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Monsters University arrives next June


School may be out for the summer in June, but classes are in session at Disney next month when Monsters University arrives in theaters. And something tells me, kids and grown-ups alike will be happy to attend classes with Sulley, Mike Wazowski and the rest of their scary pals. Speaking of classes, the latest still from the Monsters Inc. prequel shows Mike and Sulley in school, surrounded by their fellow scaring pupils.

In addition to giving us a new look at some of the colorful monsters featured in the Pixar film, the photo (via Pixar´s Facebook page) also clues us into what kind of students Mike and Sulley were. Sulley (John Goodman) can be seen in the center, his hands behind his head, his posture relaxed. He´s either breezing through college or he´s not worried one way or the other. Meanwhile, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) has a stack of books next to him, a retainer in his mouth and his hand in the air as high as he can get it. It´s also worth noting that he´s surrounded by irritated looking peers. Maybe they don´t appreciate Mike´s enthusiastic participation in class. Either way, it´s not difficult to figure out which of the two stars is probably doing better socially, if not academically.

On the visual side, I really love the look of the monsters, and more specifically, the contrast in textures. Monsters Inc took advantage of varying textures among its monsters population, and that appears to be even more present in the prequel, based on what we´ve seen so far. The one-eyed green guy all the way on the right in front looks kind of glossy (possibly slimy?). The horned one between him and Mike looks fluffy. And the pink one on Mike´s right looks sort of felt-ish. And then, of course, there´s Mike, who´s hairless and makes me think he might be kind of rubbery to the touch, while Sully has soft looking fur (like a "Kitty!"). Am I alone in being fascinated by monster textures?

In other Monsters University news, those who are really excited for Monsters University might consider a trip to Disney World or Disneyland this Memorial Day weekend. There are big things planned for the start of Disney Parks´ Monstrous Summer!

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