Animation has come a long way. “Monsters University” is a real state-of-the-art film, or I should say digital file.
A couple of things to look for are all the details in each scene. Each hair and blade of grass is an individual polygon in the animators’ world. Wrap around a skin with reflective properties and you have a single element. Each scene probably has hundreds of thousands of individual elements. Couple that with motion and now you have a scene with lovingly created details. When you watch this film, try to spot the leaves rustling in the trees in the backgrounds. Thousands of elements have individual instructions on how to move! Now that’s a lot of math!
No doubt computer animation dazzles the eyes with intense color and composition. Another component is a good story line, and this movie has one. It’s the “underdog makes good” theme. I appreciated the most the very beautiful scenes that aren’t all in-your-face crashes and scenes of mayhem. Also the quiet moments help you appreciate the quality of the work.
And don’t forget to wait to the end of the credits for the special Easter egg for an extra treat.