Monsters University

‘Monsters University’ Review: Parental Guidance Suggested For Fantastic College-Themed Comedy

Disney’s Pixar has managed to bring their A game every year by creating a slew of witty, poignant, and kid friendly films. The newest release from Pixar is Monsters University. Most of us are familiar with the humble beginnings of the 2001 film Monsters, Inc. Back then Pixar was hitting its stride and seemed to learn a lot from the tropes used in Monsters, Inc.  Although it was hard to picture a film that would be able to match the sentimental value that comes with the original, we weren’t exactly shooing Monsters University away.

Monsters University is a prequel to the original film.  Honing their characters in a basic plot structure, this film introduces children to the quirky muppet-y monsters Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) by introducing them in a whole new world, where the rules are a bit different this time around. In Monsters University we get to see Pixar’s first look at the college life, and surprisingly the creators didn’t shy away from many of the first-time college experiences that most go through, short of R-rated themes.  This film brilliantly stands on its own, due to its subject material, and because its demo audience isn’t familiar with the monsters of Monsters, Inc.

In the film we get to see more of the character structure that makes up Mike Wazowski and Sulley, as we experience their crazy hi-jinks and hard lessons during their freshman year of college. That said, despite its G rating, we wondered how appropriate some of the situational comedy is for children. Although it’s mostly harmless jokes that will fly over kids heads, here’s a few points to be noted as you prepare to take the kids out to see what’s probably the best animated film of the summer.

Here’s a few extremely spoiler-y things to consider before taking your kids to see Monsters University:

THE BLUE UMBRELLA –  Opening short plays with an adult situation:

Pixar’s tradition of presenting a short before their main attraction should be expected. This time around it’s The Blue Umbrella. A fantastically made short, The Blue Umbrella is an endearing journey of an umbrella’s search for its love in a rain storm. For the most part it’s something to coo at and delight in, but there’s a moment that results in the umbrella getting hit by a car that might be too scary for kids.

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