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Monsters University (2013 film)

An animated film directed by Dan Scanlon produced by Pixar

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Monsters University is a funny animated film that celebrates the differences of all creatures.

  • Jun 23, 2013
Monsters University is a prequel to the 2001 Pixar film Monsters Inc.  This film traces the development of the relationship between the two main characters as students at Monsters University.  They are Mike Wazoski and James Sulley Sullivan  Billy Crystal again voices Mike.  He is a lime green monster with a  big eyeball in the middle of his face.  John Goodman voices Sullivan.  He is a big hairy blue monster.    Helen Mirren plays Dean Hardscrabble.  She is a scaly red dragon with wings.  The goal of every student at Monsters University is to become a scarer.  I can identify with the character of Mike.  He is determined to prove to himself and everyone at Monsters University that he has what it takes to become a scarer.  I am always trying to prove to myself that I am good enough to do something.  This film is about how two friends work together and support each other to become scary monsters.   My favorite scene involves Sulley and Mike working together to scare a group of law enforcement officers.  My other favorite scene centers around each student monster using their unique characteristics to scare  children as part of a test.   A character named Squishy uses his six eye balls to scare kids.  A shaggy purple monster uses his stealth and cunning to get the job done.   Monsters University is a film that celebrates the unique differences of every monster.  I think learning to celebrate the individual differences of people is an important thing to learn. 

The musical compositions on this score are great. My favorite piece is the composition entitled "The Scare Games". This piece celebrates the spirit and excitement of competition the scare games. I love the drums and overall musical arrangement of this six minute piece. "Monsters University" is the only music with vocals. This is a great college fight song. It is performed by what sounds like a choir of singers. Randy Newman makes feel a sense of pride for an animated university I love the piece "Wasted Potential". It features soothing piano playing. "Scare Pig" is a fast paced piece with a rock edge. "Rise and Shine" is definitely a piece that will get out of bed. I am going to put this piece on my Ipod. It will help me get up in the morning. "Sulley" is a piece with a carefree easy going tone. This forty-eight second piece really embodies the character of Sulley. The brief accordion playing on the piece entitled "Oozma Kappa" lifts my spirit and make me feel good."Roar" is the only musical contribution from someone other than Randy Newman. It is a dance track from a band called Swedish House Mafia. This piece has a pulsating up tempo beat that I really like. "Field Trip" is a piece that captures the peril that can be experienced in a field trip. This piece makes me feel tense and excited. Mike and Sulley is a warm hearted piece that captures the friendship between Mike and Sulley. I love this musical score from Randy Newman very much.   Monsters University is a funny and touching animated film.

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June 23, 2013
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review by . June 23, 2013
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Prequels always draw a low expectation rate for me. I believe while some prequels can be necessary, most of them are merely made to capitalize on a movie’s popularity and do little to expand on an established premise. “Monsters Inc.” is one of my favorite Pixar films (Take note: Favorite Pixar film, NOT one of my favorite animated films) and so I wanted to see a sequel more than I wanted to see a prequel. “Monsters Inc.” did an imaginative interpretation on the creature …
review by . July 16, 2013
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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 …
review by . July 11, 2013
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review by . June 29, 2013
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Monsters University is an enjoyable film, a riff on the college comedy, borrowing liberally from "Revenge of the Nerds."   But the more I think about it, the more problems I detect with its execution.  Which is maybe further proof that it's better just to watch movies (especially summer-release movies) and not think about them.   To begin with, what age group is this made for?  Tonally, it's definitely pitched at kids - it lacks the kind of deeper resonance …
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