New ‘Monsters University’ Trailer: Fast Times with Mike and Sulley

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What were one-eyed Michael “Mike” Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) and furry James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) like, well before they became the top scarers featured in Pixar’s 2001 movie, Monsters, Inc.? The computer-animation studio’s prequel, Monsters University, will answer that question, by taking us back to when the (eventual) dynamic monster duo were just a mismatched pair of college roommates.

Disney/Pixar’s marketing department has unveiled yet another trailer for Monsters University; like its predecessors, the focus is on Mike and Sulley having an old-fashioned college experience – partying hard, fleeing authorities, and encountering a variety of colorful student and teacher stereotypes – with a monster twist.

Rounding out the supporting voice cast for Monsters University are Steve Buscemi and Frank Oz – reprising as the younger versions of the chameleonic Randall and subservient Fungo seen in Monsters, Inc. – in addition to Helen Mirren as the M.U. dean. Meanwhile, fan-favorites like Nathan Fillion (Castle), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) are just a few of the celebrities who’re lending their vocals to the M.U. student body.

monsters university trailer1 New Monsters University Trailer: Fast Times with Mike and Sulley

Monsters University is the feature-length debut for director Dan Scanlon (who helmed the Cars short “Mater and the Ghostlight”), who co-penned the script with Monsters, Inc. and Cars co-writers Robert L. Baird and Daniel Gerson.

Admittedly, the trailers work so hard to make the Monsters prequel seem like the Pixar equivalent of Animal House, it might raise concerns that the actual movie falls closer to Cars 2 – with shiny animation used to polish an underwhelming by-the-numbers story – rather than the nice mix of brains and heart in Monsters, Inc.. However, early word of mouth from those who caught the film’s screening at the 2013 CinemaCon earlier this year suggests otherwise (thankfully).

Here are some of the Tweeted responses to the CinemaCon Monsters University showing:

“Monsters University (by MrDanScanlon) is a fun broad college comedy set in a cleverly designed world, surprising turns & gutsy message” – @slashfilm

“While there is no Boo, Monsters Univ has as much heart as Monsters Inc. I love love love the message in it, another wonderful Pixar movie.” – @firstshowing

“Disney just screened MONSTERS UNIVERSITY in its entirety! It’s smart, funny and makes me want to rewatch MONSTERS INC immediately.” – @silaslesnick

“Just screened all of Monsters University at CinemaCon! Funny, clever and beautifully animated: what I expect from Pixar.” – @eeisenberg

It sounds like Monsters University could be another slam-dunk for Pixar. What do you think?


Monsters University opens in (U.S.) 2D/3D theaters on June 21st, 2013.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Though praise is nice brave got extreme praise even tho it was only solid reviews 77% and wins best animates film oscar… i feel pixar gets away with anything

      • That is fair they hit than one pretty hard

  2. I think this movie is going to be huge. My nieces & nephews can it wait to see it.

  3. I think that review says a lot; they wanted to go watch Monsters Inc. again, not Monsters University. It’s probably not as good as the first one, but I’m sure it’s better than Cars 2.

  4. The praise Brave got really bothered me. I just hate that because it was better than Cars 2 it won the Oscar for best animated picture, which was ridiculous considering it was the most UNORIGINAL animated film that year. I’m not hating on it, thought it was OK and all, but best animation, really?!?

    I really want to like Monsters University, but I just don’t know. I loved the teaser trailer, but none of the other trailers have really worked for me. I’m glad it’s a prequel (I’m one of the few people that’s glad this isn’t an unnecessary sequel) and I’m glad the main voice actors are returning. But some of the marketing just makes me think cliché, average, no substance animated movie.

    Monsters Inc. was one of my favorite movies as a little kid (and I would say one of the best Pixar films) I just REALLY hope they don’t screw up with this one, but something about the trailers makes me think they might. The early reviews being positive helps, but still, you never know.

    • I agree about brave, every other nominated film (paranorman, frankenweenie, wreck it raulph and pirates! Band of misfits) were all supperior to brave as teviews showed

      • Yes, “Wreck-It Ralph” should’ve won by a longshot

        • Ill disagree with that too lol

  5. I hope this can be a great Pixar film. I love the original Monsters, Inc. so I have been looking forward to this for a while. Happy to see the early reviews are positive.

  6. This does look good, but I’m not sold on any prequel, why retract? I believe if this was the first film to be released before Mi, then it possibly would have been a moderate it. I’d rather a sequel, or not one at all.

  7. Looks good. Liked the last movie. Hope this lives us. Its a prequel. wish it was a sequel.