Time out Review Monsters University
A scene from "Monsters University." (Disney / Pixar )
Remember the days when Pixar meant perfection? When you could count on its animation to amaze, its stories to sweep you up?
Or the smooth ride in "Cars"? The "Toy Story" pals whose friendship was anything but plastic? The love among the ruins unearthed by "Wall-E"? A clownfish dad's deep-sea desperation in "Finding Nemo"?
What has happened to the memory makers who gave us all that?
They are nowhere to be found at "Monsters University, " the latest shiny new movie to roll off what increasingly feels like the Disney-Pixar assembly line.
"Cars 2" certainly sputtered. Even "Brave, " which won the 2012 Oscar for animated feature, didn't seem especially brave.
"Monsters University" is not so much substandard. It just isn't the Ivy League. Or close to what we've come to expect from any animated film flying John Lasseter's flag. Seven years into his rule as mayor of Disney's toon town, one has to wonder, given the recent slippage, whether the artistic leader who once prided originality above all has gone suit-and-tie on us. Did he lose that outsider's edge after his enterprising upstart was gobbled by Walt's behemoth?
Whatever the reasons, "Monsters University, " the prequel to the mild-mannered "Monsters, Inc., " is mostly memorable for being fine but forgettable. The 12-year span between the two suggests trepidation.
Directed by Dan Scanlon, "MU's" primary colors run true-blue enough. The animation is snappy in the way it handles an extremely eclectic-looking bunch of monsters. The 3-D effects are nifty but, as with so much about "MU, " not necessary.
There are new monsters such as Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren) who are terribly intriguing. That British accent is so handy when the dialogue calls for disdain. The dean's bad attitude suits her buggy body, the millipede-like legs clicking ominously to signal her approach.
Many of the favorite fear factors are back, starting with that grinning, green one-eyed charmer, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), and his main man, the towering, shaggy, blue Sulley (John Goodman). Mike, with the help of Sulley's massive monster shoulders, carried the first film, and the duo are responsible for much of what works in this one.
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