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Monsters University is an 2013 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Dan Scanlon is the director and Kori Rae is the producer. It is the fourteenth film produced by Pixar and the prequel to 2001′s Monsters, Inc. Plans for a second Monsters, Inc. film have existed since 2005. Following disagreements between then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs, Disney (who at the time owned the rights to make sequels to all of Pixar’s films up to Cars) announced that a sequel to Monsters, Inc. would be made by Circle 7 Animation. However, Disney’s change of management in late 2005 (which saw Eisner replaced by his lieutenant Robert Iger) led to renewed negotiations with Pixar, and in early 2006 Disney announced that they had purchased the studio. The Disney-owned sequel rights were then transferred to Pixar, leading to the cancellation of Rob Muir and Bob Hilgenberg’s version of the film and the subsequent closure of Circle 7.
A Pixar-made sequel was confirmed in 2010. On April 5, 2011, it was announced that the film’s release date would be June 21, 2013. It will be the studio’s fourteenth feature film. On May 29, 2011, it was confirmed that the film will be a prequel and the title Monsters University was revealed. The feature will be directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae. John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, and Frank Oz will reprise their roles, with Bonnie Hunt and John Ratzenberger voicing new characters. New voice cast includes Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Julia Sweeney, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Peter Sohn, Charlie Day, Joel Murray, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, John Kransinski, Bobby Moynihan, and Beth Behrs. On August 12, 2011, Billy Crystal was asked about his return to the role of Mike Wazowski and said, “I’m a little hoarse. I spent five-and-a-half hours today for our fourth session on Monsters, Inc. 2.