Monsters, Inc.

Published August 26, 2009

Monsters, Inc.

Film info

  • Title Monsters, Inc.
  • Director Pete Docter
  • Year 2001
  • Run time 1hr 28m
  • Genres Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Tagline We scare because we care

Set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside, the film follows the monstrous misadventures of James P. Sullivan (John Goodman), known to all as Sulley, and his best friend, roommate and co-worker Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Both work at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory in the monster world, where Sulley is the top kid Scarer and Mike is his enthusiastic Scare Assistant. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children. At Monsters, Inc., an elite team of Scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources. Believed by monsters to be toxic, human children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo (Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. Assisted by Mike, he schemes to rectify his mistake but the trio becomes caught up in a series of complications and unexpected intrigue beyond their wildest dreams.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:42  The funny thing is, I never really had the “monsters in the closet” or “under the bed” thing. I only ever worried about stuff when I was home alone, and by then I was much older.
3:21  Hehehe. “I fell down?” Story of my life.
4:18  There’s a scream shortage and the boss just opened up a whole canister for no reason. That’s not setting a very good example, is it?
4:47  Sully’s hair is so well done. It’s particularly life like, especially when it moves.
6:01  In the TV ad, they all say: “I’m Monsters Inc.” Sound familiar?
7:58  The great bits are the genius little things, like using a monster’s tongue as a jump rope.
17:18  I don’t quite understand why a sock would do the monster world so much damage. But this does explain why the human world always ends up with one odd sock.
21:16  What is puce?
25:54  Having snakes for hair is a good excuse for not going to the hairdresser.
34:45  The CDA stands for the Child Detection Agency, but so far they have only shown up after the event. Sounds about right for a government agency!
44:24  Monster style fainting is funny.
45:09  Surely there is no point in complaining about a 23-19 when there is an actual child in the factory already.
51:07  I don’t want to overthink it, obviously, but would you be able to extract a scream against someone’s permission?
54:26  How come she’s crying now and the light bulbs are still intact?
56:50  If Sully stayed out in the snow too long, he would look like the Abominable Snowman. I wonder if the Snowman is actually a normal monster. Wait… normal and monster should not go together in the same sentence.
1:02:34  How do you even begin to fight an invisible opponent?
1:11:07  It must have taken ages to design all those CDA members. Each one of them is different - number of eyes, limbs, height, shape. Amazing.
1:15:27  She has a cowgirl doll and a Nemo. Devil is in the details.
1:24:00  How much do I love end of film outtakes? Even if they are created!


For some reason I feel like I should make excuses for watching this film, but hey, it’s not just for kids. Who doesn’t love a good bit of Pixar?

Perhaps this film isn’t AS much fun as it was the last time I watched it, but it’s still a perfectly acceptable way to spend an hour and a half, Pixar certainly know what they’re doing creating multi-level films, especially with all the little things you only notice on multiple viewings.

Rating: 5 / 5

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