Posted by Nicholas Rapp on July 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm
I have just seen the trailer for Monsters University, and I can’t help but feel disappointed. I saw Monsters Inc for the first time when I was just a child and I loved it. Seeing a friendship between a kid and monsters was awesome on so many levels. I wanted to be that girl! To be apart of that world. To this day the film remains one of my favorite animated pictures, and definitely among my top three from Pixar. And now I’m in college at a university – I have seen every Pixar movie along the way (aside from Cars 2, of course) – and what film is to come out but a sequel to Monsters Inc. Well. More like a prequel really.
So Why has Pixar waited this long? They must know that the same kids who loved Monsters Inc. are now in college. I think they’re hoping to grab the attention of the 18-22 year old age range by coming out with this sequel now, in the hopes that we will be better able to relate to the film. Smells like manipulation. But the biggest mistake I smell is Pixar assuming their fan base from the Monsters Inc days has grown up and lost interest… We haven’t – we still appreciate good movies.
When I look at this trailer, I try to imagine who Pixar thinks I have grown up to be. Who we, as a generation, have grown up to be. Do they truly believe that the kids who were once fans of Monsters Inc. are now fans of films such as Project X? It’s almost like the trailer doesn’t take itself seriously. All I can take from it is that it will be a film about partying in college. Although we have all grown older, and probably now watch considerably less animated films, what we loved about Monsters Inc are characteristics that we still love in cinema today. Character development, strong relationships, and stake. Pixar should trust that their fans haven’t jumped off the wagon. We don’t need to be won back by an excessively relevant setting, and we haven’t forgotten the cinematic elements that Pixar taught us to love in the first place.