Pixar’s 2001 animated gem Monsters, Inc was so hilariously inventive and original that it’s hardly surprising that this belated prequel can’t quite recapture its predecessor’s magic, yet Monsters University is still packed with witty dialogue, sly visual gags and boisterous action.
Once again, the heart of the movie lies in the joyous chemistry between Billy Crystal’s hyperactive green eyeball Mike and John Goodman’s furry blue beastie Sulley and here is where we discover the origins of their friendship as they turn from prickly rivals to bosom buddies while enrolled at the titular university.
Alongside a bunch of fellow misfits from the Oozma Kappa fraternity, they end up competing in the Scare Games under the baleful eye of Helen Mirren’s dragon-like Dean Hardscrabble (a wonderful creation with millipede legs and bat wings). To tell the truth, the plot isn’t the film’s strongest suit, but the characters are as entrancing as ever.
Released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D by Walt Disney.
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