Mike's New Car

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Mike's New Car
Poster for Mike's New Car
Poster for Mike's New Car
Directed by Pete Docter
Roger L. Gould
Produced by John Lasseter
Gale Gortney
Written by Original Story:
Pete Docter
Jeff Pidgeon
Roger L. Gould
Rob Gibbs
Starring Billy Crystal
John Goodman
Music by Randy Newman
Edited by Robert Grahamjones
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • September 17, 2002 (2002-09-17) (with Monsters, Inc. DVD and VHS)
Running time
4 minutes
Language English

Mike's New Car is a 2002 Pixar computer animated short comedy film, starring the two main characters from Monsters, Inc., Sulley and Mike. Directed by Pete Docter and Roger L. Gould, it is the first Pixar short to use dialogue and the first to take characters and situations from a previously established work.

The short premiered on September 17, 2002, included in the DVD and VHS release of Monsters, Inc.[1] It was nominated for a 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.[2]


Mike is obsessed with his new six-wheel drive car, and insists on showing it off to his pal Sulley. Unfortunately for Mike, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Sulley plays with the ultra-adjustable seats until an annoyed Mike asks him to stop. Mike starts the engine and the seatbelt reminder tone sounds. Sully manages to get his seatbelt on easily, but Mike finds his seatbelt stuck and accidentally locks himself out of the car while trying to unstick it. Sulley, trying to be helpful but confused by the massive amount of buttons on the dashboard, pops the hood open. When Mike goes over to close it, Sulley ends up trapping Mike in the engine compartment. Mike manages to escape, re-enters the car, and is exasperated by the continuous seatbelt reminder tone. Sulley reaches for another button on the dash, as when Mike managed to put his seat-belt on, he turned the windshield wipers on by accident. Mike shouts, "Don't touch anything!" and pushes a button that launches the entire car into chaotic malfunction, including conga music playing loudly on the car's stereo system. Mike finally ends the chaos by pulling the key out of the ignition, and Sulley adds insult to injury when, in an attempt to realign the rearview mirror, he breaks it off. Mike gets angry, orders Sulley out of the car, and speeds away, wrecking the car completely. Sulley mutters, "Huh, that's weird, the airbag didn't go off." Right on cue, the airbag inflates, and its force sends Mike flying back up the street. Sulley catches Mike, who mourns for his old car before agreeing to walk to work while the credits roll.

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Home media[edit]

Mike's New Car was released on September 17, 2002, attached as bonus feature on the Monsters, Inc. DVD and VHS release.[1] The DVD release features commentary by "Docter and Gould", which turn out to be the directors' young children.[citation needed] The short was also released on November 10, 2009, on the Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Most Anticipated Monster Movie Hit Comes to DVD and VHS". PIXAR. March 1, 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards (2003) Nominees and Winners". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brown, Kenneth (October 31, 2009). "Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 

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Preceded by
For the Birds
Pixar Animation Studios short films
Succeeded by