Mastodon Song Featured in Disney-Pixar Movie ‘Monsters University’
The sequel to the 2001 Disney/Pixar movie 'Monsters, Inc.' will feature 'some of the most intense heavy metal imaginable.' The filmmakers for 'Monsters University' wanted to push the envelope a bit with one of their characters and Atlanta based hard rockers Mastodon were the perfect match.
The band chose the song 'Island' from their 2004 concept album 'Leviathan' to be included in the film. Talking about how the song from a bearded progressive metal band would fit into a movie mostly directed at children, Director Dan Scanlon says
We wanted to capture the college feel in 'Monsters University' and music is a big part of that. The score and the inclusion of other great musicians like Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso [of Swedish House Mafia] and Mastodon help us convey a fun, freewheeling college atmosphere.
We love the character of Ms. Squibbles - she's a doting mother but full of surprises. So when she drops off the boys and says, 'I'll just be here listening to my tunes,' we thought it would be funny if those tunes were Mastodon was the obvious choice. She rolls up her windows and blasts it.
'Monsters University' hits theaters this Friday, June 21.