Monsters University (DVD)

November 18, 2013 - Comment

Disney Pixar proudly presents the hilarious story of how two mismatched monsters met and became lifelong friends in a movie screaming with laughter and oozing with heart. Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he dreamed of becoming a Scarer – and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers

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Disney Pixar proudly presents the hilarious story of how two mismatched monsters met and became lifelong friends in a movie screaming with laughter and oozing with heart. Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he 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. Pull an all-nighter with hours of exclusive bonus extras, including an inside look at the world of monsters and the animated theatrical short film The Blue Umbrella. Monsters University opens the door to huge laughs on Disney Blu-ray.Ever wonder how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan paired up to become the top scaring team at Monsters, Inc.? Somebody at Pixar did, and it turns out that the seemingly made-for-each-other partnership had an unexpectedly rocky beginning. Wazowski’s childhood dream was to become a professional scarer, and his acceptance into Monsters University was a dream come true–until an unfortunate encounter with “Jimmy” Sullivan ignited a rivalry that threatened both monsters’ chances of success. True opposites, Wazowski is studious, uptight, and completely intent on learning the history and theory behind scaring, but lacks any semblance of actual scare factor, while the boisterous Sulley relies on natural scaring ability and his family’s reputation, but devotes virtually no time or attention to his studies. When an argument between the two classmates gets out of hand, they are expelled from the scare program, and the fraternity-sponsored Scare Games offers them one last-chance opportunity to get back into the program. Wazowski and Sulley reluctantly join forces with one another and a hodge-podge of other misfits out of sheer necessity, but they are a team in name only, with each of the two monsters vowing to pull the “team” to victory through his individual efforts and sheer willpower. What the pair discovers is that only by working together and taking advantage of each member’s individual differences do they have a chance of winning the contest. The animation in this film is absolutely stellar, the story is intriguing, the development of favorite characters is believable, and the foreshadowing of Monsters, Inc. events is skillful and subtle. Humor abounds throughout the film and the jokes and gags flow freely on a variety of levels, ensuring that kids and adults alike are kept laughing and wondering what’s coming next. Returning voice talent Billy Crystal and John Goodman are joined by Nathan Fillion, Helen Mirren, and Julia Sweeney, among others. While the film lacks the sweetness of Boo’s relationship with “Kitty” in Monsters, Inc., Monsters University is a prequel that complements the original film well and will weather repeated viewings. –Tami Horiuchi

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M. Mierendorf says:

Why the lessons in `Monsters University’ are Pixar’s most bold yet UPDATE 11/4/13: Blu-ray details review.QUALITY: Unsurprisingly, the video quality is stunning. Little else needs to be said about the transfer. It’s flawless.EXTRAS: There are a TON of extras!If you like the behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking, the extras here are about as extensive as I’ve seen before. Not only do the shorts give a background of life on Pixar’s campus (Campus Life), but plenty of dedication to each aspect of making the film. Of course, there’s also some deleted scenes.What’s nice about the scenes is that director Dan Scalon talks you through the scene in detail and why it was cut. They are of course unfinished, but still interesting to see what could have been part of the movie.If I have one complaint, it’s the layout of the bonus features menu. Despite the features being on a blu-ray disc, the menu does not operate like a blu-ray menu. Typically, you’re able to operate within the menu while the movie…

John Panagopoulos says:

Even though It’s A Prequel, “Monsters University” Continues to Surprise Us With Profound Insights ***This review may contain spoilers.*** Like “Monsters, Inc.”, “Monsters University” (MU) won’t win any recognition for its originality. Relating the tale of the first encounter between all-eye green cyclops Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and blue, hulking, bear-like James “Sully” Sullivan (John Goodman) at the titular institute of higher “scare” learning, MU cribs all over the place. As other posters have noticed, MU borrows fragments of other college-themed movies like “Animal House”, the Harry Potter movie heptology (seven films), and even a smidgen of “Back to School”. Most tellingly, however, MU is heavily in debt to “The Hunger Games”, since the meets held to determine which monster fraternities will be eliminated from the prestigious “scare curriculum” and even from the university take up the bulk of the film. MU robustly and hilariously satirizes the aspects of college and frat life you would expect, but later reveals unexpected insights about the limits of…

Jonathan "Jimmy Dean" Lane: libertari... says:

Pixar returns to its magical ways. Dumb me! Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb me! All summer I put my faith and hope in the big blockbuster films, the Iron Man 3’s and Star Treks of the world. And from Man of Steel to Pacific Rim almost without fail these over budgeted, underwritten explosiony action films left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. Except for World War Z there is not a single movie I’ve seen this summer that I can truly say was a great film. Some were better than others (Oblivion and Pacific Rim were both pretty good) but considering their competition was Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness that’s not saying much. All the while I put off seeing Monsters U for weeks. “It looks silly” I said, “Pixar has lost its mojo” the idiot side of my brain insisted. Well, that sure teaches me. I will never doubt Pixar again. Even if they make another mediocre film like Brave, they have more than proven themselves still capable of making a damn good film.Wall E will always be my favorite Pixar…

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