Monsters Inc.

First Toy Story, next A Bug’s Life, then Toy Story 2…Pixar animation studios continues making high quality feature films with their latest work, Monsters Inc.  Billy Crystal and John Goodman provide the voices for Mike Wazowski and James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan, respectively, two unique monsters who work and live together in a unique parallel world.

Steve Buscemi (Armageddon) provides the voice for the antagonist monster, Randall, who has chameleon-like characteristics and the young Mary Gibbs voices the main human character in the story.  James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bonnie Hunt, Frank Oz, and John Ratzenberger also provide voice talent for the colorful monster characters.

As in past Pixar features, Monsters Inc. does have one song, “If I Didn’t Have You”, written by Randy Newman, but it’s performed by Crystal and Goodman during the ending credits instead of during the film.

It’s amazing how the film gradually explains the concept behind the monster world to the audience, then connects their world with the real world and finally transforms that concept into a plausible ending that’s full of emotion and meaning.

The imaginative plot has high volumes of laughs, drama and thrills due to the limitless possibilities in the animated world.  Computer animated films continue to rise in popularity thanks to creative filmmaking and strong story writing that are strongly evident in this film.  Monsters Inc. represents high quality filmmaking that’s both admirable and entertaining.

The animation crew gets a high commendation for the amazing animation produced through several hours of detailed work that involve everything from the blue hairs of Sully’s fur to the realistic texture of a wooden door.

This G-rated film comes highly recommended (***1/2 out of four stars) for all audiences.  The film’s tense moments are peppered with humor and complimented with love and caring emotions, so little ones will probably not be scared.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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