Is the second Monsters Inc film a prequel?
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
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Jan. 3, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST
It's fucking Pixar, c'mon. Each Toy Story was better than the previous ones.
Jan. 3, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST
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
Jan. 3, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST
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
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
These aren't the kinds of films where people are overly concerned about the chronology.
Jan. 3, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST
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
Jan. 3, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST
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
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
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
so i am cranky.
Jan. 3, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST
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 the theory that Monsters Inc 2 Boo was in Toy Story 3.
Jan. 3, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST
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
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
by Ian Holm's milky ass sweat
is Meg Ryan in this too?
Jan. 3, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST
Jan. 3, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST
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.
Jan. 3, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST
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
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
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 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
Jan. 3, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST
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
Temple of Doom was a prequel? Says who?
Jan. 3, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST
Anyways rbatty024, Temple of Doom was a prequel? Says who?
Jan. 3, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST
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
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
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
by Nasty In The Pasty
Jan. 3, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST
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
Jan. 4, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST
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
...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
... Boo has a cameo in Toy Story 3. Any truth in it?
Jan. 4, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST
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
I've lost count of prequel stories that describe where characters first met.
Jan. 4, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST
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?
Jan. 4, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST
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
... just sayin'
Jan. 4, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Are you being ironic or did you miss the "directly translated from French" part?
Jan. 4, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Retired superheroes. Capes as safety hazards. Former heroes being bumped off.
Jan. 4, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST
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.
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