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Mike's New Car is a 2002 animated short film (4 minutes) directed by Pete Docter and Roger L. Gould. It is one of the Pixar Shorts, a follow-up to the feature Monsters, Inc., and was originally released as an extra on the Monsters, Inc. DVD.

In this short, Mike finally shows Sulley the new car that Mike was so proud of in Monsters, Inc. Unfortunately for Mike, he is not very familiar with the various features of his new car. A series of comic hijinks ensue, as Sully closes the hood on Mike's fingers, Mike gets trapped in the engine compartment, the windshield wipers malfunction, and the whole situation goes from bad to worse.

Especially notable for the DVD Commentary on the short, which is done by the young children of the creators.



  • Billions of Buttons: On the dashboard of Mike's car. All unlabeled, of course. Chaos ensues.
  • Cool, But Inefficient: The car. It looks cool and has 6-wheel drive, but it has so many buttons and knobs on its control panel that getting it to move is a pain. Not to mention that once Mike finally gets the car to start, it crashes almost immediately.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The car's automatic seat recliners start malfunctioning. Outside, a pedestrian nervously walks runs away from the visibly shaking car.
  • Face Palm: Mike facepalms himself after the windshield wipers went off when he put his seatbelt on.
  • Free Wheel: All six wheels when Mike finally crashes the car, five of them bouncing, the last gently rolling.
  • Get Out!: Mike orders this to Sulley after the latter accidentally breaks his car's mirror.
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  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: Mike winds up wrecking the car when he steps on the gas with the gearshift in reverse.
  • Hammer Space: Mike's car, considering Sully could lower the passenger seat to the point only his head is visible.
  • Jump Scare: A rare comic example. As Sully plays with the adjustable seat Mike looks angry for a while until he suddenly shouts "WILL YOU CUT IT OUT?!"
  • Offscreen Crash: Mike orders Sully to get out of the car. The camera stays focused on Sully while Mike begins to drive away, but immediately loses control. A large crash is heard, followed by six hubcaps (six-wheel drive) and Sulley catching Mike as if he was a shooting star.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After spending the entire short suffering hilarious injuries as a result of the car, it's Sulley accidentally breaking the mirror off that drives Mike to force him out and attempt to make the drive himself.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "I miss my old car."
  • Wiper Start: The series of disasters stars when Mike accidentally turns the windshield wipers on.

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