Earlier this week Disney held a special event at Toy Fair 2013 in New York promoting “Monsters University,” the upcoming Pixar prequel. At the event, Disney Consumer Products debuted its product lines from Spin Master and Fisher-Price along with a new trailer for the film, joined by its director Dan Scanlon, Producer Kori Rae, and star John Goodman, voice of James P. Sullivan.
The event lasted around half an hour on Monday, February 11, 2013, offering invited guests and press a chance to take a first look the toy lines that will hit store shelves when the movie releases to theaters in June. A combination of high-tech and simple but amusing, these new products will support what will surely be another in the long line of successful Disney/Pixar movies.
It all began with a marching band performance taking a stage in the Javits Center, shouting phrases like “Go! Scare! Win!” kicking off the “freshman orientation,” followed by on-stage conversations and a chance for attendees to get hands-on with the new toys. The full presentation can be seen in the video below, as well as a few highlights, followed by a closer look at the products.
Video: “Monsters University” event at Toy Fair 2013
Video: “Monsters University” marching band performs at Toy Fair 2013
Video: John Goodman talks “Monsters University” at Toy Fair 2013
Disney has worked with toy makers Spin Master and Fisher-Price to develop a strong line of innovative products inspired by the series that begin with 2001’s “Monsters Inc.” Returning for the prequel, now in college, are Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, or Mike and Sulley for short, voiced once again by Billy Crystal and John Goodman. Joining them are a new cast of characters, many of whom were introduced by Scanlon and Rae during the presentation, each featuring their own hilarious personality.
Concluding the event, both Billy Crystal and John Goodman were scheduled to attend but Crystal was unable to make it, though Goodman more than made up for his absense with his own big personality and sense of humor, lighting up the room with his presence.
Though he does command attention with his booming voice in many of his roles, he did admit voice acting is tough, having to compress all of his acting abilities into his words alone. But he had no problem stepping back into the role of Sulley, only having to modify his voice to sound a bit younger. In an interview immediately following the event, Goodman laughed when Scanlon mentioned that Mike and Sulley are more vibrant in color in the new film, finding it a bit sad that monsters’ colors apparently fade as they get older. (Tune in to Show 411 for the full interview.)