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How a Pixar Movie is Made: Behind the Scenes of ‘Monsters University’ With Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann

Monsters University
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Pixar makes a lot of movies. A lot of great movies. So how do they do it? And more importantly, how do they keep doing it? We were invited to visit the Pixar campus in Emeryville, California to watch the 'Monsters University' team work and try to answer that very question.

First up is Story Supervisor, Kelsey Mann. He is responsible for all the storyboards for 'Monsters University,' which serve as the framework for the film, while it is being animated. We met Mann inside a plush movie theater with a workstation at the center hooked directly into the screen. He took out a digital pen and a drawing board and immediately began sketching out a scene from the film when Mike Wazowski enters his dorm room and turns on the lights. It's a drawing that would take you or I about three hours to finish but he completed three storyboards (and had them animated) in about three minutes.

We spoke to Mann about what it's really like to work at Pixar (a lot harder than you'd think), the true story behind that "Pixar's Rules of Storytelling" post that went viral (it's not actually from Pixar) and what 'Star Wars' movie he wishes Pixar could make.

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Poll: Which Pixar Movie Is Your Favorite?

Favorite Pixar Movies
Pixar

With 'Monsters University' coming out in just a few days, we all have Pixar on the mind - as evidenced by our recent list ranking the company's movies from worst to best. But that's just our opinion - which Pixar flick is your favorite?

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All the Pixar Movies Ranked From Worst to Best!

Pixar Movie Rankings
Disney-Pixar

There are no film studios that inspire such fervent loyalty as Pixar. Since 'Toy Story' in 1995, the Disney-owned company has consistently raised the bar when it comes to animation, pumping out masterpieces (and a dud here and there) on the regular. To look at the complete Pixar filmography is t

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‘Monsters University’ Review

Monsters University review
Disney-Pixar

College is not an obvious setting for a Pixar movie. For all the vaunted animation studio's reputation for producing mature, adult children's films, college lends itself to a more immature brand of adult humor -- the kind with lots of nudity, profanity, and outrageous drunken antics. Sure enough, Pixar's 'Monsters University' brings new meaning to the phrase "safe school" -- this G-rated riff on 'Revenge of the Nerds' and 'Animal House' (they probably thought about calling it 'Monster House' at some point, right? They had to) doesn't push any envelopes in terms of content or humor. It's basically a formula college comedy, minus the raunch, in the world of 'Monsters Inc.' Nevertheless, it's a formula executed by some very talented animators, who've produced a lively, if mostly forgettable, movie.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Monsters, Inc.’

Monsters INC
Disney/Pixar

The premiere of Disney and Pixar's latest film 'Monsters University' is just around the corner. We've been rewatching the original 'Monsters, Inc.' and digging up all kinds of fun details and behind-the-scenes trivia to share with you.

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Final ‘Monsters University’ Trailer: ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ but With Monsters

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The final 'Monsters University' trailer is here and it gives us our best look yet at the latest film from Pixar. Although we're still not completely sold on this one (more on that in a bit), a Pixar release is generally a cause for celebration and animation fans will find much to appreciate here.

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Pixar Announces Release Dates Through 2018 For Four Mysterious New Films

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Pixar

Let the 'Toy Story 4' rumors begin! (Again!)

Pixar announced today release dates for four upcoming projects from 2016-2018, three of which were previously unannounced. So, let's get into some big-time speculation to see what lies ahead for the future of Pixar Animation.

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‘Incredibles 2′ – Director Brad Bird Says He Wants to Do It

Incredibles 2
Disney-Pixar

With all the Pixar sequels in the works, many fans have been left asking why we're not getting an 'Incredibles 2.' Up until this point it's been because writer/director Brad Bird has been reluctant to return to the franchise but now Bird is softening his stance giving hope that a sequel to one of the best superhero movies (seriously!) could be on the way some time soon.

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‘Toy Story of Terror’ First Look: Check Our Pixar’s First Halloween Special!

Toy Story of Terror
Disney-Pixar

Although there are no plans for a 'Toy Story 4' (yet), Pixar hasn't been shy about utilizing their most iconic characters for short films (see: the 'Toy Story' Toons and the 'Cars' Toons). But now, the latest adventure of Buzz, Woody and the gang will be heading to TV for Pixar's first Halloween special. Titled 'Toy Story of Terror,' was teased by Pixar today, giving us a first look at the project and letting us know where we'd be able to watch it.

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‘Monsters University’ Trailer: Let the Scare Games Begin

Monsters University trailer
Disney-Pixar

With 'Monsters University' only about two months away, we finally get our biggest and best look at the collegiate world of Mike and Sulley in this brand new 'Monsters University' trailer. And from what we can see, this looks like it could be Pixar's funniest movie yet.

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