MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JUNE 26, 2013

As far as underdog tales go, “Monsters University” lands above average. With no vast laughs but plenty of chuckles throughout, it does a fine job matching the tone and emotion of its previous installment. Focusing more on the child’s giggles rather than aiming any at the adult groups, this Pixar film gears at toys and Disney sales, rather than creating a thoroughly memorable experience like saying “Up” or “Toy Story” perpetuate. The voice acting is impeccable, with John Goodman remaining one of the best voice actors of all time. Piling on a few too many characters and not reaching the original’s creativity, the film falls a bit flat in certain areas. Still, it combines enough premises in one film to keep things interesting along the way.

RELEASE DATE
June 21, 2013

DIRECTOR
Dan Scanlon

WRITTEN BY
Dan Gerson
Robert L. Baird
Dan Scanlon

STUDIO
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios

G

ANIMATION
ADVENTURE
COMEDY
FAMILY
FANTASY

104 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Matt Aspbury (camera)
Jean-Claude Kalache (lighting)

COMPOSER
Randy Newman

EDITOR
Greg Snyder

CAST
Billy Crystal
John Goodman
Steve Buscemi
Helen Mirren
Peter Sohn
Joel Murray
Sean Hayes
Dave Foley
Charlie Day
Nathan Fillion

PRODUCED BY
Kori Rae

BUDGET
$200 million

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