- Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Tyler Labine, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, Bobby Moynihan, Noah Johnson, Julia Sweeney, Bonnie Hunt, John Krasinski, Bill Hader, Beth Behrs, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, April Winchell, Frank Oz, Frank Welker
- Director: Dan Scanlon
- Writers: Dan Scanlon, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson
- Producer: Kori Rae
- Executive Producer: John Lasseter
- Casting: Holly Dorff
- Editor: Greg Snyder
- Music: Randy Newman
- Production Design: Ricky Nierva
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Production Companies: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
2013 Guide Analysis: "A few years ago one thought this question would never be asked, but the time has now come - can Pixar come back?. The crass, commercial "Cars" sequel in 2011 raked in $560 million at the worldwide, not to mention countless more millions in merchandise sales. That financial success came at a steep price, the end of the once perfect critical track record for the studio. The original "Cars" scored only a moderate reaction, but it seems like an Oscar winner in comparison to the utter thrashing that "Cars 2" received in reviews.
The reviews for last year's "Brave" were better, but almost all said it didn't come close to Pixar's work at its best. Can this prequel to 2001's "Monsters Inc." steers things back on the right course? Set ten years before the events in the first film, the story envisions Sulley and Mike as college students in the same fraternity. Both are in training to become scare specialists for the company, and actually start out rivals who ultimately become best friends.
Many of the key voice talents are back from the first film, Kelsey Grammer replacing the late James Coburn, while the likes of Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, J. B. Smoove and John Ratzenberger have also joined the cast. The studio has been fairly low-key with the marketing so far, but have posted some inventive viral videos and websites which pretend Monsters University is a real college."