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Monsters University

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, comedy

Discover how Mike and Sulley first met at Monsters University.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
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common sense

ON for kids age 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Monsters Inc. prequel is a fun college comedy for all ages.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monsters University -- a prequel to Pixar's hit 2001 comedy Monsters, Inc. -- tells the story of how Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) met in college. This animated comedy has fewer frightening antagonists than the original, but it does include several scenes of monsters trying to scare simulated (or in a couple of cases real) kids. The flying Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren) is a scary sight, and there's some mild bullying and pranks from the popular fraternities and sororities toward Oozma Kappa (Mike and Sulley's frat of misfits). Some scenes imply a little bit of college "partying" (characters hold red party cups, the contents of which aren't discussed), and there's one kiss. Fans of the original comedy will recognize certain characters and themes, which ultimately emphasize friendship, teamwork, and perseverance to overcome your fears.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether Monsters University lives up to your expectations. Do you wish it had been a sequel instead? Which do you usually prefer -- sequels or prequels?
  • How does Monsters University depict the college experience? Parents, talk to your kids about which aspects of university life are realistic.
  • For those who've seen the first movie, what does the prequel explain about the friendship between Mike and Sulley or the way Randall dislikes them? What else do you learn?
  • The movie is about monsters, but it's not intended to be scary. Do you think that combination works well for young kids?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It] conforms to Pixar's] apparent drift toward the average, with toy sales taking priority over originality.

- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Friday, June 21, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The prequel to Pixar's 2001's roaring-CGI-concoction is fun and entertaining. Even though it doesn't measure to the amount of sentimentality or heartfelt nature from Inc. Monsters University is still able to deliver visually and harmoniously. The film's charm and modernization is a slight boost to propel Pixar from some of its slight slumps over last few years. 4/5

- fb1442511448, Thursday, October 31, 2013

4 stars

I found this movie to be a worthwhile, and enjoyable, prequel to "Monsters Inc." Billy Crystal, and John Goodman, have great chemistry together, and make the movie very enjoyable. As usual, Pixar's computer animation looked great. Good job, even though it did take them many years to get around to making it...

- itsjustme2004, Monday, November 11, 2013