Billy Crystal and John Goodman return as Mike Wazowski and James Sullivan in Monsters University with a look back at their college days before they became top scarers at Monsters Inc.
Film making 4/5
Bonus Features 5/5
Recommendation 5/5 Stars
Billy Crystal is that one eyed green guy and that big hairy green blue lug is John Goodman from Monsters Inc. with a look into their past at Monsters University. Monsters University follows Mike Wozowski and James Sullivan as they join the least noticed fraternity on campus.
When Mike was young he dreamed of going to college at the largest school and becoming a scarer at Monsters Inc. even before a school field trip to the factory. Mike gets his wish and goes to Monsters University but finds that getting into the Scaring Program he wants is harder then he imagines.
James “Sully” Sullivan is from a family of famous scarers and gets everything he wants, the best school and the best fraternity to ensure he gets his chance at the best career. James Sullivan thinks his natural ability at scaring he has inherited from his famous father will be enough but Mike knows better.
Mike studies hard while Sully has fun but when they both fail their final exam they have one last chance at getting back into their chosen field of scaring. The Scare Games allows any fraternity to move on to their chosen field but they need to avoid coming in last place which means getting knocked out of the competition.
The Oozma Kappa fraternity is a bunch of monster nerds but they do have heart which is how they win the Scare Games and prove they have what it takes. Mike and Sully are given a chance at their dream with a start in the schools Scaring Program because the fraternity wins.
Monsters University is one of those rare films that doesn’t bother to try and beat the original with a sequel but heads into less traveled waters of prequels. Pixar has become a part of Disney and with that ownership changes their sequel aversion has been overruled.
Disney has been working on making sequels to many of the Pixar films even though Pixar has avoided them in the past except for a few notable exceptions. Monsters University may not have the same new charm of the original but it does have enough going for it in humor, better visuals and general fun to make it a worthwhile addition.
I enjoyed watching Monsters University and think it is well worth watching over and over so a purchase is a must for any fans. The film will entertain children but adults may be a bit disappointed in the narrative and plot but should be overjoyed with the technical aspects of the film and a good bit of the humor.
Monsters University has excellent video with outstanding color and some of the best graphics I have seen to date in a CGI animated feature. Colors are vibrant but the realistic fur and texture is a real testament to the work put into these films and the computer effects that have really progressed over the years.
Audio is also top notch with excellent Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround sound which is a direct competitor to DTS-HD Master Audio which has been the standard for lossless audio to date. The surround sound is great and a lot of attention has been paid to audio effects and voice in this release that adds up to a great sounding experience.
Bonus content is really good which has also been the standard for Pixar and Disney so it is no surprise at the quality and quantity of bonus content. A new short film starts the extras with audio commentary and making of features on the extra Blu-ray disc for the rest of the extras.
Bonus content is excellent with such a variety of extras along with commentary and the short film that you have just about everything you could want. I really think the bonus features are a top rating for this film as it has such a variety that most everyone will have something to enjoy and return to again and again.
Monsters University is a good film but the plot may have been lacking a bit for adult entertainment while kids will get plenty of laughs out the humor. Kids may not get all the jokes with enough geared toward an older audience that balances out the film for a wider entertainment value.
Monsters University is a great film and like many others in the Pixar catalog well worth a purchase even if it is not a top film. I highly recommend purchasing Monsters University in your chosen combination with plenty to find on the Collectors Blu-ray edition.
I also highly recommend checking out the Monsters University Website for an additional fun time that kids and kids at heart will enjoy.