Wookiee Hut Movie Reviews presents:|
Review by Rosie
Voice Talents: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, and James Coburn.
Directed by: Peter Docter and David Silverman
Rating: Imperial Star Destroyer
Everyone knows there are monsters in the closet that come out when you're asleep. But did you know that they are as scared of you as you are of them?
That is part of the background of this very entertaining offering by Disney and Pixar Studios, the same team that brought us Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and A Bug's Life. And they've done it again.
Monsters Inc. provides the power that runs Monstropolis in the world of monsters inside your closet, but they are suffering an energy crisis. Power is provided by the screams collected by the monsters who go through the door from their world to ours, but kids don't scare as easily as they used to. When a human child stumbles into the monster world, chaos erupts as the monsters try to contain the contamination and return the child to her own world, but even in the monster world, not all is as it seems.
The one problem with the story line is that young children may not understand why Monsters Inc. is in trouble and why the head of the company resorts to nefarious means to keep it afloat, although they will enjoy the plot being foiled by our monster heroes.
The quality of Pixar's animation is brilliant (you can see the breeze move the individual hairs on the monsters). The monsters themselves are very engaging (even though they are supposed to be scary). John Goodman as the voice of James P. Sullivan or "Sully" as he is called and his friend, Mike Wazowski, voiced by Billy Crystal are a great comedy buddy team. And James Coburn has the right touch of evil to be the secretly sinister boss although his henchman, Randall is the one I'd be scared of coming out of my closet ... Oh. The music by Randy Newman is great too.
My favorite giggle in the movie was a restaurant in Monstropolis called Harryhausen's. Think about it ... ;)
I loved this movie -- as did the rest of the audience I saw it with -- families and groups of kids. I will go see it again and I will buy the video when it comes out.
Bonus: A short film before the feature presentation also by Pixar called For the Birds. Very very funny. The audience cracked up.
Extra Bonus: The first preview for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Darth Vader's breathing and glimpses of scenes. No dialogue. Talk about a teaser ...