There’s been a slow trickle of news from CinemaCon, with most of it teaser posters for films from later this year. The biggest bit so far is the official title for the Pixar sequel to Monsters Inc. That title: Monsters University. This also fits with previous information this might be a prequel. Though nothing has been confirmed, the likelihood of John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles is all but assured (who would say no to Pixar?)

Pixar is rightly revered for their work so far, but – that noted – this bent of doing sequels (and now prequels) is a little disheartening. I’m sure this will be another quality effort from the team, it’s still a little sad that they feel the need to go back to previous films after Toy Story 3 and Cars 2. And this is a dreaded prequel. There’s no getting around that this is partly about keeping the toys and the brand viable.

Monsters Inc. is one of Pixar’s best films, and has aged well over the decade since it came out. But without the “doorways to children” as the central narrative concern and having established how the main character come to change that for the better, it won’t have that great connection to how children process and fall in love with supposedly scary or large things. But the universe of this film was one of the most exciting aspects of the original, and exploring that could be fun.

Cars 2 hits theaters this summer, so work on the film should be well under way, with the film targeted to hit theaters sometime in 2012.

What’s your favorite Pixar? (Mine is Monsters Inc.… Or Ratatouille… or…)