Monsters, Inc.: We Scare Because We Care (2001)

Posted: April 3, 2011 in Adventure, Animated, Comedy

In the monster world, energy is provided through the screams of children. Monsters, Inc. gathers their scream by sending monsters through special doors that lead directly into the rooms of children. James P. Sullivan (Sulley) is the best of the best and is so close to breaking the scare record. With his partner Mike Wazowski, they sit at the top as the best duo. Rival scarer Randall Boggs’s jealousy is so strong that he resorts to secretly collecting scares while the scare floor is closed. When Sulley goes to get some paperwork Mike left behind, he finds one of the doors, investigates and comes directly in contact with a human child, who follows him back into the monster world. Trying to hide the child which they have named Boo, Sulley and Mike dodge the contamination squad and try to figure out a way to expose Randall and protect the company.

Starring: John Goodman (James P. Sullivan), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski), Mary Gibbs (Boo), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose), Jennifer Tilly (Celia), Bob Peterson (Roz), Frank Oz (Fungus), John Ratzenberger (The Abominable Snowman)

The monster pair is voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal. Goodman plays the role with a kind heart, even though he has a killer roar. While much of the emotion is provided through the animation, he has a tone in his voice that helps create an instant connection with the audience. Crystal plays the more comical role as he switches from scare technician to loving boyfriend to freaked out partner, all with a sense of slapstick humor and loud-mouthed antics. Steve Buscemi joins the group as the villain Randall and manages to sound as slithery as he appears on screen.

Pixar has put together movie after movie and hit after hit. Pete Docter and David Silverman provided no exception to the list of great films. The graphics in these Pixar films have been phenomenal since Toy Story, but the detail on the wide variety of monsters was spectacular. Besides the animation, the best aspect of these movies are the lovable characters. Boo has got to be one of the cutest characters of all of the Pixar films. It brings a smile to your face every time she shouts, “Mike Wazowski!” Even though Mike’s character is loud and sometimes a little obnoxious, he always has a funny element that allows him to have a sense of humility. Even Waternoose, who has a strong shadow side, has a relatable element as he wants to continue supporting the company with the increasing difficulty of meeting their scare quota.

This is one of my favorite Pixar films and is just a fun story to get lost in every once in a while.

Dan’s Rating: 4.5/5

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