Monsters, Inc. (VHS, 2002, Clam Shell)
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Monsters, Inc. --- A great family film from the creators at Pixar Animation
Mar 24, 2008
Review by three_ster
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:very well done, great animation, innovative story, extremely funny and has great voice actors
The Bottom Line: This is an excellent film that Pixar has created, which appeals to people of all ages, and which delivers on great comedy.
Following the success of Toy Story, Pixar Animated Studios had the green-light to work on more innovative projects like Monsters, Inc., and in doing so ended up creating one of the great family films of the past 10 years. The film takes a stab at the old adage that monsters live in the closets of children who are afraid to go to sleep at night. That fear is a common one, and something that helped make the movie appeal to a wide audience, by presenting a story that first touched on a childhood story, and then expounded upon it exponentially. The film itself actually follows the lives of a few of those monsters, whose job it is to come through the other side of closet doors to our world, and scare children to the best of their abilities. It is a job they take seriously, and one which is quite a big business indeed.
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Sulley and Mike are the two main "monsters" that we get to know right away, giving a face to those creatures from another world. Sulley is the fun-loving guy of the pair, a large bluish monster who would normally be the nicest guy in the room, but finds himself in a job where he is forced to be scary. Then we have Mike Wazowski, a much more nervous, and seemingly at times, less successful monster at doing his job. He more embodies an "alien" type monster, consisting of one large eye that takes up most of his face, and then a mouth, arms, and legs. He is also the comedic relief for the film, continuously cracking jokes when they are not on the job, and finding great moments of humor in the work that they do. Together they are friends that work for Monsters Inc., and the film takes a page out of their lives working for the company.
Acting as the voices of the two lead characters are Billy Crystal (Mike) and John Goodman (Sulley). They are great in their parts, and bring a lot to the film in what turns out to be a brilliant choice of casting for the roles. With Crystal bringing is great and unique brand of humor, and Goodman presenting his steady approach to acting, together they are a team to be reckoned with. They aren't alone though, as other characters are voiced by Steve Buscemi as a "monster" that really IS evil, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, and Bonnie Hunt just to name a few. Together they are all monsters that are using their ability to scare to generate power for their world, but everything is turned upside down when a little girl from the real world finds herself in the Monster's world. Now Sulley and Mike must deal with the girl (Boo), and get her back to her own world before anyone knows what has happened.
The innovative aspect of the story, and the way with which they present the characters does a great job at hiding the thin plot of the story. There are a lot of ways that the story could have gone, but using a little girl as the main "human" component of the film was a stroke of genius. That helped to keep the story fun and light, and with the comedic talents (and timing) of the leads, the film really succeeds at being both entertaining and humorous for the entire 92 minutes of running time. It is a fun film that really is built for families to enjoy, and kids as well as adults will come away not only loving the movie, but laughing until their cheeks hurt. The animation is great by Pixar, the story is memorable, and there are plenty of quotes that you will remember for some time. Monsters, Inc. is one of those films that really put Pixar on the map, and deservedly so, it ended up winning an Oscar for its great music. This one is definitely one of those that gets a high recommendation.
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