To be a successful scarer in the Monsters, Inc., world requires dedication, hard work, and especially, training at one of the finest universities in existence, Monsters University. At least, that's the premise behind the 2013 Pixar animated film, which is a prequel to the wildly successful "Monsters, Inc." In "Monsters University," audiences see the college days of two of the original film's favorite characters, Mike and Sully. In this newest film, viewers get to see young Mike and Sully learn their trade, scaring people in order to produce the energy on which the monster world depends. While simply watching the film can be an extremely enjoyable experience, for those who like to know a bit more about the movies they view, here are five fun facts about "Monsters University."
1. "Monsters University"does its best to pay homage in both large and small ways to the universities the creators know best. The basic design of the "Monsters University"campus is based on the University of California at Berkeley's campus, which is located near Pixar's headquarters. If you look closely at the "Monsters University" campus, you will see a few landmarks shared with UC, such as the clock tower and the main university gate. Another school that gets the "Monsters University" treatment is Carnegie Mellon University, whose Hamerschlag Hall becomes the movie's School of Scaring.
2. The film shares a few things in common with other Pixar movies. The lecture hall used by Professor Knight is Room A113, an alphanumeric sequence that appears in all Pixar films. It's also the room on the CalArts campus where animation classes are held. The Pizza Planet truck from "Toy Story" also makes an appearance in the film. There's even a quick appearance by the Luxo Jr. ball, drawn on a wall. In keeping with tradition, Pixar added a dinosaur toy to one of the scare simulator's tasks, giving a hint toward the next film to come from the company, "The Good Dinosaur."
3. "Monsters University" is the first prequel film produced by Pixar. To tie things together with "Monsters, Inc.," Pixar did a bit of foreshadowing and added a few cameos from "Monsters, Inc.," itself. Most of these Easter eggs appear for only a moment or two onscreen, so those who aren't quick of eye may miss them. Randall has a 'Winds of Change' poster in his room that apparently has a big effect on him throughout his life; he repeats the motivational message of the poster to Mike years later in "Monsters, Inc." There's also a poster located in Squishie's basement featuring the car the Mike will drive in the future. As for cameos from other characters in "Monsters, Inc.," John Ratzenberger makes a quick appearance as the Yeti, shown working in the university's mailroom. And a '70s-era Henry J. Waternoose III, as well as Roz, also make quick appearances in the movie as their younger selves.
4. Pixar has always worked at the cutting edge of computer-generated animation and "Monsters University" is no different. A prime example of the new technology is seen in the well-dressed monsters. Using new cloth animation techniques, Pixar was able to create realistic-looking clothing. This resulted in a total of 127 garments in the new film, compared to the single garment for Boo in "Monsters, Inc." Even Sully's fur received an upgrade, with the new movie providing five times the number of individual hairs, for a total of 5.5 million, giving him extremely realistic movement. All of this detail takes time to create of course, with each separate film frame taking about twenty-nine hours to produce by computer. Pixar pulled in a large number of computers to do the final rendering of the film, which took 100 million CPU hours to complete.
5. To simulate the look and feel of campus life, Pixar created over 400 characters to fill up the university. Each of these characters has a unique look, but they're all based on only six different models. In order to give each of the students and teachers their own look, Pixar added various monstrous body parts, such as extra limbs, wings, or horns.