Quick Hits Movie Review:‭ ‬“Monsters University‭”

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Set about ten years before the events of Monsters, Inc., 18-year-old James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) and 17-year-old Michael "Mike" Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) meet in college and end up in the same fraternity, just as each is planning to become a "scarer" at Monsters, Inc. The prequel to the 2001 film also explains the relationship between the two main characters, more specifically how they went from one-time rivals to best friends.

Pixar and Disney have given us their latest family gem in the form‭ ‬of monster collegiate education and the role of the‭ ‬“scarer‭”‬ in monster terms.‭ ‬The scarer is a monster whose job is to‭ ‬scare the heck out of‭ ‬children‭ ‬and collect their scares inside a tube in order to keep the monster world going.‭ ‬There are plenty‭ ‬of‭ ‬frightening monsters,‭ ‬but none with the heart of the smallest one,‭ ‬Mike Wazowski‭ (‬Billy Crystal‭)‬.‭ ‬Mike may not be the scariest one there is,‭ ‬but he is determined to get his degree at Monsters University and fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a scarer.‭ ‬With a little help‭ ‬from his friend Sullivan‭ (‬John Goodman‭)‬,‭ ‬they‭ ‬show Dean Hardscrabble‭ (‬Helen Mirren‭) ‬that they have what it takes to put fear in children all over the world.‭ 

This was a very good film.‭ ‬It wasn‭’‬t as good as say‭ ‬“UP‭”‬ or‭ ‬“Wall-E,‭”‬ but it was very entertaining with a good story and solid characters.‭ ‬The animation was obviously unreal,‭ ‬and all voice actors‭ ‬where perfect for their roles.‭ ‬There is something about Billy Crystal‭’‬s voice that just takes me back to my own childhood,‭ ‬probably from movies like‭ ‬“The Princess Bride‭”‬ and‭ ‬“City Slickers.‭”‬ We also get to hear the voices of Steve Buscemi as Randy,‭ ‬Mike‭’‬s first college roommate,‭ ‬and comedians like Charlie Day from‭ ‬“It‭’‬s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,‭”‬ and Aubrey Plaza from‭ ‬“Parks and Recreation.‭”‬ They all help to make this movie an enjoyable experience for kids and adults alike.‭ ‬This movie is a great addition to your summertime theater adventures‭!

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