|Fig 1 - Monsters, Inc. Poster|
This film is certainly up there with the best that Pixar has to offer. I was only seven when Monsters, Inc. was released and, as with Toy Story (1995), I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen it since. I've always found it to be such an incredibly watchable movie, from the animation and voice acting to the music and the story. It was probably one of the greats of my childhood and, to me it really sets up a universe like no other Pixar film has done since. Through the lens of animation, we can seamlessly slip into this world where alternate dimensions are instantly accessible. A world tailor-made to fit the needs of monsters large and small, in which screams are converted into energy that runs just about everything. All of this information is woven perfectly into the first third of the film, which comfortably establishes the 'ground rules' for how these two universes coincide.
|Fig 2 - Monsters, Inc. - Approaching the Scare Floor|
The music of the film stands out a lot too. From the jazzy opening titles to the winding strings that accompany chases through the factory, Randy Newman gives Monsters, Inc. a musical identity all of it's own. Even the score that follows the 'scarers' into position as they prepare for a day's work really reflects the idea that it's a courageous and brave endeavor these monsters are putting themselves through. The film even won the Oscar for 'Best Original Song' with If I Didn't Have You, which features in the film's blooper reel.
All in all, what's not to like about this film? It's a timeless tale that throws a big emotional punch and proves that there is nothing to fear beyond the confines of ones closet.
Fig. 1 Monsters, Inc. Poster (2001) From: Monsters, Inc. - Directed by: Pete Docter
Fig. 2 Monsters, Inc. Screenshot (2001) From: Monsters, Inc. - Directed by: Pete Docter