Pin It

DVD Review - Monsters Inc. 

by Ted McGregor, Jr.

Pixar may be Hollywood's most sure-fire studio, what with its string of hits, from Toy Story to A Bug's Life to Toy Story 2 and now to Monsters, Inc. Sure, they're for kids, but each film offers an unparalleled mix of zippy writing, unforgettable characters and stunning visuals courtesy of computer animation. And if you watch the extras on this DVD, you'll discover their secret. Pixar is located in northern California, far from the self-important seriousness of Hollywood. One of the subtle charms of this DVD and its extras is how much fun life at Pixar seems to be.

As for the movie itself, the team has put its stamp on yet another winner. You want zippy writing? How about when Mike and Sulley, our heroes, try to sneak a human child into Monsters, Inc. Headquarters, dressed as a baby monster. Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) mumbles something about it being his sister's cousin's kid. Mike (Billy Crystal) adds: "Yeah, it's Take-an-Obscure-Relative-to-Work Day." You want memorable characters? Along with Mike and Sulley, how about Randall (Steve Buscemi), the quintessential corporate-ladder slitherer. And there's a hilarious cameo from a monster of Christmas specials past (John Ratzenberger, Cheers' Cliff Clavin). Stunning visuals? The back room at Monsters, Inc., with millions of kids' closet doors (used by the staff on their scaring sorties, which power Monstropolis), is a knockout. But the best visual treat in the whole movie is the opening credits sequence, with its low-tech, retro style and whistle-along tune.

The story is too delightfully fluffy to critique here; for me, Pixar's greatest achievement is in its eye for details. After Mike sprays disinfectant in his one and only eye, it's bloodshot for the next few scenes. Sulley's purple-and-blue fur blows in the wind; posters on the wall of their apartment catch your eye; and the hallways of Monsters, Inc. are so mundane, any cubicle dweller will be able to relate.

There are tons of extras here, few of which will captivate a kid. They will, however, like the brief new Sulley and Mike cartoon, Mike's New Car, and For the Birds, which played with the film in theaters. Again, the best part of the extras is the peak inside Pixar. After watching this movie, Kids may want to work at Monsters, Inc. when they grow up. But after the extras, parents will be sending their resumes to Pixar.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Tipping Point
  • Tipping Point

    Everyone from Gov. Butch Otter to the ACLU says Idaho's public defender system is broken — and fixing it won't be easy
    • Nov 19, 2015
  • Extraordinary Ordination
  • Extraordinary Ordination

    Meet the first woman to be ordained as an Ecumenical Catholic priest in Spokane
    • Nov 19, 2015
  • Never Simple
  • Never Simple

    An update on the future of the Ridpath; plus, why more oil trains will be heading through Spokane
    • Nov 19, 2015
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Sandpoint Tree Lighting

Sandpoint Tree Lighting @ Downtown Sandpoint

Fri., Nov. 27

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Ted S. McGregor Jr.

Most Commented On

  • Tragedy of John Wayne

    Why the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is worth saving
    • Oct 29, 2015
  • Jailed by a Computer Glitch

    How a state Department of Licensing error cost one Spokane man three years of his life (CORRECTION APPENDED)
    • Oct 29, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment




publisher's note


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation