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When Sully and Mike are banished to the Himalayas they discover the closest village is a three-day hike away. Sully uses a sledge to get there quickly, then uses a child's closet door to return to the Monster's Inc factory. Then, just a few minutes later, Mike appears.

How did he get back to the factory so quickly?

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That has always bothered me. –  System Down Apr 14 at 17:00

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This isn't shown or answered in the film.

Likely, Mike followed Sulley to the village and used a different door to return (or found a door that was nearer). This explanation seems the most plausible and doesn't require too much explanation on the writer's part (allowing viewers to believe for a short while that a "wedge" really has been driven between the two protagonists, before Mike's sudden reappearance).

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I think we have to assume Mike got back the same way Sully did, through a door. As you said, there isn't anything definitive as to the how, but I think this is the best guess. –  Paulster2 Apr 14 at 21:34

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