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Monsters, Inc.

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Monsters Inc.

  • Mar 16, 2011
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Even though Monsters Inc. isn't Pixar's greatest accomplishment, it's still damn terrific and is my personal favourite Pixar film. I mean what respectable kid couldn't like this movie. You have funniness, it's Pixar (who can always be trusted), and you have a whole world of cool monsters. Adults will enjoy it too because of its talented voice cast, deeper message, and everything I mentioned in what I said kids will like. The animation is also stellar and Pixar has given us easily its funniest movie but without sacrificing its creative plot and characters.

The movie takes place in an alternate universe called Monsteropolis where the thriving company of Monsters Incorporated (or Monsters Inc. if you will) exists. Sully, a big blue monster, is the top scarer at the company and he lives with his loyal green best friend Mike. I should probably explain that the city runs on the power of children's screams and they need scarers to collect the screams. Also, if a human child or anything human escapes into the monster world, there is immediate danger as they believe children are toxic in Monsteropolis. While Sully is investigating a door, a child nicknamed "Boo" escapes and mayhem ensues. Cue in a rival scarer, Randall, and you have yourself a movie.

I have to pride the writers of this film for coming up with a highly original idea that is still revered to this day. By that I mean, Pixar is great for writing original material and I hope that after Cars 2 and Monsters Inc 2 (both of which I plan to see) they get back to writing original material that is sure not to disappoint. The characters are also wonderful too, like Sully and Mike, plus Randall, the best villain in the Pixar canon. The movie is also quite witty too, Pixar's funniest definitely. Sorry Incredibles, but you'll have to settle for second. Needless to say, this was a very creative and well-written film.

The voice acting was pretty good too, and I thought the respective voices of John Goodman(Sully)and Billy Crystal (Mike) matched their characters perfectly. I also thought Steve Buscemi(Randall)'s voice matched his character perfectly as well. Those were the three mains, the rest of the monsters are well-acted too even if I don't exactly remember their names. I don't really have much else to say about the voice acting, but it was pretty good, so lets move on to animation.

Pixar has always been famous for giving us some of the best quality CGI films ever made and this movie is no exception. Monsters INc. has a whole world of creative monsters like I said and they are all drawn and animated beautifully, down to the last detail. I am so glad that Pixar didn't decrease their quality of animation in their future films, in fact they improved upon it, especially their designs of people. The computer-generated sets were wonderful as well and made me feel as if I was actually in Monsteropolis. I think that good animated films can make you feel immersed in their setting, and Monsters Inc, definitely did that.

All in all, Monsters Inc. is another great animated classic from Pixar and a film that should be remembered for years to come. It doesn't quite have the pedigree of the Toy Story series, and it may not be Pixar's crowning achievement (which is Toy Story) but its still a great film and it deserves its spot as my favourite Pixar film

On a bit of a side note here, I am starting up Animation Domination (stole that from Fox) which will last through tonight and most of tomorrow. I have three days to watch movies and dammit I'm gonna use them. I am starting to make my way through Shrek and I hope to finish them by tomorrow (I don't intend to stay up all night) and I will alternate between Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks tomorrow.

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review by . December 16, 2005
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review by . February 02, 2004
"Monsters, Inc." is a funny addition to anyone's Pixar library. It's funnier than "A Bug's Life" and has a storyline that holds up better than "Toy Story." Sully and Mike are a great duo in this tale and it's fun to watch them interact with each other and Boo. The opening sequence in the test "Scare" room is funny, and the following sequence at Sully's house is hilarious. Steve Buscemi is a standout as Randall, the conniving culprit of the movie. He's devilishly funny and Mr. Waternoose isn't so …
review by . February 09, 2003
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review by . November 01, 2001
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Intelligent, funny, adorable, and beautifully animated, MONSTERS, INC. will delight fans of SHREK and TOY STORY, while drawing a new audience of curious, kid-friendly viewers. Billy Crystal and John Goodman make a fiercely funny comedic team as job partners and best friends, Mike (Crystal)--a little green guy with one huge eyeball, and Sulley (Goodman)--a big purple and blue fuzzy guy with dinosaur spikes down his back. Mike and Sully work at MONSTERS, INC., a gigantic corporation that captures the screams of little children and turns them into energy. To make the children scream, the monsters must enter each child's bedroom through the closet door, then deliver a frightening affront. The only problem is, kids aren't scared anymore. And because of this problem, Monsters, Inc. is in a jam. But when one little girl, Boo (Mary Gibbs), follows Sully through her closet door and into the factory, she brings an even more dire issue to the fore: the monsters are actually terrified of children. From Pixar Animati...
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 2001, November 2, 2001
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios
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