Monsters, Inc. Review
Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) are just everyday guys - except that Sulley is an eight-foot hairy ape-thing and Mike is a walking green eyeball.
They work for Monsters, Inc., which bottles children's screams and uses them to power the city of Monstropolis. Every night they step through closet doors into children's bedrooms to terrify them. But when a child, Boo, follows Sulley back into Monstropolis, everything looks set to explode - Mike and Sulley will lose their jobs, their boss (James Coburn) will lose his company, and their rival Randall (Steve Buscemi) will win their title of top scarer.
Pixar's fourth animated feature, after Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life, is arguably the best; it's gently funny, slightly dark, and sentimental without descending into the normal Disney slush. Best of all, the CG is staggering. It has to be an animator's joke (the movie is full of them) that Mike is the simplest shape (a sphere) while Sulley is covered in difficult-to-animate fur. Yet not only do the animators make them look solid, they come across as fully rounded characters.
The supporting characters, like the scuttling lizard-thing Randall, the spider-crab Waternoose and the glamorous snake-haired Celia are equally cleverly done, and the backgrounds are eye-popping. Best of all, the story moves along at a cracking pace without too many interruptions for boring Randy Newman songs. If you don't enjoy this, you deserve to be sent to your room without any supper.