Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, X-Mansion and now… Monsters University. The prequel to the 2001 hit Monsters Inc takes our favourite animated scaremongers back to their college days, but this isn’t just any university and now, thanks to a new website released by Disney Pixar, you can explore their institution of "academic excellence” to your heart’s content.
MonstersUniversity.com will guide prospective “students” through the university admissions process, study programme, and academic and campus life. The fully-functional website also has an online store from which fans can buy official merchandise, as well as campus news and society events, alumni information and lists of restaurants and waterholes, including "The Growl" and "La Miniscule Cafe des Monstres". And if you get lost on campus, there’s a handy map to help you navigate your way through the School of Door Technology, School of Scaring and Scream Energy School:
For those interested in university history, Monsters University was established in 1313, following a land grant from the city of Monstropolis and has evolved into a “leading global institution of higher education”. With an emphasis on scaring and engineering, the campus comprises five schools and 12,000 undergraduates.
In her welcome to prospective students, president Victoria Gross says, “what makes us special, what makes us unique, are the diverse groups of monsters that teach and learn in the halls of our beautiful campus. Monsters of all varieties, from the wide-eyed freshman just cutting his fangs to the seasoned post-grad student, create a diversity of culture that makes MU one of the most unique educational environments in the world.”
“There is a difference between being a Monster, and behaving monstrously. That difference is Monsters University.”
Explore the full body of student life at Monsters University by visiting the official website. The Monsters Inc prequel sees Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi reprise their roles and is set for release in the UK on 12 July 2013.