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Monsters University
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Directed By
Dan Scanlon

Written By:
Dan Scanlon, Robert L. Baird

Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Tyler Labine, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Sweeney, Bonnie Hunt, John Krasinski, Bill Hader, Beth Behrs, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, April Winchell, Alec Medlock, Frank Oz

Monsters University (2013)
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Movie Review by James
June 24th, 2013

Monsters University is a Good Pixar Film

In 2001, Pixar Animation Studios released "Monsters, Inc." a movie that explored the realm of monsters and how they scare little kids by entering their closets. But that movie offered a lot of questions, like how did the main characters meet? Well, Pixar is providing the answers with a prequel entitled "Monsters University". With this film, Pixar is taking a step backwards and providing some continuity that will lead audiences into the first movie. Though there are some problems with the film, it is still pretty good. "Monsters University" may not be as brilliant as its predecessor, but it is still fun to watch.

The story, as previously stated, is a prequel to "Monsters, Inc." Here, we see Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) attending the titular Monsters University. But the twist is Mike is a hard-pressed studier, while Sullivan, or Sully, wants to have a fun time. Both Mike and Sully get caught up in the Scare Games, a campus competition to prove which fraternity is the best in the school. Unfortunately, both Mike and Sully get stuck with the loser fraternity and now must prove themselves against the jocks, but also the dean of the college.

"Monsters University" is not bad, but it has a lot to live up on. The story sets itself pretty nicely as there is a lot of continuity that goes into the first movie. We see events in this movie that would lead up to the first film, and it actually holds pretty well. The acting is nice as Billy Crystal and John Goodman return to the roles that defined the first movie. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well, including a surprise from Helen Mirren as the dean. The characters in this films are likable, like the first movie, and and they each stand out on their own. The animation is where the movie truly shines. Pixar has improved in the field of animation since the first film was released in 2001. Everything is amazing and looks great.

With that being said, the is not perfect. The music sounds like a combination of college marching band and jazz, it just doesn't fit well with the film. The pacing was too quick and it felt like it was over very soon. The movie does not offer a villain that the main characters have to overcome, and while the dean looks menacing, she doesn't do anything menacing. Finally, the movie as a whole just doesn't feel strong enough to hold up against the first film.

In conclusion, while as perfect as the original film, "Monsters University" is a good prequel that Pixar fans will enjoy.

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