Thursday, January 2, 2014

Monsters University: Projectionist Scare Cards - UPDATED

As SOON as I saw Monsters University back at the college advanced screening in April, one of the first things I thought of was "Man, I hope they release those scare cards to collect. That would be awesome!"

While this isn't an officially released set of movie accurate scare cards, it comes pretty close.

These cards were only given to movie theater projectionists. It was a very creative way for Dan Scanlon and his crew to get the digital projection instructions to the projectionists so that they could present the movie in the highest possible quality. They are extremely rare since, to get them, you either had to be a theater projectionist, know a theater projectionist or know someone who knows a theater projectionist (like me).

First of all, this set of cards comes in a plastic, protective case (which I thought that was really cool since I consider it a collector's item).

When you open it up, you'll notice a note from Dan Scanlon included on the back of one of the cards:

On the back of each additional scare card, there are instructions for the theater projectionists to follow:

There are nine character cards total plus one top cover card:

Again, as you can see, these cards aren't exactly 100% movie accurate. The banner across the the upper right corner on each card says the film's title and release date rather than the scare company. Also, the backs of the cards (like mentioned) have projectionist instructions on them rather than the monsters' stats. Either way though, I'm still super excited to have these. A HUGE thanks to my good friend Brian Hughes for sending me this set of scare cards for Christmas!


The only official (film accurate) Scare Cards ever released so far were available as exclusives at the Disney Parks and at the Disney Store- both for a very brief time.

The Disney Parks cards were given out for free during their "Monstrous Summer 24 Hour Event" which took place on May 24th and 25th 2013. There were 29 cards/characters total, which came in packs of five (randomly selected). Below are the cards that were available to collect during this 24 hour period (I unfortunately don't have these ones yet):
  • "Frightening" Frank McCay
  •  Earl "The Terror" Thompson (Rookie Card)
  •  Hank "The Tank" Knapp
  • Walter "Wailing Walt" Freidman
  • Betty Stevenson
  • Raj "The Roar" Kapoor
  • Darryl Payne
  • Earl "The Terror" Thompson (12th year card)
  • Tracey, Stacey and Casey Kowalski "Kowalski Sisters"
  • "Screaming" Bob Gunderson
  • Carla "Killer Claws" Benitez
  • Carl Johnson
  • "Jumping" Jerry Jablonski
  • Clive Carver
  • Dorothy "The Pink Widow" Newbern
  • Rufus Remerez
  • Jason Chiang
  • James P. Sullivan "Sulley"
  • Randall Boggs
  • George Sanderson
  • Bob Peterson
  • Joe Ranft
  • Ricky Plesuski
  • Nick "Lanky" Schmidt
  • Pete "Claws" Ward
  • Ted Pauley
  • Harry "Bud" Luckey
  • Augustus "Spike" Jones
  • Josh Rivera

The Disney Store then released an additional five cards in October 2013 to help promote the Blu Ray release (I have these ones, see my full post about those HERE). These cards were also available in packs of five, but this time each pack included the same cards:
  •  Scott "Scary" Squibbles
  • "Terrifying Terri and Terry Perry,
  • "Dangerous" Don Carlton
  • Art
  • "Rookies of the Year" card featuring Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan.

So, total between the "Monstrous Summer Event" packs and the Disney Store packs, there were 34 "official" (movie accurate) scare cards released. All 34 cards can be seen together in the eBay image below (image not my own).

Note: Within the official 34 scare cards, there is however, NO Johnny Worthington OR Rosie Levin...those characters' scare cards are only found in the projectionist set like the one I have.
Image from eBay

I really hope Pixar releases mainstream scare card packs to buy at the store...there's so many they could make! But until then, I'm very happy with my set of projectionist cards.

UPDATE - More scare cards have been released; this time as "tear outs" in a Monsters University coloring book that was released in July 2014. They're not the same quality as the "official" ones talked about/seen above, but come pretty close. In addition, one new character card was released with the book that wasn't available in the Disney Parks/Store selection -  Carol Dallmar! Read my full write up on this coloring book and included scare cards right HERE.


  1. Absolutely! Brian is the man. I have some amazing Pixar fans looking out for me : ) Still waiting patiently (as Dan Scanlon said) for the wide release-really hope they're actually coming!!

  2. Brandi PassantinoMay 29, 2014 at 7:02 PM


    do you still have these cards?

  3. Brandi PassantinoMay 29, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Do you have Rosie Levin? How much are you asking? What about Johnny?

  4. Yes, I have Rosie and Johnny as seen in my pictures, however nothing from my personal collection is for sale. Sorry about that!

  5. Brandi PassantinoMay 29, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Do you know where they can be purchased? My son loves them. I can't find those cards and already wrote to Disney.


  6. These cards were only given to movie theater projectionists and are extremely rare. I got them from a friend. The only place would be eBay but I just checked and there are no current listings for them. Keep checking though and they might pop up on there! Good luck on the hunt, I really hope you find them.

  7. Brandi PassantinoMay 30, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    Thank you

  8. Brandi PassantinoMay 31, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I made one. lol He's only two, turning three...I'm lucky.

  9. Brandi PassantinoMay 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    My creation ...