March 21, 2014
PlotMike and Sulley are visiting Monsters University for the weekend to see how their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers are doing. The group is throwing its first party, but no one has shown up. However, Mike and Sulley have a plan to liven up the house. Using a borrowed door station, they sneak into a party at the Roar Omega Roar fraternity and steal all of its food and guests to fill the Oozma Kappa house. The supply runs take them through the closet doors of a married couple's bedroom, repeatedly disturbing their sleep.
Once they have the party fully stocked, Scott "Squishy" Squibbles' mother Sheri walks in on it while doing a load of laundry. She is angry with the fraternity, but only because they did not invite her. After lighting a bonfire on the lawn, Sheri introduces the crowd to "door jamming." This is jumping from the roof with the help of two doors to land safely on the lawn. The guests congratulate the Oozma Kappas along with Mike and Sulley for putting together a great party.
In a post-credits scene, the husband and wife wake their son up and ask if they can sleep with him. They said that there is a monster in their closet, to which their son replies, "That's what I've been trying to tell you!"
- James P. Sullivan
- Mike Wazowski
- Scott "Squishy" Squibbles
- Don Carlton
- Terri and Terry Perry
- Sheri Squibbles
- Johnny Worthington III
- Chet Alexander
- George Sanderson
- Roy "Big Red" O'Growlahan
- Omar Harris
- Percy Boleslaw
- Javier Rios
- Britney Davis
- Brynn Larson
- John Goodman: James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
- Billy Crystal: Mike Wazowski
- Peter Sohn: Scott "Squishy" Squibbles
- Joel Murray: Don Carlton
- Dave Foley: Terry
- Sean Hayes: Terri
- Julia Sweeney: Ms. Squibbles
- Nathan Fillion: Johnny Worthington III
- Bobby Moynihan: Chet Alexander
- Colleen O'Shaughnessey: Mom
- James Kevin Ward: Dad
Party Central was made to be included on the home video release of Monsters University, but was given a theatrical release instead. The short premiered at the D23 Expo 2013. It was set to be released with the theatrical release of The Good Dinosaur. After The Good Dinosaur was pushed back to November 2015, there had been no official word on when the short would be released. On January 7, 2014, it was announced that it would be released theatrically with Muppets Most Wanted.
Party Central has received a PG rating from the MPAA for "some reckless behavior", unlike the two Monsters, Inc. films which are both rated G. It is Pixar's first PG-rated short, and also the first animated short film owned by Disney to have that rating since 1990's Roger Rabbit short film Roller Coaster Rabbit. As well, as Pixar's first PG-rated film to not star a human.
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