Disney's D23: Sulley and Mike slim down for Pixar prequel 'Monsters University'


Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh/D23 Expo

We knew our old pals Mike and Sulley would look a little skinnier after Pixar confirmed last April that the follow-up to Monsters, Inc. would be a prequel set during the scary pair’s college days.

But not this skinny, of course.

This is merely a concept sketch (with production designer Ricky Nierva and director Dan Scanlon) illustrating the physical contrast between the two — one’s a little circle, one’s a big rectangle.

But Disney’s D23 Expo did bring first looks at how the teenage big, blue monster and his eyeball-with-legs buddy will look in the Monsters University, coming Summer of 2013.

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“We all looked a little different when we were in college,” said the bald Scanlon, who had his cap off and then showed an old photo of himself with a full head of hair. “Mike we made a little smaller,” he went on, pointing out the orthodontia designed “to either straighten or loosen his teeth. I’m not really sure what the desired effect is in the monster world.”

Billy Crystal and John Goodman will return as the voices of the characters, though only Crystal attended D23, coming out onstage holding a hand over one eye, in tribute to his little, green character.

“College is a long way away for me, but bringing this world together at Pixar, where only this could happen, it’s hilarious, it’s funny, and different from anything you could possibly imagine that Monsters Inc. could become,” Crystal said. “And I get to wear a retainer.”

As for Sulley, it may be a little tough to tell from the fresh-faced close-up (which is a lot less woolly, by the way), but Scanlon pointed out that he is lankier this time around: “He’s not the bulked up scarer that we know.”

The story focuses on the early combative relationship between Sulley and Mike, who have known each other all their lives, but can’t actually be called lifelong pals.

“They met in grade school, but were not friends when they met originally,” Scanlon told the crowd. “They were enemies who desperately wanted to become scarers, which, in the monster world, being a scarer is like being an astronaut or a football star. It’s the ultimate that a monster can achieve.”

Steve Buscemi will return as the rotten chameleon-like Randall Boggs, alongside new characters voiced by Julia Sweeney, Dave Foley, Joel Murray (brother of Bill, and sad-sack Freddy Rumsen on Mad Men.)

“Whether you went to college or not, that’s a time in life when a person begins to question who they are and what they want to be,” says Scanlon.

We already know how they turn out. The surprise here will be whether Mike and Sulley had different plans along the way.

On Twitter: @Breznican.

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Comments (26 total) Add your comment
  • dour hero

    I am looking forward to this.

  • Ryan

    “Miiike Wuaaazowskiiiii!” -Boo

  • Henri M.

    What’s with Sulley’s lips? Looks really off to me.

    • Jillian

      Animated characters don’t age! That’ just stupid! If Fred Flintstone aged he’d be about 100 yrs old. Looking forward to the movie though.

      • Kelsey

        Animated characters do whatever their creators want them to do, in my opinion. :)

      • ltchy

        You might want to talk to Andy in Toy Story. Did a bit of aging, there…

      • BlizzardGirl

        Or Simba. He did a decent amount of aging in the course of just one song.

  • Aidan

    This is so exciting.

  • Mel

    Can’t wait to see it. Monsters Inc is on my top 10 movie list!

    • Bayu

      omg i’v been on that ride before and at the end she said,’hello evoeyrne scream!and it was loud it was awsome and the line was long no lie !!!! it was awsome im going again next year!! cant wait!!! XDVA:F [1.9.11_1134]please wait…VA:F [1.9.11_1134](from 0 votes)

  • K. Harker

    Pixar’s running out of ideas too! Ruh roh.

    • Luisa

      Randall: where is it you 1 eyen cretin. Mike: its crtieen if your gonna insult me do it properly ( love that part) o and George Sanderson is such a cute moster lol -3VA:F [1.9.11_1134]please wait…VA:F [1.9.11_1134](from 0 votes)

  • kim in kentucky

    “Kitty” !!!!

  • kelsey walker

    so no Boo

  • Rusty Shackleford

    EW, you need more articles about D23 on your front page

  • co.lor.ful

    This looks awesome! Loved monsters, inc. and looking forward to more Mike and Sully. Also, EW needs to post more D23 articles – they had a whole freakin’ page dedicated to comic-con. okay, this isn’t half as big, but cmon!

  • Prof

    It’s like Pixar was the AMC of films, spawning one original hit after another. Now ,with all the spin-offs, sequels and prequels, it’s like they became the CBS of movies

    • Jeremy

      you apparently have NO idea what the next two films after Monsters University are one about what the Brain can do in humans and another if the Dinosaurs survived. Original if you asked me… research my friend research

  • Liz

    Incredibles 2 please!

    • Jeanie


    • Emeri

      YES! Although I’m excited for this prequel, if any of the Pixar movies deserves a sequel/prequel, it’s the Incredibles!

  • josie b

    I’d forgotten how good Monsters was until my three year old discovered it. Of course, now it’s the only thing he wants to watch.

  • Emeri

    YES, can’t wait!

  • podunkboy

    I’m sure to love “Monsters U”, but I’ll still miss Boo. And if it’s not too much to ask, an “Incredibles” sequel would be nice…

  • Seriously?

    EW is there nothing you can do about these stupid ads?

    P.S. Screw you emmasmile. Copying and pasting. To lazy to even write an original, fake comment.

  • Sarti

    it might not be emmasmile’s fault. i’ve experienced spam being added to a real comment that I posted on this site. EW really needs to handle the spamming issue though. very unprofessional/sloppy looking.

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