Monsters, Inc.

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Clever, funny, and delightful to look at, Monsters, Inc. delivers another resounding example of how Pixar elevated the bar for modern all-ages animation.



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After exploring the worlds of toys and bugs in the two Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, the award-winning computer animation company Pixar delves into the realm of monsters with its fourth feature. Hulking, blue-furred behemoth James P. "Sully" Sullivan (John Goodman) and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are employed by Monsters, Inc., a scream processing factory. It seems that the denizens of their realm thrive on the screams of kids spooked by monsters lurking under their beds and in their closets. It's the job of Sully, Mike, and their co-workers, including sarcastic Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi), crab-like CEO Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn), and lovely snake-headed receptionist Celia (Jennifer Tilly) to keep the frights flowing. When Sully and Mike are followed back into the monster world by a very unafraid little human girl named Boo (Mary Gibbs), they are exiled to her universe, where they discover that such a modern-day mythological specimen as the Abominable Snowman is a fellow refugee. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


John Goodman
as James P. Sullivan "Sully"
Billy Crystal
as Mike Wazowski
Steve Buscemi
as Randall Boggs
James Coburn
as Henry J. Waternoose
Frank Oz
as Fungus
Daniel Gerson
as Needleman/Smitty
Steve Susskind
as Floor Manager
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  • Jun 19, 2016
    While it's concept is nothing new, Monsters, Inc. still manages to be a fun and very clever take on the concept of monsters - with a storyline that is both emotionally charged and incredibly funny at the same time.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2016
    One of the best of the Pixar line up! Monster's Inc is funny, smart, charming and a great film to pop in every once in a while!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Basically just a great kind of a world simulator only filled by friendly monsters scaring us to get to the box office.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2013
    Pixar comes up short in Monsters, Inc., an imaginative but overly sanitized kid film. When a child accidentally crosses over to the monster world, best friends Sulley and Mike find her and attempt to return her back to the human world before a panic sweeps Monstropolis. Though the idea of a Monsters, Inc., a company that collects children's scares as a source of energy, is incredibly interesting, Pixar veers away from it and instead focuses on the shenanigans of chasing around a toddler. Additionally, the message of the film is extremely preachy and does so at the expense of the storytelling. Still, John Goodman and Billy Crystal deliver the comedy especially well and elevate the material. There's some fun and excitement to Monsters, Inc., but it's trying too hard to be cute and goofy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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