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It always surprises me to hear that "Monsters, Inc." isn't loved by everyone. Some people even consider it to be one of Pixar's lesser movies but personally I love it. It's cute, it's funny, uses an entertaining premise, it's wonderful to look at and has some likable characters and a great voice cast in it. I therefore also wasn't opposed to a sequel, or prequel in this case, to "Monsters, Inc.". The only thing that bothers me is that it had to take 12 years to finally arrive.

It's definitely good to see this isn't just another throwaway sequel/prequel, made to cash in some more on an already familiar and well established franchise. There definitely went some serious time and effort into making this movie. It doesn't only result in yet another wonderful looking animated Pixar movie but also one that's entertaining and good to watch on its own right, regardless of whether you're familiar with the first "Monsters, Inc." movie or not.

The story in itself is pretty simple and straightforward but you of course have to remember that this foremost is still a children's movie. No need to over-complicate things or feature too many needless distractions and side-plots in it. It's actually good to see how well focused this movie is on its one and main plot line and doesn't even allow any generic and predictable things to happen. It for instance isn't overly sentimental in parts, it doesn't feature a love story, no real villain and it isn't constantly busy trying to send out messages to its young audience.

The movie really didn't disappoint me. I was entertained by it. all throughout and it offered more than a few laughs. The comedy isn't just in its writing or dialog but often more so in its animations and visuals. It's a more of a physical comedy in that regard and its settings and characters allows the movie to do plenty of creative and effective things with it its physical comedy.

What I besides love about the move is that it isn't ever trying to impress you with anything. It's a very humble movie, that isn't trying to show off with its strange and unique looking worlds and characters. It's treating its subject and characters like its all something completely normal. I liked this approach, since it definitely added to the movie flow and consistency, since it never allowed the movie to slow down for anyone or anything because it wanted to show and impressive you with a new, spectacular looking location, or awesome, newly introduced character. That's also what I mean by saying this movie feels like a very well focused one. Its main concern is to tell you its main story and even though the movie features lots of different characters in it, it's mainly focusing on those who are important to its main story, or for letting it move along. It's a really well constructed movie with its storytelling.

Just as its predecessor, it's also a very cute movie, which sounds like a strange thing to say about a movie featuring a bunch of monsters. But all characters are truly cuddly looking ones (well, most of them) and I loved their unique and detailed character design. This movie features plenty of new characters in it, as well as some familiar faces from the previous "Monsters, Inc." movie, all voiced by some great actors.

The colorful animations of course also help to ensure that this is a great and cute movie to look at, at all times. It shouldn't come as a surprise to you that the animations by Pixar are absolutely wonderful again to look at. Especially the characters and their facial expressions look better than ever and I also loved the fact how there is always something happening in the background of this movie. It's incredible, the amount of detail that went into making this movie, which is showing you all the more the time, craftsmanship and love went into the making of this movie.

Perhaps not as good and certainly not as fresh as its predecessor but just as fun and maybe even more so!

8/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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