I was provided with a complimentary copy of Monsters University on Blu-Ray to facilitate this review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
Monsters University comes out on Blu-Ray Combo Pack on October 29, just in time for Halloween. Of course! Those monsters think of everything. 😉 We got an early copy to check out and and it has been well loved since arriving on our doorstep. My kids LOVE this movie and so do I. It’s flat out hilarious!
We took the kids to see Monsters University in the theater (see what we learned!) and had such a good time watching on the big screen. Now that we have the DVD at home I’m actually enjoying it even more. There are so many funny lines slipped in that I hadn’t picked up on the first time around. The messages of the movie, friendship, perseverance, and believing in yourself, never get old. But it’s the laughter that keeps us comin’ back for more!
This is one of my favorite clips from Monsters University:
I just love the Oozma Kappa brothers. They’re a total riot and the MOM!! Omigosh I love that woman! She cracks me up in every scene.
Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.
Monsters University on Blu-Ray has TONS of awesome Bonus Features!
I’ll admit, I don’t always watch the Bonus Features on DVDs but Monsters University is special to me because it was the first Disney press trip I was invited to attend (even though I skipped class). So I actually wanted to check out the extras and I’m so glad I did! Honestly, the bonuses are so cool. Even my kids were glued to the screen. One thing I’ve learned about Disney is that everyone there is beyond talented and they work hard and play hard.
Here are all the bonus features on the Blu-Ray Combo Pack:
- Campus Life – What’s it like being on a production crew at Pixar? Get a look at a day in the life of the “Monsters University” crew through their own eyes.
- Story School – This documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story, and the change in focus from Sulley to Mike. We’ll also look at how gags are developed – from writing jokes to brainstorming a million ideas, only 5% of which actually end up in the movie.
- Scare Games – At Pixar, we play hard while we work. The same people who keep the film production moving – producers, managers, coordinators and artists – are also the ones who bring spirit and excitement to some of our extracurricular activities. We check out the MU production teams as they go head to head in the mostly playful Pixar Scare Games competitions.
- Welcome to MU – Sets aren’t just buildings, they are the worlds our characters live in and explore. This look at the Monsters University campus and its development is told from the perspective of the artists who created each piece of the campus from the architecture to the ivy leaves. .
- Music Appreciation – Randy Newman’s scores are a mainstay of Pixar films, and this documentary will give you a privileged look at his creative process. We follow the “Monsters University” scoring process from spotting to writing and on to the scoring session. including special college-themed recording sessions.
- Scare Tactics – Animators are actors who digitally bring the characters to life. In this look at how the MU animation team worked, you’ll see their process of how they channeled their own monster-selves and created moments on screen that were really funny, really scary and also really serious, sometimes all at the same time.
- Color and Light – How can a single painting set the tone for an entire scene? We’ll look at the creation of the colorscripts and how they were realized technically in the final film. Along with the process, this piece explores the many layers of technical innovation required to produce such a naturalistic feel.
- Paths to Pixar – MU Edition – When one door closes, sometimes another door opens – one with an even more exciting opportunity behind it. Members of the MU crew tell their own compelling backstories and share the challenges they overcame along their paths to Pixar.
- Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective – Explore the difficulties in creating characters that are 20 years younger with tools that are 10 years more advanced in this contrasting look at the differing technical challenges that arose when making “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Monsters University.”
- Deleted Scenes – Four separate scenes – “Rivalry,” “Recon,” “Movie Night,” and “Drama Class” – are highlighted with an introduction from director Dan Scanlon.
- “The Blue Umbrella” – This animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg, played in theaters in front of “Monsters University.” “The Blue Umbrella” tells the story of an evening commute in which the rain starts to fall and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.
- Additional Bonus Features – Audio Commentary, Promo Picks, College Campaign, Theatrical Campaign, Set Flythroughs, Art Gallery and more!
My favorite Bonus Features
I absolutely love “The Blue Umbrella.” Even my husband said how cute that short film is. It’s amazing what kind of story can be told with no words and no people. I also really got a kick out of the Scare Games at Pixar! Are you guys hiring? I’m sure I can do something helpful! And finally topping my favorites list was the Deleted Scenes. It’s really neat to see the additional movie scenes and hear the director, Dan Scanlon, talk about the story behind each scene and why they made the decision to cut it. The movie is even more meaningful with all this background information.
Order Monsters University on Blu-Ray for your family’s collection. This is a must-have for Disney fans. It’s absolutely one of our favorites, and I speak for both the kids and parents in the house. You know we don’t always agree on what to watch on movie night but this one is a win for everyone!
Monsters University comes out on Blu-Ray October 29!
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— Lindsay (@PandorasDeals) October 28, 2013