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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

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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

Monsters University is a well put together film from Dan Scanlon.The introduction of this 90 minute monster extravaganza is simply adorable. A young Mike Wazowski grabs attention and while the film may loosen the grip a bit, it never lets go the rest of the way. The story plays out nicely with a solid cast of characters to play it out.The humor is subtle and effective. This isn't a laughing machine of a picture, but it has its moments of laughter when warranted. Visually, Monsters University is crisp and clear with vibrant colors to dazzle the eyes.Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles. No arguments here. Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, among others, fill out the rest of the monster cast without disappointment.Once the scare games have come to a close, Monsters University lives up to its title and comes out as a great watch.

- skactopus, Wednesday, December 4, 2013