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Sunday, 10 March 2013

#223 - 'Monsters, Inc.' (2001)

 "Kids these days. They just don't get scared like they used to." 
- Henry J. Waternoose.
The city of Monstropolis must get its power from somewhere. That's where Monster Incorporated come in.  Lovable duo and Inc. employees James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski have the job of generating energy by collecting children's screams. Sully is the top scarer and is in fierce competition with Randall who isn't far behind him. The monsters are taught that contact with a child will have serious consequences, as shown by the multiple 2319 alerts instigated by the unfortunate George. When Sully finds an unexpected visitor late one night, he and Mike have a major struggle on their hands to put that thing back where it came from.
'Monsters Inc.' billboard in Monstropolis.
I hadn't seen Monsters Inc. for many a year which is a shame because I'd forgotten just how good it is. The voice acting by John Goodman and Billy Crystal as Sully and Mike respectively were brilliant. Sully is big and scary but has a heart of gold while Mike is his wise-cracking sidekick. Randall, voiced by Steve Buscemi, is a menacing colour-changing bad guy whose underhand tactics lead to Sully's little discovery. They play off each other well and provide a comedic good versus evil battle that won't scare the kids too much and won't bore the adult audiences.
Randall, Mike and Sully.
The animation still looks great, considering it's over 12 years since it came out. Particulalry impressive is the scene near the end where Mike and Sully and searching for the right door, with Randall in pursuit. There are thousands of doors on massive tracks and the attention to detail is remarkable. Also, Sully's hair is another example of the meticulous design process undertaken for this film. Nowadays, CGI technology has advanced enough to churn out lots of animated films a year. Back in the early 2000's however, it took over a year to create just one. Definitely worth it though.  
Pick a door.
Another thing I love about this film is the out-takes that are shown during the credits. They are a touch of genius and it is a real shame that they no longer do them.

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