Monsters, Inc. (2001, Animated Fantasy Adventure) – 8/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Pete Docter
Co-Director: Lee Unkrich
Co-Director: David Silverman
Producer: Darla K. Anderson
Writer (Original Story): Pete Docter
Writer (Original Story): Jill Culton
Writer (Original Story): Jeff Pidgeon
Writer (Original Story): Ralph Eggleston
Writer (Screenplay): Andrew Stanton
Writer (Screenplay): Daniel Gerson
John Goodman: [James P. "Sully"] Sullivan
Billy Crystal: Mike
Mary Gibbs: Boo
Steve Buscemi: Randall [Boggs]
James Coburn: Waternoose
Jennifer Tilly: Celia

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

James P. Sullivan is the top scarer at Monsters, Inc., the company that provides Monster City with its electricity. They get the electricity from children’s screams, harvested by sending terrifying monsters through their closet doors. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to scare children in their modern world and the fact that children are toxic to monsters is not helping matters.


Remarkably accomplished adventure that has all kinds of layers and resonances and works for children and adults without resorting to dirty jokes. Unusually, it’s messages (laughter is better than fear, parents anger scares children even when it is not targeted at them) are entirely positive and delivered without bitterness while technically it’s astonishing. Sully, the obvious stand-out, looks better than the many real-life versions of him that you can buy and the scene where he has snow-tipped hair fluttering on the Himalayas is totally remarkable. I think that, in Pixar’s first decade, even though they’re all good, this is their best film.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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