Certificate U, 104 minutes
Director: Dan Scanlon
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Monsters University is the prequel to the 2001 film Monsters, Inc. After a field trip to the scaring floor of the Monsters, Inc. factory with Frighton Elementary, a young Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), at that time a very small green monster (who later grew up to be a slightly larger green monster) is so impressed by the whole experience that he dreams of becoming a scarer when he grows up. To do so, and work for Monsters, Inc. he plans to go to Monsters University and study scaring so that he can get his dream job (which process is covered in a series of still cartoons in the opening credits). He does, in fact, plan pretty much everything out.
On arrival at university, he meets his roommate, Randall "Randy" Boggs (Steve Buscemi, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), the chameleon character from the first film who was, in this film, originally a nicer person than he was in Monsters, Inc. He also meets James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (John Goodman, ParaNorman, The Hangover Part III, The Internship). This was before they became friends, and Sulley was in fact a bit of a jerk to start with and neither of them got on at all. They started of becoming rivals, competing against each other at everything.
Monsters University is an animated film, which was seen in 2D, although it is available in both 2D and 3D. The story of the film centres around building friendships and the importance of teamwork, although it isn't presented as blandly and boringly as that. Until Mike and Sulley learn to work together, and with others, they don't achieve their goals. Each has skills and aptitudes the other lacks, so it is only when they combine that they truly shine.
There is a lot of attention to, sometimes pretty small, details in the film that add a lot too it by making it that more realistic and add depth. A couple of examples are a cat screeching when a book is thrown out of a window, or Mrs. Squibbles (Julia Sweeney) when waiting in her car saying that she will be just "listening to my tunes" which are not what you'd expect. Even though this film has a U certificate, and is therefore definitely family and child friendly, it isn't that childish and should still will appeal to most adults. Monsters University is an enjoyable, and funny, family film.