While I attended an expense paid trip by Disney to the Monsters University Premiere, all opinions are 100% my own.
I’m sure with all my postings you know by now that I was able to attend the Monsters University World Premiere in Hollywood back on June 17th. Guess what? This movie is now out TODAY!! So I certainly hope after reading this review, you decide to head on over to your local theater for a viewing.
Monsters University serves as a prequel to the 2001 hit Monsters, Inc. Yes, it’s been 12 years since the comedic duo graced the big screen. While I want to tap my foot and say to Disney Pixar “What took you so long!?!?“, I am beyond thrilled to finally see my favorite Monsters again. Both John Goodman and Billy Crystal returned to voice James P. Sullivan (Sulley) and Mike Wazowski. The film gives you a glimpse of how Sulley and Mike came to meet one another and form the hilarious and endearing friendship you see in Monsters, Inc.
Let’s just say in the beginning of the film, Mike and Sulley aren’t exactly friends. Okay, they aren’t friends at all and kind of annoy each other! Mike is more of the goody-goody know it all, while Sulley is more of the egotistical and lazy type, just riding on the Sullivan name. It isn’t long before their competitive nature against one another gets them both kicked out of the School of Scaring. It is then that these two find themselves having to work together to win the Scare Games to get back into the scaring department. Get it? Got it? Good! Now onto why you really need to see this film…
Sulley and Mike are together again!
Okay, this may be the obvious reason why I love this movie. I mean, how can you not love these two? I literally was laughing out loud when these two banter back and forth. It’s quite interesting to watch them go from two who can’t stand one another and polar opposites, to a team that must bond and work together to achieve their dreams of becoming Scarers.
One of my favorite new characters is Art, an Oozma Kappa fraternity brother voiced by the hilarious Charlie Day (well known as Charlie from one of my favorite shows, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Art is new age philosophy major and provides much comic relief to an already funny comedy. Not only will he leave you in stitches laughing, but he is also such a sweetheart you can’t help but just want to give him a giant hug.
The University Theme
So when I heard there would be a second Monsters, Inc. film, I couldn’t wait to see where the sequel would take these two. When it was announced that it was actually a prequel, I was sad about no Boo, but curious at the same time. Now I absolutely love that Disney Pixar went the college route as the introduction and meeting story of these two! Sure the movie is geared towards kids, but it was kind of fun to see the collegiate aspect (aka greek life and keggers) that allow us parents to go back down memory lane.
The Message of Friendship & Working Together
During the film you see both Sulley and Mike change for the better and work past their differences in attempt to win Scare Games. Now I obviously don’t want to spoil the film for you, but it definitely delivers a great message. The friendship and bond they form with the brothers of OK definitely show true friendship. These are the type of life lessons that are perfect for kids of any age (and adults too!).
All the New Monsters University Toys & Gear
New movie… new gear! Yes, I love walking into any Toys R Us, Target, Disney Store, etc. and seeing my favorite monsters once again. I’m totally loving all the new Monsters University gear out there right now, as is my son. Thanks to Disney and MU, my son has a brand new suitcase/bag to travel with as well as a cuddly Mike Wazowski completely with a retainer and MU cap! Plus be sure to check out the new “Roll-A-Scare” toys! My son has Art and it has been a blast throwing Art all balled up around the house.
This film is rated G and runs for 103 minutes. So really, what are you waiting for? Go see Monsters University this weekend! I know I can’t wait to take my little one to see it.