Why You Need To See ‘Monsters Inc.’ Before ‘Monsters University’ and ‘Monsters at Work’

There are a few Disney and Pixar productions featuring Mike, Sulley, and Randall. Here’s what we know about the best order to watch Monsters Inc., Monsters Unversity, and Monsters at Work

Mike and Sulley of the Disney+ original series, 'Monsters at Work'
Characters Mike and Sulley (of ‘Monsters University’ and ‘Monsters Inc.’) in the Disney+ original series, ‘Monsters at Work’ | Disney

‘Monsters University’ is a prequel to Disney and Pixar’s original movie, ‘Monsters Inc.’

Disney and Pixar are known for their award-winning sequels created for movies like Cars, Toy Story, and The Incredibles. In 2013, they released the film Monsters University, which told the story of two very different college students. 

There was Mike, a super decided and hardworking student, and Sulley, a monster with a legacy, and that’s pretty much it. As a prequel, this movie detailed Mike and Sulley’s relationship before being one of the top scare teams. However, some fans believe the original Monsters Inc. needs to be watched first. 

The Disney and Pixar original animated film, ‘Monsters Inc.,’ introduced fans to the world of Monstropolis 

Technically, Monsters University explains how Mike and Sulley became best friends. However, to fully understand their friendship, watching Monsters Inc. first is your best bet. In this animated film, these monsters are the top scarers at Monsters Incorporated, an energy company that uses children’s screams to power their city. 

Human children were believed to be toxic, which made this a pretty dangerous job. After an accidental encounter with a kid nicknamed Boo, this dynamic duo changed everything Monstropolis knew about human children. 

‘Monsters at Work’ shows what happened when Monsters Inc. started collecting laughter

Thanks to their experience with Boo, Mike and Sulley were put in charge of Monsters Inc., creating the “it’s laughter we’re after” motto. This transition proved to be a problem for some scarers and trainees, who pivoted to comedy routines. 

Without Monsters Inc., viewers wouldn’t completely understand how important this promotion was for Mike and Sulley. These two went from the top scare team to the CEO and, well, the co-boss with a very long and complicated title. With Monsters University, fans learned that these two actually started at the company’s mailroom. 

Monsters At Work, as a Disney+ original series, features new characters in addition to fan-favorite monsters. With episodes premiering weekly, there are plenty of jokes around every corner. Or rather, behind every closet door. 

“We get to see a lot more behind-the-scenes of Monsters, Inc., which is really fun,” director Stephen Anderson said during an interview with the Disinsider. “We also get to spend some time on the Scare Floor (now the Laugh floor) and get to see how all the monsters are dealing with that transition. We get to return to the places that we loved in Monsters, Inc. and we get to see what happens behind the scenes of those places.”

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