Monsters, Inc. (2001) Movie Review


Monsters, Inc. (2001)

2001 | Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family
92 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Monsters, Inc. Review


In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Monsters, Inc. (2001) is an American computer-animated adventure comedy movie that was released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Pixar. Monsters, Inc. (2001) was followed by Monsters, Inc. 3D (2012) and Monsters University (2013), all movies winning applause from fans. Monsters, Inc. (2001) had a budget of $115 million and grossed over $562.8 million worldwide. Directors Pete Docter (Up (2009), Inside Out (2015), WALL·E (2008)), David Silverman (The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007), Ice Age (2002)) and Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo (2003), Toy Story 3 (2010), Toy Story 2 (1999)) should direct more kids movies together. These three amazing directors has branched out into making more incredible entertaining kids movies that my kids personally loves. I applaud the technical team and animators for finding new ways to render fur that looks realistic for the film because it made the movie all the more a better experience.

Monster, Inc. (2001) mostly revolves around two monsters that are employed at the titular Monsters, Inc. The two monsters are James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (John Goodman) who is the scariest monster and his best friend Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) who has only one eye. Monsters, Inc. gets their electricity by scaring children in the human world, but they are very afraid that the children might contaminate them. Sulley and Mike are on a mission in this movie to return a little girl to her home after she entered Monstropolis.

The employees at Monsters, Inc. factory are called, "scarers" and their job is to use children’s bedroom closet doors as their portal to enter kids rooms, scare them and then collect their screams. Henry J. Waternoose III (James Coburn) is ¬†Monsters, Inc. chairperson, and he is determined to find a solution for kids not being easily scared anymore. James P. "Sulley" Sullivan is the top "scarer", and he lives with Mike Wazowski, who has to help him take back a child to her home after a "scarer" accidently left the portal door open leading her to the Monster, Inc. factory. The scarers believe that touching the kids can be fatal to them but after a few events, Sully and Mike discover that is not true. Sulley breaks the factory rules and becomes attached to the little girl that he names "Boo." After several events, Mike and Sully are exiled to the Himalayas and were accepted/taken in by Yeti, who informs them that they can go to a nearby village to return to the factory. Will Sully return in time to rescue Boo from the Scream Extractor?

I love every bit of this movie, and we watched it several times a year, and it does not get boring as we always find ourselves laughing and bonding as a family. I recommend all families try to own this movie if you can or watch it whenever you can because you will not be disappointed. The movie do have goofs and minor flaws, but it is not noticeable to the point that it will take away from your movie experience. The quality of the animation and the movie quality was spectacular and crisp. Monsters, Inc. is one of the best kids movie that I have ever seen with amazing movements, facial expressions, and most importantly, it feels real and looks real with the amazing kid friendly colors used. The screenplay was phenomenal and creative using doors as a portal between the monster world and kids bedroom, many adult scary movies does the same, but I still find it unique for Monsters, Inc.

The awesome music made the movie so much more enjoyable although I think the movie would have done fine without it. I can go on and on about this movie but please do the family a favor if you have not already and get this film for some family bonding time.

About Monsters, Inc. 2001

Title: Monsters, Inc.
Original Title: Hidden City, Monsters, Inc. 3D, Monsters, Incorporated
Year: 2001
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 25 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 25
Starring: Frank Welker, Frank Oz, John Goodman, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Bergen, Steve Buscemi, Rodger Bumpass, Jan Rabson, Marc John Jefferies, Mona Marshall, Jack Angel, Ashley Edner, John Ratzenberger, Steve Susskind, Wallace Shawn, Sherry Lynn, Joe Ranft, Pat Fraley, Bonnie Hunt, Samuel Lord Black, Josh Qualtieri, Lisa Raggio, Sophia Ranft, Gino Conforti, Katherine Ringgold, Jennifer Darling, Bob Scott, Patti Deutsch, Laraine Newman, David Silverman
Writers: Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon, Ralph Eggleston, Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson
Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich

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