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Pixar Animation Studios shows its school spirit at "Monsters University" press day

Pixar Animation Studios shows its school spirit at "Monsters University" press day

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So how was your Tuesday? Me? I wound up getting schooled on Pixar's next full length animated feature, "Monsters University."


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Early yesterday morning, I flew out to San Francisco to take part in a Press Day for this "Monsters, Inc." prequel. And I'll say this much: The folks in Disney & Pixar's marketing office really know how to theme a media event. As I (and 30 other lucky bloggers & journalists) got off the bus that took us over to the Emeryville campus, we first had to walk through a facsimile of the Monsters University gate. Then when we arrived at the Steve Jobs building ...


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... we found all sorts of sign-up booths set up for various activities at Monsters University ...


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... which then made us relive that first-day-of-college feeling. As we first registered for classes ...


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... and then wandered around the student union ...


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... and then checked out the fliers on the dorm's communal bulletin board to see what was going on around campus that coming weekend.


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The central atrium in the Steve Jobs Building featured these enormous colorful banners which talked up the various fraternities found at Monsters University.


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Or -- if you wanted -- you could get your picture taken with those two big men ... er ... monsters on campus, Mike and Sulley.


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Now as part of yesterday's "Monsters University" media event, we got to see about 40 minutes of this Dan Scanlon movie. Plus we got to see all of Pixar's brand-new short, "The Blue Umbrella" ...


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... which is a photo-realistic charmer. And I'd love to tell you guys all about the footage we were shown yesterday afternoon. But I have to honor the embargo that Disney & Pixar's publicists set up. Which means that I'm not allowed to post a piece that goes into great detail about "Monsters University" and/or "The Blue Umbrella" 'til April 24th at 9 a.m. ET. So if you want to swing by JHM two weeks from now, I'll have some fun stories that I can then share with you.

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