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I'm 19 & was quite young when this film first came out and I remember going to see it with my dad at the cinemas. It's a great film and just one of those classics, so I decided to buy it when I saw it on eBay for 1p & 99p postage for my son to watch.
The film is about a big, furry blue and green monster called sully who looks very scary but is really a sweetie. His friend mike is a green, one eyed alien who is basically a ball with little stick legs! Mike is the immature one and sully is a bit like a parent to him in my opinion.
Mike & Sully work in a factory where the monsters (including them) go into different children's bedrooms via different doors, & collect their screams. It doesn't sound very nice really does it? It's not a scary film though, and it all comes into place when one of the children ends up in Sully & Mike's care (much to their horror).
Sully and mike are scared of Boo (the little girl) at first because they've being lead to believe by the company that children are toxic, and thats why they dont feel guilty about scaring them. They soon learn that she isn't and form a bond with her, while trying to return her home which means we get to follow them on their adventure. The film is 12 years old now and it does look dated.
The CGI isn't as impressive as say toy story 3 or any of the animated films released in the past 5 years or so, but it is still a good picture and very colourful and eye catching, I love the range of different monsters and the range of different characters (good, bad, silly, evil, naive, upbeat etc etc).
I won't say what the ending is but it is very heart warming and it is a lovely story. The voice overs are clear, easy to understand and portray the characters very well. The story is easy for a young kid to easily follow but complex enough for an adult not to get bored while watching it - all in all a well balanced film.
Do excuse this rather retrospective review, but I watched the fantastic Disney Pixar's 'Monsters, Inc.' for the umpteenth time the other night, and while I'm aware that this has been reviewed, on Dooyoo at least, to the high heavens, I thought I'd have my say...plus it'll be quite anticipatory for the upcoming release of 'Monsters University'!
-== The Plot ==-
James P. Sullivan, or "Sulley" (John Goodman), and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are best friends, and more importantly, two monsters who work together for Monsters, Inc., an organisation that extracts human children's screams as a non-renewable energy source, by entering their bedroom via their closet doors - because all 3-5 year olds I know have walk-in wardrobes! We're in a world full of monsters of all shapes, sizes, colours and limb-and-head-counts. Sulley is the company's "top scarer", closely followed by his arch-enemy Randall (Steve Buscemi) - saying that, Sulley's one of those nicey-nicey diplomatic characters. Under the watchful eye of Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn, who sadly died the year following 'Monsters, Inc.'s' release), the company is in trouble - "Kids [...] just don't get scared like they used to". When Sulley, after working hours one evening, sees a child's closet door left on the work-floor, he checks inside to see if anybody's "scaring" late, but finds the room empty. After exiting, he discovers that the child from the room has sneaked out herself, but before he can put her back, Randall exits the child's room causing Sulley to hide. What you've got to understand is that although scaring children is a profession for these monsters, they are scared of humans, children in particular - they believe them to toxic and highly dangerous; one of many of Pixar's hilarious little details. When Sulley interrupts Mike's date to tell him about the child, she escapes and reveals herself to the entire sushi restaurant, causing havoc. The CDA (Child Detection Agency) put the restaurant and the surrounding area under lockdown while Sulley and Mike only just manage to escape with the child in a Chinese take-away box. Back at their apartment, they try to form a plan as to how they can return the little girl; meanwhile, it is clear that Sulley is beginning to feel sympathy for the child, and declares that he doesn't believe her to be dangerous at all. It then suddenly occurs to Sulley how they can go about returning her to the factory and to her home, but it won't be smooth sailing, what with the CDA swarming the factory and with Randall on the prowl.
-== The Review ==-
'Monsters, Inc.' is the fourth film by Pixar Studios, after 'Toy Story', 'A Bug's Life' and 'Toy Story 2', and was released back in 2001, would you believe? Pixar have always been a cut above the rest (the rest comprising of the likes of DreamWorks and Aardman), and 'Monsters, Inc.' is a shining example of their work. Their imagination, attention to detail and overall balance is overwhelmingly brilliant, and to put it simply, they just get it so right. The plot itself can provide laughs, but nowhere near as many as the film produces. The characterisation of Sulley and Mike isn't exactly original; Sulley is diplomatic and immodest, while Mike is cocky and not exactly reliable, but remains totally likeable. It's the character of Boo (Mary Gibb - who appears to have only have played two other roles in her short career, both for Disney - for figure!) that makes this film though, and the ensuing relationship between her and Sulley. Boo is the name that Sulley gives to the child who escapes her room as his affection for her grows. As this is a wholly animated film, this only allows for mass scope, and Pixar create the ultimate cute child in Boo. The words that come out of her mouth are utter nonsense but massively cute and almost quotable, and her little antics around the Monsters, Inc. factory are fun to watch. Sulley's empathy for the child, her cuteness and Mike's growing impatience makes for entertaining viewing, while Randall is on the hunt as the villain; it's a classic structure.
Where Pixar soars, which applies for the majority of their films, is in the humour, both overt and covert, and the visuals. For the latter, the monster world is very imaginative, and realised so nicely; the colours and various monster species are enough to keep kids entertained at the very least. For the former, the brilliant animation studios cover every ground, ensuring that their target audience stretches far beyond young children. There are many jokes that will go straight over their heads, while even the jokes aimed at the children will make adults chuckle, and this is mainly down to the captivating story and characters that Pixar present. For example, Mike instinctively and accidentally spraying himself in the eye (he only has the one...) with a can of monster-deodorant when Boo sneezes on him will generate as many laughs as Mike turning his nose up at some yellow snow cones, before the Abominable Snowman declares that they're actually "lemon-flavoured". I used the phrase "attention to detail" earlier, and this is exactly what Pixar pride themselves in. Each scene is carefully constructed, and one can clearly see the level of effort put in. These days, Pixar release a film a year, which is still quite a long amount of time but still entirely necessary - the construction of each frame, let alone the pre-production and post-production ongoings, is time-consuming enough. What I'm saying is that the wait is worthwhile, as if the film-production rate was any quicker, you perhaps wouldn't get the high level of film that you do with Pixar.
Animated films like those produced by Pixar tend to have a runtime of around 80-90 minutes, and 'Monsters, Inc.' finds itself on the higher end of the spectrum at 92 minutes, which is a very good length but not too long so that kids get bored - not that you possibly could once immersed in this vastly exciting world. While colours and aesthetically pleasing graphics provide much fun for the viewer, the pace of the film certainly aids in the audience's enjoyment. It's pretty relentless, conveying the sense of chase and danger excellently. Each scene or occurrence is already preparing for its transition to the next, and it flows seamlessly; while a joke is ending, a tense or dangerous scene is already beginning, creating a satisfying overlap. The story and general structure of the film is thoroughly pleasing, even on a subconscious level, and this pertains to the 'balance' I mentioned earlier. While comedy, love, action and horror are all balanced perfectly across the movie, so is weight of each section of the film; never does it linger too long in one state, and it ultimately seems to last a lot shorter than its 92-minute runtime, which is always a good thing when analysing a film. I argue that 'Monsters, Inc' provides a perfect structure for an animated kid's film, but is also an excellent example of a parallel movie in the adult world (not like adult adult...).
Would my review be complete without a detailed insight into the film's soundtrack? The answer is no. Pixar call upon Randy Newman once again, who provided the music to the three Pixar films released prior to 'Monsters, Inc.'. While people think of 'You've Got a Friend In Me' when they hear his name, along with other songs he has written for the Pixar films, he is as equally talented in his incidental music - his scoring of the film. The score features some excellent 'mickey-mousing' (when the score directly correlates with the film, such as a descending musical sequence while Sulley and Mike tumble down a hill) but also some generally fantastic cues. He evokes moods perfectly, and his themes are great too, particularly Sulley and Boo's theme, which is orchestrated to superb effect when heard. While 'Monsters, Inc.' provides an excellent example for filmmakers in a number of ways, it's also hugely instructive for film composers too. Interestingly, too many to list of Randy Newman male relatives also work (or worked) in the film music industry, most predominantly Alfred Newman (1901-1970), the third-most Oscar-nominated person in history (second to, not entirely coincidentally, composer John Williams) and second in most won, and composer of films such as 'The King and I', whereby he adapted Rodger and Hammerstein's work; and Thomas Newman, who is hugely important composer at present, most well known for his work with Sam Mendes in films such as 'American Beauty' and 'Skyfall'. But, I digress...Randy Newman is hugely talented and provides the perfect score for 'Monsters, Inc.; but don't expect a peppering of songs like in 'Toy Story'.
-== The Verdict ==-
Not only is 'Monsters, Inc.' an instructive film, but it is a hell of a lot of fun, and just brilliant. It covers every ground in its runtime, providing laughs, tears, both combined, and moments of tension. Whether it's better than 'Toy Story' or not is irrelevant; rather, it's a film in its own right and only builds on its excellent predecessors in the steadily growing Pixar repertoire. If you haven't seen the film already, I strongly suggest that you do, but if you have, what harm will watching it again do? Surely the opposite!
About the film
Monsters, Inc. is a Disney and Pixar film which was released in 2001. The film is rated U and has a run time of 92 minutes.
Set in a world full of monsters (Monstropolis) where there are no humans, the Monsters, Inc. company takes the forefront. Here, monsters of all kinds head into the human world through special doors to scare children as this is how the city is powered. However, monsters are incredibly scared of being contaminated by the children they are scaring. Taking the lead roles are Sulley, a big blue furry creature, and Mike Wazowski, a small green Cyclops like looking monster. Sulley is currently the top scarer at Monsters, Inc. although there are others wanting that top spot.
When a two year old girl (who gets nicknamed Boo) manages to find her way into the world of monsters, Sulley and Mike must find a way to get her back to where she belongs. Villain of the story Randall will do anything to get to Sulley's position as top scarer so getting Boo back without him knowing is going to be a tough job.
John Goodman as James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
Billy Crystal as Michael "Mike" Wazowski
Mary Gibbs as Boo
Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs
Jennifer Tilly as Celia Mae
James Coburn as Henry J. Waternoose III
Bob Peterson as Roz
Frank Oz as Jeff Fungus
John Ratzenberger as The Abominable Snowman
Samuel Lord Black as George Sanderson.
Dan Gerson as Smitty and Needleman
Bonnie Hunt as Ms. Flint
Jeff Pidgeon as Thaddeus "Phlegm" Bile
What I thought
When I lived in Canada and worked in a children's shoe shop, we had a TV and DVD player to keep the kids occupied. Generally, I spent a lot of my days watching kids films. We only had a small selection though and one of these was Monsters, Inc. so I ended up watching it over and over again. You would think that this would make me sick of it but no, years later and I still love it.
I really loved the initial idea that monsters lived in a different world to humans. This isn't something that I have ever seen done before and the role reversal was a really nice touch. I would never have thought of monsters being scared of little kids, especially when their job is to scare them, but that's exactly what this film is about. The monsters in this film comes in all shapes and sizes and I thought the variety of characters was fantastic. I'm sure there is a monster for everyone in this film.
The casting was also great. Among the voice actors are John Goodman and Billy Crystal who take on the roles of Sulley and Mike. I would have maybe liked for this voices to be a little different/ put on a bit more than what they were as I could clearly picture the actors rather than see the monsters as their own characters. However, all voice actors do a great job and all seem perfectly matched to the monsters that they portray. Steve Buscemi was probably the best for me as Randall though as he was creepy and weird and also didn't sound like himself the whole way through the film.
The story of Boo finding herself in a world full on monsters and being stuck with Sulley was wonderful. I really liked how to two characters interacted with each other and how they became to understand and like each other more as the film went on. Sulley is really a big, blue cuddly looking monster and I don't know how anyone could be scared of him anyone. Boo is such a cute character, especially when she is dressed up as a monster herself as she fit into the monster world so well.
Monsters, Inc. is extremely entertaining for both adults and children. Although it is not the best Disney/ Pixar film out there, it is still one of my favourites due to how cute and different it is. The CGI is fantastic and flows seamlessly throughout the film. I have my own Sulley teddy from the Disney Store and will be watching this film many more times in the years to come.
Monsters Inc. is a film based on the idea of the 'monsters in your closet' fascination kids and adults alike share. When you were little did you think there was something in the closet?!?! Well this film plays on this and shows you the monsters side of the story. 'We Scare because we Care' is the motto of Monster's Inc, a company that uses children's screams as power for the whole city. Door are supplied one after another that when powered up allow the monsters to enter children's bedrooms. Attached to each door is a power cell which, when the monster scares the child captures the power of the scream! The films story is amazing and is very unique and this is why I love the film so much.
Monsters Inc was released in 2001 from Pixar. It was Pixar's fourth film and directed by Pete Docter. Pixar managed to get an all star cast to voice the characters which include:-
John Goodman - Sully
Billy Crystal - Mike
Mary Gibbs - Boo
Steve Biscemi - Randall
Jennifer Tilly - Celia Mae
James Coburn - Henry J Waternoose
Bob Peterson - Roz
Frank Oz - Fungus
John Ratzenberger - Abominable Snowman
Sully is chief scarer in the company with his partnership to Mike. Each 'scarer' has a partner who selects the door, powers it up and captures the scare. As Sully and Mike are top of the leader board they make an enemy of slimy Randall who is desperate to beat their score. On one night after the Scaring is done a young girl unknowingly enters the Monsters world throwing Sully and Mike's life into chaos. The monsters believe that children are infectious to monsters so when the young girl appears the whole of Monstropolis is on high alert. Sully soon realises that the young girl who he names Boo is not actually a threat and keen to try and get her home embarks on a mission to sneak her back through her door. He soon realises how much the Monster (particularly Randall) scares Boo and begins to rethink the Monsters Inc approach. On trying to return Boo home he uncovers a plot that will threaten many children in the human world and the power of children's laughter.
The comedic pairing of Sully and Mike is really good and the characters play off each other really well with Mike taking the role as the fall guy. This pairing is helped by the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal having such funny chemistry. Along with the other characters the whole film feels rich and will make you laugh along. Although my favourite character is Mike, I love Roz and the Abominable Snowman characters and they really provide some of the funniest situations in the film. The really star of the film thought is Boo, a wide eyed adorable child who bounces around the rooms giggling, she may not have many words in the film but the simple 'boo' and 'kitty' are enough to make you fall in love with her.
Monsters Inc is computer animated and although was an easily Pixar film the graphics are astounding. Sully's fur really shows you how far technology has come and the picture and image quality will take your breath away. As with all Disney films the film is full of snippets of songs and music with Mike seemingly being the most vocal and often being the one singing the little anecdotes.
The film will appeal to children with the colourful characters and bright graphics, while the jokes will appeal to the adults. It is a great film and I love how it turns the monster in the closet theory on its head
I have always been a one for a Pixar movie as they are extraordinary, so complex and brilliantly created from animation. If you have liked Shrek, Toy Story, Incredible's then you will like this fun movie.
The film is about a company called Monsters Inc who specialize in frightening children to create electricity for their world, however there is competition within the company to who is the best.
Scarer Sulley is the best with his enthusiastic partner Mike, however the twist is that the monsters think that children are dangerous and toxic. Things take a turn when a child gets into there world which causes havoc , as the child can apparently destroy there world.
Mike and Sulley try to return the girl home but face a rival who wants sulley gone so he can be best.
This edition is the collectors edition with a bonus disc with these features:
Short film The birds, Short film Mikes Car, New monster adventures, Behind the screams, History of the Monster world, From story to storyboard, Audio commentary.
Monsters, Inc. this is yet another excellent offering from pixar , under the genre of computer animation . As with the Toy Story series, the plot is taken from a "what if?" scenario in a child's imagination. What if the monsters (whom everybody knows dwell in childrens' closets and under their beds) in fact live in a parallel world to ours?
Monstropolis City is powered by energy garnered from children's screams, which are collected by the workers at Monsters Incorporated. James P. Sullivan and his sarcastic assistant Mike are Monster Inc.'s top scarers, but when Sulley inadvertently lets a small girl into the monster world things start to go awry. Monsters believe that human children are highly toxic, and in their efforts to put little Boo back where she came from, they uncover a fellow worker's sinister plan to revolutionise the scream-collection industry.
One of the few down sides of the film is that at times it is just a little too cute, and Sulley definitely works best as a strong and straight-forward good-guy, as opposed to his attempts to be a moraliser and emotion-analyst. His computer-generated fur though is incredible. Over one million hairs have been animated to move realistically in response to anything from a light breeze to a Himalayan snowstorm.
The concept of a factory that has an exact replica of every child's closet door, and that of monsters living in a world not all that dissimilar to ours is certainly clever; but it is also the little details - such as a "Grossery Store" and "odorant" (rather than deodorant) - which really make the movie. Although the ending is a trifle schmaltzy, this is a film that kids will love, and adults won't mind watching again and again.
I have only recently been introduced to Monsters Inc -- its rapidly become my 2 year old daughters favourite thing and is requested most days!!! So much so i can almost recite the whole film!
John Goodman provides the voice of Sully, one of the main characters who along with Mike (Billy Crystal) are trying to beat the all time scare record - the scares provide Monstropolis with their power - but their rival Randall (Steve Buscemi) also wants the title so one night he appears to be trying to cheat and get some bonus screams! Little does he know that Sully is there picking up some paperwork and he accidentally lets out a child - the gorgeous Boo!! - and it all gets a little crazy as the monsters think that a child is the most toxic thing in the world! While trying to get Boo home, Sully gets extremely attached to her and it turns out that Randall was trying to kidnap her to test out his new machine - the Scream Extractor. Eventually Sully gets Boo home but there are many twists and surprises along the way.
Monsters Inc is a really well made film - with humour for both children and adults, and truly amazing animation!!
I eagerly await Monsters Inc 2 which is currently being made.
Monsters inc is one of the most successful collaborations between Disney and Pixar. In terms of animation it one of the films that almost seemed truly ahead of its time.
Sully and Mike (Billy crystal and John Goodman) are the top boys at Monsters Inc. a company that turns children's scares into power for Monstropolis city. Sully does all the scaring, and is the current scare champion in the company while Mike is his assistant and always keen to crack a joke or two. However one day, Sully lets a young girl into the plant by accident, and monsters are scared of children. If Sully and mike don't find the girl before someone else does both the girl and their jobs will be history.
On their way to returning the young girl the boys are involved in a number of adventures and discover a sinister plot to change the way screams are being made forever.
This is a fun family film, the plot is good and shows abit of thought has went into it. Monsters living in a world almost the same as ours and having access to each childs cupboard door. Good idea. But even though the plot is well thought out and exciting. And even though the characters are funny and will keep you and your kids entertained for hours on end. These are not the main selling points of this film.
The main selling point is how it looks on scream. The animation is just extraordinary, it will blow your mind. Sullys coat in particular will amaze you. I think it has around 6 million individual hairs which the animators have put in which is an outstanding feat. It is a reason in itself to see this film!
Most kids at some point get scared by the thought of monsters hiding out in their wardrobe, under their bed, or somewhere else, often at bedtime when they're alone and in the dark. Enter Disney with feature film Monster Inc to put aside all of these potential fears and give kids a different point of view on what monsters there are and what they do. It doesn't try to tell you there are no monsters. It tries to show you they're good.
Mike is a one-eyed green monster, with a round body, short legs and arms and a fast mouth. His best mate is Sully, a huge blue Yeti-like monster with strong arms and a soft heart. The pair of them are trying to break all records in their job - scaring kids in order to keep them healthy. They have to keep scare levels up and are constantly in fear themselves of getting contaminated by the kids. When one takes a liking to Sully and ends up in their land (through the wardrobe), Sully finds his priorities all over the place.
Really, this is magic. Disney Pixar collaborations are usually very good, but can only be as good as the script and plot ideas it follows. Whoever came up with the idea for this needs a pat on the back. The notion that monsters live in a parallel world and are actually scared of children is a nice role reversal and delivered with expertise. John Goodman and Billy Crystal are among the voices of famous stars lending their talents to the film, and the film switches between the funny and the sad, and of course the scary as it wends its way towards the conclusion.
The fact that the little girl, Boo, manages to be so endearing and that big monster Sully starts to be fond of her and not afraid makes everyone else sit up and take notice, and there's a clever 'battle' going on between Mike and his arch-rival, the Chameleon monster. A curious thing, though, is the music. I wouldn't say that it has quite as much magic as other Disney films, but it has managed to have success with the music, giving Randy Newton an award for its composition and performance. It does fit in perfectly with the film, but it's not as brilliant as other Disney music.
The little subtleties the film gives us are also well received, sort of making a mockery of corporations in general and how everything is always about making money and marketing and how commercial the world is. It goes against plugging this form and settles instead for making a mockery of it, adding the humour level to it so that it would sort of go over the heads of kids but be instantly recognised for what it is by the adults who may be watching the film. Politics in Disney!
Monsters Inc is a very good film, there's no denying it. It's not my favourite Disney film, and I didn't wow me as much as some of the other Pixar collaborations. Yes, it's great, with the idea and execution absolutely perfect. However, some of the characterisation that is deep and magical in other films is sort of lacking here. There doesn't seem to be a huge variety in the characters. This doesn't detract from it being a great film that is highly recommendable, though, and I would urge you to watch this.
Released in 2001 by Disney Pixar, Monsters Inc is an animated feature that appeals to both children and adults. The basic premise of monsters in your cupboard is turned on its head and the affects are fantastic. I hadn't seen this film for a couple of years until my son raided the Disney box at my Mums but I'm glad he picked this one as it brought back great memories of a fantastic film.
It tells the story of the city of Mostropolis that generates its power by collecting screams from human children. The problem is that the monsters that go into kids bedrooms at night are totally petrified of the children, so when one gets let back into the monster world all hell breaks loose.
The ideas in this film are brilliant. Each child is matched with its ideal scarer and they are responsible for generating the biggest and most high pitched screams. The fun really starts after the girl comes back through. She is discovered by top scarer Sulley and he enlists the help of his best friend Mike to put her back into her bedroom. The monsters all believe children are highly toxic and there's a great scene where a monster comes back through with a child's sock on his back and has to go through a very harsh decontamination.
What's so great about this film are the characters. They are all monsters but they act like people with normal everyday worries. Sulley makes a great hero, he's kind, caring and although the top scarer there isn't really anything that scary about him. Mike is the funny one, his haphazard approach provides many of the films comical moments. Boo, the little girl who comes through is so cute and adorable that it is great seeing the big monsters petrified of such a lovely child. The villain of the piece is Randle, he's Boos special monster who really scares her. He isn't all that nice and will stop at nothing to become top scarer at Monsters Inc.
Mostropolis is a fantastic city to base the film around. It has all the things a normal human city has with houses, cars, shops and police. The only difference is that there are monsters walking round instead of people. It's a fantastically colourful world that is visually stunning and great to look at.
Although the characters are monsters they are really easy to relate to, they all show ranges of human emotions from love and compassion to jealousy and revulsion, we can all see parts of them in ourselves. This makes us more emotionally involved with the characters and makes us care how it all turns out.
The attention to detail here is amazing, Pixar have really excelled themselves at bringing the world and characters to life. From movements to facial expressions it's all there and it's realistic. Sulley is covered in blue fur and when it moves you can see each strand and not just a block of hair.
The film is never dull or boring because there is always something going on. It moves along at a great pace and when the ending comes it's almost a disappointment that it's all over. There isn't too much thought required but it doesn't matter. This is a film that just requires you to sit back and enjoy it.
John Goodman provides the voice of Sulley and his personality matches the character perfectly. He brings across the big guy with a huge heart onto the screen effortlessly. Billy Crystal is Mike and he has done a great job and Mary Gibbs voices Boo to perfection increasing the likability of her character.
I think the humour in this film is great because it appeals to all ages. My six year old thinks some of the silly parts are hilarious whereas I enjoy the more subtle humour that creeps in. The ideas in here are so great that it doesn't really matter that the ending's a little predictable it's the ride to get there that matters.
Although nothing heavy the films teaches kids important lessons. Sulley and Mike stick together through thick and thin, showing that it is important to have friends who you can trust. There are also ideas on being a good person, not doing as others tell you and not to judge someone by their appearance.
For anyone who hasn't seen this I would definitely recommend, whether you have kids to watch it with or not it doesn't really matter because there is something for everyone to enjoy. It is currently available on Amazon for £5.99 which is a fantastic price for such a timeless film that can be watched over and over.
I have been a great fan of alot of the Disney/Pixar animated movies over the years and this one is no exception and is fantastic for kids. I watched it when it was first released in 2001 and then again recently with my 2 year old son who seemed to love it although not sure he knew exactly what was happening yet.
When you think of all the animated feature length movies that Pixar has created in recent years then Toy Story is always up there on people's lists and favourites. Monsters, inc in my opinion is not as good as Toy Story but does compare favourable in terms of the quality and voice overs. Those voice overs include John Goodman and Billy Crystal who are both fantastic and really suit their characters.
For me, Monsters, inc. has a more original storyline that alot of the other animations. The plot revolves around when children go to bed and the stories they hear about when they are tucked up in bed and the lights go out, that there could be monster lurking under the bed on their closet. These creatures are supposed to emerge to scare the children. However, the monsters concerned are only doing this as it's their normal job just like a 9-5 job but with irregular hours.
Monsters Inc. is a corporation that is the largest screen processing factory in the entire monster world. They take a child's scream and turn it into energy. There are few top children's scarers and the two that the movie focuses on are James P. Sullivan known as Sulley played by John Goodman, and Mike Wazowski. Sulley is a large blue and purple spotted monster who is very furry and his helper Mike is a small round green, one-eyed monster.
In the film Children are considered to be a threat to the monsters as if they should touch one of them they believe that they will die. This includes any children's items accidentally brought back into the monster world too. Everything runs like clockwork until one night Sulley accidentally lets a little girl into the other side, the monster world. From this moment the fun really begins.
I thought the plot was extremely original and funny and the main characters are supposed to be scary monsters but are cute enough so that younger kids won't be too scared by it all. This is one of the best animated movies that has been out and is well worth a look
Monsters Inc was released in 2001, produced by Pixar. It has a runtime of approximately 92 minutes and is available on Amazon.co.uk for around £6.
~~~ Synopsis ~~~
In an alternate world where electricity is generated by scaring children, there is a company, which operates in scaring children, Monsters Inc. The problem is the monsters are just as scared of the children getting into their world and contaminating it, as the children are of the monsters coming out of their closet.
After a freak accident, which allows a child into the monsters world, number one scarer, Sulley, finds himself in a tough situation when he becomes responsible for the child.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
When this was first released way back in 2001, I had no intention of watching it, the trailers didn't catch my imagination and I didn't think this was going to be much of a movie. However, as time went by I, for no reason whatsoever wanted to see it, but didn't want to rent or buy it. Clearly, since I'm reviewing it now the opportunity presented itself and I watched it.
The first thing I noticed about the movie was it was slightly different to other animation in terms of detail. Each hair on Sully acts as an individual and moves and sways, depending on where he movies. I am often sceptical about overly detailed animation, but this was okay since there was clearly no intention to make Sulley look real.
The detail in Sulley isn't continued onto the rest of the movie though and at one point when Sulley is walking down the street it looks more like he is walking in front of one of those green screens that special effects are shot onto.
The main thing I like about the movie was the story itself. It's a different take on the monsters in your bedroom idea and I really enjoyed it. Moving away from the human perspective and into the monsters made for a really entertaining movie.
Monsters Inc isn't what I would call laugh-put-loud from beginning to end, but there are plenty of funny moments in the movie. Although it is still enjoyable for adults, I think children would be laughing a lot more, because of the amount of visual gags.
All in all I enjoyed Monsters Inc. It isn't one of my favourite animated movies, but I'm still glad I watched it. Another hit from Pixar, with the original story being the main plus point.
John Goodman ... James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voice)
Billy Crystal ... Mike Wazowski (voice)
Mary Gibbs ... Boo / Mary (voice)
Steve Buscemi ... Randall Boggs (voice)
James Coburn ... Henry J. Waternoose (voice)
Pixar have been known for about 15 years as he makers of some of the best (if not THE best) children's films of recent years. With their constant quest for better, more realistic animation, and their wonderful and magical storytelling. Monsters Inc is no exception to that rule.
James P Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman), is a big hairy blue monster, and one of the top scarers at Monsters, Inc - a corporation that supplies the monster city of Monstropolis with screams, which are used as a power source. With his best friend and assistant Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), they are close to breaking the all time scream record. But rival scarer Randall (Steve Buscemi) wants the title to go to himself and so, one night, after hours, he sneaks into the building to get himself some bonus screams, but accidentally lets out a human child - apparently the most toxic thing any monster can touch. Sulley discovers the child, and with Mike attempt to put the child back in the human world before boss Henry Waternoose finds out. But it turns out Randall's up to something far more sinister than the scare record.
Monsters Inc is wildly original - this idea of an entire monster population running their city by the power of children's screams, all at the same time considering them greatly dangerous to the touch to the point that a single leak of human life into the world can cause a "23-19" state of alert. The story is great, too, mixing in humour with great plot, and has some pretty exciting scenes - most notably the incredibly impressive chase between the heroes and Randall in the Storehouse of Doors
The film is funny as anything, with great chemistry between the two main characters, the way they bounce dialogue off each other feels perfectly natural. The side characters add a lot of humour, too: Mike's girlfriend the Medusa-haired Celia, the adorable Boo (the child from the real world), the adominable snowman (played by Pixar regular John Ratzenberger) and in my opinion, the best one: secretary Roz - a sluglike creature with a bad attitude and a no-nonsense policy when it comes to paperwork, and Wazowski.
The animation is brilliant, with emphasis on Sulley, who's lumbering figure is weighted perfectly, and whose hair flows really smoothly. In fact, it took Pixar almost 12 hours to render a single frame of animation with Sulley because of his twenty million animated hairs. Oh, yes.
For the past 2 days I hav3e had to watch this film twice a day. I like the film but my daughter has taken it to the point of I would like to watch something else for a change on our morning film viewing with a cup of tea and biscuits.
This is about a scare corporation in a monster city that exists behind closet doors in children's bedrooms. This monster city is powered by children's screams so these monsters are employed to scare children at night so they can power their city. Sully is the main scarer and his sidekick Mike helps him by doing the paperwork. Randle is trying to beat sully in the scare record and gets involved with something that he shouldn't be doing to create more power. Sully finds out this but not before a little girl named boo is let into the monster world. All the monsters believe children are toxic, so sully has to find a way of getting her home. Randle finds out and takes the child from sully. Can Sully save her and the city?
This is a Disney film and is made by the makers of Toy Story. This film is approximately 88 minutes long and is packed with a lot of laughs and has a v very imaginative storyline. Sully is voiced by John Goodman and Mike is voiced by Billy Chrystal. The animation and quality of the film is very high and I wouldn't expect anything more from Disney. The storyline is brilliant because most children from time to time say they are scared of their bedroom and monsters under the bed and to make a child's imagination into a film is excellent. The monster creatures are very interesting and you can tell they are very original in the way they look, the colours used in the film are very bright and eye catching and the thought of how the company works and why is brilliant and makes the plot interesting to watch. This has a universal rating and contains mild comic violence which is not harmful in anyway to children. My children have never had nightmares about monsters when watching this. This was released in 2001 and has been a good investment in our house.
There are some of the best bonus features on this DVD that I have ever seen. There are previews of the Nemo film which we also own. A short clip of for the birds which is a funny clip that my daughter loves. There is a game called boos door game which we have played but after playing it once there is no point because the pieces are in the same place each time. Disney Story time welcome to monstropalis I liked this because you got to choose a read along option which will help your child learn to read while being told the story of the film. The only problem with this is that you have to use the remote to turn the pages and my daughter is not able to do this and I think my son would struggle so an adult has to be present to use this function. Then there is my favrouite part on the bonus menu which is the out takes, these are my favrouite because they are brilliantly put together. Usually outtakes in films are when the actors have done something wrong while making the film because this is a cartoon outtakes wouldn't happen but they have done small clippings of the characters as if they were really actors making accidents. These clips are also at the end on the film shown in small frames to see them in full screen sizes makes them really funny, my daughter thinks these are really funny too. The last thing on the bonus features is abandoned concepts, this is were one of the makers gives an introduction about the making of the film and tells you about what you are about to see, this is a series of drawings telling you some parts of the story or parts that were not put in. These are done with drawings so it looks nothing like the film and some audio is put with it. I wasn't very interested in this but if you like the making of the films this would be interesting to watch.
Overall I love this film, it is a family viewing session that is heart warming, I loved the storyline and thought it was very interesting for children. The comedy in the film is mild and very funny for the adults and the children. My favourite part is when sully first shows the girl to Mike. I love the monsters I think they are very well created and the Billy Chrystal and John Goodman are the perfect pair to play Mike and Sully. The DVD is worth the money you will be able to buy this for around £10 if you are lucky because it is Disney you will struggle to find this cheap because they are big sellers. This is a perfect film for family and I would advise anyone to buy this for their children's
James P. Sullivan (Sulley): Voiced By John Goodman
Mike Wazowski: Voiced By Billy Crystal
Boo: Voiced By Mary Gibbs
Sulley and Mike are your average pair of monsters, getting along with their lives in Monstropolis and earning a living at Monsters Inc. And just like your average pair of monsters, their job is to scare people.
Naturally, monsters live in a separate world to ours, so they need a portal of sort to get here. This portal is in the shape of numerous doors, and these doors lead into an unsuspecting childs closet. The monsters jobs are to scare the child on the other side of these as screams are the power source for all things in the Monstropolis.
After another day at the office, Sulley finds an unattended door left behind, and finds it in his duty to send the door back to the warehouse. The room beyond this door appears empty, but without Sulley knowing, the child inside slips into the monsters world. As we all know, children are terrifying creatures with the power of defeating poor, defenseless monsters. Thus ensues the hilarious story of Sulley and Mike trying to get poor "Boo" back to her own world without any of their colleagues knowing. Will they get her back? Or will the Monsters Inc. bosses try and steal Boo away from them as a part of their master plan?
I have yet to find a flaw in any of Disney Pixars animated adventures, and Monsters Inc. stands hand in hand with the best. After the successes of Toy Story and A Bugs Life, Monsters Inc. was one of the early creations. But the animation and visuals are nothing short of top notch. Every hair on Sulley's body is created individually, and the variety and beauty put into the characters is astounding. Of course, what else is to be expected from the design team at Pixar?
Beyond visuals, everything else incorporated into the film is fantastic. The voice cast is perfectly chosen, and every actor chosen plays their part flawlessly. No offence to the man, but Billy Crystal is incredibly believeable as a short, squat, big eyed monster. And of course, Mary Gibbs is completely adorable as little Boo.
The story, simple as it is, plays out brilliantly, and brings in all the emotions you would expect from a Disney film. Ranging from laughter, sadness and heartfelt companionship with the characters, you'll be shouting at the bad guys and cheering on the good guys whenever the opportunity arises.
All in all, I feel that Disney have done it again, and they have set the trend for animated films. Monsters Inc. stands with the best, and is a must watch for children and adults alike.
The monsters in Monsters, Inc. are just so incredibly cute--and they know it. Whereas Woody, Buzz and pals in the Toy Story saga were filled with self-doubt about just how much the children in their lives would continue to love them, here our heroic monsters and their impossibly lovable human ward Boo have no such worries, at least when it comes to the cinema audience. And that's why Monsters, Inc., for all its wondrous computer-animated artistry, its smart humour and its family-friendly appeal, doesn't quite capture the naïve charm of its predecessors. Nevertheless, John Goodman and Billy Crystal, as scare-champions Sulley and Mike, are a great double-act whose comedy never goes over kids' heads but still reaches up to make their parents laugh. The film's central conceit--that monsters in the bedroom closet are just doing a night's work in order to generate power from screams for the city of Monstropolis--is funny and cleverly worked out; and kids will of course love the fact that the monsters are mortally afraid of the very children they are trying to frighten. The animation is extraordinarily detailed (Sulley's fur is a marvel in itself) and the set-piece action sequences top anything that has gone before for sheer audaciousness. But overall Pixar play things very safe, from the hissable villain to the end credit "outtakes". A bolder film might have taken inspiration from The Nightmare Before Christmas; instead, a little of that Disney disease of knowing cuteness seems to have crept into the formula. --Mark Walker