Proving that every underdog has his day

Undated Film Still Handout from Monsters University. Pictured: Mike (voiced by BILLY CRYSTAL) and Dean Hardscrabble (voiced by HELEN MIRREN). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Disney Pixar. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Monsters University. Pictured: Mike (voiced by BILLY CRYSTAL) and Dean Hardscrabble (voiced by HELEN MIRREN). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Disney Pixar. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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In the colourful and fast-paced prequel to Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc, director Dan Scanlon harks back to Mike Wazowski’s childhood.

It is then that the six-year-old ignites his desire to become a scarer. Years later, Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) heads off to university to realise his dream.

He befriends shy roommate Randall Boggs aka Randy (Steve Buscemi) and impresses his teachers by regurgitating facts from textbooks.

However, classmate Sulley (John Goodman) gets all of the attention and is courted by the Roar Omega Roar fraternity and its dashing president, Johnny Worthington (Nathan Fillion). Eventually, Mike snaps and declares war on Sulley: “I am going to scare circles around you this year!”

The rivals’ fates rest on an end-of-term exam, which must be passed or Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren) will expel them from the course. She expects Mike to fail, telling him coldly, “What you lack simply cannot be taught. You’re just not scary.”

Unperturbed, he joins forces with the misfits from Oozma Kappa fraternity – including tentacled mature student Don (Joel Murray)to prove that every underdog has his day.