FILM: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a professional Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot MU legacy James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.
“We wanted ‘MU’ to be Mike’s story,” says director Dan Scanlon. “His drive and sincerity are so compelling—his quest so personal.”
From the beginning, Scanlon was drawn to the idea of self-discovery. “Setting the story at the time when Mike is first venturing into the world by himself allowed us to delve into his journey of self-awareness, experiencing with him the fun, the ups and downs, the friendships and the revelations that come with growing up. It’s during these years, whether in college or not, that we tend to learn who we are. And it’s not necessarily who we thought we were.”
When one door closes, another one opens
Pete Docter, director of ‘Monsters, Inc.’, played a key role in developing major themes in ‘Monsters University’. “One theme that came out really early was this idea that when one door closes, another door opens,” says Docter.
“Doors were so central to the first film visually, so this idea really stood out. We realized that the main message in so many movies – especially those for kids- is, ‘If you try hard enough and believe in yourself, you can do anything!’ And that’s not a bad message, but it’s not always truthful. What do you do when your dream is crushed?”
According to the filmmakers, Mike’s story and the fact that he doesn’t accomplish what he sets out to do not only makes the story more interesting, it makes it more relatable. “A big part of this film is facing reality,” says story supervisor Kelsey Mann. “Sometimes it’s harsh and unfair, but that’s okay. It just means you were meant to do something else, something that ultimately might be more rewarding.”
VOICE CAST: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray
DIRECTOR: Dan Scanlon
FILM: SPUD 2: THE MADNESS CONTINUES
The year is 1991, and Spud Milton’s (Troye Sivan) long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen and still with no signs of the much-anticipated ball-drop, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother (Julie Summers) hell-bent on emigrating, a father (Aaron McIlroy) making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine and a demented grandmother called Wombat (Christine Le Broq), the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more mortifying Milton madness.
He is soon beset with women trouble, coerced into misguided late-night adventures and finds his dreams of a famous career on the stage in tatters after landing the part of the Dove of Peace in a disastrous house play production of ‘Noah’s Ark’. Aided by his English teacher “the Guv” (played again by the legendary John Cleese), Spud takes up the fight against his housemaster Sparerib (Jason Cope) who is determined to get the Crazy 8 (Sven Ruygrok, Byron Langley, Blessing Xaba, Thomas Burne, Josh Goddard and Travis Hornsby) expelled from school.
Hilarious and bitter-sweet, join Spud as he takes another tentative step forward while all around him, the madness continues.
CAST: JOHN CLEESE, TROYE SIVAN, SVEN RUYGROK, JOSH GODDARD, THOMAS BURNE, BYRON LANGLEY, TRAVIS HORNSBY, BLESSING XABA, GENNA BLAIR, CHARLBI DEAN KRIEK, TANIT PHOENIX, AARON McILROY, JULIE SUMMERS, JASON COPE
DIRECTOR: DONOVAN MARSH