Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: Monsters University [2013]

"I've been waiting for this my whole life..... I'm gonna be a Scarer!!"

Release Date: 20 June 2013 (Malaysia), 21 June 2013 (USA)
Directed By: Dan Scanlon
Written By: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon
Voiced By: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Steve Buscemi, Joel Murray, Sean Hayes,
Dave Foley, Peter Sohn, Charlie Day
Duration: 110 minutes
In A Nutshell:
The prequel story to Pixar's box-office hit, Monsters, Inc. [2001]. In order to achieve his life-long dream to become a "scarer", Michael "Mike" Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) has long wanted to enroll into the prestigious Monsters Univesity as a Scaring major. He succeeds in doing this where fellow classmates also include the son of a famous scarer, James P. "Sully" Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman). Something goes wrong on exam day of their first semester and both Mike and Sully's dreams of becoming scarers are in jeopardy. They make a bet with Dean Hardscrabble (voiced by Helen Mirren) to keep their hopes alive, but they must also seek the help of the unpopular campus fraternity, Oozma Kappa in order to succeed and win the bet.

Thumbs Up:
+ After disappearing for a couple of movies, the amount of heart that made Pixar stories so memorable has returned!
+ The jokes and gags will appeal to all ages alike.
+ Captures the joys of student life perfectly. Those still studying might not fully appreciate it, but good and bad, these times are truly memorable.
+ The Blue Umbrella [2013] - genuinely amazing short animation shown before the film
Thumbs Down:
- Being a prequel and with the knowledge of what would happen to these characters, the element of surprise and suspense is minimized.

The Verdict Is In:
My favourite film studio is back! I was kinda disappointed (still am) with the direction that Pixar is now making - too many sequels. The strength of the company used to be churning out creative and original stories. Thankfully Monsters University is not another Cars 2 [2011]. Although it still won't be one of my all-time favourtite Pixar movies, it is enough to make the studio proud!

Now then, while Marvel studios are well known for their after credit features, Pixar (and now Disney Animation too) has always shown quality short animated stories right before their movies. This movie includes in my mind, one the best of those mentioned shorts yet, The Blue Umbrella [2013]. A legitimate reason that seeing this film at the theaters is worth the time and money!
7.5 out of 10


  1. Very good Prequel to Monsters Inc. Even those who have not watched Monsters Inc. can go for it.

    1. Thanks Rahul. Yup, you don't have to see the first one to enjoy this. Mike and Sully are very lovable characters!

  2. C'mon, man. This should crack your top 10 Pixar, right?


    1. I just checked my old list, and sure, this can make the Top 10. But numbers 1-7 so far remained unchanged: WALL-E, Up, The Incredibles, Toy Story Trilogy, Finding Nemo. So Monsters University will have to settle for somewhere in rank 8-10... battling it out with Monsters Inc. and Ratatouille.


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