Entertainment Reviews

June 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Disney’s Monsters University, a Family Review

Disney’s Monsters University, a Family Review

We received tickets for the screening of this movie for the purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received.!cid_image001_jpg@01CE6904Disney’s Monsters University hits theaters today!  Our family of six went to a screening on Monday and we have the low down on this new Disney Pixar movie. 

Monsters University is the prequel to Monsters Inc, and takes us back to when Mike and Sulley first meet.  Mike Wazowski’s (voice of Billy Crystal) lifelong dreams of becoming a scarer are derailed during his first semester at Monsters University when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman).

What did the D family think of the movie?  We really liked it!  It does justice to is predecessor and adds depth and backstory to characters that we have already grown to love.  Where Monsters Inc  centers on Sulley, his identity as a scarer and the decisions he makes, Monsters University puts everybody’s favorite right hand man, Mike Wazowski, in the spotlight.  It shows his dreams, plans and spirit, and how meeting Sulley helps bring his life, and ultimately his career, into focus.

Whether it’s a bespectacled freshman roommate Randall, the mature student Squishy, or the minivan driving mom enjoying her tunes in the minivan,  the breadth of characters, old and new, gives this movie something and someone to grow fond of. 

The boyz loved the humor that comes with all Disney Pixar movies, as well as looking out for the John Ratzenberger voiced cameo appearance.  The  one thing that my eldest wished there was more of in the film were the other Monsters University majors.  Although touched upon at different times, there were a lot of different ways to incorporate more than just Scare Majors.

The overwhelming new favorite character amongst the boyz was Squishy, and surprisingly their favorite “bad guy” was not the dean of students nor the fraternities but the giant librarian.  We heard about her all of the way home!

We have children ages 4, 7, 9 and 13 who all attended the screening.  The littlest one, preschool age, had a bit of a hard time with some of the more intense scenes.  But it was nothing that a parent sitting next to a child and being prepared to do a bit of comforting could not handle.  In the packed theater of all ages, no one had to leave and there was no crying.  I would say under 7 should sit with an adult, but you know your child best!

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY enrolls in theaters in Disney Digital 3D™ and RealD 3D June 21 and is rated G.

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