Resident reviewer Gavin Miller runs the rules over Pixar’s Monsters University...
Those who feared this prequel to Monsters Inc could have been a damp squib like Cars 2 needn’t have worried as this is nearly as good as the original.
Some may have thought Pixar had lost some of its morals, because – bar Toy Story – it hadn’t made sequels to its films until it joined permanent forces with Disney.
But this is arguably one you did want to see, even though we know how this pans out for Mike Wazowski and Sulley.
It opens with arguably one of the cutest Pixar characters yet, as a young Mike makes it his dream to join Monsters Inc after a school trip to the factory.
Years later he’s on his way to Monsters University, run by the daunting school Dean, Abigail Hardscrabble.
Here we see Mike didn’t exactly hit it off with the laid-back antics of Sulley as their egos collide. When a serious misdemeanour throws the two in with a group of Oozma Kappa house misfits, they have to win the ‘Scare Games’ to stay in the university.
While this may sound pretty generic, the final half hour provides enough twists and turns to make this another worthy entry in Pixar’s canon.
Throw in some great comedic moments – up there with Pixar’s best in terms of humour – then pound-for-pound this is the best animation (sorry Minions, you’re still hilarious) of the summer.