As a child going to bed at night was dreaded due to the fact that the sun was still shining outside, bringing forward another school day or perhaps being afraid of monsters that may appear when all the lights go out.
But as Pixar shows us in “Monster, Inc.” they are no different from us after all. From the opening title sequence there's nothing to fear for parents and children in the audience with the up-beat jazz sequence done wonderfully in 2D animation before transitioning to C.G.I.
As opposed to being terrifying creatures to be scared and afraid of they are just regular individuals with a job to do. The film follows one of the scarers, Scully (voiced by John Goodman) and his assistant/ friend Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) .
The film takes the concept of monsters by showing them outside the workforce leading ordinary folks who clock in and out of their shifts and lead normal lives in Monstropolis.
The duo is a part of the workforce of Monsters, Inc. which uses the screams from children to power the city. Each child is assigned a different monster, but what lies in front of the door is an unknown as children these days become harder to scare as pointed out in the film.
On top of being harder to collect screams, the city is going through a rolling blackout as C.E.O. Henry J Waternoose (voiced by James Coburn) is concerned of supplying the city with enough supply to meet the city's demand.
Mr. Coburn comes as off as the elderly monster who shows a caring and compassion side as he's not entirely focused on business with his realtionship to his surrogate son, Scully, who is closing in on the all-time scream record complied by a monster.
Standing in his way is Randall (voiced by Steve Buscemi), another scarer, who is right behind him.
The workforce consists of the receptionist Celia (voiced by Jennifer Tilly) to serve as a love interest for Mike. The mundane of work if exemplified by accounting in the form of Roz (voiced by Bob Peterson) whose only concern is getting all the paperwork and making sure they are filled out correctly with the right copies submitted at the end of the day.
Besides scaring children, the film does a great job with its design of the different monsters and showcasing a city that is not all too different from the human world with their urban environment and dwellings.
The only precautionary measure that must be met while on duty is to not bring any containment from the human world which brings a call upon from the Child Detection Agency as necessary measures must be ensured to prevent any contamination and exposure from outside worlds.
But the must important rule of the job is to make sure that the door is always closed when entering and leaving the human world or else a human child may cross their world.
The world of monsters is an pandemonium while dealing with an electrical shortage but with the appearance of the aptly name child Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs). The mono-syllabic girl is the star of the film despite all the monsters featured. She is the key to unraveling the diabolic plots that lies ahead along with saving the city.
Her child-like mannerism portrays the innocence that children have to showcase that they can overcome any obstacles. Her presence also solidifies the friendship between Mike and Scully and holds the key to the city's electrical shortages.
While the design and the mannerism of the monsters will delight the children. The film's themes of friendship and overcoming adversity comes off strongly as both parties will find something to enjoy in the magic that is Pixar animation.
The prequel to the film “Monsters University” comes out on Friday, June 21, 2013, in theaters.
Classification: DVD Vault – 2001 Edition
Movie Grade: 5 out of 5 stars
The friendship and bond between John Goodman and Billy Crystal’s monsters highlights the film out the world of monsters, but are bested when the a human girl, Boo, enters their world and turns their world upside down.
DVD Grade: 5 out of 5 stars
Disc 1: Features commentary by Director Pete Doctor, Co-Director Lee Unkrich along with Executive Producers John Lasseter and Executive Producer & Screenwriter Andrew Stanton.
Disc 2: Numerous segments divided between the Monsters and the Humans that features behind the scenes with cast and crew. Other features include other Pixar animation, outtakes and a look behind the studios from the storytelling to making the film. An extra feature is Steve Jobs explaination of overcoming challenges in the field of digital animation.
Timing: 1 Hour, 32 Minutes
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy.
Director & Original Story: Pete Doctor
Co-Director: David Silverman & Lee Unkrich
Screenplay: Andrew Stanton & Daniel Gerson.
Additional Screenplay: Robert L. Baird, Rhett Reese and Jonathan Roberts.
Original Story: Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon and Ralph Eggleston.