Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Monsters, Inc. follows the story of James P. Sullivan and his best friend, Mike Wazowski. Together, they work at Monsters Inc., a power plant that powers their city through the screams of children. On a momentous day of a potential record breaking of scares, a human child slips through a door. Given the name Boo, Sully and Mike do their best to return her home.
Monsters Inc. has two main protagonists, Mike and Sully. Sully is Monster Inc.’s #1 scarer. He is a big blue and purple monster with a knack for scaring children. Although his job revolves around being scary, he’s a pretty nice monster to those around him. Mike is the behind-the-scenes man for Sully. He is his right-hand man, in charge of making sure the scares go properly. He isn’t a big, scary monster-like Sully, but he is the brains and comedy of the pair. They work together to try and collect the most screams as fast as possible.
Monsters Inc. is one of my favourite films from my childhood and one of my favourite films period. With a unique premise, interesting characters and some amazing animation. The characters are iconic, especially the duo of Mike and Sully who just play so well off of each other and the dynamic is just so much fun to watch. They feel like real friends with the constant bickering and teasing while still having that love and admiration that friends have for one another. Randall is a great villain as he just always acts evil and he never really shows alternative motivation other than pettiness. Boo is adorable and sweet throughout and her relationship with Sully is cute to watch. The story is really interesting as I like seeing how this world functions with their energy coming from screams but otherwise they are quite similar to us with factories and restaurants. This monster world is very well realised and it feels as if there are people, or in this case monsters, living their day to day lives with a larger world out there. They have cars, jobs, tv, and even beds, it is quite fascinating. This film is right in the middle of the amazing run of PIXAR movies that made a lot of people’s childhood’s who are my age. The animation is great as in every PIXAR movie and the character designs for all the monsters are unique.
All in all, this is one of my favourite’s that I love to revisit and it always brings a smile to my face. I definitely recommend watching this and whether you are 90 or 3 you are sure to enjoy this one.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment is when Mike and Sully are trying to calm down Boo in their apartment. It is really funny and Mike has some really funny moments when he is scared and falls into the trash can.
Monsters Inc. is a classic Pixar movie, and one of my favourites. It’s been so long since I watched this last, so I didn’t remember much plot-wise. For a runtime of 1 and a half hours, this movie is a lot of fun. There is a ton of stuff that happens, and it’s awesome to see an animated movie that almost feels fast. We move through the plot in a hurry, but it never feels like there was a lack of content or something that didn’t make sense. This fast pace starts from the opening minutes when Monster Inc. is explained in nearly full detail in about three minutes. It’s a quick description, but it makes sense and doesn’t waste any time. I really enjoyed that there is nearly no fluff. Monsters Inc. gets straight to the point, gives you a movie to enjoy, and moves on.
The characters are equally fun, with Mike and Sully being arguably some of the best-animated characters of all time. Their dynamic works wonderfully, with such different characteristics but such a tight friendship. If you have a best friend, you are going to have a tough time not associating yourself with either Mike or Sully. They are lovable characters that grow tremendously as they learn more about the world around them. Their experiences cause a ton of growth, and I thought they were really well written.
It’s incredible how much I enjoyed this movie, probably 15 years since I saw it first. Father Time has no effect on this movie, and nearly 20 years later it’s still awesome. If you haven’t seen this, with the Monsters at Work TV show on the way, you need to grab your remote and give it a try.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment has to be when the orange monster, he for sure has a name, gets a sock stuck to his back. With the whole dog-pile, hair shaving, and huge overreaction by the CDA, this is one of the funniest scenes of the entire movie, and it sets the tone for how the monsters feel about children.
A movie from my childhood, Monsters, Inc. was one I fondly remembered as funny. After watching it again, I have to say that it was an enjoyable movie. From the pacing, to the characters, to the adventures of Mike and Sully, Monsters, Inc. was a fun adventure to relive once again.
For this movie, there honestly aren’t too many negatives to be found. The one thing I do wish is that we got to spend more time with all the characters. Being only an hour and a half, this movie squeezed in quite a lot, but I still wish we got to spend more time in this world. I guess another thing I didn’t quite enjoy was how they built up the antagonists. There could have been more development for their backstories.
Now, for a movie that’s around twenty-years-old, I have to say that there were a lot of fun things about this movie. For one, the characters were fun. I loved the dynamic between Mike and Sully, and it all felt really natural. I also loved their interactions with side characters. They had a fun aura around them, which made them fun to watch. I also liked the pacing of the movie. They squeezed in a good amount of content, but it never felt rushed or too slow. The comedy was also great. Although this movie was targeted for a younger audience, I still laughed at some of their jokes. Speaking of a children’s movie, this was a great children’s movie. It has a simple plot, and it has some good messages as well.
Overall, this was an enjoyable movie, even after all these years. From the characters, to the plot, to the pacing, everything was spot on and fun. Even though it’s a children’s movie, this can be enjoyed by the young and old alike.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment of the movie was watching the chase scene near the end of the movie with all the doors. The way the characters used their unique properties to chase each other was entertaining and brought many fun moments alongside it.