Monsters University 2013

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Discover how Mike and Sulley first met at Monsters University.

Starring:
Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Science Fiction, Animated, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Dan Scanlon
Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Studio Pixar
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 9 July 2013
Format: DVD
Mike desires to be a "scarer." The monster world is powered by screams. The problem is that Mike (Billy Crystal) while smart, isn't scary. He attends Monster University where he studies hard to be a scarer. The plot reads like "Revenge of the Nerds" as Mike must win a scare contest along with his hopeless fraternity to prove himself and stay in school as a scarer.

Mike is a rival to Sullivan, a university legacy (John Goodman) but later they operate on the same team.

The film is cute. The initiation scene was my favorite with a laugh out loud chuckle. I watched the film with a five year old who can't stand scary movies. She loved this one.

One the kids enjoyed ages 5 and up.
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Format: DVD
I have a strong feeling that my nostalgia for Monsters Inc. is going to bias this review, but I’ll say it anyway, I loved this film! There, I said it.

Monsters University is the prequel to Monsters Inc. and follows Mike and Sully before they became the scare duo of the original film, back to their “collage” years. Mike and Sully are initially enemies, due to Sully’s lazy attitude, and Mike’s lack of scariness. After nearly getting expelled, they are forced to compete in the “Scare Games” together, where they bond and discover what a great team they are.

Mike and Sully are as great as they were in the original. They contrasted each other and reflected a little bit of everyone. Pixar really tapped into everyone’s love of the underdog, and the supporting cast of Oozma Kappa was hilarious. Helen Mirren’s first voice acting role deserves a mention, as she was definitely the scariest monster of them all.

It’s very predictable up till the end, and for once I don’t care. Because Monsters University has all the charm, character, and wit of the original. It reminded me off my childhood love of Pixar, and the universality of its stories. Or maybe it has a little to do with me going to university this year… Was it the best Pixar film ever made? No. But Pixar’s bar is pretty high. The entertainment for adults as well as children was showcased through the film, with plithy remarks that were sure to skim over children’s heads but into adult mind. Most importantly, it tugged at your heart-strings. I genuinely cared about all the characters, and although I could guess at the ending, it didn’t make the journey any less enjoyable.

What I liked the most about the story was the message it sent out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other.

“Monsters University" is a prequel to the film "Monsters Inc.". In addition to the two main characters, a whole lot of new characters are introduced at the college that Mike and Sully attended. The CGI was simply and yet gorgeous, and a production that was a pleasure to watch. It’s a sumptuous film, which was all infectious fun, despite the lack of originality it, still managed to tickle the funny bones. There is good animation here and with a plot driven by well-done characterisations.
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Format: Blu-ray
I have two favorite Pixar movies - Up and Monsters Inc. So when they announced the Monsters University prequel, I greeted it with mixed emotions. Yes, I was interested in revisiting Mike and Sulley, but I was afraid it would pale next to the original. And it's not the original, but it is fun in its own way.

As a kid, Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) set his sights on becoming a scarier. And the best university to learn to do that? Monsters University, of course. So he is thrilled as a freshman when he finally arrives on campus. Also a freshman is James Sullivan (John Goodman) of THE Sullivans. His family is scaring legend, and he is automatically big man on campus. That hardly bothers Mike since he is working hard to learn all he can about scaring, must to Sulley's annoyance. But when both of their positions at the college are threatened, will they be able to work together to stay at Monsters U?

Now, I will start by saying if you haven't seen the original, it should be no problem jumping in here. Outside a few cool cameos for fans of the original, most of this movie features new characters and situations. Think of the stuff you'd miss more as in jokes. It won't hurt your enjoyment to not get them, but there are a few moments you are missing.

The original did a good job of creating this wonderful world where Monsters are normal, and they had these great gags that were blink and you miss them type of things. While there are a few of those here, they aren't quite as plentiful. Then again, they'd already done so much in the first one, it's hard to picture how they could match or top those gags.

And, frankly, that's the main problem with this film. There are jokes. The jokes are funny. But they aren't as funny or as plentiful as the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE OUTCAST TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Brilliant film, but awful 3D, you would think a film about monsters you would get things popping out of your screen, don't get me wrong the 3D depth plus picture quality is just beautiful, but you would think a film company as large as Disney, they would make their 3D films much better. But still a quality Disney film, full of fun and charm.
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