Monsters University: Dreams Don’t Come True
Once again Pixar has hit a home run with a new summer animated movie. And this time, the element that impressed me the most was the values running through the movie, not just the visual beauty that Pixar does so well. We took the girls to Monsters University on Saturday and all of us enjoyed another great Pixar movie.
Without giving away too much of the plot, here are the elements we enjoyed most:
- One character really believes that his dreams will come true if he works hard enough. We’ve all heard the Disney lie before: “If you believe it, you can achieve it.” Amazingly Monsters University tosses this lie and the character realizes his dream won’t come true because he is created for another reason. He finds amazing contentment and consolation in this.
- Another character cheats and lies yet deals with the consequences of his actions. There is no easy way out. He is punished for his mistakes and has to work his way back up.
- Uniqueness is valued in this movie and people are honored for who they are, not who they try to be. Sully and Mike find amazing community in a group of misfits who everyone else overlooks.
- Make sure you catch the Pixar short before the movie called “The Blue Umbrella.” The animation is so incredible that you actually think it is reality. It is amazing how far technology and Pixar have come since the first Toy Story!
With a title like “Monsters University,” I wondered if our daughters would be scared of parts of the movie. They were scared during the original Monsters Inc. Amazingly in a movie about monsters our girls were not scared at all. After last year’s Brave, we were excited that the girls could enjoy this one without being afraid.
Monsters University, the sequel to the successful Monster Inc, is definitely worth packing up the family and spending a few hours caught up in a great story!