Monsters University: Hooray for Teamwork!

Monsters University is a Pixar movie that tells the story of how Mike and Sulley (from Monsters, Inc) first met and became friends. Without divulging too much for those who have not yet seen the movie, I will tell you they do not like each other when they first meet; it’s facing trials together that results in their lifelong friendship.

A great story with a positive message.

Kathryn saw it over the summer with a bunch of friends at a dine-in movie place, and had raved about it. The rest of us hadn’t seen it until we had opportunity to review it on DVD. There aren’t any truly scary parts of the movie: just funny-looking animated monsters roaring and a somewhat creepy dragon-like dean of the university. (If Kathryn hadn’t seen it previously, I’d have previewed it before allowing the little kids to watch.) Although I think much of the plot was over the heads of my youngest two, we all enjoyed – and laughed throughout – Monsters University.

Monsters University

I’m the biggest critic in the house when it comes to movies. When I feel like I could be doing something more worthwhile than sitting and watching a movie, my attention span suddenly shrinks to that of a fruit fly. But this one passed muster. It’s refreshing to have a movie with a positive message like the one in Monsters University. {The Pixar movie UP is one of my favorites ever, and quite possibly the best picture of marriage I’ve ever seen in a movie, animated or not.}

Although things in the movie don’t work out exactly as Sully and Mike had hoped, it is teamwork that brings them together and cements their relationship as lifelong friends. Scout and Jem (age 6 and 4) joined our family via foster-adoption; we’ve talked about how we are working as a team to keep on getting better and better at “being a new family,” because it hasn’t been easy for any of us — but we’ve hung in there the past 7 months and we all doing pretty doggone well!


An example of how things are going now: The other day at dinner, 4-year-old Jem told Ken, “I smile because you are our dad.” {And then I melted.}

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