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School never looked this scary.
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
There's been an attitude recently that Pixar has been "losing it" that I frankly don't agree with. The studio might be "losing it" in that they haven't produced a masterful film since Toy Story 3, which was only 3 years ago, but their films have never really gone less than competent. Cars 2 erroneously got panned for being too childish, something they were intentionally going for, and Brave pulled out of a terrible production hell history to be an ultimately decent attempt at a standard Disney princess story. Now we have Monster's University, the prequel to 2001's Monster's Inc., and while it's not one of their more masterful films, it is still a sign that even when Pixar is being…
Monsters, Inc. is my favourite Pixar film which is both a blessing and a curse when approaching this prequel. On the one hand it is great to spend time with the characters again but on the other it is always going to come off as second best compared to the charming original. Unsurprisingly, it is in the interactions between Mike and Sully where Pixar’s latest finds the majority of its laughs and hidden heart, the only problem is that it is marred by such a formulaic and pedestrian plot.
Monsters University explores how everybody’s favourite monsters became friends during their eventful time at university. The film follows the well-worn path of rivals becoming best buddies as Mike and Sully must…
After two unsuccessful attempts Pixar finds its way back. Monsters University has everything that we expect to see in a Pixar movie: Wonderful creativity, lovely characters, unforgettable storylines and the respect for friendship along with technical superiority and visual astonishment. Like other Pixar movies what powers this nice and memorable adventure is its emphasize on the value of friendship. There is nothing deeper than that. Pixar’s characters learn that the only thing that gives value to a living soul is his/her ability to connect to others. They can only succeed when they unite with each other, helping your friend is the only way of being successful. Nobody’s perfect and each person’s unique abilities can help the group so no one…
Monsters Inc. was a film that took me a long time to like. I wasn't really looking forward to its sequel, nor was I opposed to watching it. I felt indifferent and that is more or less how I feel now.
Monsters University feels like a film that only works because of the huge amount of talent involved. It probably shouldn't exist, comes across as a money grab and reeks of an easy opportunity to churn out tonnes of merchandise. Yet it still manages to be better than most recent animated movies that have come out.
The Pixar name seems to be a bit of a double edged sword. Whenever that logo appears, expectations become stellar and have people looking…
You're not even in the same league with me.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed that for the last few years every time Pixar announced a new film on their calendar it ended up being either a sequel, prequel or spin-off of previous works. I know many do, but I don't consider Monsters, Inc. among Pixar's top echelon of films so the tale of When Mike Met Sulley seemed a bit unnecessary to me.
With that said I was pleasantly surprised by a solid, if not original, film. With the disappointment of Brave still fresh in my memory it was nice to find out that the Pixar Charm still existed even if just in…
I was a bit weary going into Monsters University. It didn't get glowing reviews like most Pixar films do, but I still had hope. There is only one problem I saw with Monsters U, and that being was how formulaic it was. That's the only negative thing I have to say about it. Even with it being formulaic, Monsters U is packed with heart, and still gives you the "feel good" feeling when you watch it. What I love most is how Pixar planned everything out. Monsters U came out at a time where people who saw Monsters, Inc as kids, are most likely in college now. That is where this film truly shines, and lets me relate to it.…
Coasts by purely on the exceptional likeability of its two lead monsters - and thanks for that needs to be given to Monsters, Inc., not this.
Overall, I was impressed by this movie. Still extremely entertaining the second time.
The first time I saw this, I felt that it was going to be another typical story of a group of underdogs beating expectations and rising to surprise everyone. And sitting through most of the movie, it almost exactly confirmed my suspicions. That’s not to say that it’s a completely bad way to tell a story: The characters are very well done and extremely funny. I liked seeing a great backstory on Mike and Sulley, some of my most favorite characters in any of Pixar’s movies. I especially liked the Monster world that Pixar created to host this story. It was simultaneously detailed and engrossing, and outlandish…
It had its moments, but it wasn't nearly as good as its predecessor (or, kinda, successor).
Though a pretty good time at the movies, the film lacked the beating heart that Sully's relationship with Boo gave to the original, and never quite got over my anti-prequel prejudice. (Serious question: WHO THINKS PREQUELS ARE A GOOD IDEA? WE KNOW THE ENDING! THAT'S THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT DRAMA SHOULD DO TO US! Sorry, couldn't help myself.) Most of the laughs come from the minor characters and the incidental detail: this is definitely a world that's fun to explore. But if they couldn't marry that exploration to a story I gave a damn about, I'd rather they didn't go there. Fun as heck, of course, but nothing more than that.
One of the better Pixar movies, period. No schmaltz, no lesson (okay, there is a lesson, but it's a good one!). Crazy, chaotic visuals and spirited performances all around. The amber hue of the nighttime scenes is striking. Better than the original? I'd say so.
I had pretty low expectations for this before it came out, but I love it almost as much as the first.
Did Pixar really have to make this? Maybe not.
Do I care? Absolutely not!
Pixar films are FUN! Prequel/Sequel or not... It's family F-U-N!
Not as good as its predecessor, of course, but still a pretty decent Pixar film, filled with the standard humor and story that makes Pixar films so lovable.
74 minutes into this cartoon, which is adult-accessible but squarely aimed at children, a climax takes place.
Within minutes it is exposed as a false climax.
And the cartoon runs on. FOR ANOTHER THIRTY MINUTES.
a) cartoons don't need false climaxes;
b) cartoons don't need to run longer than 74 minutes.
Wait no, three things:
c) What the hell is going on at Pixar?
Audio Commentary: Director Dan Scanlon, Producer Kori Rae, Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann
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