Monsters Inc. mind Blown
Suffice it to say that the Blu-ray set offers not only the best presentation of the film imaginable, but a bounty of extra content that expands the film's universe in new and interesting ways. As for the movie itself?
The Facts: Released in November of 2001, Monsters, Inc. was the fourth feature film released by Pixar after Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2, and it positioned the studio as a creative force to be reckoned with: in addition to grossing some $525 million dollars worldwide, it earned four Academy Award nominations, winning one for Best Original Song, and went on to receive recognition from the Saturn Awards, BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Online Film Critics Society. It currently enjoys a 95 percent fresh Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
What Still Works: It's almost shocking how well Pixar manages to find the sweet spot between sentimentality and melodrama, but Monsters, Inc. may be one of the greatest examples in their filmography of that balance: from the moment that Boo appears in the film, she radically transforms the emotional pitch of the film, giving everything Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) do an emotional tether, even when it's mainly visceral or comedic. There's an amazing connection that exists not only between the characters themselves, but the characters and the audience, such that we understand, identify and are deeply moved by every development.
Remarkably, Pixar is able to come up with stories that don't merely reach out commercially to all different age groups, but genuinely connect with them, whether you're a thrill-seeking kid or the parent who's sitting next to him or her in the theater. The idea that you can even be a parent or a kid while you're watching these movies, no matter which you actually are, is just mind-blowing, and Monsters, Inc. indulges the fun and adventure that younger audiences want while finding behavior, themes and ideas that resonate really powerfully with older ones.
What Doesn't Work: Surprisingly, even at 93 minutes, I felt like the opening scenes dragged a little bit, and a lot of the introductory jokes about the word seemed obvious and even a little hokey. Like I said above, once Boo is introduced the movie takes off and becomes just completely and inescapably compelling, but during the earliest scenes Monsters, Inc. feels fairly conventional, reminiscent of the way A Bug's Life never managed to capture the sort of spark that other films had, and which this film ignited into a string of major-league successes (both commercial and artistic).
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What is the name of the intro song in Monsters Inc?
Trombonist Andy Martin played the music at the very beginning of the movie "Monster's Inc." You have a great day!