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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 under Reviews | No comments

5 out of 5 growling toilet seatsDirected by Peter Docter

Another visual masterpiece from the gang over at Pixar, "Monsters, Inc." is a tantalizing treat for the eyes, ears and laughs ... er, mouth.

Though everyone seems to love the dead-pan, fighting-through-gravel voice of Roz, my personal favorite is Mike Wazowski. No matter how many times I see this movie, I always laugh when he accidentally hits himself with anti-bacterial spray in his one eye and then suffers from severe irritation! It's just one of those small but o, so perfect details that you can see in everything Pixar has done. In contrast, we could look at something like Disney's third sequel to Cinder-Pixie-Dust-ella, where any attempt at an actual story has been rejected in favor of another variation on a pink wedding dress.

If you pay close attention, you will be able to perceive a great exposition about governmental agencies and the ridiculous protocol and absurd conventions they adhere to. "23-19!" Ah, beautiful!

Probably the best thing about this film is the absolutely stunning quality - of not only the characters, voices and plot, but the visuals as well. Audiences praised Pixar for the amazing 3D animation that came out of "Toy Story", but Monsters, I takes it like 12 steps further with the vast improvement of animation, details and textures. There are some moments when you just want to reach out and hug the big furry Sully character or when you are certain that Boo is the little girl that used to live down the street from you. Dreamworks, toss out your crap and study this stuff for about 9 years ... because P-I-X-A-R has you beat.

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