- Dan Scanlon,
- Dan Gerson, Dan Scanlon, Robert L. Baird,
- Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Sean Hayes,
- A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Speaking of second chances, Monsters University is exactly the rebound Pixar needed after 2011's "Cars 2" left some wondering if the studio had lost its magic.
True to its name, Monsters University brims with cleverly designed creatures, a student body worthy of the recently deceased Ray Harryhausen. What the movie lacks is its precursor’s human ace-in-the-hole—that pint-sized, inadvertent agent of chaos, Boo.
Monsters University feels not like the work of artists eager to express something but like that of likable pros whose existence depends on getting a rise out the kids. It's like the scares Sully and Mike spring on those sleeping tykes: technically impressive but a job un-anchored to anything more meaningful.
The animation is snappy in the way it handles an extremely eclectic-looking bunch of monsters. The 3-D effects are nifty but, as with so much about "MU," not necessary.
It’s cute, funny, exciting to look at but not quite magical.
What hasn't advanced is the plotting, which was nothing special last time and is so formulaic now that it's basically surprise-free.
The visuals are impressive, while the goodhearted and endearing story is a little slight.
Though this is a sweet, clever, gorgeously animated movie I’d be glad to take my kid to on a Saturday afternoon, I’m not sure it’s one I’d insist all my grownup friends drop what they’re doing to see.
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