As most of you are well-aware, Pixar Animation has been on something on a sequel kick lately with the release of Toy Story 3, Cars 2 set to hit this summer, and the planned sequel to their 2001 hit Monsters Inc., which we now know will come next summer in 2012.
The Walt Disney Company, while at the CinemaCon convention currently taking place in Las Vegas, confirmed the release year as well as something that had been rumored since the beginning of January: that Monsters Inc. 2 would actually be a prequel (Read: Rumor For Your Thoughts: Will “˜Monsters Inc. 2″² Be A Prequel?).
Disney announced that the prequel will be called Monsters University and that, just as the rumor claimed, the movie would follow Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) as they make their way through college, possibly as rivals. Also returning will be Randall, the villain from the first movie voiced by Steve Buscemi.
This makes for an interesting little showdown with (somewhat) rival DreamWorks Animation, who isn’t anywhere near the same level as Pixar, but is getting closer each year. Last August it was announced that Seth Rogen would be voicing the lead ghost in DreamWorks’ Boo U, a movie about a ghost who has to go back to school to improve his scaring abilities. It wasn’t revealed when this movie would be released but could we be looking at another A Bug’s Life/Antz or Armageddon/Deep Impact type showdown?
[Source: Heat Vision]