Monsters University

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Monsters University (2013 Movie)

“Monsters University” is an animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2013. It serves as a prequel to the popular 2001 film “Monsters, Inc.” The movie is directed by Dan Scanlon and features the voice talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Helen Mirren, among others.

The film tells the story of how Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) first met and became friends during their college days at Monsters University. The two characters are enrolled in the prestigious School of Scaring, where they dream of becoming top scarers and working at Monsters, Inc. However, they initially start off as rivals, each trying to prove that they have what it takes to be the best.

Throughout the movie, Mike and Sulley face various challenges and obstacles, and they must learn to work together and embrace their differences to achieve their goals. The film explores themes of friendship, teamwork, self-discovery, and the importance of embracing one’s uniqueness.

“Monsters University” received positive reviews from both critics and audiences for its humor, heartwarming story, and stunning animation. It was praised for its ability to stand on its own while also providing a deeper understanding of the characters and world introduced in the original “Monsters, Inc.”

With its engaging plot, lovable characters, and valuable life lessons, “Monsters University” continues to be a favorite among audiences of all ages. The film’s success further solidified Pixar’s reputation for creating compelling and emotionally resonant animated movies.

Fun Facts

  • It serves as a prequel to the 2001 film “Monsters, Inc.” and explores the early years of Mike Wazowski and Sulley at Monster University.
  • The film was directed by Dan Scanlon, marking his directorial debut for a feature film.
  • “Monsters University” delves into the backstory of Mike and Sulley, showing how they first met and became friends while studying to become scarers.
  • The voice cast includes Billy Crystal reprising his role as Mike Wazowski, John Goodman returning as Sulley, and the addition of Helen Mirren as Dean Hardscrabble.
  • The animators and filmmakers at Pixar studied real college campuses and drew inspiration from various universities, incorporating elements of college life into the monster world.
  • The movie captures the essence of college culture, showcasing fraternity and sorority life, campus events, and the challenges and camaraderie that come with pursuing higher education.
  • “Monsters University” pays homage to classic college movies and genres, infusing the story with humor and nods to films like “Animal House” and “Revenge of the Nerds.”
  • The film’s score was composed by Randy Newman, who also composed the music for the first “Monsters, Inc.” film.
  • “Monsters University” was a commercial success, grossing over $743 million worldwide.
  • The movie’s release was accompanied by the short film “The Blue Umbrella,” which tells a charming love story between two umbrellas in a rainy city.
Monsters University

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 2013
  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $743.6 million
  • Awards: Nominated British Academy Award
  • IMDB Link



  • Director: Dan Scanlon
  • Producer: Kori Rae
  • Music: Randy Newman

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