July 15, 2013 - Pixar Play Parade During Disney Monstrous Summer
After meeting Sofia, I went to watch the Pixar Play Parade as I hadn't had an opportunity to see the new Monsters University unit. Fortunately, there seemed to be lots of spaces on Hollywood Boulevard, which is where I usually like to watch the parade.
I have to admit that I was disappointed with the new Monsters University unit. I knew they were basically refitting the old Monsters, Inc. unit with a few additions here and there, but, it ended up highlighting a problem for me...and that is the continual removal of actual characters from the parade. While they added Art to the parade, they removed Boo, George Sanderson and Needleman. I feel they could have at least kept George Sanderson since he still has a role in Monsters University. But, the biggest disappointment was that Squishy, Terry and Teri were reduced to sort of backpacks. I thought they were cute, but, I would have liked to have seen them as actual characters.
The rest of the parade was the same Pixar Play Parade that we've seen for the last umpteen years...
I really don't mean to get down on the parade and it's nothing against all the fantastic performers, many who I know have performed this parade for years. But, it really does feel like an old parade that just can't be fixed with some cosmetics.