For the most part, the Pixar films have worked so effectively because they draw you into an emotional storyline early and efficiently. From Toy Story
, they’ve always presented a reason for us to care about the characters while dazzling us with their imagery. Partly because it’s a prequel, Monsters University
is one of the few films from the gigantically successful studio that fails to deliver an emotional payoff.
Billy Crystal returns as the voice of Mike Wazowski, a short, round, green creature with a single giant eye and a burning desire to graduate from the titular academic institution with a degree in scaring -- though he’s so...