IMDb Top 250: #225 Monsters, Inc.

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman (co-director)
Writers: Pete Docter (original story by), Jill Culton (original story by)
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs

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.

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I am not a big fan of animations. With the exception of Toy Story and Shrek, that is. But even I have to admit that Monsters, Inc. represents another example of superior animation and inspired storytelling from the folks at Pixar Studios.

There are plenty of laughs in Monsters, Inc., most of which are generated by Crystal as the incredibly nervous Mike Wazowski, the monster technician with one eye. The villain of the piece is a chameleon-like creature named Randall, who’s competing with Sulley for the honor of being the leading scream-generator. Voiced by Steve Buscemi, Randall makes for one shady adversary.

This was one funny movie. An amazing plot, for all ages, not only children.

There’s also some suspense. Scenes of excitement. It’s all done in the great Pixar fashion.

Films that can entertain every member of a family are quite rare, so this one is worth watching.

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