Film Watch – 366. Monsters University

monsters-universityFast Facts

Title: Monsters University
Director: Dan Scanlon
Year: 2013
Run time: 1 hr 44 mins

Background Info

Monsters Inc was one of the first films that I watched with this new note-taking process, but we had to rewatch it in anticipation of the prequel. I was particularly looking forward to this one, having seen the trailer and it not looking like Pixar totally ruined the concept – as they have done with a few of their other films.

Live Blog

1:55 – Elementary Mike is the cutest.
2:47 – It’s weird seeing the factory before the action we saw in the last film. You know, the way prequels do.
7:58 – You can’t see Mike behind his backpack! Glad he’s older now though. Couldn’t get through a whole film with baby Mike.
11:58 – Mike has my kind of to-do list. A little bit too forward thinking though.
13:48 – “And I do not scare easi-eek!”
17:25 – Archie, the scare-pig.
22:21 – Monster version of NFL, also amazing.
24:55 – That dean could scare enough screams out of kids to put Monsters Inc out of business.
28:33 – Ooh, didn’t see that coming.
30:10 – Sullivan has an epic grumpy face. I’m going to try and perfect that.
32:16 – These Pixar backdrops have improved massively, it’s like real life!
41:41 – “What are you going to do, roar at it?”
45:18 – Swollen monsters are hilarious.
54:56 – Half of the film spent enjoying the amazing fun, half spent admiring the animation.
58:15 – “Nice fence!”
1:04:36 – Mike was being a globe! SO much to love in this.
1:11:54 – Argh, worried for Mike.
1:12:38 – Monster rage.
1:14:17 – Slightly ridiculous, but phew anyway!
1:16:16 – Pretty much this whole film, I’ve been thinking ‘how do they end up like they do in the first one?’
1:21:02 – It’s weird seeing them out in the real world. Well, “real”, you know.
1:26:52 – I do enjoy when they pick Mike up by the head like a crane machine.
1:28:11 – She’s always watching.
1:30:16 – “I’m okay just being OK.”
1:33:36 – And Yeti!

Conclusions

Really loved this one. I couldn’t deal with the first few minutes, elementary school Mike was just too much for me, but once he grew up a bit and had that voice that we know and love, it was great. I liked the new characters, and the prequel story was good – although it did feel weird at times, watching them revelling in the scare process when we already know how that ends up.

We did spend quite a lot of time ogling the animation, and having just watched the first film, admiring how much it has improved. It wasn’t as good as the first, but it’s been a long time since Pixar made a film that we enjoyed, and this was, thankfully, one of those.

Rating: 5/5

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