Dig Into the Sound Design of Monsters University

Monsters University SoundWorks Collection with Tom Myers

SoundWorks Collection has created a fantastic video (as spotted by Pixar News) that digs into the sound design for Monsters University. The video provides a high-level look at how many of the crowd and ambient noises were gathered from actual college campuses as well as the differences in sound design between a live-action and animated film. What really piqued our interest though was when Tom Myers (Sound Designer) broke down the layers of sound as the Oozma Kappa crew try and avoid the stinging glow urchins during the Toxicity Challenge – the sound is broken down by:

  • Dialogue (between Mike and Sulley)
  • Crowds
  • Score (by Randy Newman)
  • Sound effects
  • Foley
  • Final (with all layers played together)

While we didn’t talk specifically about the Dolby Atmos experience in our Monsters U charity screening post, we can say that the scene that was highlighted in the SoundWorks Collection was a perfect scene to call out – the Toxicity Challenge really made the amazing Dolby Atmos sound shine through.

For additional details regarding our Dolby Atmos experience, check out our Brave movie and Atmos review. Click here to locate a theater near you that is equipped with Dolby Atmos – remember that you’ll also need to ask your local theater which specific screen is equipped with Atmos, not all screens are equipped (it will usually be one screen out of the theater).

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