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Monsters U equals a great day out with the grandson

Updated on December 8, 2013

Imagine a college that monsters attend to become better monsters. So, we have a sequel to the sucess of the 2001 "Monster, Inc." Things just keep happening in this animated movie...enough to keep the viewer on his or her toes watching for the next spectacle.

Monster U. has a campus, professors and department heads - all monsters, and even a fraternity system. Students band together as members of fraternities - the Oozma Kappa fraternity, composed stly of nerds and the elite Roar Omega Roar. There are the usual student types - some work hard while others try to float by on their families' reputations. Michael "Mike" Wazowski and James P. "Sulley" Sullivan are the new students, while Randall "Randy" Boggs is their rival and tormentor, members of Oosma Kappa are Don Carlton, a middle-age returning student and fraternity founder, Terri Perry and Terry Perry who share the same body, Scott "Squishy" Squibbles and Art.

At a deeper level this movie is about college students asking and answering the age-old questions about who and what they are, and what they can accomplish. Horseplay and changing loyalities between members of Oozma Kappa and Roar Omega Roar suggest typical college life. And there are typically difficult classes, overseen by Dean Abigail Hardscrabble, the chair of the Scarer program, and ways to wiggle out of class work and still get good grades.

Scare Games are the central action point of this movie with enough suspense and antics to please the most bored viewer. Color is awesome. Stellar voice-overs are done by Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Joel Murray' Sean Hayes, Peter Sohn, and Charlie Day. My favorite, Helen Mirren as Dean Abigail Hardscrabble, does an outstanding job.

My grandson and I saw this film in 3-D - which didn't seem to make a difference to me; I could have done without it, while demolishing a giant tub of popcorn and large cups of soft drinks. A perfect Saturaday afternoon!

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