From the Academy Award(R)-winning creators of TOY STORY comes the computer-animated film that captured the hearts of fans and critics everywhere. MONSTERS, INC., is "visually dazzling, action-packed, and hilarious" (Boston... more » Herald), featuring groundbreaking animation, imaginative storytelling, and unforgettable voice talent. John Goodman stars as the lovable James P. Sullivan (Sulley) and Billy Crystal as his wisecracking best friend, Mike Wazowski. Top scarer Sulley and his enthusiastic Scare Assistant Mike work at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. The main power source of the monster world is the collected screams of human children. Monsters believe children are dangerous and toxic, however, and they are scared silly when a little girl wanders into their world. Sulley and Mike do their best to return the girl home, but they face monstrous intrigue and some hilarious misadventures along the way. MONSTERS, INC., is "supremely clever -- fun for kids and adults alike" (CBS-TV). Treat yourself to the most entertaining movie of the year with all-new exclusive bonus features and animation for monster laughs and monster fun.« less
"I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of this movie the past weekend and *highly* recommend it to everyone: kids, adults, monsters--you all have to go see this one! The newest movie from CGI geniuses Pixar, the studio that brought you the "Toy Story" movies and "A Bug's Life", is a sheer delight from beginning to end. The characters are cleverly designed and fun to watch, the animation is brisk and colorful, the dialogue funny and sparkling, the voice casting perfect, and most important of all, the story compelling and intriguing. This is a cartoon that insults no one's intelligence--it's perfect for the kids as well as adults, without condescending or sinking into juvenile humor (well, there are a few toilet jokes, but they're so lightly done as to be inoffensive to anyone). This "E.T. in reverse" story has wonderful plot ideas--monsters in the closet scare human kids to create "scream energy" to power their city, Monsteropolis--but monsters are as afraid of kids as kids they are of monsters. When a charming and cuddly little tot nicknamed "Boo" escapes into the monster world, it's up to scaremonster Sulley and his nervous cohort Mike to save the kid, put her back where she belongs, and keep anyone else from finding out she's loose in the monster world--but Sulley's sinister co-worker Randall (a charmingly oily chameleon) has devious plans for little Boo...There's so much detail going on that this one demands you see it multiple times (and with a plot, characters and voice acting as charming as this, you will *want* to). The voice acting is spot-on (I've always felt John Goodman was a great actor; who would have ever expected a blue and purple monster would be one of his finest roles?) and the care and attention Pixar has put into the making of this film shows: every frame sparkles with color and wit, and the last-act chase through the Monsters, Inc. factory, where Sulley, Mike, Boo and Randall leap from closet door to closet door thousands of feet above the factory floor is amazingly designed, brilliant and inspired, a breathtaking edge-of-your-seat chase that rivals the Death Star Attack in "Star Wars." Best of all, it features a sweet and emotional ending that had the cynical New York professional crowd I was seeing it with literally go "Awwwwwwwwww..." aloud. And if you have any doubt as to the sense of fun that this movie inspires, check out Sulley and Mike's Amazon.com Customer Reviews and Wish Lists! Heck, *I'd* buy Mike that copy of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"!"Monsters, Inc": the best animated film of the year? Absolutely...maybe even the best *film* of the year. Certainly the most fun--and that's exactly what we need right now."
Great family movie
John DiBello | 10/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great animation and story. I took my 3 yr old to see the movie at a preview and that's all she has talked about for the last 2 days. I think she enjoyed it as much as I did. It will be on my wish list for Christmas (and I'm 36 yrs old). You have to take your kids to see it."
MONSTERS, INC. has an unrivaled release on Blu-ray that is c
Pop Culture World News | 11/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pixar's 2001 hit, MONSTERS, INC., continued the studio's tradition of creating wonderfully fantastical worlds of incredible imagination in design utilizing the very best in computer animation. What is the hallmark though of a Pixar film is the fact that the development of character is always at the forefront and is never relegated to existing on a superficial level in order to showcase the many hours of hard work that went into creating the animation. MONSTERS, INC. is of course a great buddy picture, pairing two opposites together, and setting them forth on their adventure. Just as Buzz Lightyear and Woody were teamed up to create such a memorable pair in the TOY STORY movies, so too does MONSTERS, INC. couple the diminutive and always frenetic and full of energy Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), with his enormous friend Sulley (John Goodman), the leading scarer at Monsters, Inc., a company that exists to provide electricity for Monstropolis by collecting the screams of children as the monsters pop out of the kids' closet doors at night. When a toddler, Boo, inadvertently follows Sulley back through the doorway and into the monsters' own world though, Sulley and Mike must set out to try and get her back to her own world while battling those in the company that have ulterior motives. The result is a wildly funny and dynamically original movie that exudes a tremendous amount of heart from its characters.
The voice casting of Crystal and Goodman is phenomenal, and the two play off of each other so well that they create some hilarious moments on screen. Both though are allowed to fully develop their characters, and the relationship between Mike and Sulley is given the freedom to grow and change throughout the film, and this is key to the story's success. Had the enormously talented Crystal's Wazowski only been seen as the comedic sidekick of Sulley, and never given the liberty to go through his own personal character arc, a much weaker picture would have emerged. Directors Pete Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich though do not go for the easy gag, but rather stay true to each of the character's own motivations, thus allowing their relationship with one another to organically grow throughout the film. By doing so, the team of Mike and Sulley become one of the most memorable from the Pixar catalogue.
Seeing the film in HD at home with the Blu-ray release of the film is in a word, breathtaking. Even though the film is now almost nine years old, the animation in MONSTERS, INC. is still beyond compare. Not only is the world of Monstropolis so completely artistically original and populated with such unique interpretations of monsters, but the level of detail in the animation is staggering. Looking at some of the skin textures of some of the monsters will quickly illustrate how much time and attention to detail went into animating the film, but by far, the scene that best exemplifies just how good the animation in MONSTERS, INC. is involves Mike and Sulley being banished to the Himalayas. Here, the thick blue and purple fur that covers Sulley's body can be seen blowing in the winter storm as small pieces of snow become stuck within it. The animation in this scene alone ranks as among the best, and serves as a milestone in computer animation excellence. Being able to see it in HD at home will bring an entirely new level of admiration for what the filmmakers were able to achieve with the movie.
For the Blu-ray release, Disney is including four discs that include the Blu-ray version of the film, a DVD version, a digital copy and a Blu-ray disc of bonus features. There is so much value with this set, that it, along with the similar edition of UP that is being released on the same day, will prove to be must have Blu-rays for everyone's collection and are rightly sure to be one of the most popular gifts given this holiday season.
The bonus material included with MONSTERS, INC. is simply amazing, and will keep a viewer engaged for hours discovering the vast amount of supplemental material on the film. The bonus features include:
Filmmakers' Roundtable (22:00) MONSTERS, INC. Ride and Go Seek: Building Monstropolis in Japan (7:58) "For the Birds" Academy Award® Winner for Best Animated Short in 2001 (3:21) "Mike's New Car" Academy Award® Nominated for Best Animated Short in 2002 (3:46) Audio Commentary
Roz's 100 Door Challenge-A fun game that will place you in what job you would be best suited for at Monsters, Inc. Pixar Fun Factory Tour (3:34) Story is King (2:00) Monsters are King (1:29) Original Treatment (13:40) Story Pitch: Back to Work (4:36) Banished Concepts: Intro to Banished Concepts, Assistant Sulley (2:15), End of Day (2:22), Bad Scare (2:51), Scream Refinery (1:06), Original Sulley Intro (1:00) Storyboard to Film Comparison: Storyreel (5:14), Final Color (5:14), Split Screen Comparison (5:14) Art Gallery Designing Monstropolis (4:48) Set Dressing Intro (3:24) Location Flyarounds Monster File: Cast of Characters (5:51), What Makes a Great Monster (1:24) Animation: Animation Process (3:11), Early Tests (8:02), Opening Title Animation (2:06), Hard Parts (4:58), Shots Department (2:16), Production Demonstration: Intro, Storyreel (1:50), Layout (1:50), Animation (1:50), Final Color (1:50) Music and Sound: Monster Song (4:13), Sound Design (3:15) Release: The Premiere (:56), Trailers and TV Spots, International Inserts (1:06), Multi-Language Clip Reel (3:45), Toys (1:29), Outtakes and Company Play (7:00) Wrap-Up (:42) New Monster Adventures: Monster TV Treats (1:09), Ponkickies 21, "If I Didn't Have You" Music Video (1:11) Behind the Scenes: On the Job with Mike and Sulley (2:31) Orientation: Welcome to Monsters, Inc. (:58), Your First Day (3:34), History of the Monster World (1:36)"
Pixar has done it again!
Michael A. Brown | Salt Lake City, UT USA | 08/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Admittedly, I am a fan of Pixar's work. Their artists have done some incredible animated features over the years. Between the "Toy Story" movies and "A Bug's Life," they have managed in a short time to build an impressive track record. Their shorts are also among the best ever produced. So my expectations going into this movie were very high.The story concerns the monsters in your closet. The theory being that their world runs of the energy produced by children's screams. Sulley (John Goodman) is number one at getting screams. His main rival (Steve Buschemi) will do anything to gain the top spot. Oh, and they consider the touch of a human child to be toxic.While not as instantly relatable as "Toy Story," the movie builds on the talents of Goodman and Billy Crystal (Mike) to bring you into this make-believe world as Sulley and Mike try to get little Boo back through the closet door to the safety of her bedroom.Disney/Pixar has presented this well on DVD. Both Widescreen and Pan & Scan versions are available on the first disc. The second disc has games, outtakes, an award winning animated short, and a fun (easy to find) Easter Egg.All in all, if you enjoy Pixar's work, or animated features in general, this is a must have for your collection."
A beautiful, beautiful film.
darragh o'donoghue | 02/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Disney/Pixar have done it again. First Dreamworks gave us 'Antz', and D/P trumped it with 'A Bug's Life'. Now DW give us 'Shrek', and D/P return another film about a lovable ogre, 'Monsters, Inc.' In each case, DW offered a film that seemed funnier, fresher, sassier, more gratifyingly 'adult', but which, in the end, couldn't begin to compare with the D/P films. This is because both companies go about making animation with opposing attitudes. Although they might not say so, DW make their films for adults. 'Antz' was a transposed Woody Allen movie; 'Shrek' an 'anti'-fairy tale. They appealed to adults' cynicism and disenchantment, their weary lack of wonder. Once you start winking, there can be no wonder. Their films are 'negative' entertainments - they mock or lampoon or play with or rework existing narratives or cliches or expectations. D/P, rightly, unashamedly, brilliantly, make their films for children first. They create new worlds (or recreate old ones) rather than knocking old ones down. Their cleverness doesn't go over childrens' heads, aren't contemptouos of them. And if adults get it too, well that's nice, but not the main thing. And this is brilliant for receptive adults, because it allows them to tap that lost sense of wonder, to re-enter and re-live their childhood emotions - AS CHILDREN, not knowing adults.'Monsters, Inc.' is not classic D/P - the script is only sporadically witty (most of the best jokes seem to have been reserved for the end-credits 'out-take' sequence) and the characterisation not always inspired (exceptions: John Goodman is an adorable gentle giant; Steve Buscemi as a slithery villain with a scary ability to go invisible, undone by the fact that he's, well, Steve Buscemi). But this doesn't matter, because the animators of 'Inc.' have created a huge, whole new magical world, with its own integrity and movement, operating to its own logic, and believable right down to the tiniest detail. It's not 'our' world or filtered with our sensibilities, although we may recognise some of it - it's a paralell universe, co-existing with ours. The philosophical implications of an industry in which mere doors in the monsters' world opens onto the bedrroms of humans' is too dizzying to contemplate, but it makes for incredible cinema. From the Osbert Lancaster-inspired opening titles on, the film glows with that colourful lumonisity other movies can't reach. The three-dimensional hair rustling Sulley's body is amazing, yes, not because it so 'lifelike', but because it gives him life. The whole concept, where young children, our surrogates on the screen, become the scary Other, the 'abnormal' or 'freakish', is inspired. The climactic third is especially good, with its banishment-in-Nepal agony, its one-eye-poppingly astounding and vertiginous action sequence, in which a factory becomes a kind of candy-coloured Orwellian nightmare, with characters pursuing each other in and out of a global travelogue labyrinth, like one of Chuck Jones' more twisted fantasies (I could also mention that 'Inc.' is the best, most knowing and subversive blue collar drama in American cinema, but that would contradict what I said earlier). And the goo-goo little baby Boo is so Adorable."