Monster's University Review
Director :Dan Scanlon
Cast Headliners: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Original Release Date: June 21 , 2013
Monster’s Inc was a classic Pixar film, with great humor and charm. Now they have returned, and rather than a number 2, with Monster’s University Pixar have chosen to create a prequel. Prequels can be hit or miss, but it is safe to say this is one of the better ones.
All of the old voice actors return for this, so it’s good to hear Billy Crystal as Mike and John Goodman as Sully again. This shows their first meeting, and it is actually not what one would expect. Mike and Sully were rivals at first, and the events of the movie cause them to have to work together. It’s interesting to see Mike be even more of a dweeb, and Sully being even more of a jerk. Don’t worry as the story makes them more into what they are later. Also be on the lookout for cameos of younger versions of characters from the first film.
Every great college movie stereotype is used here, and the humor is plentiful. You can tell they had a lot of fun coming up with all of the different frats and sororities who compete in the “Scare Games”. The events are entertaining to watch, and especially with the characters involved. Pixar are no strangers to having tons of lovable side characters, and this time it continues with everyone Mike and Sully befriend. There’s the odd Art (played by funnyman Charlie Day), the unique guy Squishy, the strange twins Terry and Terri, and the charming Don Carlton. They’re not the greatest team in Oozma Kappa, but they try.
The humor and visuals and characters are classic Pixar, but there is some deeper meaning as always. The plot starts going in one direction then takes a few surprise twist turns. The emotion is sometimes lacking, especially when compared to Boo’s story in “Inc”. Boo is missed for sure, but there’s definitely still some cute and charming moments.
Overall Monster’s University is a solid Pixar film, back to tradition after Brave’s experimentation. It’s not perfect or anything, but it’s certainly very funny and will put a smile on your face. 8.65 out of 10