Pixar announces 'Monsters Inc.' sequel is actually prequel


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The new Monsters Inc. movie is going old school.

In the 2001 original, Sully, the big, blue beast voiced by John Goodman, and Mike, the eyeball with legs voiced by Billy Crystal, were just a couple of working stiffs, punching the clock at the scream factory that generated power for their world, but on Tuesday Disney/Pixar announced the long-awaited next film in the franchise would go back to their days as college students.

Monsters University is set for a late 2012 debut, and Both Crystal and Goodman will return as the main characters, according to Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice president of worldwide distribution.

“The film is a prequel that tells you a little bit about how [Mike and Sully] first met, attending Monsters University,” Hollis told theater owners gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday for their annual CinemaCon convention. “Obviously everybody knows at this point Mike and Sully are amazing friends — the best of friends — but as it turns out, in this story, that wasn’t always the case. From the moment they met at university, they could not stand each other. This story takes you through the ups and downs, and how they overcame their own differences.”

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  • elena

    …am I the only one a little disappointed that we won’t get to see a grown-up Boo?

    • aadil

      U r not the only one

      • mishpokhe mike

        Who’s to say that you won’t be seeing a grown-up Boo? The story could start off set in the present with Mike n Sulley telling Boo about how they met and then the movies goes into flashback.

      • Megan

        They slipped in a grown-up Boo in one of the scenes from Toy Story 3. She’s playing with a “blue kitty” in one of the preschool scenes.

      • Ali

        I’m sick of people saying that the girl in TS3 is a “Grown Up” Boo. The director confirmed that it wasn’t.

      • lover

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        Besides, I actually thought that Monster’s Inc ended so beautifully and in such a touching way that I was a little hesitant on wanting to see where the story would go from there. I’m kinda glad that this is going to be a prequel.

    • Nirveeze

      No, you’re not. I was also hoping to see what would happen at the company with Sully in charge, how Sully handled it, how he would handle if Mike moved on and got more serious with Celia, how Randall would return and if we’d see him as a reluctant ally for the new situation. I’ve gotta say, I’m rather disappointed at this news.

      • MultiPass

        that is so cute. You really think that? you must have been pretty young when it came out.

      • angel

        Boo made the movie awesome, so I am a little dissapointed she may not be back…

      • Mike

        I’m actually OK with the news. I feel like a grown up Boo would start getting into Toy Story 3 territory.

      • Bob

        What do you think they have planned for the 3rd movie?

    • Dave

      Sorta, but I highly doubt a grown-up Boo would have been nearly as cute and precious and toddler Boo.
      Besides, I actually thought that Monster’s Inc ended so beautifully and in such a touching way that I was a little hesitant on wanting to see where the story would go from there. I’m kinda glad that this is going to be a prequel.

      • Wha’ever

        I would probably be more if they just left the story the way it was and instead of making a prequel just worked on an original movie. But, hey, I will see it anyway, every Pixar movie rocks.

      • yepyep

        every pixar movie rocks, except what i think is their one and only true dude, Cars. I didnt like that movie whats so ever and part two looks worse.

      • Amber

        I actually agree with you to a point. Cars has the same plot as Doc Hollywood. Not exactly mining for gold when you recycle that movie. That said, I think the spy movie spin is clever and am actually looking forward to the sequel. (although, as the mother of a 4 yo boy, I could just be deluding myself to accept the inevitability of seeing it.)

      • Ian

        Unfortunately for Cars haters, it’s by far the biggest moneymaker they’ve had. Other films had higher box office grosses, but the licensing and merch deals for Cars is far and away higher than anything else they’ve done. It’s tailor-made for every boy between 3 and 10 years old. That’s why the sequel was in the works so fast. It was my son’s first real favorite movie, and even though he’s moved on at 5 years-old to the comicbook superheroes, he’s still psyched for Cars 2, and has really never clicked with any other Pixar movies, except for Wall*E. Cars is their definite cash cow, so expect them to keep that train rolling.

    • Woot

      Sort of… but not really. BUT Boo was the cement that sealed the movie together. I can’t imagine this movie being as emotionally satisfying without her. Yet Pixar never ceases to amaze so I’ll have to wait and see.

      • MCS

        What about a Bug’s Life? The only amazing thing was how bad it was

      • Craig

        Hush your mouth! A Bug’s Life was a great movie!

      • Mark

        A Bug’s Life was the worst of the bunch. I enjoyed Antz way more than A Bug’s Life. Cars was good, but about twenty minutes too long.

      • Crystal

        Cars and Ratatouille were the worst of the bunch. But they were still good movies.

      • ZZ

        You guys really do have weird taste in movies. Enjoying Antz more than Bug’s Life? Ratatouille the worst of the bunch? I mean c’mon!

      • Abe Froman

        Anyone who doesn’t like A Bug’s Life is a poo-poo head.

      • RobNJ

        The sausage king of Chicago posted here?

      • kris

        Pixar has a new original movie in production and will be released after Cars 2. It’s called Brave.

    • yepyep

      not the only one by a ong shot, why do we really need to know how they became friends. I think that they should push forward and see where they have gotten over the years. It has been 10 years, it would have been nice.
      Nice how the characters are going to be younger, but the actors are a whole lot older.

    • Color Me Impressed

      I love Pixar, but I don’t really have faith in this Cars sequel of this Monsters Inc. prequel. I hope they don’t f*ck-up their near perfect track record.

      • Ralphie

        I have nothing but faith in Pixar that Cars 2 will keep their track record afloat. I am hopeful that it will be both an amusing sendup and an authentic homage to spy/action thrillers and carry over that message that things don’t have to be flashy and new to be good that came through in the first one.

        Sue me, I think Cars is an underappreciated gem and people who hate it just leap on the “Cars was a failure” bandwagon. Each Pixar film is magical and to each his or her own the ones you love more than others.

      • Color Me Impressed

        @Ralphie: I absolutely agree that Cars is one of Pixar’s most underrated films. However, originality is what has always set Pixar apart from every other studio in Hollywood, and the fact that they’re doing 3 sequels in a row has me a bit worried. Don’t get me wrong, Toy Story 3 was absolutely amazing, but Cars and Monsters Inc., as good as they were, don’t really have much sequel material if you ask me.

    • LOL

      Sounds pretty weak.

      • BG 17

        I kind of agree: the first thing I thought when I read this is how uninspired it sounds. Monsters Inc. “The College Years”. This sequelitis is not a good thing, at least until they can get Brad Bird to whip up an Incredibles 2.

    • Kev

      If you’ve seen Toy Story 3, you’ve seen a grown up Boo- aka Bonnie

      • Elysia

        Bonnie is nothing like Boo. Bonnie was shy, nervous, whereas Boo was loud, boisterous, and outgoing.

    • Michelle

      TOTALLY disappointed!!! I wanted to see Boo!!!

      • Giovanni

        Personally, I think you’re robbing yorelusf of a good movie. I’m not a kid (at least not by age), and I’m not into racing culture. It’s a good story, and if nothing else, beautiful to watch.(And, those posters are superb!!!)

    • Eli

      Seeing as how the end to Monsters Inc is perfect – and I mean PERFECT – I think it’s good that the movie is focusing on something else.

    • Cygnus

      I consider Boo and Roz as much a part of the core cast as Mike and Sully. I think this one will lack the heart the first one had with Boo. I still laugh and am charmed everytime Boo laughs and says Kitty!

    • Levi

      Completely disappointed

  • aadil

    It’s about time they made only. Only wish they could have done sequel so we learned more about that baby girl.

  • aadil

    It’s about time they did they sequel for this.

    • alex

      It’s not a sequel, it’s a prequel. Did you read the article?

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  • deedeedragons

    A lot of people already guessed this.

  • Eliza

    Rather have a new original Pixar movie. Between Cars 2 and now this… I’m just not interested.

    • mark

      This sounds terrible!

    • MultiPass

      A Birds Life
      Dinosaur Days
      Cellphone Story

      I dunno, am I trying too hard?

      …maybe THAT’s what they’re worried about. It’s safer to stick to a good story at this point. They’re bound to screw something up if they keep trying to be original!

      • b

        The people at Pixar are infinitely more creative than you, so I’m sure they’ll come up with plenty more original ideas.

    • LMR

      Me too. Couldn’t be less thrilled about another sequel/prequel whatever you want to call it. Bring on the originals, please.

    • jk

      you said what i was just about to post….could not be more disappointed that pixar is resorting to this!

      • Mohammed

        Yeah, this rveeiw is kind of spot on in some areas. The movie didn’t suck: it was way too well made for that; but the blanket applause it has got across the media is totally unjustified. It was the worst of the 3 films, it was also unnecessary, the plot was a rehash, and the jokes were of the Shrek variety too knowing for kids, but not actually that funny either. Example? Okay, Barbie sees Ken (one looong, not very funny joke about his questionable sexuality thanks guys, I got it in the first take) and she says nice ascot . The gag is just there to make adults feel smug about hearing the word ass’ successfully smuggled into a kid’s movie. Hilarious. Only thing is, these guys are like the world’s worst smugglers, because kids don’t know what an ascot’ is. They sure as hell know what an ass is, though, so the whole double entendre is a waste of time. I felt that this laziness is typical of many aspects of the movie. The first two were so good, I came out sorely disappointed. Oh, and by the way, those people who post comments like I can’t believe you’re so negative or why do you have to destroy a great movie etc. go to North Korea, because they’ll love people like you there who can’t stand anyone not having the same opinion as yourself or the majority. Just because someone doesn’t like something, doesn’t mean they’re being negative. It might mean they’re being honest. In any case, they are entitled to their opinion, and that goes even for people who say it sucked, an opinion I don’t actually share.

    • Bob

      Keep in mind, Disney is fully in charge now, so originality and creativity have been thrown out the window. Although they supposedly have new movies ‘Brave’ and ‘newt’ coming out in the next couple of years, so who knows.

      • Voodoo

        Disney isn’t original and creative. Wow, Bob, you’re a moron.

      • Voodoo

        That first sentence should end with a question mark, of course.

      • ZZ

        Not to mention newt was cancelled a while ago.

      • Beth in MI

        Animation sequels didn’t really begin at Disney until the late 80’s when Micael Eisner took over. Walt Disney himself did not believe in sequels and only made one, a sequel to the Three Little Pigs and he hated it. As much as I have loved all of the Toy Storys, I hope Pixar stops with sequels/prequels.

      • JS

        Pixar has done two sequels – Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, and both have been great and have earned far more than the original. From their perspective, why take a chance on a bomb when you have a built-in audience for a movie? It’s going to take a sequel flopping for them to change their current direction of relying heavily on sequels.

        Also, keep in mind that Pixar has produced roughly one movie per year since they came on the scene. In 2012, they will be putting out “Brave” and “Monsters University”. If they are of traditional Pixar quality, I would absolutely thriled if they continued this into the future and gave us one original movie and one sequel each year.

  • Cate

    Sounds….really lame, actually. A sequel could have been great. This sounds safe and childish.

    • Anne

      Agreed. Especially the plot point about how, initially, Mike and Sully hated each other. Gee, we sure haven’t seen that plot done a MILLION TIMES.

  • DC

    Maybe they become friends while on a car trip from Chicago

    • miss k

      Hahah!! Good one.

    • Katja

      Mike loves that it takes Sully a half an hour to order a sandwich.

      • Dana

        Haha, that is EXACTLY what I thought of. When Mikey Met Sully…

    • Lstep

      OH my goodness. Haha. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who was thinking along the lines of “When Harry Met Sally”. So funny.

  • Felix

    Meh…I’m gonna wait for Brave, the next ORIGINAL Pixar movie, and pray that this isn’t gonna be a regular thing, them making sequels and prequels of their least awesome movies.

    • Dr Linus

      Oh but Monsters Inc. IS awesome.

    • Thomas

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  • Steph

    this is old news…

  • Arthur

    well, I expect this will be another great movie from Pixar, but I’m still holding out hope for an Incredibles sequel. it seems like the easiest to come up with a knockout sequel due to it being a superhero movie.

    • Ralphie

      No, actually, an Incredibles sequel would be nothing more than an unnecessary action movie. That film was perfect as is, and those characters can live on in shorts if Pixar wants to do anything with them.

    • Chris P.

      I will still think Edna Mode deserved her own movie.

      • Rohit

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    • Mary

      The Incredibles actually left the ending as a perfect set up for a sequel. What happens when the underminer returns?

  • Michael

    “the best of friends — but as it turns out, in this story, that wasn’t always the case. From the moment they met at university, they could not stand each other.”

    I’ve never ever ever EVER heard THAT plot before!! So original!

    For anyone saying how infinitely ingenious the Pixar people are and how they’ll come up with totally original concepts and blah blah blah… Just look at the plot concept for this movie. Doing a prequel is one thing but come on, do something original with it.

    • angel

      you do realize its a cartoon…for children…I doubt they want to see a movie about how our economy is affecting the monster land…

      • Renaton

        You know, that actually sounds more interesting than that stupid college plot.

      • angel

        thats what rango was kinda about…and it was boring as hell

      • Wissal

        Yes, Disney has made so much money from the first Cars that it can really afrofd to organize grand prix events. Cars 2 will probably be just as explosive. Kids love Cars.

  • rebecca

    So we don’t get to see a grown up Boo, but we do get a different set up from the usual Pixar sequels which should be interesting!!! Excited, but duh, I get excited about any Pixar movie!!!

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  • Edly

    Or we could skip right to the next prequel and all watch “Monsters, Inc. BABIES!” Hey, it worked for the Muppets and classic Disney characters.

  • Mindy

    I kind of don’t care. I’d rather get original movies from Pixar. I mean, I’ll likely see it, because it is Pixar. But, I can’t say I am terribly excited.

    Then again, I wasn’t terribly excited for Toy Story 3 either. And that turned out to be awesome.

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