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MONSTERS INC. 2 Has A Title!

Nordling here.

At CinemaCon today Pixar revealed the title to the new MONSTERS INC. film, coming next year - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY.  As has been speculated, the film will be a prequel with Sully (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) reprising their roles as they meet in college.  Rumor has it that Randall (Steve Buscemi) will return as well.

Considering that the end of the original film seemed a pretty definitive ending to the story, it was probably a good idea that Pixar dive back into the film's past for this one, Pixar's first prequel.  Obviously this could suffer the same problem that all prequels suffer from - no tension with the characters because we know what happens to them later.  Still,  it's not as if Pixar would kill any of these characters off, so that likely won't make a difference.

I like MONSTERS INC. quite a bit - it's not my favorite in the Pixar catalog, but it earns its sentiment and the world of the film is remarkably well done and thought out.  Hope the prequel will catch that lightning in a bottle one more time.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 29, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by Yurka

  • March 29, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by JethroBodine


  • March 29, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Where the shit is Incredibles 2?

    by Alfeetoe

    If any movie deserves (and needs) a sequel in Pixar's stable, that is it.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    4th - damn I choked in the signing in....crap

    by korkie70

  • March 29, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by JethroBodine

    looks like Ima haveta eat it instead :-( Yum Yum!

  • March 29, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    it's about time

    by abe

    After Cars Crap, Up(Down) and WallE's 2nd wall-eyed half, it's about time they did something that works again. Oh, am I in the minority that thinks Pixar has actually peaked? Oh sorry to burst your bubble.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    Are we gonna see hints of Boo like we saw glimpses of then unreleased movies like Finding Nemo in this one?

  • March 29, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    FUCK that bullshit attitudes toward "prequels"

    by D.Vader

    That "we already know what happens to them in the end". By that dumb logic, we should: A) Never care for what happens in biopics B) Never care for what happens in superhero movies (bc we know the hero will ALWAYS survive) C) Never care for historical epics I'm so damn sick of these copout attitudes toward prequels just bc Episodes I-III didn't live up to your expectations. Its not the destination, its the journey that's important. And if you can make that interesting, it doesn't matter that you "know" they will all survive for the next one.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Ugh... a prequel?

    by Chewtoy

    There goes a lot of my interest in this.

  • I love the movie but quickly got tired of seeing the same plasticy rectangle bodied monsters in the background, the same way I tired of seeing rabbits and ducks and pigs in the bg of Kung Fu Panda. Give me more variety.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    By By Boo...

    by EastcoastAvenger

    No place for you. At least mot in this movie. It has been speculated that she wound up as an extra in last summers Toy Story 3.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    We need more original titles, not more sequels/prequels/remakes/reboots

    by Dreamwriter

    I thought I could count on Pixar to not cash in on some of their hits that were designed (and worked very well) as stand-alone stories. We get enough of that crap already, we don't need more of it Pixar.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    EVERYONE, remember this and look smarter for it in the future

    by D.Vader

    There will be NO "Incredibles 2" unless Brad Bird *himself* decides it.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    CTM is on the right track, as usual

    by D.Vader

    MUUUUUUUUURDER... Its on the menu.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    did you guys see that filet-o-fiah joke?

    by the_bobseger

    so good

  • March 29, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    that really sucks I spelled it wrong.

    by the_bobseger

  • March 29, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Oh for fuck's sake!

    by Jaster

    This has Dumb & Dumberer written all over it.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    IMHO, PIXAR shouldn't be milking its own properties...

    by justmyluck

    ... with more sequels. I'm sure there's corporate interest in a safety-net projects like this, and kids won't really know the difference, ka-ching, ka-ching...etc., etc.

  • March 29, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    What? A prequel without "rise" or "rising" in the title?!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And if you want to see Boo again, watch Despicable Me...the "IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!" girl is a dead ringer for Boo.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Hate to say "old news" but when I saw this post...

    by coconutgroves

    I said "probably Nordling, the king of harvesting news stories from other sites." Hey Nordling, don't take it so hard, everyone else on AICN does it. Seriously, this has been the title for months now.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    UP II: Electric Boogaloo "Coming Soon"

    by Bob

    You just know it!

  • March 29, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Pixar doesn't milk their properties...

    by dvdhound79

    Disney does, with merchandising. Until now, Pixar only had sequel to ONE of their films. And from what made it to the screen, you can tell everyone broke their backs to make sure only gold shone through and I'm sure they're taking the SAME stance with this one.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Snow cone? Don't worry. It's lemon.

    by LowDevil

  • March 29, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by dvdhound79

    I'm more open minded to a Monster's Inc. continuation than Cars 2 (even though I liked that one too.) Yes it wasn't their best... but in my opinion their worst is far better than everyone else's.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Say hello to the Scream Extractor.....hello

    by LowDevil

  • March 29, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    ...and by that, I mean...

    by dvdhound79

  • March 29, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    ...and by that, I mean

    by dvdhound79

    ...that their worst film is still better than what most movie companies decide to put onto the screen with no care for audience satisfaction.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    TOY STORY 2 TOY STORY 3 CARS 2 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY ...that looks like four sequels/prequels, doesn't it? To me, these are obvious corporate planning decisions and if you think, for instance, that the merchandising for CARS (in the billions) didn't influence the production of just that sequel alone... (well, you know the rest). So, the numbers are in, and they ARE milking, but (thankfully) PIXAR have such a HUGE, HUGE creative staff thrown at every project that their knock-offs don't immediately feel like empties.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    re: CARS merch

    by justmyluck

    I can only imagine what Lucasfilm has hauled in since 1977... [faints]

  • March 29, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    The reason there's a Cars 2 and Monsters, Inc. 2...

    by Ribbons

    ...and not a The Incredibles 2, which you nerds seem to think we need for some reason (years of training, I guess), is because they're Pixar's two most lucrative films when it comes to merchandise (Monsters, Inc. might be behind Toy Story, but obviously that one's already had sequels). It's no more mysterious than that. Personally I think they should work on original material, but if this is the compromise they have to make in order to continue to do that, I guess I'm okay with it. Prequels probably do have more hurdles to clear than sequels to make the story compelling for the audience, but I'm definitely more interested in this than Cars 2. Monsters, Inc. doesn't hold up as well as some of Pixar's later films, but it still has one of the best sequences they've ever done (the one with all the doors).

  • March 30, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Monsters Inc. 2: Exploiting Your Goodwill

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • March 30, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Nordling is one of the better AICN writers

    by Rupee88

    I won't name the worst ones but he and Massawyrm are about the best

  • March 30, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    And yes DisneyPixar are whores

    by Rupee88

    They had a good run and sold shame in that but it's the truth

  • March 30, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Monsters Inc 2?... Who gives a fuck!?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • March 30, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Sounds interesting.

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    I don't think that it will pull in TOY STORY 3 numbers...but it will certainly make Monster Inc. money.

  • March 30, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST!

    by DoctorWho?

  • March 30, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    CGI better in the Preguel?

    by Willbraham

    That's going to be the only weird par; watching Monster's Inc., (watch and see) the superior film, with obviously horrendously dated graphics. Since Monster's Inc., Pixar has achieved 2 things: amazingly lifelike hair (Sully), and the closest thing to humanity in cg eyes (Wazowski) put in an animated character. This installment will be light-years ahead in-terms of graphic enhancements. That said, Monster's Inc. is special.

  • March 30, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Did they...experiment together in college?

    by kafka07

  • March 30, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST


    by edaday

    I'm sure Mr. Barr and Mr. Pink have missed eachother ever since the Cohens stopped casting them.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Old news...

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Everyone already knew this.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Still waiting for a sequel to...

    by Yeti

    The Incredibles.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    coulda done a sequel

    by Bouncy X

    have a teenage or college age Boo and let the furry fun happen. oh wait, this is Pixar and not Wicked. :P but on actual topic, wonder if they'll follow the "their friendship" is threatened angle. at least they didn't go the "monsters stuck in our world" angle.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    So will they show Boo swimming inside her daddies testicles?

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz


  • March 30, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    shouldn't it be "monster"..with no "S"?

    by FleshMachine

    monsters university sounds weird no?

  • March 30, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Now that's a cute idea

    by BeyondStatic

  • March 30, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    When Wazowski Met Sully

    by bah

    Yeah, you already thought of it. But this is the best variation.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    they went to college and got shitty factory jobs?

    by FleshMachine

    well thought out pixar

  • March 30, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Sequel strategy sound business

    by maxwello

    TOY STORY 2 TOY STORY 3 CARS 2 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Notice anything. It's the movies that are friendly all the way down to the toddler level that are having their universes expanded. They're for parents who are looking for a little variety when Junior says, "Wanna watch BUUZZENWOODY!" It's actually the Boo's in the audience that are the target market for these. They're releasing them to the theaters first rather than straight to DVD because Pixar is fundamentally unable to pop these out in the same dismal manner Disney does with it's princess sequels. I doubt we'll see a sequel to UP, Wall-e, or even The Incredibles. Not that they couldn't work. It's just that, by the time kids are old enough to appreciate those movies, video games have taken over babysitting duties.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I just want to hear Sully say, "Shut the fuck up, Randall!"

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Partial Big Lebowski reunion, ftw!

  • March 30, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    It all depends on a 'certain point of view'

    by Kamaji

    Some see it for the fact that Pixar has not sequelized all their movies and done what Dreamworks has, as a sign that Pixar will not make sequels/prequels, unless they have a good story to go off of. This is what many of their directors have said, and why we haven't heard them going 'we're already in production on Toy Story 4-6.' Others see it simply as a 'merchandising factor.' This is the explanation people use when they mention 'Cars 2,' seeing it as nothing more than Disney's way to cater to impressionable children.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    can I please vote no to prequel and get 1.5 sequel?

    by JRKerr

    I get that they dont want to do monster in closet making you laugh the whole movie. They want to go back to scaring time. Thats fine, but like resident evil 2 the game - can it start a little before the upheaval of the first movie and then finish after it? Like still have sully and wazowski, but be more about other monsters who learn at the same time there is something better than scaring little kids?

  • March 30, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by ORIONgods

  • I seem to remember Pixar telling Disney they needed to stop making shitty sequels to their beloved animated movies. Around the time that it was reported that Lasseter was going to head all of Disney animation. Lion King 1 1/2 anyone?

  • March 30, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by Alan Olson

    Monsters, Inc. is still my all-time favorite Pixar flick (With TS3 coming in a close 2nd). The magic of Monsters Inc was ultimately Boo and how she interacted with Sully and Mike. The better idea for MI2 would have been Sully and Mike visiting her, or her somehow remembering and finding them, when she got older. I hate this idea for a prequel. Hate it with a passion.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Fat, drunk, and cycloptic is no way to go through life, son.

    by MCVamp

    MONSTER HOUSE! I'd like to see Pixar throw sentiment out the window and do a straight comedy. Mike and Sully rushing a Frighternity vs. Randall could be gold, Jerry.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    What about the little girl? She made my heart hurt, haha...

    by aicnmscott

  • March 30, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by bah

    For the exact same reasons, I'm HAPPY it's not revisiting Boo. The ending of the first was perfect.

  • I'm sure this prequel will be very funny and visually sweet, but it will be interesting to see if Pixar can reach the same emotional levels with this... For the record, I saw Monsters, Inc. with a woman who gave up a baby girl for adoption. And she wept unabashedly at the end. Which made me weep, too.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by RentonRiggs

    good. maybe this way we can enjoy a Pixar film without the massive helping of existential dread and "childhood ends, innocence disappears, humans age and die" that worked so well in Wall E, Up and TS3, but frankly has become almost too much to deal with. Knowing a Pixar film is coming out is like knowing you have a funeral to go to these days. So I'm all for watching Mike and Sully meet in college. It means the original Monsters Inc retains its special meaning and we don't have to see Boo in college not remembering who the hell Sully is because she's forgotten what its like to be a kid (or whatever depressing story they would have concocted) And yet, after all my praise of whimsy and hope for something not depressing -- still not excited for Cars 2. So maybe I'm just insane.

  • March 30, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Monsters Inc - one of the most perfect endings in cinema - animated or not

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    If it doesn't put a tear in your eye, check to see if you still have a heart.

  • March 30, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    The first ending makes it even better for dramatic tension and risk!

    by venvariants

    I'm calling bullshit that there isn't anything at risk with a happy ending for Monsters 1. If anything, there is WAY MORE that you could do with bad guys jamming the cogs and the such. Certainly, if everything is happy now - wouldn't that be cause enough to have to fight to keep the paradise, or make it more essential to battle monsters trying to thwart whatever mutinies may occur amongst the workers and politicians? I honestly think the idea of how the monsters met is lame, lame writing. They need to put their pedal to the metal, here - the writers sound like they're more interested in snacks than they are possibilities!!

  • March 30, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Here's what I want...

    by Paul Morrison

    A sequel, with a mixture of live action and animation, featuring a grown-up Boo, played by Christina Ricci. No idea where it would go from there, (she'd probably have grown out of being scared by monsters and not seen them in 20 years) but I like it as a starting point... more than the idea of a prequel, anyway.

  • March 30, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    MCVamp's got a great idea

    by D.Vader

    An animated Animal House. I dig it.

  • March 30, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    I thought maybe it would involve Boo all grown up with her own daughter now or something...

  • March 30, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Monsters, Inc. Begins

    by Wazoo

  • March 30, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    If this is the past, where is Mr. Waternoose?

    by Wazoo

  • March 30, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

  • March 30, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Boycott CGI. Raise Awareness. Bring back real cartoons!

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Toy Story 3 rips of the plot from "The Brave Little Toaster" WHOLESALE and wins an Oscar for it. Handmade, imperfect animation is important for our culture and our kids. Think abotu what is being lost. Let's speak out about it and organize- The medium of art created for children should be looked at with a deeper consideration… It is true that the great comic artists who created the characters that fuel today’s billion-dollar blockbusters earned salaries in their lifetimes that were equivalent to postal inspectors, simply because they weren’t alive long enough to get the due afforded to a Dali, or a Picasso. Only in the past ten years has that medium begun to gain credibility as a form of literary importance… What I want to see is the same boost for hand-drawn animation… A populace and a media that doesn’t ignore the work of the many fine elderly hands that created a Yogi Bear, a Scooby-Doo… And a world that acknowledges the place of telescopes, pencils, view-masters, and clay as better tools for the exploration of man’s inspirational spirit… certainly secondary to his computer.

  • March 30, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Look it up. Toy Story 3. They ripped off their own movie, didn't tell anyone, scored a hundred percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and won an Oscar.

  • March 30, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Whiney whiney bitches

    by coop

    Pixar doesn't do a prequel or sequel unless they have a good plot and it makes sense in the storyline. If they were make decisions based on box office alone, we'd have several sequels to Finding Nemo by now (the second highest grossing Pixar film), but there is no story to continue there. They most likely came up with good stories for Cars and Monsters Inc. and it's as simple as that. Pixar's sequels are better than most other animated films. You can't say that for SKG's sequels *cough*Shrek*cough*.

  • March 30, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by bah

    You severely underestimate the artistry it takes to make CG animation. CG is simply another medium for animators to work in.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    You also overestimate the artisty of Hanna Barbera

    by bah

  • March 30, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Glad to Hear This

    by filegumbo

    I struggle between Monsters Inc. and Incredibles as to which is my favorite Pixar movie. I just find this one to be the most original and creative they've done.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

    I would have preferred to see story about all-grown-up "Boo" having her own daughter, and discovering that her once-upon-a-time imaginary friend was actually real. sort of like a sweet spin on Drop Dead Fred. I nicknamed my daughter Boo.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    PIXAR is fucking up huge

    by FleshMachine


  • No wait, that's the title of Cars 2. Monster Inc 2 is called "Monsters Ltd" and it's set in England.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    What About Princess of Mars

    by eck_iii

    I don't want any prequels. What's the word on Princess of Mars?????

  • March 31, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    re: Hanna Barbera

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Hanna Barbera was imperfect, corny, yet charming in its approach. Like old vaudeville. There is a difference between sitting with your Grandpa and having him tell you a story and FULL SENSORY HI DEF 3D Holy Shit Look at All the Hair on That Fucking Zebra, How Realistic It Moves. Not to mention the fact that they created tons of indelible characters, raised a generation of animators, and presented an approach to art that spawned a ton of modernist art in the worlds of design, advertising and fashion. Not to mention influening JOHN KRICFALUSI, the creator of Ren and Stimpy and ALSO out of work because of this shit. (Remember, sometimes its the cheap, the sweatshop, cutting corners that forces the imagination to sweat out its creativity.) It is vital for our culture to have old fashioned storytelling and I for one am sick of seeing everyone go breathless over the new cool when the old was six hours of awesome cartoons every saturday morning. THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES, no wait! he has a pink fur coat and whooo look at how all the digital hair mooooves all at once IN 3D

  • March 31, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I dont mind

    by Todaysfate

    I dont mind the sequels ... but if they insist on doing this then they need to up their output to TWO a year. While I enjoyed ToyStory 3 .... Cars 2 looks even less entertaining ... and niether were as aniticpated as Wall-E or UP. We have to wait a year and a half for BRAVE. Hire the staff ... and put out two a year.