Director: Dan Scanlon. Cast (voices): Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion. 104 min. Rated G. Animation.
After going down the sequel-making path, now Pixar is venturing into prequels. Monsters, Inc. was a delightful piece of art done by some imaginative animation wizards, which apparently set the bar too high for its prequel, Monsters University. The film's lackluster story is mostly inspired by The Hunger Games (no, not that violent), and I'm not sure it sends out a foolproof message to kids (anybody can become anything, as long as they try). Not a bad movie - just that Pixar has almost always spoiled us with greatness, and this is a let down.
PS: As usual for Pixar, a short animation was screened before the main feature, The Blue Umbrella. This 7-minute cartoon is better than the entire movie that comes after, and will likely win the Oscar for Best Animated Short next year.