Young Mike Wazowski, who is dreaming of becoming a scarer when he grows up, goes on a tour around Monsters, Inc. during a school field trip. In order to be hired to the factory, he has to attend college first, so 11 years later, Mike is enrolled to Monsters University, where he meets James P. Sullivan. During every semester, Sulley only relies on his natural ability, and one day, during the final exam, Dean Hardscrabble fails him and Mike after breaking open a Scream Can. But in order to save themselves from the consequences they were about to face, they enter the Scare Games, to prove that Mike is scary enough. He and Sulley are in team Oozma Kappa, while their rival team is Roar Omega Roar. In every one of the first four challenges, all of the other teams besides Oozma Kappa and Roar Omega Roar are eliminated, and in the last challenge, Oozma Kappa wins a close victory -- only because Sulley cheated by lowering Mike's level way down low, which proves that Mike is not very scary after all. Still determined, Mike breaks into the door lab and through a door to the human world, and is unable to scare any children inside a summer camp cabin. Sulley comes to rescue him, and after he does so, he and Mike are expelled, while the other members of Oozma Kappa are in the scare program. Luckily, the two were the first to surprise her, and she wishes them luck. Sulley and Mike are hired to the mailroom, and working their way up, they are now part of the Scarer Team.


  • Mike Wazowski - Billy Crystal
  • James P. Sullivan - John Goodman
  • Randall Boggs - Steve Buscemi
  • Dean Hardscrabble - Helen Mirren
  • Squishy Squibbles - Peter Sohn
  • Don Carlton - Joel Murray

In Other Languages

Language Title
Spanish Monstruos, Inc.
Portuguese Universidade Monstros
Japanese モンスターズ・ユニバーシティ
Chinese 怪獸大學
Korean 몬스터 대학교
Thai มหา'ลัย มอนส์เตอร์

Production timeline

  • April 8, 2008: Before Monsters, Inc. 2, a film called "Newt" was in production. This film was to be about two remaining blue-footed newts on the planet forced together by science to save the species.
  • April 22, 2010: When "Newt" was canceled on the same day, a sequel film for Monsters, Inc. was unveiled.
  • March 29, 2011The film was retitled "Monsters University", and was now to be a prequel film instead of a sequel.
  • April 4, 2011: Disney pushed back Monsters University to June 21, 2013, while moving up Reboot Ralph to November 2, 2012.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Teaser trailer Worldwide June 20, 2012
Theatrical trailer #1 Worldwide February 11, 2013
Theatrical trailer #2 Worldwide April 26, 2013
Original theatrical USA June 21, 2013
DVD/Blu-ray Disc USA October 29, 2013
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Japan November 20, 2013
Cable television USA October 11, 2015
Terrestrial television (ABC) USA April 23, 2016

On February 1, 2014, Monsters University won two Annie Awards.

Home video timeline


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The exact scores in the final event of the Scare Games, the Simulated Scare, were as follows:

OK's total 78 76 ROR's total
Mike Wasowzki 20 18 Johnny Worthington III
James P. "Sulley" Sullivan 16 06 Randall Boggs
Art 10 15 Javier Rios
Scott "Squishy" Squibbles 11 13 Chip Goff
Terri and Terry Perry 10 15 Chet "The Claw" Alexander
Don Carlton 11 09 Reggie Jacobs



Monsters University Teaser - Pony

Monsters University Teaser - Pony

The "Pony" version of the Monsters University teaser trailer, as seen on Brave, Peter Pan, Monsters, Inc., Wreck-It Ralph, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Complete Season 2, and on the official Pixar website.

Monsters University Teaser - Clothes

Monsters University Teaser - Clothes

The "Clothes" version of the Monsters University teaser trailer.

Monsters University Teaser - President

Monsters University Teaser - President

The "President" version of the Monsters University teaser trailer, as seen on 2012 DVD prints of non-Disney and non-MLP children's television series and films, including anime.

Monsters University Teaser - Dog

Monsters University Teaser - Dog

The "Dog" version of the Monsters University teaser trailer, as seen on early DVDs of Pound Puppies.

Monsters University Trailer 2

Monsters University Trailer 2

The official trailer for Monsters University.

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