Monsters Inc. (2001) – Encore Review

monsters inc“Oh, that’s great, blame it on the little guy. How original. He must’ve read the schedule wrong with his one eye. ” – Mike

Number of Times Seen – 4 (at least, in theater 24 Feb 2002, on DVD, 12 April 2013 and 25 Oct 2015)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Monsters who work in a company that collect energy from children’s screams accidentally bring a human child into their world and they must try and get her back before she is found.

My Take on it – A few weeks back, I watched and review the sequel/prequel to this film Monster’s University (2013) and James of Back to the Viewer was curious to know whether my original impressions of this movie have changed after liking the other film so much.

Since I always enjoy a good movie watching challenge, I decided to test his theory and see if things would change for me when re-watching this.

Tnx James!

The truth is, I still liked this movie perhaps even slightly more than before upon this rewatch, but don’t think that its anywhere near PIXAR’s best.

It’s a fun adventure film, has some laughs and the characters are interesting, but something just doesn’t mesh well enough for me as some of the other PIXAR flicks do.

The choice of Billy Crystal and John Goodman as Mike and Sully are great choices because they both can be serious and funny when needed… and these characters definitely switch back and forth between those emotions throughout this film.

As is expected from any and EVERY PIXAR movie, the animation is top notch and they are among the pioneers in helping make animations look as realistic as possible.

Bottom Line – A fun PIXAR film, but just doesn’t resonate so well with me as some of the others do.  Crystal and Goodman are great as Mike and Sully, but I still liked them better in the sequel/prequel.  Amazing animation as always. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Disney/Pixar prepared a special trailer for Monsters Inc. to show before Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). Mike and Sulley play a game of charades in their apartment, with Sulley acting out “Harry Potter.” Mike has difficulty solving the puzzle, some of his guesses being Dirty Harry (1971), “Harry Flowerpot” and “When Hairy met Sulley,” (a reference to Billy Crystal’s starring role in When Harry Met Sally… (1989)). Eventually Sulley puts on round spectacles, sticks a paper lightning bolt to his forehead and sits on a broom with an owl on his arm, to which Mike ecstatically guesses The Sound of Music (1965). Sully gives up and walks offscreen as Mike finally guesses “Harry Potter” and the cut away to title cards noting that “Monsters Inc.” is “Now showing at a theater near you. Really near you. Like, maybe, right next door.” At the end of the trailer, it is Mike’s turn to act out a part, with a very bored looking Sully guessing it is Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) within seconds, much to Mike’s dismay. Coincidentally, Disney would acquire Lucasfilm (the production company behind the Star Wars franchise, among others) for $4.5 billion in 2012. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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