Release year: 2013
Director: Dan Scanlon
Screenwriter: Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird
Starring (voices): Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina
Before Mike and Sully were best friends working in the scare business, they were competing to be the most scary student at Monster University.
Count on Pixar to deliver when making a sequel for one of their excellent movies, no straight-to-dvd here! Instead of continuing the story of best pals Mike and Sully chronological, they give us a prequel story taking us back to the school years of the two, where we get to watch how they become the scare heroes they become. The set-up invites many brilliant jokes as the geeky Mike contests against the arrogant Sully in a brains against brawns battle. As well as the usually high quality animation delivered by Pixar the story delivers in story as well, with it’s homage to classic college comedy story with plenty of humour and heart to satisfy. Besides providing a welcome return of two beloved characters, it delivers several new ones, bound to win your heart as much as the characters in Monsters Inc. Where it fails to reach the same height, is perhaps by missing the link between the human world and the monster world explored in the first. But as a origin story it is a delight and even though some will say a sequel isn’t necessary, this is one of those sequels that has no trouble standing on it’s own two furry feet.
When Mike and Sully are in the human summer camp, the child who comes out of the bathroom before Mike is about to leave roars at him. The roar is a sound recording used from Monsters, Inc. (2001) for the character Boo.