My wife and I went to see Monsters University this morning. I’d been looking forward to seeing this movie, and for some reason, the trailers made me feel like it was a Monster style version of Revenge of the Nerds ( 1984 – which also had John Goodman in it as Coach Harris), only a G rated version instead of an R one. Both were set in a college and both showed the underdogs competing against the Jock-type character in a final show down competition.
I was pretty wrong on that guess, and really, what was I thinking? I guess the commcercials, with the footage they showed, made me piece it together that way, but you can’t judge a book by a cover, or a movie by it’s trailer in this case. Many movie trailers make the movie look incredible, but that is because they show all the best parts in the trailer, and the movie winds up stinking when you see it.
This isn’t exactly the case with Monsters U. I liked it a lot, as did my wife, and both our favorite character was Art (voiced by Charlie Day). I love the way they made him move and dance. Anyway, I won’t be giving a full review of the film here, but I will say this, where as in Monsters, Inc. ( 2001) the film focused a bit more on Sulley (John Goodman) and his relationship with Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs), this movie focuses more on Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal). Now that may just be my personal opinion on the matter, but it’s cool if people disagree.
As a side note, this is the third time both Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprised their roles as Mike and Sulley. In 2002 they voiced them in a Pixar short titled Mike’s New Car, which was created for the DVD release of Monsters, Inc.
OH! Two other things. Steve Buscemi returns as Randall Boggs, and we get to see where his rivalry with Sulley began. Also, this movie kind of presents a continuity error. In Monsters, Inc., Mike mentions in conversation with Sulley that they had been best friends since the 4th grade, but in this movie, they meet for the very first time.
Anyway, you might be wondering what this has to do with the title of the blog, well, we’re getting to that. My wife received these items from work for free at The Disney Store:
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan Lip Pops. Essentially, a type of lollipop that you suck on, but instead of a stick sticking out of your mouth, you can either have the fangs of Sulley or the teeth and retainer of Mike covering your mouth. Kind of cute, no? Mike is flavored “Scream Apple” and Sulley is flavored “Boo! Raspberry.” I’m sure they are being sold in stores now in case you want to try one (which I haven’t cause I don’t like either flavor).
Until next time,