From the Academy Award-winning creators of Toy Story comes the world's #1 computer-animated film that captured the hearts of fans and critics everywhere. Monsters, Inc. is "visually dazzling, action-packed and hilarious" (Boston Herald), featuring groundbreaking animation, imaginative storytelling and unforgettable voice talent. John Goodman stars as the lovable James P. Sullivan (Sulley) and Billy Crystal as his wisecracking best friend, Mike Wazowski.
Randy Newman, Winner, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media,Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Gary Rydstrom, Michael Silvers, Nominee, Best Sound Editing,Monsters, Inc., Nominee, Best Animated Feature,Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Randy Newman, Winner, Best Music, Original Song
Remember when, as a child, you used to fear the monster under the bed or in the closet - how your parents would tell you to go to sleep, that it wasn't real? Monsters, Inc. confirms what every child really knows - the things that go bump in the night have more substance than silly grown ups recognize. Brought to the screen by the marriage of Disney and Pixar, Monsters, Inc. is the fourth computer animated motion picture offspring of this union. Like its older siblings, Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. is a triumph of storytelling. Each new movie of this sort raises the bar a little more, and, while Monsters, Inc. doesn't eclipse Dreamworks' Shrek, it comes close...Judging by box office results, it appears that the future (or at least the immediate future) of animated films may be in the computer generated arena rather than that of traditional animation. Disney's most recent conventional animated offerings, The Emperor's New Groove and Atlantis, have underperformed, while Shrek will finish 2001 as one of the top 5 grossing films of the year. As long as future computer animated films maintain the same level of quality as that of the pioneers in the field, their ascendance can only be seen as a positive thing. Monsters, Inc. reaffirms the fact that a good animated film can be every bit as stimulating and emotionally satisfying a motion picture as a high quality live action endeavor. While this movie may threaten to be swamped by Harry Potter mania this fall, it definitely deserves to be seen. Young Mr. Potter may practice magic, but Monsters, Inc. is nothing short of enchanting.
K ids and movie monsters have a lot in common. They feel conspicuous. They stand out in a crowd. They can't make small-talk with grownups. They are always stepping on stuff and breaking it. Anything that goes wrong is blamed on them. Now it turns out they share something else...Not only are kids scared of monsters, but according to ''Monsters, Inc.,'' monsters are scared of kids...The new animated feature from Pixar reveals that it is true (as every child knows) that there are monsters in the bedroom closet, especially after the lights have been put out. What we did not realize is that the monsters are on assignment. A closet door, which by day leads to a closet, at night leads directly to Monstropolis, the world of monsters, which is powered by Scream Heat. The only reason monsters jump out of closets and scare kids is to collect their screams, which are to Monstropolis as power plants are to the rest of us...''Monsters, Inc.'' is cheerful, high-energy fun, and like the other Pixar movies, has a running supply of gags and references aimed at grownups (I liked the restaurant named Harryhausen's, after the animation pioneer)...I also enjoyed the sly way that the monster world mirrors our own, right down to production quotas and sales slogans. ''We Scare,'' they assure us, ''Because We Care.''
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A.O. Scott, The New York Times
There hasn't been a film in years to use creative energy as efficiently as Monsters, Inc.
David Ansen, Newsweek
A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Who doesn't need what this movie has to give?
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