Reel to Real: A Monster-sized Pixar prequel
How many of you remember seeing “Monsters, Inc.” in theaters back in 2001? It’s been more than a decade since we last caught up with monsters Mike and Sulley, and saw them return the little girl Boo to her bedroom. And next fall—still more than a year to wait—we’ll be able to see how the pair became friends in 2013’s “Monsters University.”
There’s something about Pixar that’s truly appealing. Kids, adults, college students and jaded preteens, they all seem to appreciate Pixar movies just the same. And one thing that Pixar does better than most are sequels. Pixar sequels, or in this case, prequels, don’t feel like rushed, direct-to-DVD grabs at more money off the same characters.
They have the same love and attention that went into the original movies. Sequels get mixed in carefully with original movies, like this year’s “Brave,” so audiences never feel like they’re watching reruns. Plus, every film begins with its own short—what other movie company does that?
“Monsters University” stars John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi and Kelsey Grammer. According to its IMDB description, the best buds Mike and Sulley weren’t so close back in the day. Surely the movie will involve the two then-rivals getting into some hijinks and having to work together in order to overcome their problem. But even if I’ve correctly guessed the film’s plot more than a year in advance, I’m still geared up to see it. I’m confident that the visuals and humor will be up to Pixar’s usual high standard.
My only qualm is that because the movie takes place before the events of the first one, we won’t get to see what has become of the beloved Boo. I’d like to see a movie about her as a teenager, trying to keep the fact she has actual monsters for friends a secret from her parents or boyfriend. But hey, maybe that one can come out further down the line. Pixar is the one company I would trust with making more than one sequel to a children’s movie (seriously, how many Ice Age movies have come out in the last 10 years?).