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Director Dan Scanlon explains how a continuity issue will be solved in Monsters University

Apr. 29, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Recently, I rewatched MONSTERS INC. as soon as it was over something dawned on me-- Did Mike say that he and Sully were in grade school together? So how is it possible that they met for the very first time in college, which is what the story of MONSTERS UNIVERSITY tells us.

Do you remember the line? "You've been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal!"

Dan Scanlon, director of the second installment offered up an explanation:

Well in the first film, uh, they actually say you’ve been jealous of my good looks since fourth grade. And in the teaser they go on and on about fifth grade. So that was something we talked about early on. We chose college because we wanted to see their relationship develop when they were adults and not just still be more or less similar to the characters we remember from the first film. And we also felt like college is so much about self-discovery and figuring out who you are.

It just felt like the perfect place to do this, but we had that line, you know, that line was out there. So we tried versions where they met young and then we kind of skipped ahead to college. And we knew we didn’t want to make Monsters Elementary. We had no interest in that. Honestly it became a thing where you sort of felt like you were missing the relationship grow, because you  jumped ahead any way we sliced it.

And it was really Pete Doctor, the original director, and John Lasseter who finally kind of said to me, it’s great that you’re honoring that, but you have to do what’s right for the story. You have to do what’s right for both stories in the long run. And  so we made a tough decision to just have them be in college and put that line aside. So the good thing is the only reason that line was in the first film was to just give you the feeling that these guys have known each other a long time and I think that college still does that.

So yeah, now we joke that that’s just an old monster expression, you’ve been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade. That’s what monsters always say to each other. So, uh, so luckily I feel like when you watch the movies together, the spirit of it still works great.

Personally, it doesn't really matter to me. I also don't think it matters to the kiddos. There will be tons of new audiences that may not have recall or have noticed the line in the film. The first film is one of my favorites so I look forward to seeing the next installment.

Source: /Film

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4:06PM on 04/29/2013
Didn't need that long ass explanation. He coulda just said, "Because KA-CHING, motherfucker!"
Didn't need that long ass explanation. He coulda just said, "Because KA-CHING, motherfucker!"
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2:56PM on 04/29/2013

Sometimes

Sometimes less of an explanation is better (not all of the time though, Damon Lindelof). There were several people that I went to elementary school with that I didn't truly meet until high school or later. I ran into someone in college actually and we both thought, "You look familiar" only to find out that we were in 2nd grade together but in different classrooms. We saw each other everyday on the playground but 10 years later it was just a vague familiarity. That is what I would take from this
Sometimes less of an explanation is better (not all of the time though, Damon Lindelof). There were several people that I went to elementary school with that I didn't truly meet until high school or later. I ran into someone in college actually and we both thought, "You look familiar" only to find out that we were in 2nd grade together but in different classrooms. We saw each other everyday on the playground but 10 years later it was just a vague familiarity. That is what I would take from this article but I am also in the boat with those of you who forgot about this line until I read the article. I get it though. It is like saying that we've been waiting a thousand years for this movie when we clearly haven't, though it may feel that way.
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2:48PM on 04/29/2013

they just need to say they were implying the following:

You've been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal!.... (the fourth grade of college i.e. senior year, that is)".
You've been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal!.... (the fourth grade of college i.e. senior year, that is)".
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2:14PM on 04/29/2013

Not bad.

I think this is a good way to go. I thought they may try to explain it as a situation where they went to school for a short while together in their younger days, but this is fine too. Why not? It's not like the target audience gives a shit. I thought the first one was great, and my kids are already demanding we be there opening night, so there isn't much risk associated with this decision either way.
I think this is a good way to go. I thought they may try to explain it as a situation where they went to school for a short while together in their younger days, but this is fine too. Why not? It's not like the target audience gives a shit. I thought the first one was great, and my kids are already demanding we be there opening night, so there isn't much risk associated with this decision either way.
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2:06PM on 04/29/2013

First one came out when I started to become too old to watch these movies.

I tried rewatching the first one, it just wasn't funny or interesting. I then tried watching Finding Nemo and that kind of bored me as well. Even the incredibles was nothing special. I understand how kids like these movies but as an adult they are really cheesy and boring. I think a lot of people who liked it were that targeted 5-16 year old audience at the time and are nostalgia blind.
I tried rewatching the first one, it just wasn't funny or interesting. I then tried watching Finding Nemo and that kind of bored me as well. Even the incredibles was nothing special. I understand how kids like these movies but as an adult they are really cheesy and boring. I think a lot of people who liked it were that targeted 5-16 year old audience at the time and are nostalgia blind.
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2:12PM on 04/29/2013
Where do I start.....?
Where do I start.....?
2:20PM on 04/29/2013
People of all ages love these movies. You don't become as successful as Pixar by appealing only to children. They became so successful by being a studio aimed at kids, but appealing to adults as well. UP, Wall-E, NEMO--these are kids movies but with extremely adult perspectives. Pixar films are the very rare kids movies I can take my children to and usually enjoy them too. Most kids movies are so breathtakingly stupid it is a chore to even endure them. I have never felt that way in a Pixar
People of all ages love these movies. You don't become as successful as Pixar by appealing only to children. They became so successful by being a studio aimed at kids, but appealing to adults as well. UP, Wall-E, NEMO--these are kids movies but with extremely adult perspectives. Pixar films are the very rare kids movies I can take my children to and usually enjoy them too. Most kids movies are so breathtakingly stupid it is a chore to even endure them. I have never felt that way in a Pixar film.
1:52PM on 04/29/2013
I didn't even know the line existed until this article brought it up.
I didn't even know the line existed until this article brought it up.
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1:40PM on 04/29/2013

lesson from 21 Jump St

in 21 Jump Street we see the relationship between the characters grow over the course of the movie, but in the beginning we learn that they went to High School together.

i was expecting it to explain that they had gone to elementary school together but never hung out, or even talked to each other. It wasnt until being forced to room together in high school that they actually took a second look at each other.

Either way, it doesnt really bother me. as long as the movie is good. Though i
in 21 Jump Street we see the relationship between the characters grow over the course of the movie, but in the beginning we learn that they went to High School together.

i was expecting it to explain that they had gone to elementary school together but never hung out, or even talked to each other. It wasnt until being forced to room together in high school that they actually took a second look at each other.

Either way, it doesnt really bother me. as long as the movie is good. Though i am now expecting a joke about how that phrase is a common expression in the Monster world
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1:45PM on 04/29/2013
That would have meant WAY too much sense...
That would have meant WAY too much sense...
1:03PM on 04/29/2013

No big deal

The only people who will be upset by such a minor inconsistency are those looking to start a fight. If this article hadn't brought it up, I never would have remembered that line.
The only people who will be upset by such a minor inconsistency are those looking to start a fight. If this article hadn't brought it up, I never would have remembered that line.
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12:59PM on 04/29/2013
still wouldve preferred a sequel
still wouldve preferred a sequel
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3:13PM on 04/29/2013
Why? The ending to Monster's Inc was so perfect, I wouldn't want to see it ruined with a sequel. That last shot of Sully looking through the closet door and smiling when he hears Boo's voice is so emotionally poignant. Besides, what wold the story be about? The monsters don't scare anymore, and they are not afraid of children, so where is the crisis? I think a prequel makes more sense.
Why? The ending to Monster's Inc was so perfect, I wouldn't want to see it ruined with a sequel. That last shot of Sully looking through the closet door and smiling when he hears Boo's voice is so emotionally poignant. Besides, what wold the story be about? The monsters don't scare anymore, and they are not afraid of children, so where is the crisis? I think a prequel makes more sense.
12:55PM on 04/29/2013
Well Brave didn't work out for us, so fingers crossed that THIS will be our twins' first full-length theater experience...
Well Brave didn't work out for us, so fingers crossed that THIS will be our twins' first full-length theater experience...
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