Archive: Monsters Inc. (2001) A Review

My personal favourite of the Pixar offerings.  Full of great humour and a really heart warming story.  Highly Enjoyable.

Certificate: U

Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman

Screenwriter: Pete Docter (original story by), Jill Culton

Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Runtime: 92 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Something a bit light hearted this morning, as all the bad news in the world was beginning to get me down and I just wanted something that was going to make me giggle for a couple hours and ‘Monsters Inc’ definitely does that.  It is jam packed with a LOT of humour some of it there just for the adults, and the imagination that goes into the world building and the monster creation is pretty fantastic.

Monstropolis runs on the power of kids screams.  So monsters enter the human world through closet doors in order to scare them and generate power.  But Sully and Mike’s world descends into chaos when one of the children escapes through her door into the monster world.  Now they have to try and avoid detection as they work out a way of getting her back to her world.

Spectacular animation is only the first thing that needs to be praised here.  The textures, right down to the individual hairs on Sully’s arms etc, are just amazing.  It really shows the giant steps that Disney and Pixar have made with animation in the last couple decades, and twenty years later, (wow has it really been 20 years?) the animation still stands up to todays standards pretty well.  It’s not the glaringly old standards of things like Dinosaur.

Both Billy Crystal and John Goodman do great jobs and are perfect in their roles.  I can’t imagine anyone but John Goodman playing Sully, you can all but see him as the lovable, cuddly monster, a perfect character for kids to fall in love with.  And Billy Crystal’s more sarcastic and emotionally volatile Mike is much more designed, I think, for the adults to find funny. 

Randal’s side story involving the scream extractor is actually quite sinister, and against the brightly coloured backgrounds of the city and the different monsters, is a vastly different change of tone. 

The ending of the film, at least the first time I watched it I did not see coming.  And upon subsequent viewings, they do a great job of not giving away the ending at all.  I mean we know the whole time that Randall is a bad guy, but we aren’t given any indications of how deep the plan goes until it is literally dropped in our laps.

There are so many things to love about this film, I can’t recommend it highly enough.  If you or your kids haven’t seen it yet, and are in the mood for a family movie night, I highly suggest watching this.  Monsters Inc is currently available to stream for free on Disney+ in the UK.

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