Can Pixar Still Go Up?

The legendary studio plays it safe with a prequel

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Among the freshmen at Monsters University, Mike Wazowski stands out like any creature who's basically an eyeball with feet would. With the brains, drive and guts to be a BMOC (Big Monster on Campus), Mike lacks just one talent: shock appeal. His "Boo!" is a lullaby to kids who need the sleep scared out of them. "If you're not scary," the dean says, "what kind of a monster are you?"

Back in 1995, when Pixar birthed Toy Story--the company's, and the world's, first computer-generated feature--some people wondered what kind of a cartoon it was. Disney had recently set the standard with...

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