Disney – Pixar Monsters Inc

Last updated: August 19, 2019

This movie is several years old, but it's still engaging for kids and adults alike. It's quick, lively entertainment that promotes friendship and teamwork. A scene with a scary monster coming after Sulley and Mike might not be appropriate for very young children, but older kids will probably love this flick.

Disney – Pixar Monsters Inc

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In our analysis of 57 expert reviews, the Disney - Pixar Monsters Inc placed 4th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Lovable Sulley and Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at MONSTERS, INC., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, monsters are scared silly, and it’s up to Sulley and Mike to get her back home.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

'Monsters, Inc.'' is cheerful, high-energy fun, and like the other Pixar movies, has a running supply of gags and references aimed at grownups (I liked the restaurant named Harryhausen's, after the animation pioneer). I also enjoyed the sly way that the monster world mirrors our own, right down to production quotas and sales slogans. ''We Scare,'' they assure us, ''Because We Care.''
This movie has a delicious premise, sumptuous animation and a mouth-watering voice cast.
- Empire
Monsters, Inc. - this is the kind of movie that works on multiple levels - as fast-moving, lively fun for children and as slyly written, visually impressive entertainment for adults. Monsters, Inc. is one of those rare family films that parents can enjoy (rather than endure) along with their kids. And childless individuals venturing into a theater showing this picture need not worry that they'll be viewed as deviants - Monsters, Inc. is capable of drawing audience members from across the age spectrum.
3D gives an extra frisson to the thrillingly detailed design of Monsters, Inc, but the real kick is seeing this quasi-surrealist masterpiece back on the big screen.
Mike and Sulley are great buds, and their comradeship is reflected in the song lyric, "I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you." Sulley's growing affection for Boo is also very sweet and touching. Indeed, he begins to take care of her even before he realizes he doesn't have to be scared of her.
The movie will bring tears to many eyes when Sulley realizes what terrible things fear can actually do and how awful the face of fear truly looks. Again, parents are the critical factor in helping their children understand this issue. They are the best ones to lovingly explain truth and reality to their children.
When I saw this movie as a little girl I could not stop laughing in the theater. If you’re ever having a bad day I suggest that you watch Monsters Inc. It’s a creative movie filled with the funniest one-liners, a very unique world, and the best bloopers in the credits.
- Geeks
Monstropolis is a world so imaginative and fully detailed that, despite the complexity and originality of the concept, it also happens to be simple enough for a child to grasp.
Monsters, Inc. portrays the softer side of big scary monsters while showing that even they must solve life’s problems and face their fears. Like its Toy Story predecessors, this film has enough savvy to engage most adult viewers while capturing the interest of the younger set.
MI's concept and pacing improves dramatically in its last half, escalating to a rousing (and even emotionally affecting) finale. If the rest of the film had been as solid as its final forty minutes, MI would have rocked hard & been an instant classic. As is, Monsters, Inc. will probably become a VHS / DVD fave for the little ones. Nonetheless, Monsters, Inc. is fun enough and, chances are, you will find payoff if you take your kids to see this movie.

What reviewers didn't like

And, despite the monster menagerie on show, Mike and Sulley lack the fully-realised supporting characters — the something-for-everyone approach — that so ably assisted Woody and Buzz.
- Empire
One scene in particular that will alarm some children has one fearsome monster battering down a door to attack Sulley and Mike. It's a noisy scene, designed to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Additionally, a nightmarish machine built to "extract screams" is tried out more than once. We see the fear in the eyes of those facing it. And we see the red and puffy lips of a monster who has been dazed and damaged (not quite killed) by the force of its menacing nozzle. Boo whimpers and cries when confronting it.
Thus, MONSTERS, INC. may not be appropriate for every child age 2-5. Children of that age may not be ready to fully understand, or fully enjoy, the movie at that stage, anyway.
However, parents of young children will need to be sensitive to this movie’s scare factor. (Some portrayals of growling monsters with bared teeth and loud explosions set by the detox unit were too much for the preschooler sitting behind me).
When creating any new "universe", backstory and rules need to be established in order to give the place character and personality. This doesn't happen in Monsters, Inc. The movie's setting and monsters are entertaining enough, but it's a hollow freakshow...a puppet show...and little more...for way too long.
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