G) Monsters University
Walt Disney Pictures.
Running Time: 110 Minutes.
2 and a half stars out of 4.
Pixar Animation Studios started up in the early 1990's and is known for putting out classic animated films each year, that make you laugh, cry, and smile. Since there launch in the early 90's they have released many classics such as the Toy Story Trilogy, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Up, The Incredibles, and many more. In Monsters University they bring us back to the Monster World in a prequel to 2001's critically and commercially successful Monsters Inc. Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise there roles as Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan where we find out what happened before they got there jobs as scarers at Monsters Incorporated, where they attend Monsters University in hopes of being accepted into the scaring program so that they can fulfill there dreams and eventually work at Monsters University as scarers. Pixar continues to be years ahead of other animation studious in terms of computer animation, but in Monsters University the story is not quite up to par as some of there other classics but is still an enjoyable and funny family film.
2011's Cars 2 is Pixar's worst reviewed film to date, and after 2012's Brave many wondered if Pixar had lost there magic, because many agreed that the studio's past two films were not up to standard of other Pixar films. In Monsters University, Pixar returns to its traditional form with a somewhat unpredictable screenplay, fantastic animation, and some new memorable characters. Despite my praise, Monsters University is still no Toy Story, and while watching the film I questioned why Pixar would make a prequel to a film like Monsters University, because the problems that they setup about Mike and Sully trying to be scarers at Monsters Inc is predictable because we have all seen the original film, and know what happens to all of these characters and where they will end up. Even though there are moments in the film that took a different route that I was not expecting (particularly near the end), the best moments of the film are when the Monsters enter the human world, and there is some human interaction, and there is a chance that they might be caught.
The film starts off strong where we see a young Mike Wazowski on a school field trip to Monsters Inc, but as I said before you know that he lands up working there because of the events of the 2001 film. We meet Sully at Monsters University soon after that, and a rivalry between him and Mike is setup. There is an event that happens that changes the pace and story of the film that might surprise some viewers so I wont spoil it for you. Hint (The Scare Games)
Monsters University is a film that hopefully will be the new start of Pixar releasing quality films with a story and characters that match there groundbreaking animation. I don't really know why this film needed to be made, but after seeing the film I have an understanding of why Pixar decided to go through with a prequel.
My other problems with Monsters University is that the humour and comedic situations that is included in the film is only targeted at young children, and not all ages like previous Pixar films, but there are some situations that are very funny on the first day of Monsters University that real life University students will appreciate.
As with recent Pixar films, the 3D is good, and although there is none of the eye popping gimmick, the 3D immerses you in the entire film.
Monsters University is a fun, enjoyable, and entertaining film that families with younger children will thoroughly enjoy. Although the story is quite safe and simple, and predictable because of the events of 2001's Monsters University, Pixar continues to deliver quality films for families and Monsters University is no exception.
Stay Past The Credits For A Short Funny Scene