Pixar's new prequel mixes Monsters Inc. with Animal House

Jun 20, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. ET

With Brave heading to theaters, Pixar figured now was as good a time as any to introduce its next flick… a prequel to 2001's Monsters Inc. But where are best friends Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) heading this time?

Monsters University

Heading to the movie theater this weekend to take in Brave, the latest animated feature from the wizards at Pixar? Then you’re bound to catch a teaser trailer for the studio’s next sure-to-be-classic, Monsters University.

Wait, is that anything like Monsters Inc.?

Absolutely. If you remember back to 2001, Monsters Inc. introduced scare-generators Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) as they emerged from the bedroom closets of kids around the globe to collect fear and power their city. Pixar wanted to continue its story, but decided against a traditional sequel.

Instead, audiences will head to Monsters University in 2013.

A prequel, the movie will showcase a younger Mike and Sulley as they enroll in Fear College and learn how to be better beasts. What you don’t know is that the best friends from Monsters Inc. aren’t exactly close in this new movie. Plus, by going back in time with a prequel, they’ll be able to make good use of old characters like Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi) and the Abominable Snowman (John Ratzenberger).

To begin teasing University, Pixar created four versions of a Monsters tease and attached them to prints of Brave this weekend. They all look like the clip below, just with one punchline altered. You can get a good sense of what University is selling by watching the trailer at the end of this story.

In addition to Crystal and Goodman, University will feature the voices of Ken Jeong, Joel Murray, Rob Riggle, Frank Oz, and Pixar veterans Dave Foley (A Bug’s Life) and Kelsey Grammer (Toy Story 2).

Directed by Dan Scanlon, Monsters University will be in theaters on June 21, 2013. Watch the trailer, then let us know what you think!

Image courtesy of Pixar