Monsters University (2013)

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A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

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30 June 2013 | diac228
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| The Unnecesscary is strong in this one
Pixar, where has your courage gone? In this decade alone, we have been treated to two sequels, a prequel, a princess story (as if Disney doesn't have enough of those), with another sequel on the way. Pixar's Dreamworks mannerisms has been kind of unnerving, especially when we have seen the ballsy efforts like The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and especially (especially) Wall-E. The original stories are occurring less frequent, and while it's leading to guaranteed money for the company and Disney the die-hard Disney fans and film fanatics have been less than impressed.

And now we have Monster's University. Surely the charm is there, the animation is the usual Pixar quality, and the production value remains the best in the animation business. But there was a constant sense of pointlessness to this prequel throughout the whole thing, and it lacks the heart and humor of the original Monster's Inc. The originality of the 2001 gem is also missing, as University dwells into familiar clichéd territory in the second half.

This movie works well with the tykes and the true-blue Mike and Sully fans, but with the rest of us who really didn't care much to see how they met----well, there's not much here. It is simply about Mike and Sully's rivalry during the start of their university career and how they had to learn to accept each other if they ever wanted a chance to remain in the school.

In the grand scheme of the G-rated filmmaking culture, Monster's University excels and surpasses that of the normal fare. But this is Pixar we are talking about, a company that bleeds pure quality and has created some of the greatest animated films in history. They have raised the bar too high to create something so….normal. It is odd from a Pixar movie to see failed jokes and a sense of predictability.

It's not as funny, not as heartfelt, not as surprising, not as deep, and not as engaging as Pixar's best, and not even Dreamworks' best for that matter. It is simply light entertainment that will calmly entertain and not overwhelm---while at the same time not linger in your memory like Pixar's best like Toy Story, Nemo, Ratatouille and Up.

Good but not great—and in Pixar standards that should never be good enough.

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Trivia

During the Don't Scare the Teen portion of the Scare Games, one of the teen boards that pops out while Art is navigating the maze has a teen girl latching onto her boyfriend who's wearing a sleeveless skull shirt. She screams, "...but daddy I love him!" This line is exactly the same one screamed by Ariel to her father King Triton in The Little Mermaid (1989).


Quotes

Sulley: You don't need to study scaring, you just do it.


Goofs

In the opening scene, when Mrs. Graves is counting students, she counts to 19 and then notices that Mike is missing, which means that there are 20 students in the class. If this were the case, he wouldn't have to pair up with the teacher. However, one of the students could have two heads, similar to Terry and Terri - though they are considered two separate entities, Mike could not conceivably pair up with one of them while the other already has a partner.


Crazy Credits

Production Babies:

Alexander, Brendan, Ellie, Jett, Nolan, Ryan, Ansel & Cormac, Coleman, Ellie Fin, Kate, Phineas, Sally, Wesleigh, Arjun, Dario, Elliot, Leo Thomas, Phoebe, Samuel, Asher Lucas, Demetrio, Evangeline, Macauley, Priya, Senju, Weston, Asher Ryan, Devin, Haven, Marigold, Roland, Thomas, Atticus, Dylan, Hyrum, May, Rosetta, Tuppence, William, Brady & Leo, Elijah, Jasper, Nicholas, Rufus, Vera.


Alternate Versions

When Randy tries to fit in the fraternities, he bakes cupcakes that have icing on them that spell out "Be My Pal". After his plate is disturbed, he is holding four of them reading "lame." This is only in the US release of the film. All other versions simply have happy faces drawn in icing on each cupcake.


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Roar
Written and Produced by
Axel Hedfors (as Axwell) and Sebastian Ingrosso
All Instrumentation/Programming/Percussion Performed by Axel Hedfors (as Axwell) and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia

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Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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