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'Monsters University' cute and full of important lessons

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie thinks "Monsters University," rated G and starring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, is a fun film for families with lessons about the importance of friendship and honesty.

"Monsters University," which is available on DVD, is a cute film that serves as a prequel to "Monsters, Inc." and shows us how Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) meet.

Young Mike Wazowski goes on a field trip to Monsters, Inc., where he is inspired to go to Monsters University so he can scare kids when he grows up.

Mike and Sullivan or Sulley are such good friends and co-workers in "Monsters, Inc." that I was surprised to see that they don't really like each other at first when they meet at Monsters University. Sulley is a little arrogant and not very nice to Mike, who is really trying his best to do well in school. It's also amusing that Mike's roommate turns out to be Randall Boggs (voiced by Steve Buscemi).

A lot of the film focuses on the Scare Games in which Mike and Sulley lead a team of not-so-scary monsters in order to impress Dean Hardscrabble (voiced by Helen Mirren) in hopes of winning the competition to get back on track at the university.

The Scare Games competition teaches our main characters about the importance of teamwork and honesty. Other lessons the film teaches include treating others with respect and appreciating each person's or each monster's talents in life.

But in addition to teaching young viewers important lessons, "Monsters University" is a cute and colorful film that family members should be able to appreciate together.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.

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