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13. "Monsters University" (Dan Scanlon, 2013)
Honestly, Monsters University got a bit of a bum rap. Released at a time when there was a lot of hand-wringing over Pixar succumbing to sequel-itis, it was never fairly viewed for what it was. And no, it doesn't rate as anything approaching the best of the studio's output, but that says more about those films than it does this one. As an inventive prequel that establishes some interesting context for characters first enjoyed 12 years prior, it had so much more to offer than the usual consumer-minded animated offerings. — Kristopher Tapley