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Monsters University (2013)

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A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike (voice)
... Sullivan (voice)
... Randy (voice)
... Dean Hardscrabble (voice)
... Squishy (voice)
... Don (voice)
... Terri (voice) (as Sean P. Hayes)
... Terry (voice)
... Art (voice)
... Professor Knight (voice)
... Greek Council VP (voice)
... Johnny (voice)
... Greek Council President (voice)
... Chet (voice)
... Young Mike (voice)
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Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Written by Disney/Pixar

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21 June 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monsters Inc. 2  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,429,469, 23 June 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$268,492,764

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$743,559,607
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Trivia

Helen Mirren's 4th animated film, after The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Snow Queen (1995), and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Mike punches the bed to show Sulley all of his shedded fur, much of it falls on his head. In the next shot, the fur has disappeared. See more »

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[Sulley begins to feel bad about Rigging the Scare Simulator in the Final Challenge of the Scare Games. He walks sadly across Campus, carrying the Trophy that his team received, feeling sorry for Mike]
Professor Knight: [Walking by] Mr. Sullivan. Great job out there. Look forward to having you back in my Class.
[Sulley is then approached by the RORs, apart from Randy, who'd presumably been kicked off the team after they lost]
Johnny: You did great out there Sullivan. I guess I was wrong about you. You're one of us after ...
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Following the final credits, the Slug from early in the movie finally makes it to his first college class, but it's the last day of school. See more »

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Referenced in Scared Sheetless (2017) See more »

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Written by Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Troy Sanders
Performed by Mastodon
Courtesy of Relapse Records, Inc.
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It Shines in a Summer of Disappointment
22 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

First and foremost, this movie should be almost painfully relatable to the Disney Renaissance Generation. For the convenience of the meanings told in Disney and Pixar films, couldn't be more relatable to the age of those born in the mid 90's growing up. Also, for the question of a Monsters Inc. Prequel being necessary? Make that decision after the credits roll, for this was the most enjoyable movie I've seen so far in 2013. In an overwhelming blockbuster summer of over-hyped excitement followed by mild to severe disappointment, Monsters University isn't just a good sign for Pixar, it's a good sign that 2013 can be one of the best years of film.

Now! On to the review! The story of the origin of the friendship between one-eyed Mike Wazowski and the blue furred James P. Sullivan in their freshman year at Monsters University. This film has homages to all the classic college comedy movies, and as it doesn't hold out on laughs for the kids and adults, it has a great amount of heart. Questions of what the future holds, and if our dreams are as possible as we hope they are. Punches aren't pulled on these questions, which is why it isn't just some animated movie to take the kids to see.

References to real college life are blended with superb imagination of the monster world. Rather it be a long blonde haired guitar player, or the horns on the school bus. All original voice talent returns and keeps up with the track record of great performances in Pixar films. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi grasp their characters and give them entirely different motivations compared to the original. Instead of a hardworking team, the two have a rivalry, and the supporting cast of their fraternity supply more relatability with a great variety of lovable monsters who help fill the story with even more heart.

The compatibility with Mike and Sully can be a bit surprising, for one is the study hard teachers pet, and the other a natural born scare student. And just as you think your more like one, the other comes in and you realize that even monsters can be scared of the real world just like us today. Fear of what life has in store, and if we have the talent to fulfill our dreams. This is a theme a lot of critics are missing, and shines making it worthy of being a great Pixar movie and prequel to a great classic.

The story isn't terribly generic as one may think, and every act is more different from the last. Starting with the clash between Mike and Sully, then onto the scare games, an intense series of games that declare supremacy of M.U. For the third and final act couldn't be more surprising though. It not only serves as a great climax, but something that we can once again commend Pixar for telling great stories in out of the box thinking that we should think paying for the $10 dollar ticket is worth it. And boy did I think this movie was worth it, for I will be definitely be seeing it a second and possibly third time. It wasn't a prequel we originally wanted, but it was a film that we and Pixar needed. And boy am I glad it happened.


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