Disney•Pixar Monsters University Enrolls Top Talent

Disney•Pixar Monsters University
Enrolls Top Talent

My family is so excited to see Monsters University and learn where it all began! I gave you all the details about the Full Voice Cast last week and today I want to share Sorority and Fraternity images and descriptions of our new Monster friends! I’ll let you figure out which one Sorority is my favorite!

CLAIRE WHEELER, GREEK COUNCIL PRESIDENT (voice of Aubrey Plaza)
Claire Wheeler is the Greek Council president at Monsters University, and this year she is one of the chosen emcees for the school’s annual Scare Games. Don’t be fooled by Claire’s brooding exterior and monotone drawl—banal in appearance, on the inside she is a galvanizing force of school spirit who diligently warns the Scare Game participants of the dangers they will face.

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BROCK PEARSON, GREEK COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT (voice of Tyler Labine)
This preppy-looking fraternity monster has been chosen to assist the Greek Council president in emceeing the school’s annual Scare Games. Jock-like and what some might refer to as a “meathead,” Brock is a loud, enthusiastic emcee who relishes the danger of the Scare Games’ challenges.

SLUGMA SLUGMA KAPPA (EEK)
The athletic sisters of Slugma Slugma Kappa (EEK) spend most of their days working out and running drills to perfect their Scaring skills. Their initiation is a triathlon, and training together 24/7 has strengthened the bonds of sisterhood so much so that these strong, self-assured girls are ready to out-work and out-scare any monster they encounter together.

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ETA HISS HISS (HSS)
The Eta Hiss Hiss (HSS) sorority has been around since the beginning of Monsters University and the members are as mysterious as they are terrifying. The HSS sisters might be pale, mysterious and sullen, but these intimidating Goth girls are fierce competitors and tough as nails. Fittingly, their most distinguished alumna is one of the most powerful, Scary monsters on campus who every new Scare student strives to impress—Dean Hardscrabble.

JAWS THETA CHI (JOX)
Big on brawn but short on brainpower, the Jaws Theta Chi (JOX) fraternity brothers are rarely seen without their flashy letterman jackets. The JOX are brutal competitors who never hesitate to do whatever it takes to beat their opponent, even if it’s breaking the rules. Despite practically living at the gym or on the field, these sports-loving monsters often prove that bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to Scaring.

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OOZMA KAPPA (OK)
A collection of wholesome, good-natured misfits, the adorable brothers of Oozma Kappa (OK) have bonded over their inability to make it through the Scaring Program. With only four bodies in the house, they don’t even have enough members to compete in the Scare Games. What they lack in Scariness and self-confidence, they make up for in heart.

PYTHON NU KAPPA (PNK)
Pretty in pink, the sisters of Python Nu Kappa (PNK) are not to be underestimated. Led by their fearless queen bee Carrie, these ladies are smart, cold-hearted and merciless. Covered in pink from head to toe, the PNKs sweet exterior quickly turns terrifying when the Scare Games begin.

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ROAR OMEGA ROAR (RΩR)
The Roar Omega Roar (RΩR) fraternity is made up of the best of the best. They’re the smartest, most skilled, Scariest monsters at Monsters University, and come from families with a long, proud history of Scaring. While the RΩRs may be preppy in dress, they are ferocious in action and downright ruthless, if necessary. Self-declared as the most elite house on campus, the RΩRs are lead by Johnny Worthington who presides over the house like an all-powerful monarch. Eager to continue their Scare Games winning streak, the RΩRs will do whatever it takes to stay on top.

MIKE WAZOWSKI (voice of Billy Crystal)
Mike Wazowski’s lifelong dream is to become a Scarer at Monsters, Inc. – and he’s sure he knows just how to do it. Ever since he was a young monster, Mike’s had his eye on Monsters University, home of the world’s top Scare Program. Now a freshman and hopeful Scare student, he’s well versed in the rich history, theory and technique required to reach his goal, and the little green one-eyed monster has more confidence, enthusiasm, determination and heart than all of his classmates combined. But unexpected roadblocks derail Mike’s plans and he’s forced to team up with a group of misfit monsters and an unlikely ally to give it the old college try and pull off the biggest coup in the University’s history.

JAMES P. SULLIVAN—SULLEY” (voice of John Goodman)
When it comes to Scaring, Sulley’s a natural—his abundant size, fierce roar and family legacy of a long line of high-achieving Scarers make him a shoo-in for the esteemed Scare Program at Monsters University. But from the moment the overly confident monster steps his big furry feet on campus, it’s clear he’d rather crack jokes than books—and he learns the hard way that his unfettered talent and family ties can only get him so far. With his ego bruised and future in jeopardy, a stubborn Sulley must put his pride aside, team up with an odd bunch of misfit monsters and actually work if he wants to live up to his true Scaring potential.

RANDY BOGGS (voice of Steve Buscemi)
Monsters University freshman Randy Boggs has big aspirations for college life. The peculiar lizard-like monster with his host of gangly arms and legs plans to major in Scaring and lead an active social life filled with fun, friends and fraternity parties. If only he could get his embarrassing disappearing habit under control, he’d be good to go, because how is he ever going to be a great Scarer if nobody can see him?

DON CARLTON (voice of Joel Murray)
Faced with the realities of the economic downturn, Midwestern sales monster Don Carlton finds himself going back to school to learn new skills and pursue a dream career in Scaring. One of Monsters University’s “mature” students and a founding member of the Oozma Kappa fraternity, Don brings his honest hardworking spirit to their endeavors, ensuring that his fellow brothers keep their various heads on straight and their array of eyes on the task at hands.

SCOTTSQUISHYSQUIBBLES (voice of Pete Sohn)
Scott Squibbles gives new meaning to the term “undeclared.” A sophomore whose dream of becoming a Scarer was squashed in his first year at Monsters University, “Squishy” is a bit of a wide-eyed wanderer—small, sweet, naïve and quiet—who, not surprisingly, still lives with his doting mother. But with a little help from his Oozma Kappa brothers, Squishy begins to realize he’s more than just that shy monster in the corner.

ART (voice of Charlie Day)
The ultimate free spirit, Art is a mysterious monster with a questionable background. By far the strangest member of the Oozma Kappas, Art bowls over the competition—sometimes literally—with his unique dexterity and wild-card ways. Nothing is scarier than the unpredictable, especially when it comes to this furry ball of bad.

TERRI & TERRY PERRY (voices of Dave Foley & Sean Hayes)
When it comes to Terri and Terry, it’s hard not to ask, “Are two heads really better than one?” These bickering brothers have little in common: Terri with an “i” is a real romantic who’s quick to spot the silver lining in any situation, while older brother Terry with a “y” sports a more cynical outlook on life. If they can stop squabbling long enough to work with their Oozma Kappa brothers—they might be able to put their heads together—literally—and find their place in Monsters University’s Scare Program once and for all.

DEAN HARDSCRABBLE (voice of Helen Mirren)
To Dean Hardscrabble, there are scary monsters and there are all other monsters. It’s no surprise she feels this way—she is, after all, a legendary Scarer and Dean of the School of Scaring at Monsters University. Aspiring Scare students must be up for the challenge to impress her, though she is convinced that her assessment of who is truly scary and who is not is never wrong.

PROFESSOR KNIGHT (voice of Alfred Molina)
Professor Knight teaches Scaring 101, the introductory course to Scaring at Monsters University. With hundreds of new Scare students each year, Professor Knight must weed out the weak from the talented and identify who shows the most potential to be real Scarers. Only a few have what it takes to pass the formidable final exam and move on to the elite Scaring Program.

I also thought I’d share a series of video clips with you all just in case you haven’t seen them yet. Enjoy!

“Like” MONSTERS UNIVERSITY on Facebook: http://facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity

“Follow” Disney/Pixar on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyPixar

Visit the website: http://www.Disney.com/MonstersU

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theaters on June 21st!

Amazing Candy Apples At Goofy’s Candy Company

Whenever my family visits the Walt Disney World Resort, one of our favorite things to do is to check out the great candy apples. Each one is an amazing work of art. You all should know, Minnie Mouse is my FAVORITE character and I just love the classic way the Candy Artists have done up her apple…all sparkly!

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Did you know that these apples come in designs of lots of your favorite Disney Characters depending on which candy shop you go in? My daughter spotted a Cheshire Cat apple on our last visit! We’ve even spotted some of the Princesses. With more than a dozen different apple selections that change throughout the seasons, everyone is sure to find something to satisfy that sweet tooth. I think the Goofy one is pretty awesome…notice his Ears?

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When you visit Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney, you can actually watch the Candy Artists creating these masterpieces right there! Great attention is paid to every detail, making it really hard to decide which one to buy!

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We’ve never actually taken the plunge and purchased one, but I noticed on my last visit that you can request to have them sliced! We may just get one on our next trip! I wouldn’t mind walking around munching on a freshly made, beautiful candy apple!

How fun would it be to make a very special Mickey apple at home? Well, you’re in luck because today, I’m sharing the instructions so you can try it! Have fun! [Click each image to view it larger]

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Disney PIXAR Presents Monsters, Inc. in 3D

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

When I saw Monsters, Inc. for the first time, I was VERY pregnant with my daughter. I think it’s really fun to think back and fondly remember what was going on and how old my kids were when certain movies came out. I remember my son [who was 4 at the time] being so excited to see the movie! We don’t always go straight to the theatres, but for this movie, we did! I really loved how his imagination ran wild while we watched. He kept leaning over and whispering to me things like “Mom, did you see how the Monsters have their own city?” and “Do you think they REALLY have a city named Monstropolis?”. It was absolutely the cutest thing ever! Can you imagine how excited he was when we took him to the Disneyland Resort for the first time [he was 6] and we rode through Mostropolis FOR REAL on the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue attraction??

Here’s the official press release from Walt Disney Studios:

Monsters, Inc.,” one of Disney•Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources. Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. So pals Mike and Sulley plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home. But when the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams. Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (“Up”) and produced by Oscar nominee Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), “Monsters, Inc.” features a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson and music by Randy Newman. Rated G by the MPAA, the film is in theaters—again—December 19, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D® in select theaters.

Have a look at the newly released trailer in 3D…

In honor of the film being re-released this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D, I thought I’d share a really fun Monster-themed project that you can make with your kiddos! Remember Shrinky Dinks? I sure do, and boy were they fun! Well, now you can take Mike and Sulley with you to school with these fun zipper pulls!

Photo Courtesy: Spoonful.com

First, you’ll need to download the Monsters, Inc. Zipper Pulls template.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Printed charms
White or clear shrink paper for Inkjet printers (you can purchase this at art/craft supply stores or online)
Scissors
Hole Punch
Jewelry accessories

1. Print the charms on shrink paper and cut them out.
2. To use your charm as a bracelet or necklace pendant, you need to punch the hole where indicated before you bake it. You can also cut off the white border if you wish for the charm to be completely in color.
3. Follow the baking instructions on the shrink paper package to bake the charms in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Watch the shrink plastic dance and curl! Do not allow children to use the oven.
4. If the charm is still slightly curled when it is finished baking, use a piece of cardboard or a spatula to flatten it completely.
5. Apply a couple coats of clear nail polish to seal the ink on the charm and make it water-resistant. Let the nail polish dry. [GREAT tip!!]
6. Add the charms to whatever you’d like! You can use jump rings and jewelry chain to create a charm bracelet or necklace, or attach them to a cell phone charm strap or zipper pulls. You can also glue charms to barrettes and hair pins.

Have fun creating and be sure to check out Spoonful.com each day for their great kids’ activities and recipes!

Like Monsters, Inc. 3D on Facebook (facebook.com/PixarMonstersInc) and visit the official site (Disney.com/MonstersInc3D)!

Monsters, Inc. is returning to U.S. theatres for the first time in 3D on December 19th!

Pixar’s Farewell to Steve Jobs

I really love this very creative way to honor the man who believed in Pixar from the minute it was imagined.

Walt Disney Studios at the D23 Expo

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Walt Disney Studios at the D23 Expo

One of the many things I missed at the D23 Expo was the Walt Disney Studios’ presentation of this exciting list of films coming up. I’m excited to be able to share this fun information with you right here on my blog. Follow the links below for more information.

DisneyToon Studios’ Planes
It was announced that actor Jon Cryer (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”) will voice the main character in DisneyToon Studios’ Planes. Jon joined John Lasseter on stage for the announcement and to introduce the teaser trailer of the film…take a look for yourself, it looks pretty cute!

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph
Director Rich Moore welcomed Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman on stage where the D23 audience was the first to see the opening sequence from the movie.

Disney•Pixar’s Brave
Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from the film. You can keep up to date on what’s happening by “liking” the Brave Facebook Page.

Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University
In a special surprise appearance, Billy Crystal, flanked by Mike Wazowski and Sulley, joined director Dan Scanlon to discuss the film and show some behind-the-scenes making of the film. I’m really excited about this one!

Untitled Pixar Film From Director Bob Peterson
Joining Bob Petersen was producer John Walker to give fans never-before-released information about the untitled film.

Untitled Pixar Film From Director Pete Docter
Alongside Pete Docter was producer Jonas Rivera to provide never-before-released information about their upcoming project.

John Carter
Producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton were accompanied by the film’s stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe to present never-before-seen footage, introducing fans to the film’s epic characters. Give this movie a “like” on their Facebook page here.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate gave fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in next year’s film, including a demonstration on how these fascinating characters come to life through stop-motion animation.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The film’s star Jennifer Garner was on hand to talk about the inspiring, magical film and her experience making the movie.

Oz The Great and Powerful
Unable to join in person as they’re currently filming in Detroit, the film’s director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff provided fans with a first look at the making of Oz The Great and Powerful via a taped piece from the set of the film.

Disney’s The Muppets
Stars Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy gave fans an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from their upcoming film.

Disneynature’s Chimpanzee
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross presented the next Disneynature film, Chimpanzee.

Marvel’s The Avengers
The Avengers assembled at the D23 Expo, alongside producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Chris Hemsworth made an appearance to present their upcoming film.

Which upcoming film are you most excited about?