Brand New Monsters University Trailer & The Scoop on my trip to Pixar Headquarters #MonstersUEvent

All the Pixar scoop! Check out this brand new trailer for Monsters University debuting today for the 1st time. Visiting Pixar headquarters for the Monsters University Orientation was an experience of a lifetime for a Disney fan like me and I was totally schooled in all things MU.

While at Monsters University for “Orientation” we truly immersed ourselves into life at both Pixar and Monsters U. I felt like a student again in so many ways – starting with my own personalized Monsters University ID card. Here’s my new ID. Isn’t is cute? My kids are begging for one of their own!

The atmosphere on the Pixar campus totally imitated the college campus vibe in so many ways as the place was monstrously decorated everywhere.

I even met the monsters – and they put me in a “movie” scene with this fun green screen photo op.

I made a video to recap all my memories as going to MU and Pixar truly was one of the most special “Disney” experiences I’ve ever had as a blogger. And now my kids feel like they joined me on my adventure too!

Our day was incredible and Monsters University Staff thought of everything. From greeting us with a marching band, to having cheerleaders on hand to chant and cheer for MU at our picnic lunch to creating a full syllabus offering all kinds of monstrous animation education. I’ll be sharing more in depth info on my “education” soon but thought it would be great to share this high level overall experience about Pixar first.

As soon as our bus pulled up to Pixar Headquarters, we were greeted by the gated entrance to Monsters University.

The buzz on campus was awesome. From marching bands greeting us to all kinds of activities to sign up for. The energy on the Monster University campus was thrilling and matched the passion and enthusiasm every Pixar employee we met had for their jobs. Truly, Pixar is a special place where magic is made.

Hanging out with Mike and Sully for some monster love. Notice how the animator’s made the characters look younger. For Mike here, the key thing was thinning him out, adding a frayed baseball cap, and giving him a retainer. All awesome visual cues to his youth and adorable too!

Walking the halls of Pixar during the tour gave me chills. The entire Pixar building is essentially an art gallery featuring all the treasures created on the path to making their latest movie. So, all the decor and art was Monsters University inspired. We could not take pictures of anything showcased on the 2nd floor of the building, but the collection was priceless. Featuring sketches, paintings, 3D clay models of characters – these help animators in the animation process to look at their characters in 3D, plus iterations of drawings that show the evolution of the design of characters. These designs were especially interesting as they show the “what might have been” look for our favorite characters as animators drew various options before that final decision was made for how the character would ultimately look.

We were able to take pictures of concept art in the downstairs lobby. Gorgeous and life size. I posted more of these Monsters University concept art photos on Disneyed.com too!

I also loved the attention to detail Pixar took to convert their “campus” to the Monsters University campus. Wherever we went, there were flyers on cork boards that were MU inspired with notices and alerts for students. These were hysterical. A few of my faves are below. Genius right?

This Dental plan is hilarious. Fang service anyone?

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Let’s not forget the student lounge. Complete with bean bags and Beer Pong. Monster style of course!

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The students don’t drink out of just any cups either – they are MU decorated paperware obviously!

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I need to order some of these MU paper cups so I can throw a monster style birthday party for the kids next fall!

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I loved the big Greek feel too as there were flags for all the frats and sororities in the film. Mike and Sully ultimately join OK – Oozma Kappa. You’ll see just how “cool” this frat is in the movie – and let me tell you that frat house is “precious!”

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My Yearbook – or make that FEARbook.

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Another employee lounge at Pixar with some more concept art decorating the halls. I’m ready to go work at Pixar now! I love this place.

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Yes, the Pixar team is brilliant. We know nothing compares to their movies and their imagination stretches far beyond just animation.

I’m happy to cross visiting Pixar Headquarters off my bucket list but now I want to go back again as I loved it so much. One more photo of the famous Pixar light and Luxo ball.

Note: Thanks to Disney for paying our travel and expenses to attend this press event. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of ClassyMommy.com lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).

Comments

  1. What an amazing opportunity. I can see you had tons of fun… and who wouldn’t with Disney and Pixar and the Monster crew. Can’t wait to see this movie!!

    • Barb – I saw the 1st 40 minutes – amazing. The technology on the animation is so great now at times it looks like real life. Incredible. And awesome storyline – was dying when it had to stop at 40 minutes! Ready to see the whole thing in June!

  2. Becky says:

    I love how Disney is amazing down to every detail. Looks like you had an absolute blast. Off to watch the trailer!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow!! Never could have imagined . What a place

  4. Carrie says:

    Colleen! That seems like such a cool place to visit. Now I want to work at Pixar too, haha! I especially love all the special details and touches that make it look like a college campus. What a fun place that must be to work and visit, totally one of a kind. :)

  5. I didn’t even notice the cups! They really did a fantastic job decorating and theming, didn’t they?

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