A guest post by Jenn from One Heart One Family
Have you wanted something so bad that you would do anything to get it? Have you ever been told you are not good enough or don’t posses the right skills to obtain a particular goal but you go after it anyways? My DD1 has been struggling with this feeling for the past month. There is a five year difference between her and her oldest sibling, yet she thinks that she can do anything her big brothers can do. We have a play set in our backyard and all spring long she has watched her brother climb the the 3 step ladder and gleefully ride down the slide. Time and time again, she would attempt to climb the 3-step ladder only to slip or be dragged away by Mom and Dad, telling her she is too young for such a big slide. Continuous “Nos” and slips and falls haven’t discouraged this stubborn angel. After a month and a half, she realizes there is another ladder around back, successfully climbs the ladder and takes her first ride down the big slide.
My daughter learned a very valuable message that day. She learned about the value of failure; we can rise above it. She learned that there is not always one direct path to our ultimate goal, but it is about the choices we make in life that determine if we succeed. This theme is the foundation of Monsters University, the prequel to Disney Pixar’s animation hit “Monsters Inc” from 2001.
Monsters University begins as a flashback to when Michael “Mike” Wazowski (Billy Crystal) is a child on a class field trip at Monster Inc. Being the curious, young monster that he is, he ends up witnessing a scream collection of a real live child in the human world. After this, he is determine to become the number 1 scare monster in the world. The movie then flashes forward to the day where James P “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and Mike begin their studies at Monsters University. Mike is well versed in knowledge of scaring but lacks the ability to do so. Sulley, on the other hand, is an excellent scarer but is only at Monster University for the parties and because of his parents reputation. The two instantly become competitive enemies until a fight on the day of final exams results in both of them from being expelled from the program. Mike, not willing to give up, and Sulley, determined to save his reputation, pairs up with the non-scariest fraternity,Oozma Kappa (OK), on campus with the intent to win the annual team-scaring competition and be readmitted into the scaring program. Through battle after battle, the monsters learn there is a lot more to winning then being the best scarer and sometimes you need to take a different path to get you to your final destination. You can catch the trailer here:
My kids loved this movie. It showcased many of their favourite character from the first film (i.e. Randall) and provided a lot of background information to why the characters interacted the way they did in the original movie. The movie provided the classic clique of what a typical American University entails (i.e. rowing teams, frat parties etc), while bringing it down to an appropriate G-rated level. My husband and I enjoyed cutesy spin on frat comedy that allows age-appropriate ideas about what goes on in university life, while the adult implications sailed over younger viewers’ heads.
The one thing that was missing from the movie was the human element- literally! In Monsters Inc, we followed the story of two monsters who were trying to return a human child, BOO, to the human world. It was a character that every child in the audience could relate to or even imagine them self as. In Monsters University, there was no human element and it left one feeling slightly disconnected from the movie.
Overall, we laughed, we screamed and we cheered. It was a great family movie and one my family will enjoy over and over again!
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Disclosure: We attended a media screening for Monsters Univerisy. The opinions are strictly our own.