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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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Dan Scanlon

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Dan Scanlon (story by), Daniel Gerson (story by) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Mike (voice)
John Goodman ... Sullivan (voice)
Steve Buscemi ... Randy (voice)
Helen Mirren ... Dean Hardscrabble (voice)
Peter Sohn ... Squishy (voice)
Joel Murray ... Don (voice)
Sean Hayes ... Terri (voice) (as Sean P. Hayes)
Dave Foley ... Terry (voice)
Charlie Day ... Art (voice)
Alfred Molina ... Professor Knight (voice)
Tyler Labine ... Greek Council VP (voice)
Nathan Fillion ... Johnny (voice)
Aubrey Plaza ... Greek Council President (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... Chet (voice)
Noah Johnston ... Young Mike (voice)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Before They Were Incorporated, They Had To Be Educated See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsters Inc. 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,429,469, 23 June 2013

Gross USA:

$268,492,764

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$743,559,607
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bill Hader's fifth theatrically released animated film after Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Megamind (2010), and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011). See more »

Goofs

In the house party scene, a modern dance song is played. Assuming that this movie takes place years before Monsters Inc. (which was released in 2001), this song shouldn't even exist. See more »

Quotes

Sulley: You don't need to study scaring, you just do it.
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Crazy Credits

Posters and signs from the titular school are featured throughout the credits sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Randy tries to fit in the fraternities, he bakes cupcakes that have icing on them that spell out "Be My Pal". After his plate is disturbed, he is holding four of them reading "lame." This is only in the English-speaking country releases of the film. All other international versions simply have happy faces drawn in icing on each cupcake. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Does PG Mean Anything Anymore? (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Roar
Written & Produced by Axel Hedfors (as Axwell) & Sebastian Ingrosso
All Instrumentation / Programming / Percussion Performed by Axel Hedfors (as Axwell) & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia
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The prequel that no one asked for, but everyone will watch.
30 April 2014 | by MattBriselliSee all my reviews

Monsters University: the prequel that no one asked for, but everyone will watch. It would appear that Pixar has recently run out of original ideas and has resorted to making sequels and prequels of older more successful movies (Cars 2, Planes, Monsters U and Finding Dory). That being said, the film was actually pretty decent and was rather watchable and enjoyable. The film had multiple unexpected twists, which avoided having an all too predictable ending. It also explained many of the features of its sequel, like Randall's rivalry with Mike and Sully and the Abominable Snowman.

Reviving the voice talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi and adding Helen Mirren and Charlie Day, amongst others, this film stayed within the universe that the original movie had created, however in comparison failed to live up to its predecessor's greatness.


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