Director: Dan Scanlon
Writer: Dan Scanlon, Robert Baird and Daniel Gerson
Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Charlie Day, Dave Foley, Nathan Fillion and Helen Mirren
Studio: Walt Disney / Pixar
References to real college life are blended with superb imagination of the monster world. Rather it be a long blonde haired guitar player, or the horns on the school bus. All original voice talent returns and keeps up with the track record of great performances in Pixar films. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi grasp their characters and give them entirely different motivations compared to the original. Instead of a hardworking team, the two have a rivalry, and the supporting cast of their fraternity supply more relatability with a great variety of lovable monsters who help fill the story with even more heart.
The compatibility with Mike and Sully can be a bit surprising, for one is the study hard teachers pet, and the other a natural born scare student. And just as you think your more like one, the other comes in and you realize that even monsters can be scared of the real world just like us today. Fear of what life has in store, and if we have the talent to fulfill our dreams. This is a theme a lot of critics are missing, and shines making it worthy of being a great Pixar movie and prequel to a great classic.It would be a cliché to say that the animation is amazing. This is Pixar that we’re talking about. All the details on hair, scales, skin and even feathers are stunning. Even better than that is the animation on the characters expression. It is unbelievable. They don’t have to say a word to send a message because with their faces they say it all. Sully could be an Academy Award winner, but what Mike does with one eye and a round body doesn’t have a word to be described.
Some people will say that in Monsters Inc. Mike says to Sully, “You have been jealous of my looks since fourth grade”. However, the characters first meet in college. Well, director Dan Scalon said that they actually thought about that and get to the conclusion that Mike said that as a common expression referring to a long time period and not literally that they have meet since 4th grade. The only problem is that to sustain that excuse they should have use it at least one time in this film. However, we never hear such a phrase to be told by Mike or any other character in the film. That will make those people think that Scanlon only said that excuse to save the story. It’s a nit pick, but one that I keep hearing brought up random audiences. I think that I’m just not letting such things bother me in my old age.
RELEASE DATE: 06/21/2013