released

New Trailer for Monsters University Released

Animation giant Pixar has once again released a new trailer for the upcoming prequel to Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, which will follow the college days of series protagonists Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman), where they were initially the odd couple dormmates.

While Monsters University will introduce younger versions of established characters, it will also feature a host of new characters, particularly those belonging to the school’s teaching faculty. The main villain for the prequel seems to be the Dragon-y Dean Hardscrabble, who is voiced by Helen Mirren.

You can check out the video below:

New Monsters University Poster Reunites Mike and Sully

New Monsters University Poster Reunites Mike and Sully

A couple of new posters have just been released for the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University, with the first one showing the future top ranking monster duo looking cool in their university jerseys. This poster seems to be aimed towards fans, as it doesn’t even bother putting the title on the poster, just the acronym MU.

Monsters University Launches a New Website

Monsters University Launches a New Website

Pixar’s much-awaited prequel to Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, has just launched a new tie-in website at monstersuniversity.com/edu, and instead of the usual promotional website with various marketing assets, the new website is presented as an actual educational institution, featuring student testimonials, alumni news, admissions info, and other types of content you would expect from a real college website.

Monsters vs. Aliens Night of the Living Carrots scares up Nintendo 3DS

Monsters vs. Aliens Night of the Living Carrots scares up Nintendo 3DS

Not too long ago, DreamWorks Animation released a holiday short called Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. The TV special was a hit for fans of the original Monsters vs. Aliens film, whose characters perfectly fit with the Halloween themes. Well, now they’re at it again, but this time, in 3D! (You have to say it like: “Three-ee-ee DEE-ee-ee”). This week, fans who own a Nintendo 3DS are able to get a sneak peek look at the production entitled Monsters vs. Aliens: Night of the Living Carrots. Broadcast free as part of the Nintendo Video channel, the hope is not only to expand the audience Nintendo can reach with their 3D service, but also introduce yet another chapter to the Monsters vs. Aliens franchise.

Smash buildings when you play Days of Monsters

Smash buildings when you play Days of Monsters

There are days of joy. There are days of sorrow. And there are Days of Monsters. Personally, we’ll always side with the Monster type. In this brand new action game, you help build, and then control a team of hybrid monsters, ready to destroy the world city by city through some seriously awesome attacks. Developed by Mostro Games and La Ventanita Studio.

Nicktoons catches some Monsuno monsters from Freemantle Media

Nicktoons catches some Monsuno monsters from Freemantle Media

Nicktoons has picked up the animated television series Monsuno from Freemantle Media, Dentsu Entertainment USA, and Jakk’s Pacific. The series follows the journey of a group of children who gain the ability to control and battle monsters through a mysterious force. The 52 episode series will premiere on Nicktoons in Spring 2012. Following that, the show will go worldwide with broadcast agreements seeing the show air on African, Australian, European, Eastern European, Indian, New Zealand, Southeast Asian, and Russian Nickelodeon affiliates. The series premiere will be marked by a major marketing push in the fall with toys from Jakk’s Pacific, card games from Topps, video games, apparel, and more.

Pixar and Disney’s Monsters University; What about Boo?

Pixar and Disney Monsters University What about Boo

Just recently, Disney began spilling the beans about their upcoming CG animated film, Monsters University. The second film in the Monsters franchise, set to release on June 21st 2013 – some twelve years after the original Monsters, Inc. was released – will actually take place before the first film. That’s right, it’s about the early days of Sulley and Mike, and the bond they formed while becoming the Monsters they were meant to be. That’s all well and good, and we’re certainly excited to see the return of some of our favorite Pixar characters, but… what about Boo? The adorable little girl who co-starred in the first film? If this story takes place before the pair ever met her (and likely before she was even born) does that mean we’re to go Boo-less in the prequel?

Disney and Pixar introduce Monsters University from Monsters Inc

Disney and Pixar introduce Monsters University from Monsters Inc

With the story of Monsters Inc already told, Disney passed on simply making a Monsters Inc. 2, and instead expanded their franchise from a corporation to a learning institution. Through the hard work of Pixar’s gorgeous CG animation, we’re proud to introduce Monsters University, Disney’s upcoming film from the Monsters franchise. Nearly two years away from release (we’re looking at a tentative date of June 21st, 2013, ready for Disney Digital 3D – or perhaps 4D by then!) and twelve years after the original “Monsters, Inc.”, production has already begun on the new film, which will reunite John Goodman and Billy Crystal, as James P. Sullivan (Sulley) and Mike Wazowski (…Mike Wazowski!). The sequel, which is actually a prequel, tells the story of how Mike and Sulley first met, and the differences they overcame to become friends.

Nickelodeon prepares Robot and Monster: Best Friends Forever

Nickelodeon prepares Robot and Monster: Best Friends Forever

We love Robots. We love Monsters. It only stands to reason that ToonBarn Studios would be a huge fan of a series called Robot & Monster – it’s like simple algebra. Thus, we were delighted to see that Nickelodeon is adding just such a toon to their roster! Set in a unique world where gangs of Howling Cyber Monkeys roam the streets, the world of Robot & Monster is, quite literally, filled with Robots and Monsters. Most don’t get along – that is, except for the titular characters. Robot is a self-proclaimed genius inventor, and Monster believes goo things happen to good people, believing loyally in everything Robot does. And with a best friend like that, what else could you ask for? …Except for, maybe, a pile of bacon.

Toy Story 3 brings Oscars to Pixar

Toy Story 3 brings Oscars to Pixar

During last night’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Disney’s Toy Story franchise yet again proved it’s power in the world of cinema, as the latest sequel, Toy Story 3, brought home Oscar gold! While the film had to settle for just a nomination in “the big award,” Best Picture, Toy Story 3 did dominate the Best Animated Feature category, sending Lee Unkrich to the stage. Randy Newman, long time composer for Pixar’s CG films, was also honored for Toy Story 3’s song “We Belong Together.” It was the second time Newman received such an honor, having previously won a decade ago for Monsters, Inc.

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