UPDATED 2x: With the release date of The Good Dinosaur being pushed back until November 25, 2015 it is unclear if Party Central will also be pushed back with that theatrical release or if it will be released earlier.
Although Monsters University is still hot-on-the-heels of its June 21 theatrical release, for those of you that are already thinking about owning the movie on Blu Ray, you're in luck - it is now available for pre-order (in two versions) on Amazon.com. Though the official date has yet to be revealed we can only imagine that Monsters University will come out in mid-November, similar to the release schedule of the Brave Blu Ray.
The most intriguing news, along with the availability to pre-order the film, is the possibility of a new Monsters University short. In Amazon's description they mention to, "get ready to party with hours of exclusive bonus extras, including an inside look at the world of monsters and the animated theatrical short film 'The Blue Umbrella'." Partnering that description with a recent interview on the Animation Fascination podcast with Pixarians Austin Madison and Chris Chua, Madison reveals that he worked on a Monsters University short for the Blu Ray titled, "Party Central" (directed by Kelsey Mann).
You may remember hearing the name Kelsey Mann during our Monsters University Press Days, as I was drawn to the story process of the film...and that portion was taught by Mann.
With a title such a Party Central our heads are buzzing with thoughts and ideas - could this short be set in the Oozma Kappa house as it was Squishy who said the family room was named "party central". Wherever the party may be, it's clear that with all the incredible new characters from Monsters University that the short is sure to a blast.
The two versions of the film that are available for preorder are a 3-Disc Collector's Edition (Blu Ray, DVD and Digital Copy) and a 4-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition (3D Blu Ray, Blu Ray, DVD and Digital Copy). We'll be sure to update everyone as we hear more about the upcoming release, extras and Party Central - stay tuned.
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