Pixar’s ‘Brave’ is a hit, but will ‘Monsters University’ be one?

Pixar Animation’s “Brave” opened with $66.7 million domestically this weekend and is a hit, but I am wondering if “Monsters University” will be? (It comes out in 2013.)

Disney released the trailer last week for the new Monster’s Inc. movie and while it’s cute I am worried that it’s too derivative. (See the trailer above.) Is it “Animal House” with monsters like “Cars 2″ was James Bond but with cars?

“Monster Inc.” is one of our favorite movies because it wasn’t like anything else. The same with “Ratatouille” and the “The Incredibles.”

“Any movie 2” from Pixar makes me feel like they are being lazy and just re-dipping from a successful well.

I know that other movie companies do that all the time, but I expect more from Pixar.

Did you see “Brave” this weekend? (We are waiting until Rose feels better after her surgery.) What did you think of the “Monsters University” trailer? Did you like “Cars 2?” Is Pixar losing it’s magic or is does “Brave” prove otherwise?

23 comments Add your comment

justme

June 25th, 2012
12:41 pm

When in the world are we going to get another Nemo movie?

derhbkk

June 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

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Kay

June 25th, 2012
12:53 pm

My 7 year old and I saw Brave on Friday night. It was good, but she got scared during the ‘bear’ scenes. Just a heads up.

We have not seen Monsters Inc, but have read the book. The MU trailer did seem a bit like animal house, but the G rated version.

FCM

June 25th, 2012
12:55 pm

Toy Story 3 was well worth watching…I felt that Cars 2 was as well. (Not so much Toy 2). Thus I think Pixar can redefine the sequel.

I cannot wait to see “Brave” but as the kiddos are with Dad, I may just go it alone.

Scotty

June 25th, 2012
12:55 pm

We saw Brave this weekend and loved it. I thought it was just as wonderful as all the other Disney/Pixar movies our family loves (and the short before the film was very cute). I will say our family wasn’t a huge fan of Cars 2 (loved the original though) but I think the storyline just didn’t hold my kids attention. The kids cracked up at the Monsters University trailer though. Monsters Inc is on constant rotation in our DVD player and it’s one of the few kids movies that my wife and I genuinely enjoy as well. I think Monsters University will be a hit. What they showed in theaters is just the teaser trailer – not even a full blown version – because the movie is over a year from being released. I don’t think it’ll be like Animal House but with Monsters, that’s just how they’re trying to hook people in and get them interested until they release the full trailer.

DB

June 25th, 2012
1:13 pm

It’s not any lazier than an author who writes a book and then writes sequel after sequel — it’s called a ’series’. They’ve established a world and characters that people are familiar with and love. I don’t think it’s reasonable to castigate them for being “lazy.”

Pixar has released 13 moves to date. Of those 13, only 3 of them have been sequents (Car 2, Toy Story 2 and 3) That leaves 10 delightfully original stories

If I had created a successful franchise and had the artists who were familiar with the artwork and characters established, I think I’d go with a sequel, too. The work involved on these films is mindbogglingly detailed. So using a well-received story and creating another story off of it is not lazy — that’s just good business sense.

DB

June 25th, 2012
1:18 pm

And to add to that: Before “Toy Story 3″, the previous 7 movies had all been originals, including “Up” and “Wall-E”. Now we have “Brave”. Personally, I loved TS 3 – teared up at the end and everything :-). It would have been just as touching as a stand-alone film, but it was more poignant because we knew the characters.

FCM

June 25th, 2012
1:19 pm

BTW…….Cars was a retelling of Michael J. Fox’s “Doc Hollywood”

Jay

June 25th, 2012
1:19 pm

FCM, if the kids are with Dad, why not go see “Magic Mike”??

A

June 25th, 2012
1:20 pm

Saw Brave with my 9-year-old son and we both loved it. Due to the PG rating, justified for the fight scenes among the Scottish clansmen as well as bears, it’s probably a better film for slightly older kids. Of all the trailers (and there were a ton) we saw , the one that we liked the most was The Hobbit. We thought the short clip (it wasn’t a full-on trailer, BTW) for Monsters University was cute and do plan to see it in a year. The other Disney film they promoted, Wreck-it-Ralph, also looked good.

jarvis

June 25th, 2012
1:47 pm

I’m interested to see how The Hobbit does. It is a much less exciting book IMO than the Lord Trilogy.

jarvis

June 25th, 2012
1:49 pm

While I won’t call it lazy, I thought Cars 2 stunk. When did Mater become the star of those films? It was like when the Roper’s got their own show. He was comic relief and not the main star for a reason.

Patrick

June 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

My mom and I loved “Brave”. She was really interested in Merida’s horse, which was a Shire, which was what my mom used to breed. She said they had gotten the feathers (hair around the hooves) and the beard (hair on the neck) perfect. The scaling was perfect, too, she said. I really loved the landscape shots; made me feel like it was really Scotland.

A word of warning: The PG rating is for three things: The fighting between the clans, the fighting between the bears (can get very gruesome), and some rear nudity and crude jokes. You and Michael might want to go see it alone before deciding to take the kids.

Also, the movie deals a bit with Celtic mythology. I hadn’t heard of the story of the four brothers (may be something created solely for the movie), but it does reference magic, witchcraft, and legends. One mythic creature that makes a recurring appearance in the movie is the will o’ the wisp. It’s a little light often seen in bogs, marshes, or swamps by travelers, and legend has it that they have been known to lead travelers astray. The legends speculate the will o’ the wisp is the spirit of babies that died very young, or were stillborn.

SPOILER: Part of the plot reminded me of an earlier Disney movie, “Brother Bear”. The short “La Luna” kept reminding me of “Le Petit Prince”, or “The Little Prince”.

Norah

June 25th, 2012
3:32 pm

I like most Pixar sequels. Cars 2 was not my favorite. But I loved Toy Story 3. I feel like this Monsters Inc Sequel should continue where the other left off, and not go to when they were in college because that isn’t what the first was about. But I also feel that maybe it doesn’t need a sequel at all because the ending to the first one was cute. I haven’t seen Brave yet, but I will this week!

A

June 25th, 2012
3:38 pm

@Patrick, very nice review and insight into Brave, and you’re right that the PG rating is also for rear nudity. Sure it’s cartoon nudity, but still! The short “La Luna” that preceded Brave was very charming and sweet and felt like a good fit with the feature film.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 25th, 2012
4:01 pm

Jarvis — the Ropers — ahahaha — very good reference

I am saving Magic Mike question for later this week~! stay tuned for that one!!!

Monster’s Inc is one of our favorites and loved at Disney World the MI laugh factory. they adored that the last time we were there!

FCM

June 25th, 2012
4:37 pm

@ Jay….Magic Mike is #1 on the must see list before the kids return. Matt McCaughney and Channing Tatum. Yeah baby I will be there!

Brave is the family friendly movie I most want to see.

jarvis

June 25th, 2012
4:45 pm

@TWG, I wasn’t allowed to watch 3’s Company as a small child. I used to sneak it.

MA

June 25th, 2012
5:46 pm

Toy Story 3 was my favorite as my daughter graduated that year. I cried so hard through the movie thinking about my baby leaving the nest.

Not to get off topic, but, Theresa, how is Rose feeling? I hope her recovery is going smoothly and she will bounce back quickly.

I don’t think I will be going to Brave. We don’t go to too many movies with our kids not at home. We used to go all the time when they were home.

Hwil

June 25th, 2012
7:38 pm

I was really dissapointed with this movie. I can’t think of one think Merida did that was “brave.” If I’d wanted to see a movie about a disfunctional mother-daughter relationship, I wouldn’t have picked the Pixar version.

Voice of Reason

June 26th, 2012
7:42 am

My favorite Pixar movie was “The Incredibles.” I’m eagerly awaiting a sequel to that.

Kat

June 27th, 2012
1:19 pm

Nemo is supposed to be re-released in 3-D this Fall, I believe. And to say that “I expect more from Pixar” is a pretty stuck-up thing to say, isn’t it? You go do what they do, and then report back. Also, if a film makes 1/3 of a billion dollars, then yes, a sequel is in order. They aren’t stupid!

Marielaina Perrone DDS

June 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

The Monsters movie will do phenomenally well. The first one is a classic and theres been enough separation between the two to draw in the kids that were smaller at that time to get the young teenage crowd there too.

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