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…
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…
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…
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…
MU doesn't have the same kind of heart that the first had but it's still very sweet, creative, funny, and beautifully animated. This prequel serves as a more than welcome upgrade to a studio that's disappointed in their last two outings.
The funniest Pixar movie since, well, Monsters Inc.
Directed by: Dan Scanlon; Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza. U cert, 110 min.
Over the last five years or so, it has increasingly become the case that the only filmmakers capable of out-Pixaring Pixar are Pixar themselves. Accordingly, the most heart-melting animation you will see in the cinema this summer is not Monsters University, but the six-minute short film that plays before it: The Blue Umbrella, which is directed by Saschka Unseld, a German-born animator who joined the Californian studio in 2008.
In Unseld’s short, two umbrellas, one blue, one red, meet in a crowded New York street in the middle of a rainstorm. The weather is terrible,…
Not as heart-warming as the original, still had funny moments and the usual Pixar nods to their other works. Kids enjoyed it enough for multiple watches.
Enjoyable enough, but the Pixar films are becoming a little 'by rote'. Last one I truly loved was Up, which seems an age ago now. And before you say anything, yes, I am including Toy Story 3 as one of the 'OK but not great' Pixar films.
Not as good as the first but a decent prequel. Not a great concept for a film, but watchable and enjoyable.
Sub-par Pixar is still the best game around. I don't care what anybody says.
Way better than Cars 2 but nowhere near as good as Toy Story 2 (or Monsters Inc. for that matter).
This was a lot of fun. It started off a little "meh" but once it got going I really enjoyed it.
An unsurprising delight from Pixar with some spectacularly stunning renders.