What could have been: watch the abandoned MONSTERS, INC. 2 art trailer

Kristal Bailey

by: Kristal Bailey
March 9th, 2011

MONSTERS, INC.

MONSTERS, INC. is getting the sequel treatment in 2012, but there have been sequel plans brewing for years. Back in 2004, when Disney and Pixar were looking to call it quits, Disney created an in-house 3D animation studio, Circle 7, to produce sequels to the Pixar hits. This was their insurance policy should the companies part ways.

Before Disney officially acquired Pixar, Circle 7 was working on early drafts of TOY STORY 3 and MONSTERS, INC. 2. Once the Disney/Pixar deal was finalized in 2006, part of the deal was that no one outside of Pixar would work on their projects in the form of sequels or shorts and Circle 7 was dissolved and its work scrapped.

Now the MONSTERS, INC 2 storyboard ideas from Circle 7 have found their way online. Thanks to screenwriters Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir, we have a peek (via JHM and Cinematical) at an early concept art trailer for their take on MONSTERS, INC. 2. See what Circle 7 had envisioned for the sequel after the break.

According to Cinematical, “people in the know have claimed that Circle 7's MONSTERS, INC. 2: LOST IN SCARADISE was every bit as good as Pixar's original and maybe even better.” We’ll never know for sure, but the art trailer does have an interesting premise that could have worked well.

The sequel would have had Mike and Sulley on a real world adventure to find Boo, after they discover that she no longer lives on the other side of her door in MONSTERS, INC. They walk through her door to wish her a happy birthday, only to find an elderly women sleeping in what used to be Boo’s room. Sully is determined to find her, and it turns out they can’t get back to Monstropolis until they find Boo.

While it sounds like a fun misadventure, we’ll never see it play out. Instead, Pixar has opted to have MONSTERS, INC. 2 function more like a prequel. The official MONSTERS, INC. 2 is expected to be released November 16, 2012.

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