In Pixar’s first prequel ever, Monsters University, which releases on DVD Oct. 29, viewers revisit Sully and Mike in a new setting: college.
Monsters University may not be one of Pixar’s finest films plot-wise, but the presentation of the film, both meticulous and thoughtful, demonstrates Pixar’s longstanding superiority in the craft of animation.
At first look, the outcome of the film appears to be obvious. If any other studio had produced Monsters University, this prequel would have been hopelessly predictable.
At closer look, viewers will notice that it is the details that make the film memorable.
The Blu-Ray bonus features are designed to be neither flashy nor over the top, but rather include interesting clips that show just how much thought Pixar put into creating the film.
The clips take the viewer into Pixar’s inner workings and the production of Monsters University. Everything from Pixar company culture, to fur animation technology, to the making of the music by Pixar regular Randy Newman is included in an extensive selection of bonus features.
Monsters University is a classic Pixar masterpiece of animation: vivacious, well thought-out, and detailed.
For a Pixar fan like me, the DVD provides a window into Pixar’s animation genius. It should be interesting to see if Pixar will continue its trend of demure plot lines by capitalizing on its earlier hits.