Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pixar Animation: Part 4: Monsters Inc.

Series Intro: In my purposeful retrospective of WDAS I couldn’t ignore it’s younger sister: PIXAR. This is Part 4 in the retrospective of PIXAR

Official Title: Monsters, Inc.
Release: November 2, 2001
Running Time: 92 minutes
Estimated Cost: $150 million
Estimated Revenue: $525.37 million
Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Plot Summary
The monsters in our closets are real. They come into our children’s rooms at night to scare them and collect the energy of the scream to power their city. And the number one scare-er, Sully, is about to a mile-stone at Monsters Inc.

After doing so he and his partner find themselves in a hilarious situation where a small child (who Sully calls “Boo”) enters Monstropolis. Knowing that monsters at terrified of the germs on children Sully and Mike try to find a way to safely return Boo back to her world.

However, in doing so, they discover a secret plan to steal the screams from children, and hurt them in the process. After a long chase scene through many closet doors, Sully and Mike successfully evade capture from Randle (Sully’s work rival); and leave him stuck in the real world. The manager of Monsters Inc., Waternoose, is also revealed to be the mastermind of the scream stealing.

Boo returns home and her door is destroyed in a tear jerking moment between her and Sully.

Roz, who up until now was just there for a gag, is revealed to be a agent for the CDA and remove Waternoose into custody.

Throughout this ordeal, Sully learns that children’s laughter makes for better energy. He converts the Scare Floor to a Laugh Floor, where Monsters Inc. is more successful than ever.

Mike gives Sully a present. He put Boo’s door back together!

Plot Rating: 4 stars out of 5

PIXAR seemed to missed a bit with this movie. It had everything one could ask for, but I was left wanting something. Perhaps an ending a bit further in the future, where Boo can be a bit older. Also how long was Boo missing in her world?

Animation Rating: 5 out of 5

Sully’s hair rocked. I was pleased to see such great animation here. Most of the animation was great. I think PIXAR has taken their game to a new level.

The Test of Time:
Three theme park attractions and a Prequel due out next Summer ’13. Again PIXAR makes movies that stand the test of time. I don’t find myself watching a dated movie with outdated ideas of equality.

Final Thoughts
This is was a fun movie. But my final thoughts have to deal with the most recent time I visited WDW. When I met Sully, he silently raised his hand above my head to signify that I’m tall. I took that to mean that he was commenting on how old I was to be so excited to meet these monsters.

Next Up:
Finding Nemo.

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