Being a bit a of a cynic regarding film sequels in general, I was suspicious of the latest offering by Disney Pixar Studios, Monsters University.

Considering that it has been 12 years since the release of the imaginative and endearing Monsters Inc., I was curious to see in what way the film would be followed. It is sometimes the case that such projects can do more harm than good to the integrity of the original film, writes Miriam Doona.

However, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that such cynicism was redundant and the latest offering is – dare I say – better than the first.

The primary power source of the monster world, Monstropolis, is provided and generated by the collection of the screams of human children. In Monsters, Inc., we were introduced over a decade ago to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), James P “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and the duos arch nemesis Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi).

Monsters University is an alternative sequel as it brings us back in time to Mike's lonely childhood and his desire to become a “scarer”. The film progresses to how he became acquainted with Sully and Randall in Monsters University.

Mike and Sully both experienced a mutual dislike and distain for each other initially before cementing a firm friendship. Humorous misadventure and plenty of laughs ensue. They are all bound by a common ambition to secure a place on the much coveted scaring program and ultimately become “scarers”.

The scarers, by appointment, frighten human children and gather the resource of power – an esteemed profession in the monster world.

Monsters University is a very enjoyable and charismatic film, full of charm. Monsters University also introduces us to some highly colourful characters, among which is the dark and intimidating Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren). It also contains a very powerful message of the positive impact of celebrating each other’s individual differences and the importance of self-belief.

To get a better insight into campus life and the general monstrous merriment that occurs at Monsters University can be found at monstersuniversity.com. There you’ll find all sorts of information on academics at the college, including courses in the School of Scaring and the School of Liberal Arts and Monstrosities.

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Monsters University is out this Friday (July 12).