Monsters University (2013)

Monsters University (2013)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
  • Director: Dan Scanlon
  • Cast: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi


Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.


  • Monsters University is a fantastic movie with a terrific storyline,a very impressive voice cast and such lovable characters.I was kind of worried about this movie since I heard of it,I have such a fond memory of Monsters Inc from my childhood,and I was afraid Pixar were going to mess it up.It wasn’t perfect and wasn’t better than Monsters Inc (but I didn’t expect it to be) but I was very pleased and their was nothing about the origin of Mike,Sully or Randall that I wasn’t impressed with,although I do feel that Randall’s story could have been a bit more dramatic,because he is much too evil in Monsters Inc but his back story to be that plain,but the whole story of how Sully and Mike meet and finally become friends is perfect,I love these two characters very much and I was very pleased.Its not Pixars best movie,but its just as heartwarming and funny as some of their best and has humor for the whole family to enjoy.I would definitely like to see another prequel from the studio another Monsters Inc would be great,Pixar know how to make prequels.

    Story of Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan as they attend Monsters University with high hopes of becoming scarer’s.The two don’t get along at first,but must work together t make it to the top.

  • It’s been 12 years since Monsters, Inc. came out. It was a huge success and a great cartoon, so it’s actually really strange Pixar hadn’t decided to make a sequel/prequel to it earlier. Still, this year we got Monsters University. I must admit that when I saw the title I thought this was going to be an awful prequel that will simply ruin the franchise. But since it was – and still is – the second most financially successful animated movie this year, I decided to give it a try – and I was pleasantly surprised.

    Monsters University introduces us to a very young Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) who, one day on a school trip visits Monsters Inc., the scaring company. Since everybody looks down on him and doesn’t consider him scary, he decides to prove everyone wrong and become a scarer. Years later, we meet an older Mike, who has just got registered at Monsters University and is starting his lessons. What he lacks in talent, he makes up for in hard work. An arrogant and conceited James P. Sullivan soon becomes his rival.

    First of all, I liked that the movie shows that, in order to be successful, you have to work hard. But it also demonstrates that if something isn’t for you, no matter how much you want it, it’s much better to let it go. Mike isn’t a scarer in Monsters, Inc. because he isn’t scary, and he learns to live with it at the end of this prequel – even though it means to give up all of his childhood dreams. But in the end he’s happy and satisfied with his life and his job. So, on one hand the movie is a bit too idealistic for grown-ups (because sometimes, no matter how much you work, you’ll get nowhere), but it compensates by having this realistic ending.

    The story itself isn’t original – college life, enemies becoming friends and overcoming obstacles by helping each other – but some twists are truly unexpected. The humour is not as childish as one may think, and even the silliest scenes, like someone falling over, provide good laughs. There are a lot of other, supporting characters, and almost everyone is funny, interesting and developed enough not to be just dead weight. In conclusion, this is a very good animated movie, but it’s not perfect. It lacks ‘that little something’, which might have been achieved by inventing a more original story. But it’s not a movie I’d suggest you avoid, and if there’s ever a sequel to Monsters, Inc. I suggest right now you watch that one too.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • (Rating: 3,5 / 5)It’s an unexplained decision this unnecessary prequel, perhaps greed: continue raising dollars; or perhaps Pixar has had problems in recent times so it could have an insecurity creative complex to direct a real continuation of a venerated saga with the charming little girl Boo. The truth is that if one tries to compare “Monsters University” according to other interesting reviews in Internet, the closest thing would be that suffers the same problems of “X -Men: First Class”, but while the X Men prequel have enough energy to qualify with four stars or four stars and a half, “Monsters University” barely three and a half stars (which is still a very good rating). Because the concept of “prequel”, all these films have tried to stick with the universe of the original movies, and often such a connection is forced or unnatural. There is no exception. Pixar tries to stir some things to generate the minimal notions of entertainment, reversing the concepts of “Monsters Inc”: Mike and Sulley are now enemies, Randall is a passive and shy nerd who spends most of the film as a friend of the protagonists. Plus Mike wants to become a professional frightening as his dream, and Sulley must defend the honor of his father (typical routine of 80s). The problem is that to get to the original concepts (Mike and Sulley as friends, Randall as the villain), there is not a natural and slow development but are resolved with finger snaps. The way that Mike and Sulley become friends, or the way in which Mike decides to give up his dream of professional frightening, or how Randall becomes the Sulley enemy; all these strands are trivially solved, as if they were cards that are turned by the writer / director at timely to quickly end the film with all the mythology of the original embedded. So much so that the last few seconds of “Monsters University” suffers from an excess of data to arrive on time with the protagonists with their job. Due to the massive reorganization of information, the plot suffers and feels nominal and episodic: is to overcome competition (something like reducing everything to the competition of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” or “Pitch Perfect” or “Pan’s Labyrinth”). By then, Pixar starts desperately applying the Dreamworks principles, this would be: an argument that is an excuse to throw a lot of funny situations. There are some charming moments (eg child Mike, which is more eye than head), and in general is funny; but it feels hollow and not even the new secondary characters are charismatic (not even to buy them and keep them on our shelf ); and if one is based on the substance of “Monsters Inc ” it’s hard to believe that the main characters met in a way so trivialized as described in this film

  • School Never Looked This Scary.

    So as we all know from “Monsters INC” Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) are an inseparable pair, but it wasn’t always like that. Monsters University is a prequel, which shows how Mike and Sully actually met and the fact that they actually hated each other.

    When I heard they were making another “Monsters INC” I was sceptical, as a fan of the original I was praying they wouldn’t mess this up, when I saw the trailer I wasn’t really impressed as it didn’t look that funny and admittedly I did wait a long time to watch it, but I finally did and the film is actually really good. It isn’t as good as the original but it does come second in line.

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