Monsters aim to teach a lesson
The prequel to ‘Monsters Inc’ is about accepting yourself and growing up
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.