Monsters University

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This 3-D animated prequel to the 2001 hit "Monsters, Inc.," directed by Dan Scanlon, features a hilarious sendup of college life. It also reinforces familiar but important messages for young people (and their parents): Make friends, study hard, and apply your unique talents for the greater good. Two best pals (voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman) were not, it seems, always so fond of one another. Years before the action of the earlier movie, they met in college, locked horns, and were dismissed from the elite program in which they had enrolled by the institution's stern dean (voice of Helen Mirren). Joining forces with a misfit fraternity, they must learn to work together to achieve their goal of being readmitted. The movie is preceded by a charming short film, "The Blue Umbrella," about love among parasols. Both are clean and wholesome fun for the entire family.

Rated: A-I, general patronage; MPAA: G, general audiences. All ages admitted.

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