This week I watched two animated films back to back: Dreamworks' Despicable Me 2 and Pixar's Monsters University. While the former made me feel, well, despicable, Pixar's 14th addition to their Feature films canon was somewhat more tolarable, but nowhere near its height with Wall-E, Up and Toy Story 3. Perhaps the Golden Age of Pixar ended with Cars 2, as the Disney-owned studio is now under pressure to make every one of their good films into a franchise.

Having said that, Monsters University is a decent film. Mike and Sulley return as college students who have yet to become friends and in fact start off as rivals. All the standard high school and 80s sports montage story elements are present in one form or another, but it has a refreshing payoff and surprisingly thoughtful character developments that, for me at least, made it connect really well with their characters in the original story.

Overall, a satisfying friendship-origin story and far stronger than its immediate competitor (which I will rant about more extensively). A bit below average by Pixar standards, but given how good their films are on average, it is still a titan of animation. A story that didn't need to be told, but was told well.

7.0 / 10.0