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Amiable ‘Monsters’ prequel scares up a passing grade

Sully (voiced by John Goodman), center left,  and Mike (Billy Crystal) were rivals early in their days at Monsters University.
Photographer: Disney-Pixar
Sully (voiced by John Goodman), center left, and Mike (Billy Crystal) were rivals early in their days at Monsters University.
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In Pixar’s “Monsters University,” a prequel to 2001 “Monsters, Inc.,” our expert “scarers” to be — the wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski and the burly James B. Sullivan — are college freshmen with high aspirations.

Pixar, too, knows something about expectations. Thanks to the gentle poetry of “Up,” the cosmic romance of “WALL-E” and the unlikely artist portrait of “Ratatouille” (not to mention others), the mantle is high for Pixar, a paragon of pop culture.

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