Disclosure: I was provided with a trip to Los Angeles for the Monsters University Premiere in return for my honest review of the event. All expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation given. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own.
Are you ready to take a step back into time and find out how Mike Wakowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan met? Monsters Inc. was 12 years ago, and, now you can take a look at the story behind their friendship. The fun and chaos that began their tumultuous relationship all the way back in college at Monsters University… and the friends that brought them together.
Favorite Monsters University Student
Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) had dreamed of being a scarer ever since he was a young little eyeball after visiting the scarefloor at Monsters, Inc. After years of anticipation and hard work, he finally arrives ready for class at Monsters University. He joins the elite Scare Program at the university and begins counting down the days until his final exam. Lots of studying and book smarts earn him a top spot in the class… or does it?
James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) is a shoo-in for the Scare Program. After all, his father was a top scarer at the university. His family is well-known and Sulley’s talents are without a doubt at the top of the class. But, his ego and competitive edge may get the best of him.
One of the scariest of all the monsters, Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren) does not play around. As Dean of the School of Scaring at Monsters University, she runs her program with a stern face and even the student monsters fear her. She takes pride in her record for scaring and expects her students to do well. The only game she plays is the Scare Games. But, even then, her hard looks and unyielding character takes the games serious and Mike and Sulley have a tough contest ahead of them. Will they be able to pull it off and please Dean Hardscrabble?
After pledging the Oozma Kappa fraternity, Mike and Sulley find themselves living in the home of Scott “Squishy” Squibbles (Peter Sohn). Squishy is the quiet, naive one of the brotherhood, but he still has a heart for scaring. He is able to discover, through the help of his friends, that he can be more than the shy monster in the corner. Will he ever get back into the Scare Program with his soft heart?
Trying to recover from economic hardships, salesman Don Carlton (voiced by Joel Murray) is one of the oldest of the Monsters University students. Returning to school means new challenges and discoveries. He helps his fellow brothers reach their potential and pursue their dreams in becoming scarers. All the while, he also finds a new outlook in his own life that leads him to great joy in the end.
What can be said about Art? Art (Charlie Day) is a unique character. A man of few words, but when he opens his mouth he speaks volumes… of laughter. His shape allows him to be different in how he dances, walks, runs, etc., but his personality makes him a class favorite. One of my favorite lines from him, “I can’t go back to jail!” Do you think he does?
Terri and Terry Perry
Brothers who are bound together by one body, Terri (Sean Hayes) and Terry Perry (Dave Foley) are actually complete opposites. They must learn to work together if they ever plan to get into the scaring program. But, will they ever be able to “put their heads together” long enough to find their way into the program they desire?
Who is your favorite Monsters University student?
The characters above only make up a very small part of the student body at Monsters University. With Dean Hardscrabble watching their every move, the guys of the Oozma Kappa fraternity have to earn a spot in the Elite Scare Program. Led by both Mike and Sulley, they must all learn to work as a team, overcome their own inadequacies, and reach for the impossible. The Scare Games become their only hope and they must band together if they are ever going to pull it off.
Some scenes leave you on the edge of your seat while others have you hiding your eyes (metaphorically). Can the boys do it? Will they get into the Elite Scaring Program at Monsters University?
Watch Monsters University opening everywhere, today, June 21st. Learn more and watch for movie updates by liking Monsters University on Facebook or following @DisneyPixar on Twitter.
Plus, come early to catch The Blue Umbrella showing before the movie!
Parental Note: If you have young children, or children sensitive to the world of monsters, there may be a few scenes that could scare those little ones. My most sensitive daughter, 7 years old, was fine during the movie, but I could see how some children could get scared. After all, the monsters are learning how to properly scare. Nothing intense, but I thought, as a parent myself, it would be fair to offer up that piece of information.