Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.
Release Date: November 02, 2001
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Jeff Pidgeon, Jill Culton, Ralph Eggleston, Dan Gerson
Director: Pete Docter
Producer: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Darla K. Anderson, Kori Rae
Cast: Billy Crystal, John Ratzenberger, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frank Oz, Bonnie Hunt, Mary Gibbs, Bob Peterson, Sam Black, Steve Susskind, Jeff Pidgeon(less)
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A fun story about 2 monster friends who work together to scare children as the screams are used create the energy that runs their city. Sully accidentally brings back a child with him from a scaring trip and chaos ensues. Mike and Sully work together to come up with a new way to power the city. My kids love itMarch 17th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Way awesome Pixar movie. I loved the whole idea of this one.May 23rd, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
This show is great for kids and adults alike. It's a bit different from most animated films but I thought the idea was clever and I've never been hesitant to show it to young kids or adults.
It's fun for the entire family.October 12th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
By far me and my kids favorite Disney Pixar movie! Great for all agesSeptember 24th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
A wonderful Pixar film! I loved the story, the characters, and the music. There's not much you can't love in here.August 18th, 2011 · Details1 Thank ·
Pixar Animation Studios has done it again! Pixar has fashioned a hilarious, incredibly imaginative, exciting, fabulous, family-friendly animated movie. MONSTERS, INC. not only shows that fun and friendship conquer fear, it also shows that love conquers them too. This movie has lots of heart for the whole family. MOVIEGUIDE® suggests a very mild caution, however, for the youngest children, specifically ages 2 through 5, due to some potentially frightening moments, although these moments are much milder than most movies.October 12th, 2015 · Details
Parents need to know that Monsters, Inc. is about closet monsters, but from their point of view -- scaring kids is their 9-to-5 job. Kids might be scared of the movie's concept initially, but they'll soon figure out that the monster Sulley is a softy who takes care of the little girl in the story who isn't the least bit afraid of him. However there's one scene where a monster the child does fear straps her to a chair and tries to steel her screams. Kids will find it funny that most monsters fear any contact with kids -- when one monster gets a child's sock on him the whole factory panics and biohazard workers quarantine and shave him. Young kids may need help understanding what the monsters in yellow suits are doing to him and why. Note: The 3-D version amps up the intensity.April 28th, 2015 · Details
A wonderful Pixar film! I loved the story, the characters, and the music. There's not much you can't love in here.August 9th, 2013 · Details
This show is good, clean fun for the entire family. There is enough in it to entertain kids, and plenty of jokes for adults. I watch it regularly and it is heartwarming every time.
Another great film by Pixar! Cute animals, lots of fun. My favorite character was Sully! Good for both kids and adults.
A good film for kids and adults,tot.my 11 years son love it...even the scarry moments and the music.March 28th, 2013 · Details
Awesome movie, full of adventure and excitement.February 8th, 2013 · Details
This is one of the more politically loaded Pixar movies. Big corporations are evil unless the environmentalists (tully and his friend) are running it. Laughter as a device to create energy is one of the more laughable plot points of this movie. The animation is OK for its time. I thought the child's character was far too intelligent. No 2 to 3 yr old is anywhere near as cognizant of her surroundings as this one was. You could live without this less-than-spectacular Pixar movie.July 6th, 2012 · Details
"Monsters Inc." is Pixar's most overrated movie. When I first saw this movie as a kid, I was freaked out by all the monsters that were in this movie. Now that I'm older, I have plenty more reasons to dislike this. Firstly, it is loud, annoying and ear-bleeding, with lots of screaming, jumping, shattering [of glass] and crying (REALLY LOUD). Second, the story is cheesy-grated and inconsistent, with lots of plot points coming out of nowhere. Third, the ensemble cast was WAY too good to be in this. Most of the voices are INCREDIBLY loud and annoying, like Billy Crystal as "Mike" and Mary Gibbs as "Boo" (this was Mary Gibbs's only film; no wonder she was never heard from again). Others, like John Goodman as "Sully", Jennifer Tilly as "Celia" and John Ratzenberger as the Abominable Snowman read their lines as if they were reading out of a textbook. Overall, it is incredibly awful and didn't deserve its Oscar nominations.May 13th, 2012 · Details
Loved this film. Disney-Pixar at their unvarying best.June 3rd, 2011 · Details
Billy Crystal is the best, but John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Jennifer Tilly are all great in this Pixar movie. John Ratzenberger gets maybe his biggest role as the abominable snowman. Not my favorite Pixar movie, but the best voice talent of any of them (including the toy story series).March 30th, 2011 · Details
some scary momentsMarch 15th, 2011 · Details
We've come to expect nothing less than perfection from the Disney/Pixar team, and so far they've managed to live up to that lofty standard every time out.
In fact, each of the three animated comedies produced by the two studios (the "Toy Story" movies and "A Bug's Life") has far outpaced the works of their competitors — in fact, they even out-do most of the Mouse House's later-period, cel-animated efforts.
Still, we can't expect things to be that way every time, can we?
Happily, "Monsters, Inc." suggests that we can, at least for now. It's a giddy, clever, endearingly sweet and often riotously hilarious comedy that appears to be deceptively simple, both in terms of its aims and its story.
However, as is the case with Pixar's other movies, this one manages to deal with issues that are weightier than you'd expect from what is typically thought of as a superficial genre. (This time around, it's childhood fears, as well as shady corporate policies — and to some small degree, fears about job security.)
The story takes place in a world in which the monsters under the bed and in your closet are real. It turns out they're there to "capture" the screams of children, which are used as a power source in their world.
And the very best at terrifying children is James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman), a blue-furred beast better-known as Sulley to his friends. And his best friend is his roommate and co-worker Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal).
Despite Sulley's best efforts, their hometown, Monstropolis, is going through an energy crisis. So it's up to Sulley to work twice as hard, as well as meet a challenge from co-worker Randall
Boggs (Steve Buscemi), an evil, chameleonlike creature who will do anything to better his "scare" totals.
That includes opening "doors," or passageways into the human world after normal work hours. Unfortunately, while investigating one of Randall's doors, Sulley accidentally lets a human girl into Monstropolis.
What's worse, the girl, whom he's nicknamed Boo (5-year-old newcomer Mary Gibbs), isn't afraid of him or Mikey. And returning the tiny tot to her world is starting to look impossible — especially since they're becoming attached to one another.
This is yet another showcase for Pixar's ever-improving animation technology — witness the scene in which you can see Sulley's fur "ripple." Also, though Boo is still not quite "human" enough to pass for live-action, the animators have come a long way in that regard.
It would be a shame to overlook the very funny script (by one of the writers of "A Bug's Life"), which is filled with verbal and sight gags to tickle both young and old funnybones, including a few nods to earlier Pixar efforts (look very closely in the background).
And it's clear that the voice cast is having a ball, especially Goodman, whose vocal work suits the tender-hearted character. As for Crystal, he may sound like he's aping Woody Allen, but he plays well off Buscemi, who makes a very hissable villain.
Those who usually arrive late to the theater are advised to come early to see "For the Birds," the riotously funny cartoon short (also from the Pixar folks) that precedes the film. It, too, is a treat.
"Monsters, Inc." is rated G for animated violence (mostly slapstick) and some mildly vulgar gags (including a toilet joke). Running time: 92 minutes (82 minutes for the main feature; 10 minutes for the animated short that precedes it).
November 2nd, 2001 · Details