The term "movie monster" has so many negative connotations -- mean, scary, man-eating. But there are plenty on-screen creatures who are not nearly as menacing as their tough exteriors would suggest.

Take the not-all-that creepy duo from "Monsters University," Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), for example. Sure, in the upcoming Pixar prequel the scarers-in-training are still dreaming of a lifetime filled with making children scream, but in "Monsters Inc.," these guys turn their scowls upside-down.

Over the years, movies have given us plenty of gentle giants and misunderstood critters who turn out to be nothing more than great friends, awesome sidekicks, and unlikely heroes.

Don't believe us? Just check out our list of the cuddliest movie monsters below.

Monsters University -Trailer No. 2
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