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I understand that a large portion of this movie dealt with Mike's emotional drama and his turmoil of self discovery but personally I wish Mike was a lot funnier. Granted he did have a few good line (ie a few wisecracks on the bus, his sleep talking) but he didn't seem the wisecracking screwball in MI. I was kind of disappointed about this.
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Hmmm - you know what's funny is that I didn't even think about Mike's level of humor because it was transitioned to Art and some of the other Oozma Kappa gang. You're right that he wasn't as wise-cracking and smart-alecky as in Monsters, Inc. - I didn't even think about it, but I bet you may pick up a few more after you see it again. Overall though, I think it was mostly because they had to lay it on thick how serious he took his whole dream and it may have come across as he wasn't as serious about his dream if he was making more jokes.

Like I said though, I agree with you that he wasn't as funny...but for me, it wasn't a big problem. Anyone else pick up on this?
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I totally thought this, as well, after a few viewings of the film. Mike is my favorite Pixar character, and that love for the little guy comes from his wise-cracking personality he has in MI. I was a little upset to know that a lot of my favorite lines were not said my him in MU. I understand that this was his movie, and he had to be less of a comic relief character, but in the end, I still loved him in the film. He still had his great personality, just with a little less one-liners thrown in. The way Billy Crystal delivers Mike's lines does a lot for me, and he did a stellar job in this film yet again, so I was still pleased.
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I recall walking out of the film and thinking to myself that there was a very psychological difference between MU and MI. Mike is a still a snarky wisecracker in MU, but the narrative takes his story a lot more seriously. It's quite downplayed. 

I think that gave him all the more dignity to his story.

In an old review I did of the movie, these old words of mine sum up what I felt about Mike's arc in MU.

"In Monsters University, the central investment is not about the Mike Wazowski who blurted out funny lines as the kid-appeal comedic sidekick in Monsters Inc., but as the young inspired kindergartener Mike who wandered into restricted territory to catch a glimpse of Scarers."
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The whole movie could have been funnier. 
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Hello. If no-one minds me pulling this up again... Agreed with explanations here. I felt that Monsters Inc was Sully's story, and Monsters University was Mike's story. I think this is part of what makes me prefer MU over MI.
Sure, he's not the comic relief in this one, so he has to be a bit less funny to show the seriousness of his drive, but I think he's still pretty funny: downplaying his wisecracking in favour of more slapstick, and an existing character trait - his obliviousness. Excitement about his non-photos, not realising Randall is throttling Sully etc. in MI; brought over to little things like the floor sweeper incident, assumptions like his initial attitude about the Oozma Kappas, and the overhanging fact that he's just not scary (including the funhouse-mirror effect in ROR's trophy), which also accentuates his drive. Funny, but in a way that perhaps gives us a more personal look at and connection with Mike the person.
And perhaps, because of all the humour and drive that we can still connect to, Mike's not a subtle character, which makes the subtle moments pop out more, and create more connections.

I've read a review where the critic poo-pooed MU, complaining that there were fewer explorations of the monster world and monster culture in it, and who wants to see the characters in school? Aside from the fact that there's a university that has a scaring school, among other things, I think it's missing the point about this film and any other Pixar film: it is Mike's story, it's a character-driven story. I don't mind that effects set-pieces, or even a few wisecracks, might've taken a back seat to that.
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