Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James Sullivan (John Goodman) meet in college, where they team up to learn how to become professional Scarers.
This back story to the classic "Monsters, Inc." will appeal to audiences of all ages who are curious about how the unlikely friends got together in the first place. Preschoolers will miss many of the college references but will still be drawn in by the signature Pixar animation and the lessons about working together. Big, furry Sulley may be the one viewers want to cuddle up with but the true star of this movie is Mike, who proves that nothing is impossible when you keep your eye on the prize.
This movie is intended for older children.
Although they'll definitely want to give Sulley a big hug, preschoolers won't understand what Greek life is and will miss many of the college references. Five-year-olds will be glad when Mike and Sulley finally decide to work together to reach their goals rather than being mean to each other.
Kids will be intrigued to see young Mike wearing braces and working hard to achieve his goals, and also to watch the dynamics between him and Sulley when they meet for the first time. They'll find it empowering to learn that "the best Scarers use their differences to their advantage," and that we each have our own gifts and skills to bring to the party. Kids will get a kick out of recognizing some of their favorite Monsters, Inc. characters!
It's been 12 years since Monsters, Inc. was released, and tweens may be feeling nostalgic to go back and revisit the characters in this prequel. They'll probably find themselves laughing at many of the scenes, and will also be reassured to hear from Sulley, "I act scary but most of the time I'm terrified."