'Monsters University' is a funny prequel with a good life lesson

'Monsters University' is a Pixar prequel to their film 'Monsters, Inc.'

'Monsters University' includes the voice of Billy Crystal, who plays Mike Wazowski (pictured).

As prequels go, “Monsters University” is pretty nifty. Blue-furred Sulley and big-eyed Mike (voiced again by John Goodman and Billy Crystal respectively, and respectfully) meet up as students at college and discover that being scary isn’t their strong suit.

As directed by first-timer Dan Scanlon, this Pixar picture manages to be sportive and funny while also imparting a nice life lesson for the young 'uns: Dreams don’t always come true. Old ‘uns could learn something from that, too.

Keep your ears tuned for Helen Mirren as the imperious Dean Hardscrabble. Hogwarts would have loved her. Grade: B+ (Rated G.)

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