‘Monsters’ Mike and Sulley weren’t always best of buds

Disney-Pixar character creators Ricky Nierva and Dan Scanlon show the changes made to Mike for “Monsters University,” scheduled for release next summer. Photo by Sherry Barkas

Mike and Sulley are headed back to the big screen after a 12-year absence, and this time we get to learn more about how Monsters Inc.’s top employees  —  and BFF’s  — met.

Disney released a 68-second trailer online last week teasing the movie scheduled for release next summer.

It was 2001 when we were first introduced to monsters Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman), whose job it is to scare little kids in the middle of the night.

Rather than a sequel to the popular Disney-Pixar animated feature “Monsters Inc.,” “Monsters University” takes us back to when Mike and Sulley met; how the two couldn’t stand each other at first but later became inseparable friends.

During Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim last summer, character designers Dan Scanlon and Ricky Nierva talked of the process of taking Mike and Sulley back to their college years and showed drawings of the different stages of creation,  trying to find the right look for their college years.

A few pounds have been shaved off of Sulley for “Monsters University.” Photo by Sherry Barkas

The end result is a retainer for Mike and both are a few pounds thinner.

Crystal also appeared at the Expo, where we got a sneak peak also of the movie still in the very early stages of development. It looks as much fun as the first movie.

Not a huge fan of sequels, I tend to drop that rule when it comes to the Disney-Pixar movies because each one is either as good as the original or better. From the few seconds I’ve seen so far, it looks like “Monsters University” will hold true to that standard.

 If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here’s the link: http://video.disney.com/watch/monsters-university-teaser-4c2899b584acccbb0101810c?cmp=mon_mu_WDSMP_EMC_CTA_PlayButton_620_Extl

You might also enjoy this video of Crystal and Goodman in the studio recording of “If I Didn’t Have You” for the first movie. Here’s the link: http://video.disney.com/watch/if-i-didn-t-have-you-4bb39e42ddd5fa8833003b15