Twelve years after Monsters Inc comes the hilarious prequel that tells the story of how Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) met. Mike meets Sulley at Monsters University, where he’s studying for his dream job; to be a scarer.
Monsters University is everything you could expect from a Pixar prequel. It’s gorgeously animated and full of bright, fun colours ideal for the whole family. It’s great fun and hilarious with the token winks-and-nudges to the adult audience in the form of subtle innuendos. It has all the charm of the first film, possibly a little more, and makes the twelve year wait worth it.
The voice cast is perfectly chosen with actors Billy Crystal and John Goodman returning to voice iconic Pixar characters Mike and Sulley. Additional cast members are top notch, including Helen Mirren and Steve Buscemi. It’s clear through the voices that the actors were having great fun working on the film and it exudes happiness and fun.
Monsters University reminds us why Pixar is one of the biggest and best animated film studio. They’re masters in CG animation and Monsters University is the perfect example. The bright colours and sheer imagination opens up this whole other world that audiences; kids and adults alike, can get completely absorbed by. It’s the epitome of a great animated family film that will have you laughing from start to finish.
The soundtrack is brilliantly thought out and suits the film to a T, it sounds as good as it looks. With such a huge studio it’s no wonder everything about the film is spot on. They have the money to make something great and no expense has been spared with Monsters University. Despite being 12 years old, Monsters Inc has aged brilliantly, and Monsters University serves to remind us of the great film released years ago. The decision to make a prequel instead of a sequel was a very clever one, the film will leave you wanting to watch the original again with your new-found knowledge of the characters’ back stories.
A brilliant animated family comedy Monsters University is one not to be missed.