Imagination runs riot
What a treat. The Monsters and the energetic little toddler, Boo, are not just cute, they're great personalities too - and so well animated. The film's entertaining from start to finish and a couple of the extras are as good as the film, in their own short way. Some of the good things on this DVD:
A wonderful story. The world of the monsters runs on the power of screams that the monsters have to generate by scaring human children. They have a whole industry dedicated to extracting these blood-curdling shrieks from the poor, terrified little kids. Each child is matched with its ideal monster and their monster passes from the power factory in Monstropolis through one of thousands of bedroom closet doors - one for each child - into the child's bedroom where it carries out its job and the resulting scream is captured in a flask. The monsters have to be very careful though because they believe that children are highly toxic and can kill them with a touch. The monsters are actually tremendously alarmed at the prospect of contact with a human child. If only the children knew ....
Excellent characters. The main ones are outstanding. The little girl, Boo is too cute to mention. Sulley (big, woolly, top scoring scarer) and Mike (small, walking eyeball and Sulley's best friend and assistant) have all the usual concerns of the average working man and they're also funny. Mike has a girl friend (she may be my favourite). She has one eye and snakes for hair. When she gets romantic with Mike, her snakes get all romantic with him too. When she gets angry with Mike, they all rattle their tails and glare and hiss. Those animators must have been inspired. What a clever idea. Randle, Boo's special monster - the one that really scares her - moves like a centipede. He's a real villain with a wicked plot go maximise scream power.
Brilliant extras. In particular two short animated films: "For the Birds" and "Mike's New Car". I've watched them more times than I've watched the main film. Both are very funny. I've found that I can't even think about "For the Birds" without starting to laugh. There's one scene in the film where several of the small, quarrelsome birds are taking the Mickey out of the big, friendly bird - pulling faces and bristling their feathers. You'll need to see it to believe how funny this is.
I recommend this DVD. It'll be played over and over again.
We scare because we care.
This,another release from Pixar,the undisputed Kings of animated films is directed by Peter Docter and David Silverman.Another impressive piece of animated work,it follows the hit A Bug's Life and of course the hugely successful classic Toy Story.
The story is set in Monstropolis,a city inhabited by monsters who live in deep fear of children who they believe will kill them simply by touching them. Ironically,the city's power comes from the screams of children which are bottled and converted to energy by Monsters Incorporated."Scarers" work to frighten the children and are regarded as the heroes.
You can tell this is a Pixar film as soon as it starts.The quality feel of previous films such as Toy Story is present here and the animation is simply amazing.Sulley,who is a scarer in Monsters Inc looks breathtaking and the attention to detail that went into the hair on his body and his realistic movements is another example of Pixar's desire to bring us something revolutionary every time they create a film.
When taking care of paperwork,Sulley discovers a door that has been left on the scare-floor after shift,contrary to strict company policy.When Sulley investigates the door,a small human girl enters the monster world;not only that but he and his best pal Mike (a one eyed green monster) also learn that the girl is actually a victim of an evil plot to solve the city's power problems.It's up to Sully and Mike to get her back home before the authorities find out and before the company gets turned upside down.
The animators must have been inspired when creating this,because the monsters within the film are exceptionally designed and are so funny.Boo,the little girl is very cute and easily likeable.
Adults need not worry about their children becoming scared at the whole monster thing,because its all played out in the best possible intention and really its the monsters who are afraid of the children.The juxtaposition throughout the film is brilliant.
You would be crazy not to rent or buy this film,as it can sit along with titles like Toy Story and Shrek without ever looking out of place.A wonderful animation for adults to enjoy as well as children.
This review was written by Chris on 02 April 2006.
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Having converted most of my old video collection to DVD I was thrilled to find this film gem in digital format. If you watch this in widescreen format, it really does the battle scene great justice; coupled with surround sound, you'll be gripped by the amazing cinematography. I would recommend the director's cut that includes scenes about the relationship between the lead character and his estranged wife and helps you to understand the motivation behind his decision. The run time is 183 minutes for the directors cut and 120 minutes for the cinema version. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of extras, which any fan of this classic would expect to be included. There's only a 20-minute interview with the director and other shot "making-of" vignettes.
monsters inc. 4 * * * * review
Disney's phenomenally successful collaboration with Pixar continues with this ingenious creature feature, which introduces us to a whole new world of bizarre computer-animated characters.
"Monsters, Inc." doesn't quite live up to "Toy Story 2", surely the high watermark in this fast-developing field - but it's still a hugely creative, fast-paced romp that will keep both children and their parents thoroughly entertained.
In the city of Monstropolis, power is generated by the screams of human tots, collected by an ace team of "scarers" who enter the human world through the petrified tykes' bedroom closets.
Top of the tree are James P Sullivan, aka Sully (voiced by Goodman), a blue ogre with a heart of gold, and his lime-green, one-eyed aide Mike (Crystal). But their alternate reality is thrown into chaos when a little girl called Boo follows Sully back to his world, where she and her kind are believed to be toxic...
The idea of ordinary Joes punching in at a terror factory is a clever one, and it's deftly developed to incorporate petty rivalries, corporate corruption, and romance between co-workers. But it's the monsters themselves that really astound: a gruesome gallery of slimy, tentacled, bulbous beasts who manage to be completely grotesque yet instantly likable (apart from Randall that is, who's a scheming salamander voiced by Steve Buscemi).
The pace flags around the flabby midsection, and the gurgling Boo is never more than an ingratiating distraction. But that won't stop this latest computer-generated caper deservedly taking a massive byte (sorry!) out of the UK box office.
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Inc...redible! Can't wait for the next one!
Just as entertaining for adults as it is for children, just as entertaining on repeat viewing! That’s one plus of getting it on DVD.
Also as mentioned in the title, the creators of Toy Story are working on Monsters, Inc 2, so it would be good to see this first.
Some appealing and wonderful characters, with all sorts of monster features.
It is however more of a film for girls than boys. It has several 'cute' moments.
One of the best animated comedy’s out there. Definately worth buying and adding to your collection.
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