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Disney Pixar proudly presents the hilarious story of how two mismatched monsters met and became lifelong friends in a movie screaming with laughter and oozing with heart. Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he dreamed of becoming a Scarer - and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike's plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot, James P. Sullivan, "Sulley" (John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair's out of control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University's elite Scare Program. With their dreams temporarily dashed, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Pull an all-nighter with hours of exclusive bonus extras, including an inside look at the world of monsters and the animated theatrical short film The Blue Umbrella. Monsters University opens the door to huge laughs on Disney Blu-ray.
Ever wonder how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan paired up to become the top scaring team at Monsters, Inc.? Somebody at Pixar did, and it turns out that the seemingly made-for-each-other partnership had an unexpectedly rocky beginning. Wazowski's childhood dream was to become a professional scarer, and his acceptance into Monsters University was a dream come true--until an unfortunate encounter with "Jimmy" Sullivan ignited a rivalry that threatened both monsters' chances of success. True opposites, Wazowski is studious, uptight, and completely intent on learning the history and theory behind scaring, but lacks any semblance of actual scare factor, while the boisterous Sulley relies on natural scaring ability and his family's reputation, but devotes virtually no time or attention to his studies. When an argument between the two classmates gets out of hand, they are expelled from the scare program, and the fraternity-sponsored Scare Games offers them one last-chance opportunity to get back into the program. Wazowski and Sulley reluctantly join forces with one another and a hodge-podge of other misfits out of sheer necessity, but they are a team in name only, with each of the two monsters vowing to pull the "team" to victory through his individual efforts and sheer willpower. What the pair discovers is that only by working together and taking advantage of each member's individual differences do they have a chance of winning the contest. The animation in this film is absolutely stellar, the story is intriguing, the development of favorite characters is believable, and the foreshadowing of Monsters, Inc. events is skillful and subtle. Humor abounds throughout the film and the jokes and gags flow freely on a variety of levels, ensuring that kids and adults alike are kept laughing and wondering what's coming next. Returning voice talent Billy Crystal and John Goodman are joined by Nathan Fillion, Helen Mirren, and Julia Sweeney, among others. While the film lacks the sweetness of Boo's relationship with "Kitty" in Monsters, Inc., Monsters University is a prequel that complements the original film well and will weather repeated viewings. --Tami Horiuchi
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Overall, I agree with other reviewers about the plot--it's not your typical "everything's perfect and everyone lived happily ever after" ending (though, everyone does live happily ever after). It showcases that failures in life occur, no matter how badly you want something or how much you try your hand at something--you just might not ever attain proficiency with it or even be successful at all. But, the movie also offers hope that there are other ways you can obtain joy and satisfaction in life--if not the way you originally planned to obtain such joy and satisfaction. I think we are very much missing that in our society today.
Furthermore my love of this movie is predominately based on the nuances and hidden morals embedded in the plot. I won't put any spoilers in here, but essentially Mike Wysowski proves that you can accomplish anything with the right amount of heart and hard work. Also he learns that sometimes we don't always end up where we set out to go, but we always end up where we were meant to be.
This is a perfect back story to help us love the characters of Sully and Mike even more (if that is possible). Great story line, great voice acting, top of the line cgi, laugh out loud humor, heartwarming story without the sappy ending - make this one for buying for a collection - albeit a digital one.
Kudos on a fantastic film.
Great for kids and adults alike - can be watched before or after Monsters, Inc
Most situations and side-characters varied from amusing to hilarious, and you get to see a little more of how the monster world works. There's still a bunch of excitement and action, but it seemed more character-driven and purposeful compared to the sometimes hapless running around of the first movie.
If, like me, you think you know what to expect from standard college coming-of-age stories, dream-chasing stories, or even from a story that has to end up as the world you see in Monsters Inc... this movie will throw you at least three or four serious curveballs. But each one just makes the movie better.
One glitch I experienced was with the Dolby HD audio. The HD audio was mixed so high (volume) that it triggered the safe mode on my Sony amp/receiver several times during intense scenes. I didn't have the volume cranked up and no other blu-ray does this, so it must be an issue with the blu-ray. I switched the audio to Dolby Digital and it was fine, but what's the point?