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Monsters University

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Twelve years might have felt like forever as loyal fans waited for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013) starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi, a prequel to the original MONSTERS, INC. released in 2001. Sadly, I have to report that I was a little disappointed. Produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney, audiences of all ages will enjoy the movie, they just won't leave that theater with the same sense of awe and wonder experienced after the ground-breaking original.

We join a young Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan as they both find themselves entering Monsters University, intent on enrolling in the elite and somewhat selective 'Scare Program'. When unseen forces bring both young college freshmen together in the fraternity of Oozma Kappa, the two young boys quickly realize that it'll take more than just individual hard work to propel them to the front of the class.

Prior knowledge of the first MONSTERS, INC. is not necessary, although my 16 year old female guest seemed to enjoy MONSTERS UNIVERSITY much more than my 3 year old male guest as the nostalgic fondness from her childhood seemed to make this prequel more meaningful than
those just being introduced to the characters for the first time. I would be remiss not to mention the short film titled THE BLUE UMBRELLA that played with the previews—a touching little treat for audience members arriving early to their seats.

Directed by Dan Scanlon, MONSTERS UNVIERSITY is sure to be another big earner for Disney/Pixar, released to coincide with the commencement of summer holidays. Parents might find themselves checking their watches, however you'll still leave the theater with the feeling that fun was had by all. Rated G, 104 mins, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Sequel. **** 4 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin June 26, 2013
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