Exclusive: Disney’s “Monsters University” – CelebSecrets4U’s Closer Look (@MonstersU)

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY“Monsters University”, the film, which is the sequel to “Monsters Inc.”, opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013 and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

This film will feature the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Charlie Day, Joel Murray, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Julia Sweeney and Peter Sohn.

Pete Docter, director of “Monsters Inc.”, definitely played a key role in the development of Monsters University. He helped to build some of the film’s key themes.

“One theme that came out really early was this idea that when one door closes, another door opens, “ says Docter. “Doors were so central to the first film visually, so this idea really stood out. We realized that the main message in so many movies—especially those for kids is, ‘If you try hard enough and believe in yourself, you can do anything!’ And that’s not a bad message, but it’s not always truthful. What do you do when your dream is crushed?”.

Monsters University was originally founded in 1313 and consists of six different schools of study such as The School of Scaring, School of Engineering, School of Liberal Arts & Monstrosities, School of Science, School of Business and School of Aquatics.

Mike Wazowski, a monster with goals has always dreamt to attend Monsters University to study scaring. He is filled with a lot of motivation and ambition but things don’t really seem to go the way he originally planned as soon as he starts school.

“We wanted ‘Monsters University’ to be Mike’s story from the beginning, “ says director Dan Scanlon, “but we tried it a lot of ways. When you work on a story for so long, you go down a lot of paths, often ending up exactly where you started, which is what happened with ‘Monster’s University’. We were all hooked on Mike’s story. It’s so compelling and personal. “

Another very essential player in the “Monsters University” sequel is James P. Sullivan (Sulley).  He seems to come off to others as arrogant. He’s a very talented scarer who looks and knows the part. He is a big guy and an athlete. His impressive skills come really natural to him and therefore he figures that he would not have to put in time and work in order to excel in his school of Scaring. Mike, gets really frustrated that Sulley does not respect the opportunity enough to put in the hard work.

Screenwriter Robert Baird says, “And Mike is the first monster who makes Sulley doubt his own abilities. Through sheer effort, Mike ends up excelling in class, while Sulley remains stagnant. It drives Sulley crazy that this little guy is out-scaring him. So this competition brews all semester and comes to a head during their final exam.”

Another character in the film, Dean Hardscarbble, who is the formidable head of the School of Scaring has a lifetime of experience and has no tolerance for mediocrity. She ends up taking action between Mike and Sulley.

“It’s not pretty, “ Says Rae. “They get kicked out of the Scare Program and both their dreams are crushed. But the good news is that they’re forced to work together to try to fix the situation. The rest of the story is about what they do and how they grow—-individually and as friends.”

CelebSecrets4U was first hand at the official Monsters University press junket at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Check out the full conference with Billy Crystal and John Goodman below. The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.