Monsters University:

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Hmm. Then we don't know if Monsters Inc. has been with us forever as a succession of companies through time, or was simply one company that's been running for centuries. Was there a time when there was no Monsters Inc.? I would assume so. Maybe they scared children before it was a job.
52 absolclaw25th Jun 2012 08:45:39 AM from a church on a hill
Maybe Monsters Inc is a huge empire as a result of the conglomeration of several other business.
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Maybe! All business start somewhere.
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Just a thought that some of you should take into consideration. Anyone remember in the first Monsters inc trailer that Sully mentions the third grade about one of their classes? Something tells me that Sully and Mike became friends in Elementary school. I wonder what could have started their rivalry for the college days...

Also, I laughed at the disco light prank on Mike. That was clever.
Monsters Inc is my favorite of Pixar’s earlier work, so I hope this will please me as well. Young Mike looks adorable! Still, all these sequels Pixar has been doing of late, and with their most recent original kind of disappointing, it makes me feel a tiny bit worried for the future. Not that squeals, if actually done right, are bad.

56 terlwyth25th Jun 2012 12:58:40 PM , Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
I'll say this right now,... Monsters, Inc. just hasn't aged well like A Bug's Life or the Toy Story duet or Finding Nemo,I mean loved it back when I was 8,but even then it seemed a bit silly.

So I'm gonna have to be a bit skeptical on Pixar for once.

57 Sijo25th Jun 2012 06:37:02 PM from Puerto Rico
Here's a theory I have about the relationship between the Human and Monster worlds:

wild mass guessAt some point, the "monsters", whose technology seems to be a bit ahead of ours, discovered how to create the portals into our universe. But humans feared them and tried to destroy them, so contact between the worlds was forbidden. Eventually, humans just forgot about their existence, except as fairy tales to scare children into behaving.

wild mass guessMeanwhile, the monsters ran out of fuel sources like oil. They then rediscovered Earth, and that human children produced the energy they needed from their screams. To keep unscrupulous people from just kidnapping children, the good monsters in their government made up the "humans are toxic!" lie, and Rozz's agency was meant to keep it going (and still does!)

wild mass guessAlso, in the process, some monsters have been importing the fashions of human culture (everything from clothes to cars) into Monstropolis, without telling its citizens where they were invented. Maybe our cultural diversity is our one advantage over them.

edited 25th Jun '12 6:38:44 PM by Sijo

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[up] Ever seen the DVD bonuses? They explain the whole relationship between humans and monsters.

Goes back to the Stone Age, when there were two species: The "Mans" and the "Mons". The Mons were hairier and smellier and the Men drove them away. Finding a remote island and consuming the mystic fruit, the Mons transformed into all shapes and sizes and decided to use those new appearances to scare the humans back. Originally the doors operated on the principle of magic portals before they upgraded their technology.

edited 25th Jun '12 8:06:55 PM by FigmentJedi

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59 Sijo25th Jun 2012 08:36:00 PM from Puerto Rico
[up]No I haven't. I'll have to check it out. (My theories could still fit in with that, though.)
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Monsters Inc. was one of the first movies I ever owned on DVD. I watched the shit out of that bonus disc as a kid, and I'm really looking forward to the new movie.
61 Shota25th Jun 2012 08:58:43 PM , Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
The animated menus on the DV Ds of the earliest Pixar films are so popular, a lot of us can remember them by heart!

If done well, this could be a gold mine of Getting Crap Past the Radar. I mean, college? Come on, its like you have to include crap!
63 truteal29th Jun 2012 07:55:33 PM from the great southern land
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The potential crap gotten past the radar is definitely enticing. I'm imagining a gag with a giant, monster-shaped sock over a doorknob...
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So apparently the Monsters Universe takes place roughly 300 years ahead of our own, as indicated by this new merchandise [1]
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66 Sabertooth10000000006th Oct 2012 08:54:40 AM from Land of the Livid Dead
[up]That's 1313. So it's more like -700 years ahead of our own. That's strange.
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Not necessarily. 1313 was probably when the school was founded.
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And besides, who says that's not in monster years?
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I'm sorry, I can't count today. [lol]

What I meant to say was that MU is apparently set 700 years (or at least was founded) in the past.
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71 Shota8th Oct 2012 04:26:21 PM , Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
Monsters University set 700 years in the past makes no sense to me considering what we saw of the human world in Monsters Inc. Boos clothing alone set the first movie in roughly the modern era, and I have a hard time buying into the idea that Sully and Mike are over seven centuries old by the time of the sequel.

I think that based on the shirt, it's instead far more likely that Monsters U was founded in 1313 rather than the movie taking place in that year.

EDIT: Yep, as I suspected, the 1313 refers to the year it was founded.

Established in 1313 following a land grant from the city of Monstropolis, Monsters University has grown from a small local center of learning to a leading global institution of higher education. Upon this hallowed ground, some of the most fabled academic buildings in the world have been built, serving the hundreds of thousands of alumni that have walked the halls and grounds of MU.

edited 8th Oct '12 8:55:57 PM by SpaceJawa

It would've made a bit of sense if the original/alternate ending of Monster's Inc had actually happened. But as it is, probably not.
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74 JRPictures8th Oct 2012 10:25:27 PM from Australia , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
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I'm loving this site already especially with the previews of teachers we'll see and little in-jokes and explanations for some aspects of the Monsters Inc. universe.

Dr. Rufus Oozeman Distinguished Professor, School of Engineering Received a patent on his scream canister filtration design

CDA Info Night

And my favourite:

Film Society MU Senior Phyllis Longslime hosts a monthly viewing party and post-screening discussion about the scariest child villains in monster movie history.

God I'm loving this.

edited 8th Oct '12 10:26:21 PM by JRPictures

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[up][up]What was the alternative ending?

edited 8th Oct '12 11:24:25 PM by Mattonymy

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