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Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" un... read more read more...locks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. -- (C) Walt Disney

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G, 1 hr. 35 min.

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

Release Date: June 21, 2013

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DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013

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  • fb100001050230219
    August 6, 2014
    After seeing 'Frozen', 'The Lego Movie' and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2', my admiration for this movie has diminished severely. But hey, it was fun while it lasted.
  • February 1, 2014
    For the children a morality tale told cute about never giving up, perserverence. For the teens to adults crowd eplentiful (yet little) jokes referencing school days, sold with familiar, if cartoon, faces and voices. All in all not a bad way to spend some time though nowhere nea... read morer the masterpiece Toy Story 3 turned out to be.
  • December 16, 2013
    Dedicated but not-very-scary monster Mike teams up with a frightening but undisciplined Sully and a team of misfits to win the Monsters University scare games and earn a spot in the Scaring Program. It's basically Pixar's Monsters version of REVENGE OF THE NERDS, but it's a pleas... read moreant diversion.
  • fb100000293612769
    December 9, 2013
    Though nowhere near the power of Up and The Incredibles, Monsters University is still enjoyable, lively, charming, and chalk-full of typical, well-timed Pixar humor. Some of the characters are not as engaging nor as memorable as those in other Pixar efforts, and the plot is deriv... read moreative of other college movies. But besides these flaws, it's worth seeing for any Pixar fans.
  • December 4, 2013
    Monsters University is a well put together film from Dan Scanlon.

    The introduction of this 90 minute monster extravaganza is simply adorable. A young Mike Wazowski grabs attention and while the film may loosen the grip a bit, it never lets go the rest of the way. The s

    ... read moretory plays out nicely with a solid cast of characters to play it out.

    The humor is subtle and effective. This isn't a laughing machine of a picture, but it has its moments of laughter when warranted. Visually, Monsters University is crisp and clear with vibrant colors to dazzle the eyes.

    Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles. No arguments here. Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, among others, fill out the rest of the monster cast without disappointment.

    Once the scare games have come to a close, Monsters University lives up to its title and comes out as a great watch.

  • November 21, 2013
    I wasn't a huge fan of the original Monsters Inc, or any of the other new wave of Computer animated 3D type films of the l;ate 90's. This was down to them all being preachy and telling the same story over and over again. It's like every American cartoon has to teach values on acc... read moreeptance and individuality. It's tiresome, yeah it looks good and the people who made it are very clever etc but the story should be key. I'm a firm believer that cartoons of this ilk should just play for laughs and I really thought this one would, it's what the trailer suggested anyway. Overall I'm disappointed, it's better than the first but I certainly didn't love it.
  • November 11, 2013
    I found this movie to be a worthwhile, and enjoyable, prequel to "Monsters Inc." Billy Crystal, and John Goodman, have great chemistry together, and make the movie very enjoyable. As usual, Pixar's computer animation looked great. Good job, even though it did take them many years... read more to get around to making it...
  • fb1442511448
    October 31, 2013
    The prequel to Pixar's 2001's roaring-CGI-concoction is fun and entertaining. Even though it doesn't measure to the amount of sentimentality or heartfelt nature from Inc. Monsters University is still able to deliver visually and harmoniously. The film's charm and modernization is... read more a slight boost to propel Pixar from some of its slight slumps over last few years. 4/5
  • October 25, 2013
    School Never Looked This Scary.

    Monsters University is a great film. It's both funny and sentimental in all the right places. Fans of the first movie will see a lot of cameos in this one. The story ends when Monsters Inc. begins. I will even advise the next generation to see Mon... read moresters University first and then go on to Monsters Inc.

    Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
  • October 10, 2013
    The boys are back in town only its not a sequel but a prequel and we gonna see how 'Mike' and 'Sulley' became friends. Yep its back to school for this next adventure into the world of scaring.

    Mike is off to Monsters University to become a scarer, only problem is he's not very s... read morecary, but he's book smart, so he learns all he can on the art of scaring. Sulley is a bit of a jock and thanks to his privileged family background he has a good reputation and following. He's a good scarer and indeed scary but not so book smart, so in essence these guys need each other. Even more so after getting kicked off the scaring programme they must both work together with a team of nerds to win the scare games and get back into the scare programme (the word 'scare' is used by the bucket load in this).

    My initial thoughts on this were skeptical I admit, another prequel which seems to be the trend these days, why not a straight forward sequel. These thoughts were virtually obliterated as Mike jumps off the bus and enters into the Uni. Do I really need to talk about visuals here? one word...awesome! these animated films just get better and better. Everything just looks so damn real! the slimy monsters look slimy, the furry ones look perfectly furry, everything has such a solid realistic sense and weight about them its fantastic. The colours are bright, bold, vivid and gosh darn beautiful.

    On top of that the detail here is astounding, everywhere you look in each frame or scene there is something going on. Of course being set within a school there is plenty to create, plenty of visual gags, homages, in-jokes, parodies etc...the possibilities are pretty endless and sure enough its all covered here. Yeah sure a lot of it is cheesy and cliched, we've seen many of these high school-like pranks and party scenarios with jocks and dweebs before, its an old concept, but it all looks good enough to eat.

    Its actually pretty cool to see a very young Mike Wazowski, he looks so adorable, I really felt sorry for the little guy when he gets pushed around. Once he's grown up a bit and voiced by Crystal that cuteness falls by the wayside but never mind. I really liked all the other characters in the school, it must have been hard to create so many unique looking creatures, there are some that look a bit lame, a bit similar, a bit Dino-esque but in general a nice selection. The middle aged textile salesman monster 'Don Carlton' was a great little creation although he does look somewhat like Mario.

    I really did like some of the fraternity monsters especially, the monster that looked like an eagle with horns and his mohawk/mullet-like hair. I also liked how they came up with stereotypical types of monsters which parody reality...the goth/emo kids, the girly cheerleader types, the porky kids, the poindexters etc...I REALLY liked the brief appearance of the scream can design teacher haha like an overly hairy Muppet. It was also cool to see 'Randall' back as for some reason I didn't expect to see this guy. So not only do we get to see how Mike and Sulley become friends we also see how Randall comes to hate Sulley.

    The scare games predictably do go the way you know they're gonna go, but the finale scaredown is cool and fun to watch. What I liked is the actual ending to the film doesn't play out as you'd expect, there is a little twist and the good guys don't totally win in every way you'd expect them too...which is cool.

    There are absolutely tonnes of good morals, good values and good lessons to be learnt in this film, a great motivational spirit lifter for all ages (especially the younger gen of course). Maybe a little bit more for the kids this time but still thoroughly entertaining, the perfect underdog story, or should that be undermonster? zing!.

Critic Reviews

Christy Lemire
August 8, 2013
Christy Lemire,

It is essentially Revenge of the Nerds, with fur. And scales. And whatever gooey, gelatinous substance comprises the outer coating of various other oddball creatures in this crazy parallel world. Full Review

Wesley Morris
July 26, 2013
Wesley Morris, Grantland

Studios don't often seem to be thinking about the ideal moviegoer, just about the maximum number of moviegoers ... Pixar is no different in that regard, but even in this relatively fallow period ... i... Full Review

Trevor Johnston
July 9, 2013
Trevor Johnston, Time Out

It has enough of the right stuff to haunt the imagination long after the immediate buzz of its fluffy-furred cuteness has melted away. For a mere prequel, that's a result. Full Review

Richard Roeper
June 21, 2013
Richard Roeper, Richard

This is a safe, predictable, edge-free, nearly bland effort from a studio that rarely hedges its bets. Full Review

Peter Rainer
June 21, 2013
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

As prequels go, Monsters University is pretty nifty. Full Review

James Berardinelli
June 21, 2013
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Although it falls short of the best Pixar has brought to the screen over its long association with Disney, it's nevertheless worth a trip to the theater, especially for kids. Full Review

Matt Zoller Seitz
June 21, 2013
Matt Zoller Seitz, Chicago Sun-Times

[It] is true to the spirit of the original film, "Monsters Inc.", and matches its tone. But it never seems content to turn over old ground. Full Review

Liam Lacey
June 21, 2013
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

[It] conforms to [Pixar's] apparent drift toward the average, with toy sales taking priority over originality. Full Review

Tom Long
June 21, 2013
Tom Long, Detroit News

'Monsters University" is an imaginative, raucous, wildly inventive cartoon of a movie. Full Review

Bob Mondello
June 21, 2013
Bob Mondello, NPR

What hasn't advanced is the plotting, which was nothing special last time and is so formulaic now that it's basically surprise-free. Full Review

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    • Young Mike: I found a nickel! Sure wish I had pockets.
    • Terry: Hi. I'm Terry with a Y...
    • Terri: And I'm Terri with an I! I'm a dance major!
    • Terry: And I'm not.
    • Squishy: My names Scott Squibbles. My friends call me Squishy.
    • Squishy: Good luck girls.
    • PNK Carrie: Thanks! Were gonna rip you to pieces.
    • Young Mike: How do I become a scarer?
    • Art: Yeah, I wanna touch them!

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