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Monsters University
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11.29.2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Dan Scanlon

Actors:
Billy Crystal
John Goodman
Nathan Fillion

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Following scare masters Mike and Sully’s university career when they were young, irresponsible and worst of all, not friends. Both monsters must overcome their petty differences at the risk of being expelled and losing out of the job of their dreams.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I guess I should start by saying I’m a big fan of Disney and Pixar flicks, especially over the past decade (MONSTERS INC. being a sweet one from Pixar’s side of the table), but I was a little let down when I heard they were giving this installment the prequel treatment rather than sequel. Maybe this is due to the whole ‘laughs replaced scares’ end of the spectrum, but I’d have much rather seen the way Sully and Mike handled an older Boo. The trailers make this look like a cookie cutter University frat vs. frat deal with little to offer in the way of new territory (aside from everyone being monsters of different shapes and sizes), but being a Pixar film, I held on to hope. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

I guess the whole Mike and Sully aren’t friends thing is just too damn hard to swallow seeing as you know they’ll end up that way somehow. I did however, enjoy the origin of the friendship gone wrong between Mike and Randy/Randall (the chameleon villain from MONSTERS INC.), though they could have done a little more with it. Everything here plotwise just felt predictable and boring, and only remotely funny. I’m not saying the flick shouldn’t be geared toward kids, but damn, the first one came out like twelve years ago, so the kids that actually know what this is are probably in their twenties and would have benefitted from an edgier tone. I know I would have.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY isn’t trying overly hard to fool anyone, it’s a by the book cash grab using familiar faces that look good on lunch boxes and as stuffed animals at Toys R Us. There was no need whatsoever to see how or why these characters ended up working at Monsters Inc., or if and how they got along when they were younger. Newcomers Helen Mirren and Nathan Fillion were mildly amusing as the Dean (cool monster design) and head Frat Captain on campus, but all in all were wasted. On the positive side, the animation was stellar—everything from Sully’s fur to the moon rippling off the water, this looked damn good! Yet, unfortunately that’s not enough these days, and therefore, this one’s a letdown.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae and Kelsey Mann give us the rundown as they discuss the challenges and pitfalls of putting together a prequel. They also mention the fact that Mike and Sully had supposedly met in fourth grade, and how they decided to ignore it in favor of a rivalry. Classy.

Blue Umbrella: A cute short presented in 3D. This actually was funny.

Deleted Scenes: There are four scenes that do nothing for the film, or for me, I can see why they were cut.

Campus Life: A look at how they decided to create the campus life for the film, and everything that went into the day to day prep.

Story School: Much like the featurette that came before it, we just get a bit more writing in the process. They should have just coupled them together.

Monthropology: We get the 411 on how they bring these bad boy monsters to life on a technical level. Cool stuff, but I kinda dig the mechanical aspects of this stuff.

Scare Games: Now this is cool. This scare games in the film inspired some real life shenanigans on set with the cast. Nathan Fillion had a hand in this I’m sure.

Welcome to MU: Our favorite monster mistress, Scanlon, gives us an introduction to the film.

Paths to Pixar: MU Edition: A resume checklist for some of Pixar’s animators. Not sure if it’s for bragging rights or just to show us what they’ve done, but here it is.

Music Appreciation: This one’s all about the film’s score, which was alright, but nothing noteworthy.

Scare Tactics: Animators act out some of the scare tactics we see in the movie. Kids might dig it.

Color and Light: Before and after bits from the movie through various scenes.

Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective: Like I said in the review, this flick looks stellar, and this featurette shows you how the magic happens.

Set Flythroughs: A tour of Monsters University. Yay.

Promo Picks/Art Galleries: Lots and lots of production stills.

Previews: There are lots of trailers as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Anyone familiar with MONSTERS INC (or old enough to know how great Pixar films can be) will roll their eyes, but newcomers, in the form of young children, will no doubt be amused. There’s also quite an array of special features for the kiddies to dig through so at least it’s not a bust if you have young kids.
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9:57PM on 11/29/2013
Not liking this movie on the basis of characterizations etc., is fine, but not liking it because you'd prefer to see something else is wrong; pure, plain, simply wrong. Letting your preference of wanting a sequel, not a prequel, puts this whole review in a weird haze. Review what you got, not what you wanted.
Not liking this movie on the basis of characterizations etc., is fine, but not liking it because you'd prefer to see something else is wrong; pure, plain, simply wrong. Letting your preference of wanting a sequel, not a prequel, puts this whole review in a weird haze. Review what you got, not what you wanted.
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6:38PM on 11/29/2013

A truly face palm worthy review. Oy vey.

First rule in reviewing, know whom the target audience is before you snap to judgement. Disney for several decades has done different movies for different target generations. With each generation they still have stayed on target with emphasis on the next generation of children. That is why their story dynamics have changed so much with each decade yet still stay within certain guideline pertaining on what children should and shouldn't see. Pixar in a sense follows this same rule which is why
First rule in reviewing, know whom the target audience is before you snap to judgement. Disney for several decades has done different movies for different target generations. With each generation they still have stayed on target with emphasis on the next generation of children. That is why their story dynamics have changed so much with each decade yet still stay within certain guideline pertaining on what children should and shouldn't see. Pixar in a sense follows this same rule which is why they also gear specifically to a target audience. The problem that sequals to kids movies often have with older reviewers is that reviewers some times forget their no longer the target audience. The reviewers want to see edgier material but they forget that this is geared to kids not adults. When you forget this you build up a gross sense of entitlement which blinds you to the fact that this movie was not built to your specifications. It was built to a target audience that saw monsters inc on sale for dvd and learned to like the movie. As a result they goto see a movie targeted to their age and thus in their eyes its a good movie. To the reviewer on the other hand who is grown up its not satisfactory but that is only cause its not living up to your demands as an adult. That is the main problem that some people get as they get older. Our tastes in movies changes as do our demands. When we feel they are not fulfilled we are quick to label a movie as bad. If you truly want to review a movie you can't base it off everything you already know. You can't think of comparing it to every other college movie whether it be revenge of the nerds or animal house. You can't expect the movie to have inception level story telling. You can't expect oscar worthy dialogue with profound wording. You must see it from the perspective and demands of a child. Only by doing so will you start to see what a child would see and not the over bloated expectations that an adult would demand. Its only when you do that will you start to see the movie differently. I did that with my nephews when I saw it in theaters and in my opinion it was a worthy prequal to monsters inc.
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1:31PM on 11/29/2013
It's a shame, Pixar is known for much better and that's what we've come to expect. What a letdown.
It's a shame, Pixar is known for much better and that's what we've come to expect. What a letdown.
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12:39PM on 11/29/2013

John Lasseter needs to get back to Pixar

Methinks he's spending too much time at the Disney lot and not enough time at Pixar University. BRAVE was decent but CARS 2 was a mess and this one wasn't much better.
Methinks he's spending too much time at the Disney lot and not enough time at Pixar University. BRAVE was decent but CARS 2 was a mess and this one wasn't much better.
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