We had the opportunity to attend a screening of Monster’s University this past weekend. The movie is a prequel to the 2001 Monsters, Inc. hit. The long awaited 3-D movie sequel is set on the campus of Monster’s University and explores the relationship between Sulley and Michael when they were at Monster’s University pursuing an education at Scare School.
The plot, movie setting in the college campus and references to college traditions such as the rivalry between college students is also addressed. The movie also has a lot of silliness, laughter, comedy and lessons learned.
The film will definitely be another Disney-Pixar classic. My children watched Monster’s Inc when they were youth and now that they are college aged kids they enjoyed it as well in 3-D. This is also a great movie for families to watch together and talk about the life lessons learned afterwards. I applaud Disney-Pixar for providing a realistic and amusing storyline and making the ending a heartfelt lesson. The movie made me smile, tear up and laugh out loud.
TITLE: “Monsters University”
CREDITS: Directed by Dan Scanlon; written by Mr. Scanlon, Robert L. Baird and Daniel Gerson.
CAST: Billy Crystal ( Mike – Voice), John Goodman (Sullivan -Voice), Steve Buscemi (Randy – Voice), Helen Mirren (Dean Hardscrabble – Voice), Peter Sohn (Squishy – Voice)
KID APPROPRIATE: YES
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes.
OVERALL RATING: 9
- The first prequel to a Pixar film.
- Doug Sweetland, who directed the Pixar short Presto, was originally set to direct Monsters University, before being replaced with Dan Scanlon.
- Mike’s parents were originally planned to be included in the story. They would drop Mike off for his first day at Monsters University. However, director Dan Scanlon decided to drop them from the finished film to make Mike seem just that much more vulnerable.
- This is the second ever “college” themed film to receive a “G” rating, the first being another Disney film, College Road Trip.
- Professor Knight’s lecture hall is room A113, a reference to a room at CalArts where animation classes are taught. All Pixar films have a reference to “A113”.