Monsters University (Scanlon, 2013)

Monsters University (Dan Scanlon, 2013)

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!  –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

The origins of Mike and Sulley, and like a lot of best friends, their relationship starts at college. The two come together in the most unlikely of scenarios all centered around both of their abilities and inabilities to be adequate scarers. The movie does a very nice job of playing up collegiate, and especially Greek, stereotypes and the humor that results is delightful (especially for someone who was in a fraternity that was remarkably similar to the Oozma Kappas). Beyond that it’s a weak prequel, tossing around tie-ins to the first that are sometimes forced and/or that cheapen what we know. Couple that with the rather formulaic beating-all-odds storyline, and this is not one of Pixar’s best. What they did with Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 is remarkable, but this is more in line with what usually happens when you try to extend a franchise unnecessarily.  6.5/10

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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