Monsters University

We're only about a week away from Pixar's newest feature motion picture “Monsters University.” And, it's hard to believe that ten years have flown past since I first sat in a conference room at Pixar's original campus in Point Richmond to watch a story reel of the original film. I wasn't slated to work on “Monsters, Inc.” back in 1999. I had recently finished my story chores on “Toy Story2” and was headed back to my home studio of Disney. When asked to stick around for Pixar Animation Studios fourth movie it was offer I couldn't refuse.

As always, a number of delightful story books will support the new Pixar movie. All of the books are fun, of course. However, two of the books are hands down favorites. First, a mock college yearbook entitled, “Fear Book,” along with a wonderful storybook adaptation of the movie written by Tennant Redbank and illustrated by Geefwee Boedoe. You couldn't have found a better artist to create the fun illustrations. After all, it was Geefwee Boedoe who designed the wonderful opening titles for the original movie ten years ago.

Geefwee Boedoe is an artist known for his own style and I mean that in more ways than one. Not only is his art unique, he has a wardrobe to match. Geefwee's clothing could be described as colorful, zany or unusual. I'd rather just call it, creative. One of my favorite outfits Geefwee wore while working at Disney back in the nineties was his “Abba Zabba” outfit. At least that's what director, Gary Trousdale called it. The black and yellow shirt and trousers seemed to be inspired by the vintage Abba Zabba candy bar. A tasty treat many of us enjoyed as kids.

A talented animator, designer and film maker, Geefwee Boedoe was nominated for an Academy Award a couple years ago. I knew Mr. Boedoe would show up on Hollywood's red carpet in a stylish outfit, and as usual he didn't disappoint. Even the press had to ask who he was. Had they known their animation history, they would have known Geefwee was carrying on a great animation tradition. Disney had another talented animator who had his own unique way of dressing, and I'll bet you know his name. Disney Legend, Ward Kimball had his own style as well. Of course, Geefwee Boedoe would know that. After all, he married Kimball's granddaughter.

You'll probably be going to check out “Monsters University” in a week or so. You might want to consider buying the storybook as well. If you do, I'd advise you grab this one. The book illustrated by the talented, Geefwee Boedoe.