I imagined the director and producers of Monster‚Äôs Inc sitting around a board room table, trying to come up with a plot for the next installment of the Pixar‚Äôs lovable monster flick. During the brainstorm, someone in the room must have said ‚ÄúMonsters scare you‚Ä¶.Scare U‚Äù and the college template was framed for the newly released prequel.
How the one-eyed Mike Guzowski and furry ‚Äúkitty‚Äù giant, James Sullivan (Sully), first met in college is a ragtag underdog story that includes party monsters in frat houses, a rousing alma mater fight song with spunky cheerleaders, jocks, boring Ferris Bueller professors, and inspiring competition between students who want to win the annual Scare Games. The campus is full of all the clich√©d groups you ever saw during your undergrad years, complete with an emo Goth goul and dragon-winged, centipede-bodied dean who is easily the scariest monster in the entire school. You know you had a dean like that.
Randy Newman‚Äôs theme song gets you in the mood for some magical monster animation from beginning to end. And by the way, be sure to stick around at the end of the rolling credits for the final touch. I love it when movies reward their diehard fans who want just a little bit more.
The cast includes the exceptional voice talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes, Bonnie Hunt, and Jennifer Tilly. Mike and Sully are fleshed out with back-story details that leave us loving them even more. Can you say ‚ÄúMerchandising Jackpot!‚Äù?
One of my sons is currently an animation student in college, so I always love to hear his opinion on the artistry and CGI in films. He gave Monster‚Äôs University two big thumbs up and bows to Pixar‚Äôs talent and creativity. The film doesn‚Äôt rely on the fans‚Äô love of the first movie; it introduces new characters you‚Äôll fall in love with, as well as new dimensions to the Monsters‚Äô world that are sure to create new areas in theme parks.
It‚Äôs an adorable movie that the entire family will enjoy.