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Is the second Monsters Inc film a prequel?

Published at: Jan. 3, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

Nordling here.
 
I hate prequels.
 
Now, I'm possibly being too judgmental.  But I find films much more interesting when the backstory's filled in my head, and not the movie studios'.  But prequels, for better or worse, can make money.  And now rumor hs it that Pixar is going the prequel route with the next MONSTERS INC. film.
 
French Disney website Disney Central Plaza and French animation site Animatie apparently has it on good authority that the film, which they state will be released November 2012, will be about how "Bob" (Mike Wizowski?) and Sully met at the "University of Fear" and how former rivals become friends. Or, directly translated from French:
 
Prequel to the first album, MONSTERS, INC. 2 we reveal how Bob and Sully met on the benches of the school at the University of fear, and how many rivals he eventually became friends
 
Not a bad idea for a story, really, and Billy Crystal and John Goodman did good work together in the film, so this could be fun.  I wonder if Steve Buscemi's Randall would return in any kind of way.. Obviously Boo would probably be some kind of zygote, so she's probably not in it.
 
Now, obviously this is a rumor, and should be taken as such.  What do you think?  Interesting story, or not?
 
Nordling, out.

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  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Sure

    by slone13

    It's fucking Pixar, c'mon. Each Toy Story was better than the previous ones.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Sign me up

    by jimmy_009

    Monsters is one my top 3 or 4 Pixar films. While I'd love to see more original stuff, they haven't gone wrong with a sequel yet.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    thats why john goodman lost all that weight

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Pixar

    by gerhard_futkanister

    Hope they don't fuck up with only making sequels now. Hope there'll be more originals coming.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    a monsters inc prequel?

    by Righteous Brother

    do we really need another Monsters Inc film? I'd rather see another Incredibles movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Nobody really cares

    by JonJonB9

    These aren't the kinds of films where people are overly concerned about the chronology.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    In this case, it could only work as a prequel

    by mortsleam

    Since Monsters Inc. ended with a complete change in the way the world of Monsters worked. It would be kinda boring to see the Monsters not facing any sort of problems or drama except "How hard do I hit myself in the nuts to make this kid laugh?" They may go back to the unused original story of a low-level guy who idolizes the star Monster having to take over for him. Sully was originally supposed to be more like the two janitor sycophants until he got his big shot. Abandoned storylines also became the basis for Toy Story 2 & 3, so it could work here as an origin story of sorts. If we absolutely have to have it.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    So they are ripping off JJ's Star Trek

    by Larrylongballs

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Reserving judgment

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Pixar has yet to really drop the ball. Okay, Cars was mediocre by Pixar's standards, but it would be towards the top of the heap of Dreamworks movies. And while I initially didn't think we needed another Toy Story movie, I changed my mind after seeing it (which is the same thing that happened when Toy Story 2 came out). So, if they want to do a Monsters prequel, as long as it has the laughs, the heart and the soul of their other films, more power to 'em. But, for the record, I would like to see more original stuff from them...and oh, yeah - an Incredibles sequel/prequel.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    stop stop stop stop stop

    by mrgreentheplant

    why? why rob the original of its virginity (to use spielberg terminology) with more sequels, prequels, whatever. i am certain it will be good, that's not the problem; the whole concept of "franchising" pixar films just makes me sad. even the ones that don't work for me are incredible pieces of art that i have complete respect for; this is "star wars" all over again in that they are retroactively making it hard to appreciate the original for its uniqueness when you are aware of the laziness that follows. are they out of ideas that fast? have we entered the michael-eisner-lion-king-1.5 era already? pixar: you have been rewarded critically and commercially by taking chances on interesting, new characters (rat, old person, etc.). why take the easy way out now?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Originals

    by leisuredrummer

    I have a feeling now that they are part of Disney we will be seeing a lot more sequels and prequels. Personally I think the more original stuff the better but I'm sure Disney is putting the pressure on them to go with what is already successful. Even though it may be prequel I'm sure it will be great.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    also: i have not had my juice

    by mrgreentheplant

    so i am cranky.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    How is it ripping off "Star Trek?"

    by Peter David

    By that logic, "Star Trek" was ripping off "Dumb and Dumberer." PAD

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    So much for...

    by OldDickLemon

    So much for the theory that Monsters Inc 2 Boo was in Toy Story 3.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by Phil

    Monsters Inc is perhaps my fav Pixar outing- Brilliant, truly original idea, executed wonderfully. The chemisty between John Goodman and Billy Crystal was note perfect, I'd love to see another adventure with those characters regardless of the setting. Even bad Pixar movies are pretty damn good next to a lot of the dross out there- I'll watch it.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    It could still be Boo

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    I'm inclined to think she wouldn't be in a sequel/prequel/whatnot because they chose not to show her in the final scene of the first movie. But that kid in TS3 did look like an older version of her. As for an Incredibles sequel... As a comics reader, I'm inclined to consider Meet the Robinsons one. It's not much a stretch to say Lewis is Syndrome and Mirage's kid, between his appearance and inventing ability.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    When Mikey met Sully

    by Ian Holm's milky ass sweat

    is Meg Ryan in this too?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Like Super 8 to Cloverfield then

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    There are some good prequels.

    by rbatty024

    Temple of Doom, for one. But I suppose that's an exception to the rule since I can't think of any other prequels that have wowed me. The problem with prequels isn't the idea, it's that usually they are a quick cash grab by studios who want to get rid of pricey actors.

  • Seriously. And is JJ Directing this? Because by that plot. Substitute Kirk and Spock. Voila. But seriously, Boo is the key player here. Make it emotional like TS3. C'mon, Pixar. C'mon.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Ugh

    by Laserbrain

    The first Monsters Inc was such a charming and imaginative work. I can't see how any sequel or prequel can do anything but sully (pun intended) the marvelous uniqueness of the original. Pixar rose to enormous success on the inventiveness of its ideas backed up by infallible craft. Now it seems to be going down a path where freshness counts for very little and craft is only a means to franchise building.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Sequels = Lasseter paying the Mouse

    by SingingHatchet

    Pixar is doing the sequels to pay the rent. Wall-e, Up, Rat – didn't exactly move toys off the shelf. I mean, cost $170 million to make. That doesn't include marketing. Sure it made bank at the box office, but not the kind of margins and ancillary that a toy-rich movie can bring int. Toy Story 3, Monsters 2, Cars 2... probably part of the deal to make the expensive risk films like Rat (budget, $150 million.) I mean, when you walk into Wal-Mart, do you see any Up toys? No? But there is a freakin' isle of Cars toys for a movie that came out in 2006. Sure, most studios would love to have a hit machine even if it were only Up, Rat, and Wall-e. But Walt Disney isn't most studios. Disney rent is Boardwalk. They paid BILLIONS for Pixar, and I can't imagine that when they were absorbed into Disney, Pixar agreeing to make these toy-selling sequels wasn't part of the deal. ROI, baby, ROI.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Prequels

    by OldDickLemon

    Prequels are usually end of the line, far after the fact cash grabs, the horror genre is notorious for it. That said, Godfather 2 was approximately 50% prequel and it was a solid little film. A well made film is a well made film regardless of where in the lineage it might fall.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Pretty much has to be, doesn

    by ROBRAM89

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    ...

    by ROBRAM89

    Pretty much has to be, doesn't it? It's not like they can do a sequel.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    rbatty024

    by XoanonTORN

    Temple of Doom was a prequel? Says who?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    uh..where did my post go?

    by XoanonTORN

    Anyways rbatty024, Temple of Doom was a prequel? Says who?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    temple of doom

    by Adelai Niska

    Title at the beginning sets it in the 30s, so there are no Nazis, and therefore it's a prequel to Raiders.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    NO PIXAR...

    by onezeroone

    You've given us some really great original characters and stories and universes. Please announce something original and new, not a sequel/prequel. Are you not confident enough of newer ideas your team is generating? Why are you taking the safe "sequel" way?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I don't think Bonnie from TS3 was Boo

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Hell, the little girl from Despicable Me ("IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!") looked more like Boo than Bonnie did.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Raiders was 1936, Temple Of Doom was '35

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    aka prequel.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    LET'S SEE IF PETE DOCTER IS IN THIS

    by Meadowe

    my fave pixar fliqs of all time are Monster's Inc and Up, both direqted by Pete Docter. If he's part of this, I *may* give it a go...if not, I'll wait for someone to tell me face to face if they like it, of course that's if I liked their previous recommendations.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Rather this than Cars 3

    by Symposium

    Seriously

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    For all we know that could be...

    by bubcus

    a brief flashback sequence in the film. And RE: Bonnie in TS3: there's a girl at the daycare with long brown hair and a pink headband that is theorized to be Boo. Bonnie is not Boo.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    until i see a scoop with...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...a basic grasp of the english language i call bullshit. 'album'? 'bob'? this sounds like some fanfic lifted from a messageboard!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    I heard....

    by Grrrr....

    ... Boo has a cameo in Toy Story 3. Any truth in it?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Don't think so

    by Superdudebobby

    Why call it 'Monsters, Inc. 2' when it's a prequel. They'd name it "Monsters, Inc.: When Mikey met Sully" or somesuch. Unless Monsters, Inc. 2 is a working title, I'm not seeing it. Also agree with bubcus: could be a brief flashback sequence, à la the opening of Last Crusade. That's if there's any credence to this rumor at all, at this point.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Not a bad idea for a story?

    by the_scream

    I've lost count of prequel stories that describe where characters first met.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Hope Not

    by Brent1138

    I love everything Pixar...they are one of the most imaginative, creative teams ever to have graced the screen and never fail to deliver. Toy Story 3 was surely one of the best films of last year. I was underwhelmed to hear that a Cars sequel was going to be their next production, the original, in my opinion being the weakest movie in their catalogue. Despite it's shortcomings I believe it has proven to be the most profitable in terms of merchandise sales and I hope this hasn't had any influence on their decision to produce a sequel. Even the recent trailer seems a little "flat". On the other hand, Monsters Inc was one of my favourite movies and one that is still on regularly in my house. I hope the news that a prequel is on the cards is false...the relationship between Boo, Sully and Mike was what made the original work so well, I don't want another Phantom Menace.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    After Cars 2, isn't it BRAVE before Monsters 2?

    by CartoonScott

    After Cars 2, isn't it BRAVE before Monsters 2?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    "Temple of Doom was a prequel? Says who?"

    by buggerbugger

    How does a geek not know this? 'Temple of Doom' was even billed as a prequel in the press in the run-up to its original release, so it's not as if this is some retcon after the fact. <br> <br> (Yep, it being a prequel does make a bit of a nonsense of the holster gag, though.)

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Rather see an Incredibles sequel...

    by tvspace

    ... just sayin'

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Why you won't see an Incredibles' sequel soon

    by James_Camera_On

    Pixar needs something "new" to rip-off first. For Up it was Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky, for Wall-E it was Idiocracy, for the original Incredibles it was The Watchmen. For the original Cars it was Doc Hollywood. OK, I will stop there. So what to do? Heck if I know, but I'm confident one of you does. Pixar would truly appreciate any suggestions. Send them to Ripoff % Disney-Pixar. They'll take it from there. You know they will. Note: these ripoffs need only constitute half a movie, though a full rip-off is fine too. The rest of the film will be stuffed with chase scenes and smug, safe, and inane social commentary dealing with family values and ecology. They have software to handle that (just like they have software to handle the obligatory spanish outreach scenes.)

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Not buying it....

    by sapno_krei

    I don't believe this is true. First of all, the original film has already shown Mike and Sully being at odds with each other. Their antagonism during the middle section of that movie was more annoying than funny. Second, I think Pixar knows that the audience is more interested in seeing Mike and Sully reunite with an older Boo (who, it has much been rumored, had a cameo appearance as an older child in TOY STORY 3).

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    MONSTERS RISING / RISE OF THE MONSTERS

    by Mullah Omar

    I thought all prequels these days had a contractual obligation to use the word "rise" as part of their title.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    billyhitchcock1

    by bah

    Are you being ironic or did you miss the "directly translated from French" part?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Well, if there has to be an MI2

    by bah

    I guess I'd rather a prequel. The original ended too perfectly, I don't want more beyond that final fade.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    james_camera_on

    by SSquirrel

    Uhm...do you actually read any comics? The Incredibles is a rather direct tribute to the Fantastic Four, not The Watchmen. BTW, for those who say Pixar is just doing sequels now, remember that they are doing John Carter of Mars.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Dark Future Sequel

    by SSquirrel

    10 years later. The switchover to laughter was great at first, but quickly supply outstripped demand and drove the price of energy through the floor. Many monster layoffs ensued and the monster economy failed. Shareholders demand profitability and push for a return to the lower yield of scaring kids. This causes a moral dilemma for Mike and Sully as they want to help fix the economy, but don't want to return to scaring kids.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I'd say it's Fantastic Four, followed by Watchmen

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Retired superheroes. Capes as safety hazards. Former heroes being bumped off.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Re: I'd say it's Fantastic Four, followed by Watchmen

    by James_Camera_On

    Okay creamcheesealchemist, I'll buy that. There certainly was a strong Watchman flavor to it (many commentators noticed that -- compare the opening sequences of both films, for example) but yeah, there was four people (a family of good guys) and they all had super powers. So it was a double ripoff, which makes my point even stronger.