Sound Off: Pixar's 'Monsters University' - As Good As 'Monsters Inc'?

June 21, 2013

Monsters University Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I am going to scare circles around you." The lovable Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc are back in the prequel Monsters University, the 14th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. While there is no Boo this time, we do meet a whole batch of new monsters including Squishy, Don, Terri & Terry, Art, Johnny and the ominous Dean Hardscrabble. So how is it? Does it live up to Monsters Inc at all, is at as good as that classic, or not even close? Does it have as much heart as there is humor? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pixar's Monsters University.

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I'm a huge fan of Monsters Inc (perhaps my favorite Pixar movie but that changes daily) and I've already gone to see Monsters University twice. It may not top the original, but it does entertain and I love the third act, I would go so far as to say it's my favorite third act in a movie yet. The first half is a bit slow and does take a while to get going, slogging through the typical unexciting introductions and story setups as well as the cheap comedy gags, but eventually it gets really good. I adore the message in the film, about finding out about yourself and where you really belong even if that's not the dream job you always wanted. There's so much good stuff it gets into in the third act, and I love every twist and turn they pull and that big final scare.

What did you think of Pixar's Monsters University? Another Pixar masterpiece or pointless? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!

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  • Jacob Denton
    not even close to being as good as Mosnters Inc. in my opinion, but it was still a lot of fun regardless. I went and saw this instead of WWZ and I have to say i'm happy with my decision. It only had a handful of laughs, but hearing Charlie Days voice made this movie way better. His monster, Art, was freakin awesome! His energy was perfect for his monster.
  • Elisa
    I'm really impressed by the technical realization, it's really amazing. But the story is not exactly new and lacking emotional depth ... I am quite disappointed :( (I wrote a little more detailed review few days ago on my blog, if your interested)
    • RobotProphet
      I agree with it lacking emotional depth. The first movie and almost every pixar movie made me cry like a baby. This was good and worth seeing in the theaters, but I wish it would make me cry.
  • JTnTexas
    Monsters Inc is my second favorite Pixar movie behind Wall-E. Saw Monsters U yesterday and while I definitely think it was better than the last two Pixar movies I don't think it has the emotional impact of Wall-E, Up or Finding Nemo and the story wasn't as fun as The Incredibles. Will likely see it again though, because it was a fun movie. Also wanted to comment on the short "The Blue Umbrella" (I think) that preceded the movie. Wonderful technical achievement.
  • Linkfx
    It's your favorite third act of any movie?
  • Mark
    I really enjoyed the movie, especially the 3rd act like others are saying. MINOR SPOILER Sitting at the lake during the final sequence was a work of art. An absolutely drop dead gorgeous scene, framed masterfully. Some of the best use of color I've seen in an animated film. I don't care that it was or wasn't as good as Inc., it was a really fun movie to watch.
  • Stan
    It seems Pixar has become empty and hollow. Pixar is now what Dreamworks used to be.




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