Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Monsters University is a delightful prequel that nearly matches the fun and cuteness of the first.  In the prequel we get to see how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) inspired to be a Scarer after a school trip in his childhood years.  And of course in any profession, it's important to go to college, right?  Hence, Mike enrolls in Monsters University and immediately because of his low or small profile becomes an outcast as he was in his youth.  Enters Sully Sullivan (John Goodman), who comes from a famous family of Scarers and must live up to his family's name.  As with all college movies there's always one friend that's on the straight and narrow and studious (Mike) while the other plays it more by the ear and is more up for a good time (Sully).  Their introduction to each other involves a rival school pig.  You know then it's a start of a beautiful friendship.

The two things I enjoyed most about the first movie is missing to some extent in the second movie which is my reason for saying it nearly matches Monsters Inc.  One of the most popular character of the first movie at least for me is the little girl Boo.  Of course, they can't have her in the prequel but there's no type of substitute that might attract the young female audience.  Mike is very cute as a young monster in the beginning but he's no substitute for Boo.  The second thing I enjoyed in the first movie is the chemistry between Mike and Sully.  Since this is a prequel, the two friends doesn't really hit a stride until much later in the movie after they have gone through some trials together.

What I do like is the diversity of characters in the movie especially Mike and Sully's fraternity brothers the Oozma Kappa.  The voice acting is great, especially the main stars.  Pixar never disappoints in their animation, though the 3D doesn't really pop out at you.  If a 2D version is offered in your theater, I would just go with that.  And as always with Pixar movies, the short film "The Blue Umbrella" before the feature attraction is delightful and cute.  

Overall, I enjoyed the film, and especially my family that attended with me.  The movie has some serious themes that younger children may fully understand.  What parents may not like is the message the stories send in the end about education.  I won't go into detail and leave it for you to watch on your own.  Also regarding younger children, some scenes can be frightening.  My daughter said she wasn't scared of those scenes as she was hiding behind my arm. Ha!

The film is rated PG and is out in theaters on June 21, 2013.  The run time is 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Ratings: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

Monsters University Trailer:

The Blue Umbrella Trailer: 


Cast:
  • Billy Crystal as Michael "Mike" Wazowski
  • Noah Johnston as Young Mike
  • John Goodman as James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
  • Steve Buscemi as Randall "Randy" Boggs
  • Joel Murray as Don Carlton, a middle age student and the founding member of Oozma Kappa fraternity
  • Sean Hayes as Terri Perry, one half of a two-headed monster that is an Oozma Kappa fraternity member
  • Dave Foley as Terry Perry, one half of a two-headed monster that is an Oozma Kappa fraternity member
  • Peter Sohn as Scott "Squishy" Squibbles, an Oozma Kappa fraternity member
  • Charlie Day as Art, an Oozma Kappa fraternity member
  • Frank Oz as Jeff Fungus
  • Helen Mirren as Dean Hardscrabble, the headmistress at Monsters University
  • Alfred Molina as Professor Knight
  • Nathan Fillion as Johnny Worthington, president of Roar Omega Roar
  • Aubrey Plaza as Claire Wheeler, Greek Council president
  • Tyler Labine as Brock Pearson, Greek Council vice-president
  • John Krasinski as "Frightening" Frank McCay
  • Bonnie Hunt as Karen Graves, Mike's grade school teacher
  • Bobby Moynihan as Chet Alexander, a Roar Omega Roar fraternity member
  • Julia Sweeney as Ms. Squibbles, Scott's mother
  • Beth Behrs as Carrie Williams, leader of Python Nu Kappa sorority
  • John Ratzenberger as the Abomonible Snowman 

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