Monsters University (2013) Poster


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Party Central (2014) (Short)
Features characters from Monsters University


Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
When Mike raised his hand to say "A clown running in the dark," his fingers show the same shape as the Vulcan salute.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Mike says, "Tauntaun grimace with an extra slobber." Tauntaun is the snow-camel from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
When Mike makes Sulley do push-ups in the rain.
Cheers (1982) (TV Series)
Toward the end of the movie, the Abominable Snowman appears as a mail room clerk at Monsters Incorporated. This is an homage to voice John Ratzenberger's role as mailman Cliff Clavin on Cheers.
The Meaning of Life (1983)
The melody of the background music present when Mike first enters the university, particularly notable as he enters his first class, is the same as "Every Sperm is Sacred".
The Right Stuff (1983)
When the Monsters come onto the Scare Floor, they walk in like the Astronauts.
Luxo Jr. (1986) (Short)
The ball from the short is graffitied on a wall in the first Scare Games challenge.
The Princess Bride (1987)
While having a dream, Mike says: "I know you're a princess and I'm just a stable boy."
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
One of the scarer puts his hat on young Mike.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
One of the teens in the "Don't Scare the Teen" competetion says the line: "But Daddy, I love him!"
Under Siege (1992)
When Mike is training the OK team, he says, "If you walk by the door, you have to become the door." Casey Ryback says virtually the same line: "You walk by a hatch and you see the enemy, you become the hatch."
Toy Story (1995)
The Pizza Planet truck can be seen in the driveway of the JOX fraternity house.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
When they first meet, Mike tells Randall to "lose the glasses" to become a more effective scarer. In L.A. Confidential, Guy Pearce's character wears similar glasses, and is advised to "lose the glasses" by his superior, when he was made a detective lieutenant.
Armageddon (1998)
The slow walking entrance is a double reference to The Right Stuff and Armageddon due to the presence of Steve Buscemi.
Gladiator (2000)
When the Monsters enter the scare competition arena, their actions and the camera circles around them are the same as when the gladiators first enter the Coliseum arena.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
A poster with "Winds of Change" can be seen hanging up in Randall's room at the beginning of the film. This refers to the quote from the first movie when Randall says to Mike "Do you hear that? It's the winds of change".
Mike's New Car (2002) (Video)
In Squishie's basement, a poster of Mike's six wheel drive can be seen on the wall.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Diver toy.
Cars (2006)
A statue on campus with the founder of where most of the film takes place is seen.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats (2010) (TV Episode)
In this episode, the gang finds Charlie's Dream Journal. Charlie Day voices the character of Art who hands Sully and Mike Dream Journals when they join the fraternity.
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
A small statuette of a dinosaur skeleton is seen.

Referenced in 

Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Cars 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Hewy: "While I'm excited to hear a prequel for Monsters, Inc. (2001)."
Brave (2012)
A relief carving of Sulley is visible in the Witch's cottage.
Animation Lookback: Top 5 Best & Worst Animated Films of 2012 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as an upcoming 2013 animated film.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Monsters Inc. was re-released in 3D to hype people up for the prequel.
Modern Family: The Wow Factor (2013) (TV Episode)
Poster seen
Midnight Screenings: World War Z/Monsters University (2013) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.175 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Charlie Day is a voice actor in the film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.178 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Helen Mirren's voice is in the film
Disney Infinity (2013) (Video Game)
Sulley, Mike, & Randy are playable as their college selves.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.207 (2013) (TV Episode)
characters from the film are seen on packages of Juicy Juice
Saturday Night Live: Josh Hutcherson/HAIM (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by the Worst Lady on an Airplane
Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Kings of Leon (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced during John Goodman's opening monologue
Impractical Jokers: Episode #2.1 (2014) (TV Episode)
The movie title appears on the cinema marquee, and there are movie posters for the film in the cinema foyer.
AniMat's Reviews: Muppets Most Wanted (2014) (TV Episode)
Party Central takes place after this film.
Nostalgia Critic: The Swan Princess (2014) (TV Episode)
among movies in "Diet Pixar"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Adnan Virk says he liked the original movie but not this sequel
AniMat's Reviews: Inside Out (2015) (TV Episode)
A Pixar film released during their "nasty case of 'sequelitus'".
AniMat's Reviews: The Good Dinosaur (2015) (TV Episode)
The Good Dinosaur's director Peter Sohn voiced Squishy in this film.
Nostalgia Critic: Does PG Mean Anything Anymore? (2016) (TV Episode)
among Pixar films the Critic thinks are bad

Featured in 

Inside Pixar (2013) (TV Movie)
Short clip shown of upcoming release
ReelzChannel Specials: Richard Roeper's Red Hot Summer (2013) (TV Episode)
Movie featured in this episode.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.92 (2013) (TV Episode)
A clip of the movie featuring guest Sean Hayes is shown.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.165 (2013) (TV Episode)
a clip from the film starring Billy Crystal is shown
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 6 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
AniMat's Reviews: Monsters University (2013) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown.
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Nominee clips
Animation Lookback: Top 5 Best & Worst Animated Films of 2013 (2014) (TV Episode)
Fifth best animated film of 2013.
Anime Abandon: Iria (2014) (TV Episode)
clip shown when discussing bad prequels
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Clips shown.
Saturday Night Live: Seth Rogen/Ed Sheeran (2014) (TV Episode)
A clip is featured in the "Monster Pals" digital short.
Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special (2016) (TV Movie)
Pixar's Greatest Moments (2016)
Clips shown
Nostalgia Critic: Disney Sequels We Want (2016) (TV Episode)
among poorly received Disney sequels

Spoofed in 

Mad: Iron Bland 3/Monsters Community (2013) (TV Episode)
Monsters Community is a spoof of this movie.

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