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Monsters University

Published November 11, 2013

Monsters University

Film info

  • Title Monsters University
  • Directors
  • Year 2013
  • Run time
  • Genres
  • Tagline School never looked this scary

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he’s 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.

Fast Facts

Title: Monsters University Director: Dan Scanlon Year: 2013 Run time: 1 hr 44 mins

Background Info

Monsters Inc was one of the first films that I watched with this new note-taking process, but we had to rewatch it in anticipation of the prequel. I was particularly looking forward to this one, having seen the trailer and it not looking like Pixar totally ruined the concept - as they have done with a few of their other films.

Live Blog

1:55 - Elementary Mike is the cutest. 2:47 - It’s weird seeing the factory before the action we saw in the last film. You know, the way prequels do. 7:58 - You can’t see Mike behind his backpack! Glad he’s older now though. Couldn’t get through a whole film with baby Mike. 11:58 - Mike has my kind of to-do list. A little bit too forward thinking though. 13:48 - “And I do not scare easi-eek!” 17:25 - Archie, the scare-pig. 22:21 - Monster version of NFL, also amazing. 24:55 - That dean could scare enough screams out of kids to put Monsters Inc out of business. 28:33 - Ooh, didn’t see that coming. 30:10 - Sullivan has an epic grumpy face. I’m going to try and perfect that. 32:16 - These Pixar backdrops have improved massively, it’s like real life! 41:41 - “What are you going to do, roar at it?” 45:18 - Swollen monsters are hilarious. 54:56 - Half of the film spent enjoying the amazing fun, half spent admiring the animation. 58:15 - “Nice fence!” 1:04:36 - Mike was being a globe! SO much to love in this. 1:11:54 - Argh, worried for Mike. 1:12:38 - Monster rage. 1:14:17 - Slightly ridiculous, but phew anyway! 1:16:16 - Pretty much this whole film, I’ve been thinking ‘how do they end up like they do in the first one?’ 1:21:02 - It’s weird seeing them out in the real world. Well, “real”, you know. 1:26:52 - I do enjoy when they pick Mike up by the head like a crane machine. 1:28:11 - She’s always watching. 1:30:16 - “I’m okay just being OK.” 1:33:36 - And Yeti!

Conclusions

Really loved this one. I couldn’t deal with the first few minutes, elementary school Mike was just too much for me, but once he grew up a bit and had that voice that we know and love, it was great. I liked the new characters, and the prequel story was good - although it did feel weird at times, watching them revelling in the scare process when we already know how that ends up.

We did spend quite a lot of time ogling the animation, and having just watched the first film, admiring how much it has improved. It wasn’t as good as the first, but it’s been a long time since Pixar made a film that we enjoyed, and this was, thankfully, one of those.

**Rating: **5/5

Rating: Unrated

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