It’s predecessor, Monster’s Inc, while fun, was never my favorite Disney Pixar movie. I thought the idea of seeing Mike and Sully develop their friendship in a prequel was a neat idea, but frankly it wasn’t on my priority list of movies to go see. Now that it’s out on DVD, though, I was pleased to find that I actually really liked it- perhaps even more than the original movie.
The plot is simple: it’s years before the events in Monster’s Inc, and Mike and Sully are attending classes at Monster’s University. Mike wants to be a scarer and has worked his entire life to be able to attend the school of his dreams. Sully, on the other hand, comes from a long line of successful scarers, and fails to see why he should take his classes seriously when he’s got a scary appearance and a wicked roar. The two of them quickly become rivals, and end up getting kicked out of class. Hoping to be reentered, they team up with the sorority of misfits and enter the Scare Games to prove their worth.
So, the movie was fun. Really fun. The first thing that jumped out at me was how much of the backstory from the first movie they explained. Randal, the antagonist from the first movie, makes quite a few appearances as his nerdy younger self named Randy, which I thought was cool. All the characters that will appear in the first movie have been given facelifts to make them look younger, but still recognizable. Mike is a lighter green, and less pudgy. Sully is thinner, has a slight hairdo (furdo?). Randal is lighter purple, thinner, and ganglier. It’s neat to see how these characters looked at different points in their life.
The voice acting in this movie is great. At first, I was worried that it would be full of annoying characters, but this was proven false. While the characters are all lively and funny, none of them grated on my nerves like I thought they would.
That’s about all I can think to say about it. The movie was funny, it had its exciting and suspenseful parts, and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. If you’re looking for something to get your child for Christmas (or maybe even yourself), you can’t go wrong with Monster’s University.
I give it an 8.5/10!