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MOVIE REVIEW: Monsters University

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Disney college movie.


Film: Monsters Inc is a classic, not only for the way it pushed animation boundaries, but for the storyline and the way Pixar mined our collective childhood memories of the monsters under the bed.

With this prequel Disney takes a completely different tack, making an animated movie about the college experience, using monsters.

The super-rich variety of background characters and the attention to detail are astounding, but if this had been the first film, fewer people would have paid attention to the relationship between Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman).

Still, Helen Mirren makes a scary college principal, and the little in-jokes such as the yeti reference hint at Pixar magic.


SPECIAL FEATURES: A teaser trailer for Frozen, the short film The Blue Umbrella (the little film that played before Monster’s University in cinemas) and audio commentary from director Dan Scanlon, producer Kori Rae and story supervisor Kelsey mann, do not make for amazingly exten- sive special features. Rather disappointing. – Theresa Smith

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