I just got back from Monsters U. Pixar has been at the top of the animated film game ever since they started but I’m afraid now they’re starting to lose their footing. Monsters U wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the original; or any of their original films for that matter. Without giving too much away, the story was very predictable (there was one decent plot twist) and I didn’t feel it was necessary to explain how Mike and Sully became friends. It wasn’t terrible, but it’s certainly not the kind of film that put Pixar on the map.
Thankfully they have stated that they are laying off sequels and prequels and will be returning to original films. That is the right decision, sequels rarely live up to the original but most studios still turn to them as a reliable source of income. Can’t believe the original Monsters Inc. came out twelve years ago, I still have a fresh memory of going to see it.
Overall I give Monsters U three stars, which is on the generous side.