In a world not too different from our own, Monsters live, work, and go to college. Yes, you read this correctly. I said monsters go to college. Friday marked the release of the new Disney/Pixar film Monsters University. This film is a prequel to the 2001 film Monsters Inc. For those of you who have not seen Monsters U and do not want to know what happens before you see it, please stop reading now!
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did you want to be a doctor or fireman (woman)? Did you want to be a lawyer? I don’t remember for sure what I wanted to be when I grew up because it changed so much. For Mike Wazowski in Monsters University though, his dream was to be a scarer and work for Monsters Inc. It never changed. The film begins with a very tiny Mike being overlooked and picked on by his peers because he is so small. This leads Mike to putting himself in danger in the human world while on the class field trip to Monsters Inc. When he is praised by one of the scarers for his bravery, Mike decides then and there that he will get into Monsters University and become a scarer.
The rest of the film follows Mike (played by Billy Crystal once again) as he gets accepted into Monsters University and into the scare school. During his time here, he meets Sully (played by John Goodman once again) and the two are not the best of friends as you would have thought from the original film. Sully was more focused on his popularity and the fact that his dad was a legendary scarer. Mike and Sully constantly butt heads and eventually it leads them to have an argument that destroys a priceless item that belongs to the dean of the university- Dean Hardscrabble (played by the amazing Helen Mirren). The dean kicks both students out of the scare school and they end up enrolling in another sub college within the University.
Eventually, Mike remembers that he had wanted to compete in the annual Scare Games, and what follows after this is a bet between him and the dean that he can help his entire team win the games. If he does this, he is able to return to the Scare School. If not, then he has to leave the University. Sully becomes one of his teammates, and this is when both characters have to learn the meaning of teamwork in order to be successful. Because of actually working together, the characters develop respect for each other, and eventually a friendship that carries over into Monsters Inc.
I won’t give the ending away because you have to see it for yourself, but believe me when I tell you that the movie is definitely worth seeing. The voice cast was extraordinary. There were plenty of laughs, and honestly, Disney and Pixar stuck to the original formula of what made Monsters Inc so awesome in the first place. If you have little ones, or even if you don’t, I highly recommend going to see this film. I promise you will see it more than once.