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.
I loved Monsters Inc.! It came out in 2001 and I haven’t seen it in over a decade. Wow. I miss Boo! It was such a great animation and Boo was way too cute. This week I managed to spend some time to watch the new Pixar animation movie, the prequel, Monsters University!
The movie is all about the duo that we love, Mike and Sully, but this is before they met and work together at Monsters Inc. So it’s all about how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan in their college years. The storyline is common and cliche, you know, college frat movie type. You have the loser and the frats aka the bullies, then the main loser (Mike and Sully, sort of) wanting to prove themselves that they are worth it in the scare program but in turn mix with the other losers, and then they learn to find their inner strength and speciality and the losers improve themselves and voila, they rule the school and become popular. That sort of thing. So it’s typical & predictable college movie, without the alcohol and sex of course. And no love story. The focus is on Mike and Sully who couldn’t get along at first.
We follow the story of Mike, who is the overachiever and a know-it-all student who wants to graduate with honors but he just doesn’t cut it as a scarer with his cutesy look unlike Sully who comes from a well-known Sullivan family, and can really scare but he’s just a very lazy, arrogant, laid back and couldn’t-care-less type of student. That’s when they meet and find themselves so incompatible together and hating each other at first, but learn to get along later.
The animation has really improved compared to Monsters Inc. The details of everything from characters to scenery are absolutely beautiful. The furs don’t look as static as we would normally see and you could see each strand just like real fur. So basically the 3D details is amazing. Of course, the quality wouldn’t be the same as the old right? I mean there’s a 12-year gap, so obviously technology and animation techniques have improved. I love how beautiful, bright and vibrant everything looks.. everything is just like an explosion of vibrant rainbow colors! Haha.
I love the characters! They are hilarious, especially the members of Oozma Kappa, a fraternity house that nobody wants to join unlike ROR (Roar Omega Roar)… I particularly adore ‘Squishy’ Squibbles! Ahh, he’s just so short, fat and squishy that I want to squish-hug him! His mom is also funny. Also Don Carlton, the very mature returning student who founded Oozma Kappa and then later falls in love with Squishy’s mother… Squishy is so uncomfortable with that, it’s highly amusing. Love that part.
It’s a sweet movie, obviously targeted towards the younger audience with simple, straight to the point storyline but adults can enjoy it too. Since I haven’t watched Monsters Inc. for a long time, I can barely remember the movie except for Boo and how cute she was, so I’m not sure if I like that or this one more. This movie sure feels bright and happy with GORGEOUS detailed setting and characters, and Monsters Inc. had a very sad ending when they had to send Boo back to the human world… But I definitely enjoyed both movies. Maybe Monsters Inc. is slightly better than this one, though, due to the good storyline and the uber cuteness of Boo!
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013)
LDG’s Rating: 5 / 5
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Kids & Teen
Director: Dan Scanlon
Writers: Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird
Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn