As many of y’all know, I am officially a student of Monsters University! Yep, back in May, I received acceptance into the university and have been studying around the clock in the school’s elite Scare Program. Term finals are just around the corner – wish me luck!
Of course, back in the Spring, I was letting y’all know about the coming release of the movie in theatres. And now, I’m happy to share even more exciting news: Last month, Disney•Pixar celebrated the release of “Monsters University” on Digital HD and Digital HD 3D on October 8, 2013, followed by the 4-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 29, 2013. Whew! That’s quite a widespread release, but now, your options are limitless!
I’ve got two little monsters who absolutely adore everything about the movie. In fact, they often practice their scares… which was cute *at first*. Now, I often have to intercede as they try to outperform each other. Let’s just say many-an-Advil has been popped as they do their “homework”.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that I too am enamoured with the animated film. In fact, since getting my hands on a review copy of the 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, I’ve lost hours in productivity as I watch along with the boys. From the painful cuteness of Mike Wazowski as a young boy, to the perfect comedic ensemble of Oozma Kappa, the movie will delight kids of all ages.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney•Pixar movie if it wasn’t loaded with lessons. Predictably, as in all Disney movies, there is an underlying theme to dream BIG. But in addition to simply having a dream, the movie also underscores the need to stay focused, be a leader, lead with integrity, and finally… that it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to choose plan B – and there’s no shame in it. Because in the end, it’s your hard work and persistence that drive you towards your goal, even if there are bumps in the road.
But if I had to choose ONE life lesson that really speaks to me in this movie, it’s the notion that there’s no one right way of doing things. Everyone, intrinsically and instinctively, has their own way of achieving success. To some, it comes naturally; for others, extra efforts are involved. But in the end, regardless of the path or the means necessary, we all have the potential to achieve our goals and dreams.
Wazowski : “Take a good look fellas. See what they have in common?”
Squishy: “No. Not really.”
Wazowski : “Exactly. There’s no one type of Scarer. The best Scarers use their differences to their advantage.”
About the movie: Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer – and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer.
The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. “Monsters University” bravely explores themes of self-discovery and the revelations that come with growing up.
Monsters University makes the perfect for kids (and kids at heart) this holiday season. Fair warning: you may find yourself humming the catchy scores all day long. Visit Monsters University online.