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For the world premiere of Monsters University in Los Angeles on Monday, Hollywood Boulevard was completely shut down for a monstrous tailgate celebrating Disney and Pixar’s latest film.
The festivities included a performance by the M.U. marching band and rally squad, games such as “EEK Ball” and “Sulley’s Shuffle Air Hockey,” as well as a live ESPN play-by-play commentary on the blue carpet.
“Pixar is just spectacular,” Joel Murray, who voices the film’s “mature” student Don Carlton, told The Hollywood Reporter. “It is just first class from day one. They really just go out of your way to make you feel like a king.”
The Disney-owned company has had quite a bit of time to perfect their party planning skills. Monsters University is the studio’s 14th feature film in an animation career that has spanned over 18 years.
The film is a prequel to 2001’s Monsters Inc., and revisits the ever hard-working Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) as he traverses the tumultuous waters of collegiate life with his enemy-turned-ally Sulley (John Goodman).
Actor Sean Hayes voices the dance major Terri with an “I,” one half of the two Terries, a member of Mike and Sulley’s Oozma Kappa fraternity.
“Pixar is the greatest company to work for in the world. They are so down to earth and supportive of talent and they take the time to treat all of their employees wonderfully,” Hayes tells THR. “I showed up [to work] in my underwear and nobody even blinked an eye!”
Bobby Moynihan lends his voice to one of the monsters in Oozma Kappa’s rival fraternity, Roar Omega Roar. The SNL cast member cites Monsters Inc. as his all-time favorite Pixar film and says that being a part of the film’s prequel is an “honor.”
“I am in a Pixar movie — I feel like if I get hit by a bus tonight, I am okay with it,” Moynihan jokes.
In Monsters University veteran voice actor John Ratzenberger reprises his role as the Abominable Snowman and tells THR that it is always great to work with Pixar.
Ratzenberger is infamous for voicing a character in every Pixar film, his previous roles have included P.T. Flea from A Bug’s Life and Mac from Cars, but the Cheers alum admits that his favorite character is the outspoken pig, Hammy, in the Toy Story franchise.
Monsters University sees Mike, Sulley and their scary schoolmates dealing with many of the anxieties of higher education, including class work, Greek life and sleep deprivation, so THR asked the cast what is the “scariest” part about college.
Moynihan answers astutely, saying, “paying for it,” while Ratzenberger chuckles and responds, “my grades.”
“The scariest part about college is going,” says Hayes wisely. “But once you are there it is a lot of fun. I think it is where most people find themselves.”
Monsters University opens in theaters on June 21.
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