Mon­sters aim to teach a les­son

The pre­quel to ‘Mon­sters Inc’ is about ac­cept­ing your­self and grow­ing up

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TWhat about? BC: I think it’s about ac­cept­ing your­self and grow­ing up. It’s easy to think that th­ese char­ac­ters can’t pos­si­bly have any depth or feel­ings be­cause they’re mon­sters, but they do.

JG: It’s a great un­der­dog story about two guys whose friend­ship makes them bet­ter. I think the rea­son they work so well to­gether is that they com­plete each other. Mon­sters Univer­sity is re­ally about find­ing out who you are. Who is Mike Wa­zowski in Mon­sters Univer­sity? BC: Mike is a lit­tle trim­mer and he wears a re­tainer. There’s a lit­tle more youth in his eye. He just car­ries him­self dif­fer­ently. Sud­denly, we’re 18 years old. They made us look younger and thin­ner. I wish life could work that way.

Mike is fear­less. But Mike has a big dream that no­body thinks is pos­si­ble. He gets lit­tle guy’s disease bad. He has a chip on his shoul­der when it comes to Sul­ley – this big, hand­some mon­ster who’s ev­ery­thing Mike re­ally wants to be. Who is Sul­ley in Mon­sters Univer­sity? JG: Sul­ley is very tall and very blue. He comes from a long line of Scar­ers and his fam­ily is well known in Scare cir­cles. But he’s very cocky and full of him­self, and thinks he’s bet­ter than Mike. As far as Sul­ley’s con­cerned, Mike’s not in his league, and he’s as­tounded to see that a mon­ster like Mike Wa­zowski even made it into the same Scare pro­gramme HE PRE­QUEL to Mon­sters Inc, Mon­sters Univer­sity, out now on DVD and Blu-ray, goes back in time to tell the story of a univer­sity-bound Mike Wa­zowski (voice of Billy Crys­tal).

Ever since Mike was a lit­tle mon­ster, he has dreamed of be­com­ing a Scarer – and he knows that the best Scar­ers come from Mon­sters Univer­sity (MU). But dur­ing his first se­mes­ter at MU, Mike’s plans are de­railed when he crosses paths with hot­shot James P Sul­li­van, “Sul­ley” (voice of John Good­man), a nat­u­ral- born Scarer.

The pair’s out-of-con­trol com­pet­i­tive spirit gets them both kicked out of the univer­sity’s elite Scare pro­gramme. To make mat­ters worse, they re­alise they will have to work to­gether, along with an odd bunch of mis­fit mon­sters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Stars Billy Crys­tal and John Good­man re­count work­ing on the Mon­ster movie.


Mon­sters Univer­sity he’s in. At first, Sul­ley doesn’t know the mean­ing of hard work be­cause he’s never had to make the kind of ef­fort Mike does. Mike and Sul­ley find them­selves on the out­side, team­ing up with mis­fits. Can you re­late? JG: I was a drifter for a while – just des­per­ate to fit in with a group. I was lost, try­ing to find my way. I didn’t know what I wanted un­til I found act­ing in a the­atre depart­ment. Then ev­ery­thing fell into place.

BC: I was a lit­tle bit of a mis­fit. I was a film-di­rect­ing ma­jor at NYU, but I re­ally felt like I wanted to be in front of peo­ple. Once I found a the­atre group, I be­came a the­atre rat, which is like a gym rat. I fig­ured out who I was. That’s the most im­por­tant part about this movie. – Sup­plied

PALS: Mon­sters Mike, left, and Sul­ley in the un­der­dog story that makes them bet­ter.

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