Excerpt: The technical presentation, however, earns top marks. The 16:9 Blu-ray image is so sharp and detailed, with such outstanding manipulation of focus that one almost wonders if 3D is even necessary. But every so often a shot will drop the jaw with its realistic illusion of depth, evident down to subtle elements like a shaft of sunlight or a swirl of dust. The third dimension also does wonders to impart a sense of scale to the proceedings, as the grounds and halls of M.U.
Excerpt: Back when Michael Eisner was CEO of Disney he set in motion plans to sequelize the Pixar films, a plan that saw massive disagreement from Overlord Steve Jobs , primarily because the sequels were going into production at a different animation studio and featured weak stories developed to simply take advantage of the goodwill Pixar spent years building. Releasing sub-par sequels would damage the company's reputation. A sequel to " Monsters, Inc.
Excerpt: Mike Wazowski has always wanted to be a top scarer, with dreams of working the scare floor at Monsters Incorporated. Now he has taken the first steps toward that dream, as he has enrolled in the scare program at Monsters University. He has studied hard, so he knows the ins and outs of all of the various scare techniques. But as he soon learns, you need more than knowledge to be one of the best scare creators.
Excerpt: Monsters University shows how ingrained scaring was to the monster world. Their economy, their entertainment, and their schools all flash awe toward the artistic merit of frightening small children. Monsters Inc. however merely showed us the business equation. Knowing this, the upheaval caused by Mike & Sully at the end of Monsters Inc. would have thrown their world into total anarchy. Schools would trash curriculum based on scaring.
Excerpt: It's hard to stay on top in the entertainment world. When you're the best, it seems like there's no place to go but down. With the release of Toy Story in 1995, Pixar grabbed audiences and held on tight through a string of instant classics as impressive as stories as showcases for computer animation. It seemed they could do no wrong.
Summary: Pixar remains the benchmark by which all other computer animated films are still measured. I can’t tell you how they will compare, but I can promise you a wonderful stay. If there’s an animation studio out there who thinks they’re as good as these guys, I have bad news for you. “ You’re not even in the same league.
Conclusion: While it has the foundation of a Saturday morning cartoon spin-off, Monsters University tries to make a go as a respectable Pixar feature. Though short on ambition, it delivers an always agreeable but never special outing. There are more than enough creative sequences and the film is at least twenty minutes longer than it needs to be. Still, it's a fun time, which proves that a relatable G-rated version of college life is doable.
Excerpt: I was not sold on the idea of Monsters University. In fact I thought going back in time before Monsters Inc did not make much sense. Especially when the audience knows they will become employees of Monsters Inc. Guess what? I was wrong. Monsters University is an amazing movie.
Conclusion: Monsters University is not one of Pixar's finest films, and when combined with Cars 2 and reports of a ramped-up, sequel-studded production schedule, it doesn't bode well for the studio's future as a bulletproof hit-maker. However, if any other studio put this film out, people would be praising it up and down for being the fun, incredibly well-crafted piece of animation it is.
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17 October 2013
Conclusion: 'Monsters University' is an engaging and funny prequel that doesn't quite live up to the original 'Monsters, Inc.'. However, I found myself opening up to the film upon multiple viewings. There are tons of gags and references and details to enjoy, along with likable characters. Our readers who have young kids -- kids who didn't exist when the first film came out -- will no doubt have this movie on repeat for years to come.