Time: 137 mins.
Won Academy Award for Best Song. Nominations for Best Original Score, Sound Effects Editing and Animated Feature.
The main reason I went to see this film is because of Pixar. I don't normally pay to see "family" films because I don't have children and most of them are not made to be enjoyed by adults. Those made by Pixar are the exception. TOY STORY is one of the funniest movies ever made, animated or not, so I decided to give this flick a whirl. Especially since it has the same creative team. Besides, the animation looked great and with Billy Crystal as one of the lead voices, I figured it would be amusing at the very least. Well, it has more in common with TOY STORY 2 than the original, which means it's not as funny, but has more heart. MONSTERS has its' comic moments, don't get me wrong. However, it's John Goodman's performance as the monster with a soft heart that steals the show and makes you warm with joy. He is the core of this film, which is more of a tale of acceptance and love, than pratfalls and one-liners. Though it has its share of those as well.
The story centers around the workers at Monsters, Inc., the power plant of the monster world. The plant employs scarers who generate power from the screams of little children. James P. Sullivan (Goodman), or Sully to his friends, is the company's best man, popping out of closets and generating the most screams per volume. He is aided by Mike Wazowski, a nervous, little one-eyed creature whose main concern is winning the best scarer contest. Their only competition is a weasely, backstabbing co-worker named Randall (Buscemi). Things are going well until one night when a human child wanders through a neglected door and attaches herself to Sully. Sully is beside himself with fear for himself the monsters have been told that they'll die if touched by a human and what will happen to the company if this breach is discovered. Desperate for help, he interrupts Mike's date with his girlfriend Celia (Tilly), where the girl gets loose and wreaks havoc on the restaurant patrons just by walking around.
Mike and Sully are initially horrified to be stuck with this disgusting creature, but she soon wins Sully's heart with her adorable and loving behavior. He becomes so enraptured with her, he begins to call her Boo. They know that Randall is up to no good, but they think that he's just cheating to win the contest. They have no idea that the real reason behind his leaving Boo's door open is much more evil than trying to beat them for an honorary company title. Though not the sharpest knife in the drawer it becomes apparent to Sully that Randall's intentions towards Boo do not have her well-being in mind. He refuses to go along with Mike's plan to send her back, regardless of what will happen to her. Attempting to foil Randall's scheme soon gets them in more trouble than they ever imagined and Boo in the hot seat, fighting for her life. Of course, she has Mike and Sully to fight for her and in the end, they foil the evil plot, figure out a new way to generate energy that solves the power crisis and make a new friend for life.