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Review: Monsters University

Jun. 17, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: Ten years before MONSTERS INC., Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) are freshmen at Monsters University, enrolled in the ďscareĒ program. After they flunk out, their only hope of readmission is to win the university ďScare GamesĒ for which theyíre paired up with the geekiest fraternity on campus, Oozma Kappa.

REVIEW: Could it be that Pixar has peaked? After an incredible run of movies that included THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE, UP, WALL-E (their masterpiece) and TOY STORY 3, the studio has seemingly lost its magic. BRAVE was pretty good, but CARS 2 was loud and obnoxious. While MONSTERS UNIVERSITY certainly isnít Pixarís nadir, itís shockingly mediocre, as itís little more than an eighties college comedy, albeit G-rated, animated, and populated by monsters.

The main conflict in MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is that Mike, while a smart, creative A-student, just isnít scary. I dunno- to me a giant green eyeball is a lot scarier than the other cuddly monsters like Sulley with his purple polka-dots. In order to graduate, Mike has to figure out a way to be scary, even though kids improbably find him cute. Somewhere in here thereís a message hidden for kids about how they should recognize their limitations and understand that all dreams donít necessarily come true, although often hard work can make up for talent. Of course, being that weíve all seen MONSTERS INC., itís pretty obvious that Mike and Sulleyís dreams of frightening children by becoming ďscarersĒ come true.

The message is all well and good (although I donít think kids should ever aspire to mediocrity- just sayiní) but the problem with MONSTERS UNIVERISTY is that itís just not funny. While the animation is up to Pixarís usual standards, did MONSTERS INC., really need a follow-up? Even worse, they made it a ďcampus comedyĒ which is a genre that was tired twenty years ago, and hasnít gotten any fresher. Heck, they even put the guys in a geeky frat, and pit them against letter-jacket wearing jocks (with their leader voiced by Nathan Fillion). Basically itís REVENGE OF THE NERDS, but not as funny.

Being a Pixar movie, MONSTERS UNIVERITY obviously isnít a total loss. Like in MONSTERS INC., Goodman and Crystal make for an entertaining animated buddy-pair. Crystalís always been an insanely manic guy, so heís perfect voicing a seventeen-year-old Mike. As per her recent typecasting, Helen Mirren plays the stern, cruel University dean (a centipede scare champion), and while itís her usual ice-queen routine, it canít be said that sheís not ideal voice casting for the part. I also liked MAN MEN/ GOD BLESS AMERICAís Joel Murray as Oozma Kappaís resident mature student, a former salesman newly laid off (I guess the recession exists in Pixar-land too) and trying to fit in with the much younger students.

Still, it canít be denied that MONSTERS UNIVERITY is really lame as far as Pixar movies go.It still works pretty well for the kiddies, who will like the candy-colored Pixar universe and cuddly monsters, but their parents will be bored. Itís not awful, but the non-Pixar, Disney flick WRECK-IT RALPH was a lot better than this and more in line with the kind of movies they should be making.

Source: JoBlo.com

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12:32AM on 06/17/2013
Terrible news. I actually did enjoy Cars 2 but it was clear it was a step down from their normal creative genius. Then Brave was a big let down for me and I still wonder how the hell it won the Oscar for best animated picture when Paranorman and Frankenweenie were nominated. The idea of this one never really seemed appealing. I have hope for their future line up though.
Terrible news. I actually did enjoy Cars 2 but it was clear it was a step down from their normal creative genius. Then Brave was a big let down for me and I still wonder how the hell it won the Oscar for best animated picture when Paranorman and Frankenweenie were nominated. The idea of this one never really seemed appealing. I have hope for their future line up though.
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1:09AM on 06/17/2013
WOW might be your shortest review ever Mr. Bumbray, seems the only good sequels Pixar can have are from Toy Story. Now that's 2 failed sequels to movies that didn't need one. Wonder what this will say about Finding Dory.?

WOW might be your shortest review ever Mr. Bumbray, seems the only good sequels Pixar can have are from Toy Story. Now that's 2 failed sequels to movies that didn't need one. Wonder what this will say about Finding Dory.?

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1:28AM on 06/17/2013
Probably will be the most chaste college movie ever.
Probably will be the most chaste college movie ever.
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1:46AM on 06/17/2013
Pixar hasn't done anything great since Up IMO. And prior to, Wall-e, TS3, and Ratatouille were all overrated.
Pixar hasn't done anything great since Up IMO. And prior to, Wall-e, TS3, and Ratatouille were all overrated.
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5:46PM on 06/17/2013
amen
amen
10:53AM on 06/17/2013
WALL-E >>>>>> Up
WALL-E >>>>>> Up
2:42AM on 06/17/2013
110% agree with you.
110% agree with you.
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2:32AM on 06/17/2013
I knew it would end up like this.
I knew it would end up like this.
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4:54AM on 06/17/2013

Usually PG?

Um, the vast majority of Pixar movies are rated G. It's hard to take a review seriously when it messes up such a basic, easily-researchable fact.
Um, the vast majority of Pixar movies are rated G. It's hard to take a review seriously when it messes up such a basic, easily-researchable fact.
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5:52AM on 06/17/2013
I've really enjoyed each and every Toy Story immensely. The stories just got better with each one (saw Toy Story 2 yesterday - still a great movie). Loved Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo. Incredibles was good but not at the TS level (for me). Wall E was very enjoyable until the humans came in to the story...it kinda lost it's momentum for me from then on. Ratatouille was good. Brave - was a time pass ... nothing more - possibly the least funniest Pixar movie I've seen to date (have not
I've really enjoyed each and every Toy Story immensely. The stories just got better with each one (saw Toy Story 2 yesterday - still a great movie). Loved Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo. Incredibles was good but not at the TS level (for me). Wall E was very enjoyable until the humans came in to the story...it kinda lost it's momentum for me from then on. Ratatouille was good. Brave - was a time pass ... nothing more - possibly the least funniest Pixar movie I've seen to date (have not seen the Cars' movies). Overall, they havenít all been great movies and I donít think itís a Ö oh suddenly their movies are not so good anymoreÖ so I donít think itís about them having peaked or not. I've enjoyed their movies much more than not - so hopefully that can continue.
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9:40PM on 06/17/2013
It's better than Dreamworks, who have established a trend of mediocre movies and occasionally surprise with a rare good film. Of course, they figure if you make enough movies, a few of them will be good. I have been disappointed by some of Pixar's latest films, but they have never been more unsatisfying than a Dreamworks Animation film experience (besides How To Train Your Dragon, the only Dreamworks film that impressed me). I still find some things to appreciate in Pixar's worse films.
It's better than Dreamworks, who have established a trend of mediocre movies and occasionally surprise with a rare good film. Of course, they figure if you make enough movies, a few of them will be good. I have been disappointed by some of Pixar's latest films, but they have never been more unsatisfying than a Dreamworks Animation film experience (besides How To Train Your Dragon, the only Dreamworks film that impressed me). I still find some things to appreciate in Pixar's worse films.
5:49PM on 06/17/2013
thank you for pointing out that pixar, like most studios, has a handful of really good movies, and many more mediocre ones. they are not untouchable
thank you for pointing out that pixar, like most studios, has a handful of really good movies, and many more mediocre ones. they are not untouchable
8:16AM on 06/17/2013

plot and pixar peaking?

I can't discredit Pixar with taking their franchises into new, interesting places, but I can question them as to why they're making sequels out of them. Did we really need to see a Cars 2 that focused on Mater and had a secret agent plot? No. Do we need a Monsters Inc prequel focusing on Mike and Sully's college days? No, but I'm speaking as a movie fan, not what the film's demographic is towards which is kids. Bad movie or not, this movie's gonna make a lot of money because the first one was
I can't discredit Pixar with taking their franchises into new, interesting places, but I can question them as to why they're making sequels out of them. Did we really need to see a Cars 2 that focused on Mater and had a secret agent plot? No. Do we need a Monsters Inc prequel focusing on Mike and Sully's college days? No, but I'm speaking as a movie fan, not what the film's demographic is towards which is kids. Bad movie or not, this movie's gonna make a lot of money because the first one was successful, and there's always a sense of hope of it being better what it is because unlike a lot of other studios, Pixar knows what to do with their characters. They handle them all with an extreme amount of care and add the right amount of emotion in just about all of their films (sans Cars/Cars 2).

Do I wish they would have made incredibles 2, or another original story? Absolutely, but sometimes movies like this have to exist in order for something better (possibly less marketable) to come along later down the line.

As for Pixar peaking? No way, they're still the standard for all animated films for kids and adults. What other kids films can show things like a woman having a birth defect (UP), an incredible speech about embracing the new (Ratatouille), or the possible oncoming death of their entire cast (Toy Story 3) and still keep it kid friendly? Certainly not Dreamworks or Universal.
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5:52PM on 06/17/2013
i beg to differ
i beg to differ
9:07AM on 06/17/2013
Taking the kids to see it but I'm not too thrilled with what I've seen so far.

I AM looking forward to taking em to Despicable Me 2 in July.
Taking the kids to see it but I'm not too thrilled with what I've seen so far.

I AM looking forward to taking em to Despicable Me 2 in July.
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10:13AM on 06/23/2013
I'd like to know what your opinion is of Monsters U after you saw it??? I just saw it last night and thought it was great!! I kept waiting to get bored or something to throw the movie off but that never came...on the contrary, I laughed and enjoyed myself. It wasn't entirely clever like so many computer animated features before it but it was really good.
I'd like to know what your opinion is of Monsters U after you saw it??? I just saw it last night and thought it was great!! I kept waiting to get bored or something to throw the movie off but that never came...on the contrary, I laughed and enjoyed myself. It wasn't entirely clever like so many computer animated features before it but it was really good.
10:04AM on 06/17/2013
It seems that everything after Toy Story 3 will is going down the hill from here. I remember Pixar when they loved telling stories with adult themes, that taught lessons. I was okay with sequels to Toy Story, but everything else is just a money grab. I wish Pixar would stick with original stories and characters instead of recycling the same crap.
It seems that everything after Toy Story 3 will is going down the hill from here. I remember Pixar when they loved telling stories with adult themes, that taught lessons. I was okay with sequels to Toy Story, but everything else is just a money grab. I wish Pixar would stick with original stories and characters instead of recycling the same crap.
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10:17AM on 06/17/2013
Such a shame considering Monsters Inc is nearly their best film made to date IMHO. Doesn't get the attention it deserves when you're battling the likes of Nemo, Toy Story, and A Bug's Life. OK, just kidding on the last one. But I grew up on the early films, so I'm biased to thinking they're all significantly better.
Such a shame considering Monsters Inc is nearly their best film made to date IMHO. Doesn't get the attention it deserves when you're battling the likes of Nemo, Toy Story, and A Bug's Life. OK, just kidding on the last one. But I grew up on the early films, so I'm biased to thinking they're all significantly better.
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11:03AM on 06/17/2013

Whaa?

I've seen it and thought it was great. I thought it was funny, the animation was creative and colorful, and I dug the REVENGE OF THE NERDS style story. I reminded me of more classic Pixar stuff like A BUG'S LIFE (which I also really liked).

Plus, it's a fuckload better than BRAVE. I'd give it an easy 8/10. It's not as "deep" as UP or WALL-E, but why the fuck does every animated kid's movie from Pixar have to be deep? I sure had a lot more fun with MONSTERS UNIVERSITY than I had with the
I've seen it and thought it was great. I thought it was funny, the animation was creative and colorful, and I dug the REVENGE OF THE NERDS style story. I reminded me of more classic Pixar stuff like A BUG'S LIFE (which I also really liked).

Plus, it's a fuckload better than BRAVE. I'd give it an easy 8/10. It's not as "deep" as UP or WALL-E, but why the fuck does every animated kid's movie from Pixar have to be deep? I sure had a lot more fun with MONSTERS UNIVERSITY than I had with the last few Pixar movies (TOY STORY 3 aside).

But hey, you didn't dig it. I did. Should be interesting to see what the people think.
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11:07AM on 06/17/2013
I think (hope) people thinking Pixar's on the decline will change their tune when Pete Docter's new one finally arrives. The one set inside the human mind.
I think (hope) people thinking Pixar's on the decline will change their tune when Pete Docter's new one finally arrives. The one set inside the human mind.
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9:59AM on 06/23/2013
Considering the setting of Pete Docter's new movie....maybe they can change peoples minds about Pixar after all....or at the very least take all the morons off-line..permanently
Considering the setting of Pete Docter's new movie....maybe they can change peoples minds about Pixar after all....or at the very least take all the morons off-line..permanently
9:34PM on 06/17/2013
Pixar is only declining because they produced high quality films before and their work hasn't been up to par as of late. Dreamworks, on the other hand, cannot be considered on the decline because they never established a trend of high quality films. Their movies have been consistently average, with a few exceptions. You can hate on Pixar all you want, but Dreamworks is not the one who set the standard. Pixar is falling short of a higher standard, while Dreamworks can make bad movies and no
Pixar is only declining because they produced high quality films before and their work hasn't been up to par as of late. Dreamworks, on the other hand, cannot be considered on the decline because they never established a trend of high quality films. Their movies have been consistently average, with a few exceptions. You can hate on Pixar all you want, but Dreamworks is not the one who set the standard. Pixar is falling short of a higher standard, while Dreamworks can make bad movies and no one cares, because expectations are already low.
5:56PM on 06/17/2013
pixar is on the decline, period. you can't deny it, don't try. forget the pete docter movie. that's been in development for quite a while...which raises an eyebrow. talk to me after Planes, then we'll see if you feel the same way.
pixar is on the decline, period. you can't deny it, don't try. forget the pete docter movie. that's been in development for quite a while...which raises an eyebrow. talk to me after Planes, then we'll see if you feel the same way.
1:17PM on 06/17/2013
Glass half empty eh? Only saying if its good (like on par with or even better than UP), people might have some optimism. Wasn't suggesting it would magically erase people's memories of flicks they didn't consider masterpieces....
Glass half empty eh? Only saying if its good (like on par with or even better than UP), people might have some optimism. Wasn't suggesting it would magically erase people's memories of flicks they didn't consider masterpieces....
12:28PM on 06/17/2013
one film does not negate a succession of mediocre films which create the pattern of decline. one film would simply be an exception if it is not the first of a series of new films that rebound the quality of Pixar. so, no, Peter Docter's film inherently cannot change people's minds by itself, it can only change people's minds if it is one of several films that are good coming from Pixar in the near future.
one film does not negate a succession of mediocre films which create the pattern of decline. one film would simply be an exception if it is not the first of a series of new films that rebound the quality of Pixar. so, no, Peter Docter's film inherently cannot change people's minds by itself, it can only change people's minds if it is one of several films that are good coming from Pixar in the near future.
11:53AM on 06/17/2013
No suprise there. I didn't think Monsters Inc. Was funny in the first place!
No suprise there. I didn't think Monsters Inc. Was funny in the first place!
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12:10PM on 06/17/2013

Zero interest

Like Cars 2 this was an installment NOBODY asked for. Monsters Inc. was an enjoyable film, and maybe I'd be down for a sequel...but a prequel? Please. No thanks. Make the Incredibles 2 already. I know Bird's off doing his own thing, but drive a Brinks truck up his driveway and we just might get some traction on the one Pixar movie that truly deserves and warrants a sequel.
Like Cars 2 this was an installment NOBODY asked for. Monsters Inc. was an enjoyable film, and maybe I'd be down for a sequel...but a prequel? Please. No thanks. Make the Incredibles 2 already. I know Bird's off doing his own thing, but drive a Brinks truck up his driveway and we just might get some traction on the one Pixar movie that truly deserves and warrants a sequel.
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1:48PM on 06/17/2013
I wouldn't call Pixar on a decline. Brave was a great film, if underwhelming, but only because it couldn't reach the astronomical heights created by previous films. The only real slips Pixar has had are with sequels/prequels, of which they've done two: Cars 2 and this. And those are two films no one really wanted to see a series from anyway. The Toy Story films were all fantastic, so sequels for those were, of course, fine. The trailers never really appealed much to me for this and I remember
I wouldn't call Pixar on a decline. Brave was a great film, if underwhelming, but only because it couldn't reach the astronomical heights created by previous films. The only real slips Pixar has had are with sequels/prequels, of which they've done two: Cars 2 and this. And those are two films no one really wanted to see a series from anyway. The Toy Story films were all fantastic, so sequels for those were, of course, fine. The trailers never really appealed much to me for this and I remember thinking the original Monsters Inc. was fairly forgettable. I still gotta agree that their best bet for a sequel would be The Incredibles, especially since the whole comic book movie is the big thing right now. That was a great film and, more than any other Pixar film, deserves a great sequel.
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9:51AM on 06/23/2013
BRAVE was TERRIBLE MAN...not even close to GREAT!! Even without comparing it to ANYTHING AT ALL!! It was bland and I never even snickered a peep once...throughout the entire crappy movie...get with it man..next you'll be saying Superman Returns was a GREAT FILM!!
BRAVE was TERRIBLE MAN...not even close to GREAT!! Even without comparing it to ANYTHING AT ALL!! It was bland and I never even snickered a peep once...throughout the entire crappy movie...get with it man..next you'll be saying Superman Returns was a GREAT FILM!!
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5:52PM on 06/17/2013

Get used to it...

....PLANES is up next!
....PLANES is up next!
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12:08PM on 06/19/2013
You know dick all. Planes isn't by Pixar.
You know dick all. Planes isn't by Pixar.
5:18PM on 06/18/2013
I love Pixar a lot but this comment made me laugh pretty good.
I love Pixar a lot but this comment made me laugh pretty good.
2:41PM on 06/18/2013
Planes is coming to theaters. It's another Cars sequel. Disney and Pixar are Disney/Pixar, one company, also known as "Dixar". And actually, TURBO looks really good. Are you just trying to dog Dreamworks? cuz it aint workin' hater lol
Planes is coming to theaters. It's another Cars sequel. Disney and Pixar are Disney/Pixar, one company, also known as "Dixar". And actually, TURBO looks really good. Are you just trying to dog Dreamworks? cuz it aint workin' hater lol
9:29PM on 06/17/2013
Planes is not Pixar; it's DisneyToon. And Turbo doesn't look any better than Planes, which is saying something since DisneyToon exists to make straight-to-DVD movies.
Planes is not Pixar; it's DisneyToon. And Turbo doesn't look any better than Planes, which is saying something since DisneyToon exists to make straight-to-DVD movies.
5:58PM on 06/17/2013

I had a bad feeling about this

Pixar had a hell of a run from RATATOUILLE to TOY STORY 3. CARS 2 was sad, BRAVE was a 2nd tier Pixar film, but still made its way into my collection. But MU had "bad idea" written all over it. I hope their next 2 films can recapture the magic, but I'm seeing way too many of their best young people (like Doug Sweetland) leaving.

Pixar needs to get back to what they do best: great original stories.
Pixar had a hell of a run from RATATOUILLE to TOY STORY 3. CARS 2 was sad, BRAVE was a 2nd tier Pixar film, but still made its way into my collection. But MU had "bad idea" written all over it. I hope their next 2 films can recapture the magic, but I'm seeing way too many of their best young people (like Doug Sweetland) leaving.

Pixar needs to get back to what they do best: great original stories.
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8:23PM on 06/17/2013

Nice prequel

While the story is predictable, I really enjoyed it and thought it was funny. The world was beautifully animated and filled with loveable characters. I also think the messages were a nice touch and the connections to the first movie were great. It is no Wall-E (which is my favorite pixar movie), Toy Story 3 or Up (I don't think every of there movies have to) but I enjoyed it more than Brave and a lot more than Cars.
Overall I would give it a solid 7/10.
While the story is predictable, I really enjoyed it and thought it was funny. The world was beautifully animated and filled with loveable characters. I also think the messages were a nice touch and the connections to the first movie were great. It is no Wall-E (which is my favorite pixar movie), Toy Story 3 or Up (I don't think every of there movies have to) but I enjoyed it more than Brave and a lot more than Cars.
Overall I would give it a solid 7/10.
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9:49PM on 06/17/2013

ouch

it doesn't surprise me, it didn't look to have the pixar magic
it doesn't surprise me, it didn't look to have the pixar magic
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10:43PM on 06/17/2013

COMING SOON

DISCLAIMER: I have kids, so yes I am going to see this, BUT why does Pixar feel the need to force their classic movies into genres that have nothing to to with the original? Nobody was asking for a Cars 2 Spy Thriller, or Monster's Inc college comedy. Next up: "Wall-e Salvation:- wherein Wall-e and Eve must help a young John Connor fight off the terminators and save mankind. Followed by: "UP and Over", a murder mystery where Carl is found dead and Russell and his sidekick Dug must find out
DISCLAIMER: I have kids, so yes I am going to see this, BUT why does Pixar feel the need to force their classic movies into genres that have nothing to to with the original? Nobody was asking for a Cars 2 Spy Thriller, or Monster's Inc college comedy. Next up: "Wall-e Salvation:- wherein Wall-e and Eve must help a young John Connor fight off the terminators and save mankind. Followed by: "UP and Over", a murder mystery where Carl is found dead and Russell and his sidekick Dug must find out whodunit (spoiler self inflicted helium overdose) and finally: "Ratatouille Kablooey" where Remy must stop a mad bomber from destroying the Eiffel Tower the only way he knows how...sweet home cooking and the Bubonic plague.
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2:44PM on 06/18/2013
LOL i would go see a couple of those
LOL i would go see a couple of those
2:49PM on 06/18/2013

FOR BROKEN DREAMER:

Dude, don't harass me cuz you're mad about Dreamworks coming out with decent movies recently and Pixar coming out with less-than-decent ones. It's not my fault....so take your pity party elsewhere. Pixar died when Disney bought them out. Not complicated
Dude, don't harass me cuz you're mad about Dreamworks coming out with decent movies recently and Pixar coming out with less-than-decent ones. It's not my fault....so take your pity party elsewhere. Pixar died when Disney bought them out. Not complicated
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9:48AM on 06/23/2013
@Zombie3298.....if you hedging your bet on aaahum...'PLANES' your a fool....not just a fool but a damn FOOL!! with the terrible Cars 2 recently bombing and [link] oh why would you say 'just wait til Planes comes out'.....I mean [link]s like saying.."you think Star Wars is going down the tubes with Phantom Menace..just wait til Attack of the Clones comes out......' RFLOL...
I hope Pixar pulls through too...because I like seeing good movies..simple...is Dreamworks better?? IDK and I don't
@Zombie3298.....if you hedging your bet on aaahum...'PLANES' your a fool....not just a fool but a damn FOOL!! with the terrible Cars 2 recently bombing and [link] oh why would you say 'just wait til Planes comes out'.....I mean [link]s like saying.."you think Star Wars is going down the tubes with Phantom Menace..just wait til Attack of the Clones comes out......' RFLOL...
I hope Pixar pulls through too...because I like seeing good movies..simple...is Dreamworks better?? IDK and I don't care...if they come out with a good movie, I'll go see that too.
12:55AM on 06/23/2013
Thanks for the call out! Much appreciated! As you can see above, I returned the favor.
Thanks for the call out! Much appreciated! As you can see above, I returned the favor.
12:11PM on 06/19/2013
I beg to differ

BTW turbo looks horrendous, and sure pixar is under the disney roof, but they had as much involvement in "Planes" as they did in "Mars needs Moms". I'll admit dreamworks is getting better with their animation (Dragon, RIse of the Guardians, Megamind) but they're still no where near the bar that Pixar set.

btw don't be mad at broken dreamer because he actually made valid points to everything you've written, while all you've come back with is "just wait till planes comes
I beg to differ

BTW turbo looks horrendous, and sure pixar is under the disney roof, but they had as much involvement in "Planes" as they did in "Mars needs Moms". I'll admit dreamworks is getting better with their animation (Dragon, RIse of the Guardians, Megamind) but they're still no where near the bar that Pixar set.

btw don't be mad at broken dreamer because he actually made valid points to everything you've written, while all you've come back with is "just wait till planes comes out".
12:06PM on 06/19/2013
Damn. You were gone for so long I was hoping you were dead.
Damn. You were gone for so long I was hoping you were dead.
9:18PM on 06/20/2013

Miguelittle

It comes as no surprise that I find you still creeping around the Pixar/Dreamworks related posts on this site.



(Please note how I put Pixar before Dreamworks in my comment) (^_^)
It comes as no surprise that I find you still creeping around the Pixar/Dreamworks related posts on this site.



(Please note how I put Pixar before Dreamworks in my comment) (^_^)
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11:21AM on 06/21/2013
Monsters Inc is my favorite Pixar. I'll still see this in hopes that you're wrong.
Monsters Inc is my favorite Pixar. I'll still see this in hopes that you're wrong.
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1:01PM on 06/21/2013

WA WA WA WHAAAT????

I believe you that this movie deserves a 5...which is crazy because 3 or 4 years ago I would have told you to F OFF...because Pixar doesn't screw up that bad....but lately Pixar is LOST....IDK but I think that it has to do with Disney....ever since Disney fully acquired Pixar they have been lost in the woods. That piece of garbage BRAVE was such a let down. I thought they were going to redeem themselves with that movie but it was just another chip on the wood pile that is taking Pixar apart
I believe you that this movie deserves a 5...which is crazy because 3 or 4 years ago I would have told you to F OFF...because Pixar doesn't screw up that bad....but lately Pixar is LOST....IDK but I think that it has to do with Disney....ever since Disney fully acquired Pixar they have been lost in the woods. That piece of garbage BRAVE was such a let down. I thought they were going to redeem themselves with that movie but it was just another chip on the wood pile that is taking Pixar apart piece by piece..chip by chip. Now comes this sequel and I'm totally not surprised that its terrible. WHAT HAPPENED PIXAR???? are you just making movies way too fast now?? Are you too big of a company that you have to make more and more movies faster and faster just to sustain yourself....is Disney making you make these movies??? The recipe has changed so so much that now I no longer jump head first into seeing one of your movies and was ALWAYS pleasantly surprised...now I wait and wait to make sure it might be ok...and now...I simply won't even watch. So go ahead and ruin Nemo as well, you can't help it. Dreamworks is making short work of you.
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9:42AM on 06/23/2013
This is my prediction before I saw the movie....and you can see what I said after I saw it up top.. Now you can see that I went into the movie expecting a dud...and came out pleasantly surprised.
This is my prediction before I saw the movie....and you can see what I said after I saw it up top.. Now you can see that I went into the movie expecting a dud...and came out pleasantly surprised.
1:19AM on 06/23/2013

FOR MIGUELITO:

Well, since you made a post addressed to me, I thought I should return the favor. I know you are devoted to Dreamworks--you have frequently professed your undying love for the studio--so I don't blame you for having a diluted sense of quality animation. I also understand why you rejoice in Pixar's failures: when your favorite studio has been so far below Pixar in terms of quality, you can't help but jump on an opportunity to tear them down to your level. It's like a younger brother
Well, since you made a post addressed to me, I thought I should return the favor. I know you are devoted to Dreamworks--you have frequently professed your undying love for the studio--so I don't blame you for having a diluted sense of quality animation. I also understand why you rejoice in Pixar's failures: when your favorite studio has been so far below Pixar in terms of quality, you can't help but jump on an opportunity to tear them down to your level. It's like a younger brother complex.

The problem is that I admit that Pixar has its faults. I have been disappointed in some recent films. So, while I still enjoy Pixar's films, I do not blindly worship them to the point where I don't see the blemishes. Excuse me for actually recognizing the mediocrity of Dreamworks features, which you seem to ignore.

By the way, just as I admit Pixar has disappointed, I also give credit where it's due to Dreamworks, particularly with How To Train Your Dragon. So, while you make it a priority to tear down Pixar, I try to stay balanced by recognizing the good and bad of both studios and expressing my views accordingly.

I also don't attribute films that have no connection to the studio. You should look at all the Dreamworks associated animated features there are. Most unbiased individuals will admit Dreamworks has had a string of mediocre movies.
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5:39AM on 06/23/2013

Saw this last night...

And while it's a completely different film to the first, it has a lot of Pixar heart, great characters, and a solid story. While not up there with the best of Pixar, it's pretty close. I'd give it 8/10.
And while it's a completely different film to the first, it has a lot of Pixar heart, great characters, and a solid story. While not up there with the best of Pixar, it's pretty close. I'd give it 8/10.
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9:40AM on 06/23/2013

CHRIS CHRIS CHRIS.......I saw this last night...

Gotta say Chris...I agreed with you 100% on Man of Steel after it was given a GAWD AWFUL REVIEW on this site but you completely missed it on Monsters U man...and I am not the biggest supporter of Pixar right now because of all the crap they've been putting out but this new one fits right in with the classic Pixar that we've all come to love. Animation was the best I've seen on any Pixar movie especially in 3D..WOW. I've always said that the 3D they are using now fits best with computer animated
Gotta say Chris...I agreed with you 100% on Man of Steel after it was given a GAWD AWFUL REVIEW on this site but you completely missed it on Monsters U man...and I am not the biggest supporter of Pixar right now because of all the crap they've been putting out but this new one fits right in with the classic Pixar that we've all come to love. Animation was the best I've seen on any Pixar movie especially in 3D..WOW. I've always said that the 3D they are using now fits best with computer animated films. Can't imagine what 48fps would look like on a computer animated movie...BRIGHTER!! CLEARER & BETTER 3D!! Thats a no brainer but for some reason it hasn't happened yet...HHHMMM????
ANYWAY...this movie deserves a 7 or 8...but NO WHERE NEAR A 5!! Me and my nephew had fun watching and actually laughed out loud quite a few times....Great Story too!! Could it have been better?? Yeah it could have been..there could have been more cameos and such but it was a Solid Pixar movie and another Classic for Pixar!! Cars 2 and Brave...were crap man....and I was really hoping Brave was going to be something great...esp when I first saw the previews....but eh...what ya gonna do???
Anyway if your on the fence about seeing Monsters University....GO SEE IT ALREADY....ITS FUN!!! oh and see it in 3D...it was so immersive that it reminded me of when I was a kid looking through the ViewMaster and just being amazed at the dimensionality of it.
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8:10PM on 06/23/2013

Review doesn't do it justice

I saw this film yesterday and I went in expecting the movie to be awful. I could not have been more wrong...
Monsters U is a ton of fun and looks absolutely stunning. Pixar have raised the bar on how animation should look with this one, everything is so thoroughly rendered. Yes, the story is somewhat a homage to all those Comedies about the awkward kid who goes to college and tries to become popular but that is also what makes this movie so much fun to watch. I loved being able to see glimpses
I saw this film yesterday and I went in expecting the movie to be awful. I could not have been more wrong...
Monsters U is a ton of fun and looks absolutely stunning. Pixar have raised the bar on how animation should look with this one, everything is so thoroughly rendered. Yes, the story is somewhat a homage to all those Comedies about the awkward kid who goes to college and tries to become popular but that is also what makes this movie so much fun to watch. I loved being able to see glimpses of other movies scattered throughout Monsters U.
Is it as good as Monsters Inc.? Not quite, but it provides a quality entry into the Monsters universe.
I give this a 8/10.
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3:22PM on 06/24/2013

Way off

once again, i disagree with your review chris, This was one of the better pixar movies put out for a while. Hate to say it, but I enjoyed it more than Monsters INC.

9/10
once again, i disagree with your review chris, This was one of the better pixar movies put out for a while. Hate to say it, but I enjoyed it more than Monsters INC.

9/10
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2:03AM on 06/26/2013
Kids are really enjoying watching this movie this holiday season.
Kids are really enjoying watching this movie this holiday season.
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2:44PM on 07/03/2013
I'm all for Pixar but they're really disneyd themselves lately.
And Disney pixared themselves with Wreck-it-Raplh.
I'm all for Pixar but they're really disneyd themselves lately.
And Disney pixared themselves with Wreck-it-Raplh.
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