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Cue the Misfits
The Oozma Kappa fraternity characters sprung from an impromptu and lively lunch among filmmakers. "We wanted to design each of the Oozma Kappas around a story point or a characteristic that would mirror what Mike and Sulley were going through," says Scanlon.

Faced with the realities of the economic downturn, Midwestern sales monster DON CARLTON finds himself going back to school to learn new skills and pursue a dream career in Scaring. "Don is personally one of my favorite characters," says Scanlon. "I love the idea that it's never too late -- which is so inspiring -- it's never too late to change what you want to do and try something different. He's done something that he wasn't excited about for years. I love the idea that Don gets a second chance to do something he really loves."

One of Monsters University's "mature" students and a founding member of the Oozma Kappa fraternity, Don brings his honest, hardworking spirit to their endeavors, ensuring that his fellow brothers keep their various heads on straight and their array of eyes on the task at hands.

Joel Murray was called on to bring the mature student to life. "I think that was brilliant casting for Don," says Rae. "He's really funny, but Joel has an innocent sweetness in a lot of his characters, which comes through in Don."

SCOTT "SQUISHY" SQUIBBLES gives new meaning to the term undeclared. Says Scanlon, "His design is literally like a piece of clay that needs to be molded. We intentionally designed Squishy to be smaller and cuter than Mike to illustrate that it's not appearance that makes a Scarer -- it's something far more elusive."

A sophomore whose dream of becoming a Scarer was squashed in his first year at Monsters University, Squishy is a bit of a wide-eyed wanderer -- small, sweet, naïve and quiet -- who, not surprisingly, still lives with his doting mother. But with a little help from his Oozma Kappa brothers, Squishy begins to realize he's more than just that shy monster in the corner.

Pixar's own Pete Sohn stepped in as the voice of Squishy. "He did the scratch early on and it totally stuck," says Rae. "Pete's an amazing actor who's been in a few of our films -- he makes the perfect Squishy. For me, the character is the heart of the film."

The ultimate free spirit, ART is a mysterious monster with a dubious background. "Art was a big question mark," says Scanlon. "We couldn't quite figure out who he was and in not figuring him out, we found him."

By far the strangest member of the Oozma Kappas, Art bowls over the competition -- sometimes literally -- with his unique dexterity and wild-card ways. Nothing is scarier than the unpredictable, especially when it comes to this furry ball of bad.

Adds Scanlon, "He's just the weird guy you don't know anything about -- and there are a lot of those in college. He ended up being one of our favorite characters because he could be so bizarre. His design matches that, too: odd."

Odd, indeed: Art is rainbow shaped with long, curved legs and arms that originate from a seemingly impossible place. "I think the second we arrived at that design, everybody knew it was going to be great," says character art director Jason Deamer. "Then animation got a hold of him and started bending him every which way. We hope he's going to be a stand-out character."

Charlie Day was called on to help bring Art to life. "He definitely rolls to the beat of his own drum," says Day. "But Art has a big heart -- and it's somewhere between his eyeballs and his legs."

When it comes to TERRI & TERRY PERRY, it's hard not to ask, "Are two heads really better than one?" Says Scanlon, "Terri and Terry are these two bickering characters that mirror the relationship Mike and Sulley have in the beginning. They're literally stuck with each other, but can't quite work together."

They've little in common -- Terri with an "i" is a real romantic who's quick to spot the silver lining in any situation, while older brother Terry with a "y" sports a more cynical outlook on life. "They have to learn to become one -- the same way that Mike and Sulley do," says Scanlon.

If they can stop squabbling long enough to work with their Oozma Kappa brothers -- they might be able to put their heads together -- literally -- and find their place in Monsters University's Scare Program once and for all. Sean P. Hayes gives voice to Terri, while Dave Foley is the voice behind Terry. The duo recorded together, which led to some serious improvising. Says Hayes, "We always have fun improvising and coming up with new things, but it's always within what's already written."

Adds Foley, "Dan Scanlon shaped whatever we improvised, and if we came up with something he sort of liked, he then guided it toward something he actually liked."

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