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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

  Directed by: Peter Docter
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, John Goodman
Links: Monsters, Inc. on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Cartoon/Animation

This movie gets: 7.67 (3 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 77th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

Monsters, Inc. (2001) is also mentioned in mino's review of A Bug's Life (1998), mino's review of Finding Nemo (2003), pearly's review of Finding Nemo (2003), pearly's review of Ice Age (2002), citizenjoe's review of The Incredibles (2004), em_fiction's review of The Incredibles (2004) and mino's review of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

"More of the same, but it's a good same" - a review by pearly

The folk in the parallel monster world working at "Monsters, Inc" need to collect children's screams to power their world. James 'Sulley' Sullivan (John Goodman) is Monsters, Inc's top scarer. Randall (Steve Buscemi) is another employee at Monsters, Inc who will go to any lengths to overtake Sulley's lead.

When Sulley discovers Randall's evil plans and accidentally lets the "poisonous" child Boo (Mary Gibbs) into the monster world, the race is on for Sulley and Mike (Billy Crystal) to save Boo from Randall's clutches, and perhaps revolutionise the scaring business while they're at it.

Pixar has created another gem here. A delight for kids and adults alike, this movie is fun, funny and well made. Pixar are constantly improving their animations, and Sulley's hairs are actually animated so that each one moves individually depending upon his overall movements and the direction of the wind etc. Their attention to detail means that there is always lots to look at in this movie. Each closet door on the assembly line has its own design; no two appear the same.

Sulley is a very lovable character. From his eco-concern (he prefers to walk to work than to drive) to his growing affection for little Boo, he's one monster it's hard to be scared of. Billy Crystal is great in his role as Sulley's humorous sidekick, Mike. The running joke about Mike's appearances on TV and magazine covers is very well done.

If you're a fan of Disney/Pixar films, you won't be disappointed by this. The movie gets an 7.5 out of 10 from me. However, the addition of "bloopers" over the credits (as was done in A Bug's Life (1998)) bump the score up another half a point to 8 out of 10 - watch for the cameo by Rex from Toy Story (1995). Very funny stuff.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 20 Dec 2001

Movie review statistics

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Number of reviews: 1
Number of ratings: 3
Average rating: 7.67
Lowest rating: 7 (by mino)
Highest rating: 8 (by em_fiction, pearly)
 
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Reader comments

  1. Excellent kids movie!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Cäsper on Sun 10 Oct 2004 09:05 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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