Monsters University is the first prequel released by Pixar Animation Studio, and reveals the story behind how the beloved Scarer duo featured in Monsters, Inc. - green-skinned, one-eyed, Michael “Mike” Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and the big, friendly, hairy giant James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) – became the best of friends back in their college days (despite being very different people monsters at the time, before they formed their adult personalities).
Disney/Pixar has unveiled one last theatrical trailer for Monsters University – it’s technically the eighth trailer overall, assuming you count the initial four teasers as separate - in addition to four clips of footage, each around a minute in length. In other words: this is the final push in the film’s marketing, on the off-chance you’ve not already decided whether or not you want to see Mike and Sulley’s origin story.
Monsters University was directed by Dan Scanlon (the Cars short “Mater and the Ghostlight”), who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Robert L. Baird and Daniel Gerson (Monsters, Inc., Cars). Per usual, the Pixar animators look to be having a lot of fun creating “monster-ized” sight gags and jokes that lampoon college student stereotypes – as well as university life in general – which the story from Scanlon and his collaborators seems to offer plenty an opportunity for.
Early word of mouth is that Monsters University has a well-crafted storyline that involves more than just Animal House-style shenanigans – despite what some of the trailers might have you believe – and the final theatrical preview does the best job of suggesting as much to be true. All things considered, it should be enjoyable to watch Mike and Sulley evolve into characters we know and love (from Monsters, Inc.).