It’s a subtly subversive theme that demonstrates a tremendous amount of faith in the audience. The fact that it plays so well is a testament both to Scanlon and to Pixar as a whole. The studio has faced some real criticism over the last few years; for every Up and Wall-E, there’s been a Brave or Cars 2 that hasn’t lived up to expectations. It’s led some to wonder if the studio was losing the creative spark that made it so vital in the first place. Monsters University is proof that the company still has that intangible magic, and is able to make movies for children, adults — and the adults of tomorrow.
The trailer for Monsters University takes us back in time to the Monsters Inc. training grounds — Monsters University — where aspiring monsters learn to scare. The trailer highlights the pair’s prank adventures throughout their days at school. Check it out:
All the character bits in the world don’t matter if the movie isn’t compelling unto itself, and that’s where Monsters University really bucks the prequel trend. Where the original film focused heavily on Sulley, MU is all about Mike: his hopes, his dreams, and the realizations he reaches as he grows up. Scanlon and his co-writers aren’t afraid to take the leads in new directions, either. Sulley is, frankly, a jerk when we meet him — but the choice works because it sets up a self-contained journey that doesn’t rely on knowing the first film.
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasnat always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
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