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Monsters University (Disney/Pixar)
Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, how about taking them to see a film about college life?
It may sound weird, but that's what we get with Pixar's 14th animated film Monsters University, the prequel to the animation studio's 2001 Oscar-winner Monsters, Inc.
Though you already knew about the characters of Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) from the previous film, the film tells a new beginning of how these two become the funniest of friends we know and love.
Mike gets accepted at the prestigious Monsters University and is determined to become a top scarer he has been dreaming about for a long time. After meeting his roommate Randall (Steve Buscemi), he goes to the scare program, where he meets Sulley and a rivalry begins. While Mike is more of an intelligent scarer, Sulley came from a more experienced family of scarers and prefers to party than learn.
After a disaster led to them being dropped from the program by Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren), Mike and Sulley remain at odds with each other. That is until they decide to enter the Scare Games as new members of an down-and-out fraternity. However, the other members aren't exactly the best scarers they could possibly be. So the two have to put aside their differences and lead the team to victory.
If you've been a Pixar fan since the premiere of the original Toy Story in 1995, you can understand that these movies are known for good storytelling, delightful characters, and ever-evolving excellent animation. This movie is not only no exception, but the filmmakers are taking another leap into their storytelling abilities.
This time, they took an adult theme as college and make it feel acceptable for family audiences. While most college comedies like the classic Animal House and the more recent Old School were made for adult viewers, this movie manages to find the right tone to balance the kid-friendly world of Monsters, Inc. with the tone of the other college films.
The comedy is what makes this movie work – plus there are some emotional moments that help balance it that is part of the studio's trademark. Even though it's a prequel, you'll still be invested in the misadventures of young Mike and Sulley. The only problem is the inconsistencies between this film and the earlier film (in terms of plot points).
For example, there's a use of today's dance music when it was supposed to take place before the time the first film was made. If you can get past those inconsistencies, you'll still have a fun tiime watching it.
Crystal and Goodman are still at the top of their game as their characters displaying the same comedic chemistry and charm as their previous film. It's also interesting to see how Randall went from good character to bad, and Buscemi once again brought a sinister presence to his character. The rest of the characters are brand new and proved to be equally delightful including Mirren bringing a sense of dark and light emotion to her character.
Some may see this as the kid-friendly version of Animal House, but Monsters University still works as its own film and will entertain Pixar fans old and new. With the success of DreamWorks' The Croods plus the upcoming Disney animated films Planes and Frozen, 2013 is already proven to be another great year for CG-animated films.
On another note, don't forget to check out the pre-feature short film The Blue Umbrella, which melds live action and animation to tell the story of a lonely umbrella on a rainy day. It's another shining example of Pixar's forefront in making quality feature films and shorts for all audiences.
THE MOVIE'S RATING: G (for general audiences)
THE CRITIC'S RATING: 3.5 Stars (Out of Four)