Monsters University is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, with John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich as executive producers. It is the fourteenth feature film produced by Pixar and is a prequel to Pixar's 2001 film Monsters, Inc., marking the first time Pixar has made a prequel film.
Disney, as the rights holder, had plans for a sequel to Monsters, Inc. since 2005. Following disagreements with Pixar, Disney tasked its Circle 7 Animation unit to make the film. An early draft of the film was developed; however, Disney's purchase of Pixar in early 2006 led to the cancellation of Circle 7's version of the film. A Pixar-made sequel was confirmed in 2010, and in 2011, it was confirmed that the film would instead be a prequel titled Monsters University.
John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Bob Peterson, and John Ratzenberger reprise their roles as James P. Sullivan, Mike Wazowski, Randall Boggs, Roz, and the Abominable Snowman. Bonnie Hunt, who played Ms. Flint in the first film, voices Mike's grade school teacher Karen Graves. The returning cast is joined by Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley (who was previously in A Bug's Life (1998) which also starred Hunt), Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, John Krasinski and Bill Hader. Monsters University tells the story of how Mike and Sulley met while studying at college and started off as rivals, but slowly became best friends. The music for the film is composed by Randy Newman.
Monsters University was released in theatres June 5, 2013 in London, United Kingdom and June 21, 2013 in the United States. It was accompanied in theaters by a short film, The Blue Umbrella, directed by Saschka Unseld. The film grossed $744 million against its estimated budget of $200 million. An animated short film titled Party Central, which takes place shortly after the events of Monsters University, premiered in March 2014 in front of Muppets Most Wanted.