You go, Ms. Grundy!
Ms. Grundy is the most awesome character. She’s been fighting for equal rights for decades, and she will keep fighting. Absolutely women should be allowed to choose their own career path.
Dr. Abigail Hardscrabble
Other Titles: Dean Hardscrabble
Category: Educational Leader
Appears in: "Monster’s University"(film)
Voiced by: Helen Mirren
About: The Dean of the School of Scaring at Monster’s University and a legendary Scarer. She assesses new students with the belief that she is never wrong about their potential as Scarers.
One of the few named female characters in the film. In a narrative twist, she is not entirely proven wrong: 1) Mike cannot, in the end, according to the standards set by then-modern scaring techniques, scare children. He has important skills in various other areas, but scaring is not in him; and 2) Scully has the muscle but not all the brains and is unfit on his own. Due to Hardscrabble’s actions, the pair are driven together and become friends and end up having a lot of fun and doing a lot of good (this is not a recommendation for kicking people out of programs in order to inspire them to excel). She does later explain that the pair has earned her respect and wishes them well, as well as coming through with her promise for their teammates. It would have been nice to see something about her further investigating what it was Sully did to get all that scream energy and how to replicate it with a message about education and changing times and invention along with the included subtle one about students not all fitting the same molds, but well… whatever.
I really dig the Dean’s design!
Once upon a time, in his younger days, he was quite mortifying to behold. Unfortunately none of us are exempt from the woes of middle-age. Derek took it a little harder than most.
Submitted by Rhiannon
Scariness is the true measure of a monster. If you're not scary, what kind of a monster are you?