MONSTER UNIVERSITY: A classic film in the works

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Pixar Film Industry pioneered a different approach to animation.  And it succeeded where others merely wished that they should have initiated the trend sometime ago.  It took Apple’s founder, then unemployed, actually to jumpstart the animation industry to what it is today as a thriving business.

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And a full-length movie in the mold of Up, Finding Nemo and Toy Story, the budget requirement is indeed very astronomical.  The preparation alone for a complete film costs somewhere around $180 Million already.  This would include artists, those who draw, conceptualize and animate through computer and the various voices introduced in every character which are directly coming from veteran and popular thespians themselves.  In Toy Story, the voice over of Woody was that of Tom Hanks and Buzzz Lightyear was that of Tim Allen. Doris of Finding Nemo got the voice of showbiz opinion giant Ellen de Generes.   Albert Brooks voiced for Marlin.  Billy Crystal’s vocals were lent to Monster’s Mike Wazowski.  So on and so forth.  They are not ordinary voices; they are sound bytes from admired film stars, silver screen awardees in their own right.

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In the movie Monster’s University, Walt Disney Studio International through Columbia Pictures has distributed the main film outfit.  The Walt Disney Company was probably eating its heart out.  Pixar Studio first made an offering to Walt Disney before and it was rejected.  When Steve Jobs, newly thrown out from Apple, Inc,, the company he founded, bought and introduced a new line for its existence through dynamic children stories, animation took another plane.  It literally radicalized arts and Hollywood movies nearly were seconded.   This is when visionaries are given a chance to express their uncanny ability to chart what is forthcoming.

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As it were, it is even bruited about that Monster’s University may explode at the tills and may even upend blockbuster movies like Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 and After Earth.

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In said movie, monsters reflected what is endearing to humanity.  Here, man is caricatured, his distortions straightened and his defects clearly improved through flawed physical projections.  Creative perceptions of what monsters looked like, they exude human qualities in its respectable height.

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In the first Monster film a few years back, the producers were praying for an ROI at least for a pioneering production on 2D animation.  The story was even untried and never along the usual classic cartoon genre.  The cost was staggering and was merely banking on the popularity of the talents tapped to voice over the characters.  In a consumer driven world, advertising played a great role.  One can have a rotten fruit to be sold as yet but if it is marketed as a miracle and exotic pod, then it can be a hit.  The cost of the film ballooned when the expenditure included its advertisement.  But eventually it paid.  Monsters Inc. became a blockbuster and ushered an era in animation which is a difficult act to follow.

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Now, if you will excuse me, I will just find the shortest cue in downtown movie houses to watch Monster University.

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Posted on June 26, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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