It’s been more than 10 years since the premiere of “Monsters, Inc.,” but audiences are finally getting a second helping of scares.
“Monsters University” is a prequel to the 2001 film, which portrayed a world where monsters generate power by scaring children.
The monster community believes that humans can contaminate them, so when the top scaring team of Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) inadvertently bring a child into the city, all hell breaks loose.
“Monsters University” turns back the clock to Mike and Sulley’s first meeting as roommates in college.
The small, nerdy Mike and huge, boisterous Sulley don’t mix well at first and even develop an intense rivalry.
Chaos ensues from this rivalry, including some jail time, but of course, it ultimately ends up bringing the two together.
With such a vast lapse of time since the original movie, it was quite a surprise when Pixar confirmed plans for a sequel in 2010.
But what was even more shocking was when Pixar announced a sequel to the blockbuster “Finding Nemo.”
“Monsters University” will premiere on June 21, 2013, but audiences are going to have a much longer wait for the “ Finding Nemo” sequel – more than two years, to be precise.
“Finding Dory” is scheduled to release on November 25, 2015.
This time around, the focus will be on Dory — the regal blue tang fish with short-term memory loss — voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, which delights many loyal “Nemo” fans.
In “Finding Nemo,” Dory went on an adventure with the overbearing clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) to find his lost son Nemo (Alexander Gould).
“Dory” is reportedly going to be set a year later off the California coast and will depict her character reuniting with her lost family.
Surprisingly (or perhaps not, given how drama-hungry our gossip “news” cycle is), there is already backlash against “Finding Dory.”
This is not even the usual recoil that an immensely loved film gets from fans worried about a sequel ruining the story, or even the expected criticism about unoriginality — although both those things have been already shouted about, to be sure.
But this backlash is centered on a strange phenomenon that arose after “Finding Nemo.”
Or, as Yahoo! News over-dramatically puts it, “Finding Dory: Will It Create an Ecological Disaster?”
After “Finding Nemo,” there was apparently a huge surge of people purchasing clownfish and regal tangs, without proper preparation and without the dedication to take care of the fish after their interest in the movie waned.
There were even stories of people flushing their live fish down toilets, believing this would set them free into the ocean.
The whole situation sounds rather outwardly silly, but it was cause for legitimate concern when the demand for regal tangs became so high that they actually became threatened with extinction.
People seem to take their tales of animated fish very seriously.
Drama aside, most are eagerly awaiting both “Monsters University” and “Finding Dory.”
If it’s half as good as its predecessor, “Finding Dory” will be a delightful story that entertains both children and adults.
The release of “Monsters University” will likely be an especially poignant case, similar to “Toy Story 3,” as many of us grew up loving the original and are now in college ourselves.
Now, all that’s left is for audiences to see if Pixar and Disney can keep the magic alive.