It’s not Cars 2. Relax. Peace out (drops the mic and walks off the keyboard).
More? So needy, you people. Pixar delivers a solid double with it’s 14th animated effort. For any other studio this is incredibly, but it’s lumped in the middle pack of really good movies, below the classics, above the abomination. It’s a fun expansion of the Monster world, clever, cute and fun for kids of all ages.
The film tells how Mike and Sully met at Monsters University roughly 10 years before the events of Monsters Inc. Rather than destroy any affection you had for the characters like Cars 2 did, MU enhances the world in which they inhabit and give insight and depth to characters (especially Randall Boggs).
The animation is just astounding. When you think Pixar could not possibly make something more gorgeous, they turn around and up themselves. The vibrancy and diversity of the literally hundreds of monsters populating the screen at some points is incredible. When you look at Boo in Monsters Inc and compare her to the kids in this film, the strides in complexity are night and day.
No Pixar film is complete without a short film (usually worth the price of admission alone) and MU’s is called The Blue Umbrella. It takes its place amongst the other wonderful shorts, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say that this is THE best computer animation I have ever seen anywhere. It’s astounding. I could not believe it wasn’t live action.
Pixar is beginning to erase my ire (and as a notorious grudge holder that’s saying something) over Cars 2 with two fun outings in Brave and Monsters University. Next year is The Good Dinosaur and 2015 will have both Pete Docter‘s Inside Out and Finding Dory, so the future looks bright once more for the best name in family entertainment.