Monsters, Inc.

Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Voices of Bonnie Hunt, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly
Directed by Peter Docter

Buena Vista Home Entertainment | September 17, 2002 | DVD

is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
All that time, there really were monsters in your closet -- the hardworking employees of Monsters, Inc., the corporation that supplies power to Monstropolis (the city where it's all monsters, all the time) by harnessing the power of children's screams. It's nothing personal -- "They Scare Because They Care." But, as everyone knows, human kids are highly toxic, so there are many precautions taken to ensure that the kids stay on the right side of the closet door and a crack decontamination team on call, in case a scarer should bring back, say, a very volatile sock by accident.

Monsters, Inc.'s star employee is James "Sulley" Sullivan (voiced charmingly by John Goodman), a huge, furry blue-with-purple-spots dude whose partnership with one-eyed globular green guy Mike Wazowski (the funny and frenetic Billy Crystal) extends beyond the 9-to-5 -- they're roommates and best friends, too. So when an underhanded ploy by scaly, shapeshifting rival Randall (the always-oily Steve Buscemi) causes an industrial accident of the worst kind -- a human kid invades Monstropolis! -- the beasty-buddies have to do their best to control the hysteria and send Boo (named for her favourite word) back to the human world.

The CGI animation is astounding and the jokes are broad and genuinely funny, with not a few nods to the adults in the audience and some entertainment industry inside cracks as well (like the swanky monster-restaurant named for special effects legend Ray Harryhausen). The riffs on workplace politics are sly and witty, and the characterization is terrific -- Jennifer Tilly is sweet as Celia, Mike's tentacled love-interest and John "Cliff Clavin" Ratzenberger gets a choice cameo as the voice of Yeti, a monster exiled to the human world. (So that explains it!) Excellent family fun -- don't miss it.

Video Release: September 17, 2002

Theatrical Release: 2001

Runtime: 93

Rating: G (MPAA)

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

UPC: 786936164886

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best animated film of the year! *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-
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Premise, Great Ride The premise behind Monster's Inc - that the screams of children power the Monster world that lives behind the closet doors of children everywhere - is a gem. But the plot of the movie, what happens when a little girl accidentally hitches a ride back to the monster world on the back of the Monster's Inc best employee, is adorable. Full of slapstick, a little bit of soft empathy, and a whole lot of chasing and wild rides, this movie delights for little people and adults both. And the ability of Pixar to make even monsters cute and cuddly... well, that's just one of their strengths.
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from monster's Inc. this movie was so funny i really enjoyed it i saw it 4 times
Date published: 2002-07-19

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Monsters, Inc.

Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Voices of Bonnie Hunt, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly
Directed by Peter Docter

Video Release: September 17, 2002

Theatrical Release: 2001

Runtime: 93

Rating: G (MPAA)

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

UPC: 786936164886


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Processed
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Description

IN THEATRES: NOVEMBER 2, 2001 The creators of TOY STORY, Pixar Animation Studios, present MONSTERS, INC., an animated film about a factory that produces the scariest monsters alive. These monsters think that they're ugly and mean, but they're actually funny and cute, and they're terrified of humans. When one little girl wanders into their world, the monsters get a big scare.

Notes

DVD Features: Region 1 Keep Case 2-Disc Set Disc One: Feature Film Full Frame - 1.33 Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (THX Certified) - English Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary - 1. Pete Docter - Director, Lee Unkrich - Co-Director, Andrew Stanton - Screenwriter, John Lasseter - Executive Producer Isolated Audio Track - 1. Sound Effects Only 2. THX Optimizer Disc 2: Additional Release Material: Part 1. MONSTERS ONLY Featurettes: - 1. New Monsters Adventures 1a. Mike's New Car 1b. Monster's TV Treats 1c. Boo's Door Game 1d. Disney Storytime - "Welcome to Monstropolis" Music Video - 1. Billy Crystal and John Goodman "If I Didn't Have You" Behind-the-Scenes - 1. Outtakes 2. Company Play Program 3. On the Job With Mike & Sulley Text/Photo Galleries: Gallery: Monster, Inc. Orientation 1. Welcome To Monsters, Inc. 2. Your First Day 3. History Of Monster World 4. Employees' Handbook 4a. Your Fellow Employees 4b. Hazard ID Symbols 4c. Repetitive Scare Inquiry 4d. C.D.A. 4e. Contamination Safety Check & Alert Procedures 4f. The Cafeteria 4g. Door Station Guide 4h. Top-10 Ways To Get Fired 4i. Sample Score Report 5. Advertising 5a. Fur Replacement 5b. Gain 10,000 Pounds 5c. Personals 6. Monster of the Month Awards 7. Scarer Cards DVD-ROM Features: Game Additional Release Material: Part 2. HUMANS ONLY Featurettes - 1. Pixar Tour 1a. Pixar's Fun Factory 1b. Pixar Air Show Film to Storyboard Comparisons - 1. Story Is King 2. Monsters Are Real 3. Original Story Treatment 4. Story Pitch - Early Version 5. Banished Concepts 6. Original Animated Opening 7. Storyboard-To-Film Comparison Additional Footage - 1. The Premiere 2. Music And Sound Design 2a. Monster Song 2b. Mixing Demo 2c. Binaural Recording Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Teaser 2. Original Theatrical Trailer (2) 3. TV Spots Outtakes Text/Photo Galleries: Gallery - 1. Monster Files 1a. Cast Of Characters 1b. What Makes A Great Monster? 1c. Mon "Stars" 1d. Supporting Monsters 1e. Monster 'Wanna-be's 2. Design 2a. Designing Monstropolis 2b. Setting The Scene 2c. Color Scripts 2d. Location Flyarounds 2e. Monstropolis Art Gallery 2f. Guide To "In-Jokes" 3. Animation 3a. The Animation Process 3b. Early Tests w/ Audio Commentary 3c. Opening Title Animation 3d. Hard Parts 3e. Shots Department 3f. Master Lighting 3g. Production Demonstration 4. Theatrical Release 4a. International Elements 4b. Toys 4c. Posters