"Monsters, Inc." introduced the world to Sully (John Goodman) and his best friend Mike (Billy Crystal), two very different monsters who have their dream jobs as scarers. Being a scarer means they sneak into rooms of human children to make them scream. They harness these screams because they provide the energy that keeps their monster world running, so it's a very important occupation. It sounds like a dream job for a monster, but it turns out that the road to becoming a scarer was anything but a dream for Sully and Mike. In "Monsters University," viewers get to see the long and often trying road they took to become scarers. Here are the five best quotes from the prequel.
"I've been waiting for this my whole life—I'm gonna be a scarer!"
On his first day at the university, Mike yells this line to no one in particular. He is mostly talking to himself as he gazes upon his new confines and marvels at how spectacular the school is. He has dreamed his whole life of being a scarer, and now he has a chance to become one if he can just pass his courses. He has been studying for years and knows his stuff, but he still seems to lack that certain something that is necessary to be a really good scarer. Still, hope springs eternal for Mike on his first day of school, which is why this quote is so important. It pretty much sums up the beginning of Mike's journey in two little sentences.
"Let's see that slobber! Drool is a tool, use it!"
The thought of a monster coming out of the closet at night is already worrisome enough for little children, but in the world of "Monsters University," a drooling monster is apparently far worse. This quote can be attributed to Professor Knight, an employee of the university whose job it is to try and make the monsters enrolled in the school as scary as possible. This might be the first and only time in a film where drool was thought of as an asset rather than an embarrassment or bad side effect. It's a good thing that drool isn't as scary as Professor Knight says, or teething babies would be absolutely terrifying.
"Mom, we're doing an initiation!"
This line is uttered by Squishy, the five-eyed monster who is a member of Oozma Kappa, one of the fraternities at the university. When Mike and Sully get kicked out of Roar Omega Roar, another fraternity, they reluctantly pledge Oozma Kappa instead. Squishy officiates their initiation ceremony at home, which happens to be his mom and dad's house because he still lives with them. During the initiation, which is held in the dark, his mom Sherry interrupts by flipping on the lights, admonishing him for not already doing so himself. He yells this quote, which is funny because it humanizes the group. Even though they are monsters who are in training to learn to scare children, they have the same overbearing and occasionally embarrassing parents that humans do.
"I act scary, Mike. But most of the time, I'm terrified."
Sully started out his tenure at the university as the Big Man on Campus because he had the right background and pedigree to excel at being a scarer. He had the stature, confidence, and the roar to shoot to the top of the class, pleasing even the choosiest of professors. However, deep down inside, Sully was always a scared little monster in a big monster's fur, as evidenced from this quote, which serves as a confession of sorts. It also helps Mike see that even the scariest of monsters can harbor secrets and fears, which is something he really needed to hear at that moment. This is a huge turning point for Sully, who now starts to become the hard-working and much humbler monster from "Monsters, Inc."
"You're not scary, not even a little bit. But you are fearless."
As if Sully opening up to Mike and showing his vulnerable side wasn't touching enough, he also gives his new friend a much-needed pep talk. In this quote, Sully is explaining to Mike that he may not have the big body that other monsters in the university have, and he may not have the deep, guttural growl needed to really make kids scream. What he does have, however, is a bold character that some of the loudest, scariest-looking monsters at the school don't have. If he can channel that fearlessness, he can accomplish much more than many of the other students. This one quote emboldens Mike enough for him to continue fighting to become a scarer, and everyone knows he succeeds because of "Monsters, Inc."