Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pixar Monsters University Patterned After Cal, MIT, Harvard, Stanford

Pixar’s “Monsters University” Inspired by Cal

Concept art for Pixar’s film “Monsters University,” scheduled for release in June 2013, recently surfaced on the web, and hints of Berkeley seep throughout the drawings.  As The Daily Cal reported last September, Pixar visited Cal and other universities, such as Harvard and MIT, for inspiration and research.
Traveling to different places for inspiration and to help build the world in its films is nothing new for Pixar.  For “Brave,” the research team visited Scotland; for “Up,” they journeyed to Venezuela; and for “Ratatouille,” they made a voyage to Paris.  A quite adventurous job, don’t you think?
See if you can spot the similarities between Monsters University and Berkeley below!
Sather Gate?
See the resemblance?
The Campanile?
The Pixar team has also explored close to home, as

UC BerkeleyAs Pixar is located in Emeryville less than 20 min from the UC Berkeley campus, it's only natural that Cal would get a lot of screen time.


Law library

Harvard University Law Library

Memorial Hall

Harvard Yard and Freshman Dorms
Seen at 0:25, 0:31, 0:40-0:42, 0:52-0:53, 0:59

MIT Dome 7 or 10

MIT Mass Ave Steps to Dome 7

Calder sail from MIT

Harvard Bridge
Seen at 1:12


Arches at the Quad
Seen at 0:56


Stratton Student Center
Seen at 1:03

Princeton (this one is a bit of a long shot)

Seen at 0:14-16

Monsters University Stills

The green suitcase (no wheels) and simple backpack are identical to what I took to MIT in the fall of 1976. A new student woudn't have an MU logo backpack though.

Harvard Frat House

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