Says Hollis, via the original story on EW:
“The film is a prequel that tells you a little bit about how [Mike and Sully] first met, attending Monsters University,” Hollis told theater owners gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday for their annual CinemaCon convention. “Obviously everybody knows at this point Mike and Sully are amazing friends — the best of friends — but as it turns out, in this story, that wasn’t always the case. From the moment they met at university, they could not stand each other. This story takes you through the ups and downs, and how they overcame their own differences.”
Kinda loving this idea. Much as I adore Boo and some of the peripheral characters from the first film, one thing we've learned over the years is that when Pixar digs into a specific genre, they do it exceptionally well. And honestly, who wouldn't love to see them dig deep into the hallowed ground of the college comedy? It's a territory ripe for plundering. Looking forward to the throwaway shot of Sulley's dorm room, with a poster of a John Belushi-esque monster wearing a "monster college" sweatshirt hanging on the wall.
Worth noting that this and Pixar's new, original project, Brave, will be hitting next year. Cars 2 looks to be the only Pixar love we'll be getting in 2011. So, hey, if you're, like, any other animated film in 2011, congratulations, you actually have a shot at next year's Best Animated Feature Oscar.
(Thanks to Onlineatron for the tip)