Re-Watch: Monsters, Inc. (2001)Saturday, 29. June 2013
Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson
Cast: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson
Sully (John Goodman) is the star employee of Monsters, Inc: nobody scares children quite like him. They need the children’s screams as it’s their energy source. But as kids are getting more jaded, it’s increasingly harder to scare them. As the Monster World is heading for an energy crisis, Sully and his best friend Mike (Billy Crystal) have a different problem though: through the workings of their rival Randall (Steve Buscemi), a little girl has managed to come to their world. Boo (Mary Gibbs), as they start calling her, isn’t safe there – monsters are deathly scared of children. But it’s also pretty hard for Sully and Mike to get her back.
I don’t know when I last saw Monsters, Inc., but I should watch it more often. It’s sweet. It’s funny. It’s smart. And most of all it’s really entertaining.
It’s possible that I haven’t re-watched the film since it came out. For that it’s really surprising how much of it I remembered. But even though I still knew many details, it didn’t take away from the emotional impact of the story.
And there’s a surprising amount of emotional impact for a film that for huge stretches is lighthearted fun only. It comes entirely from Sully’s and Boo’s relationship that works extremely well. When Sully starts playing with Boo, you wanna laugh along. When Boo is scared of Sully, it is heartbreaking. When Sully puts Boo to bed in her own room, I actually cried.
I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Mike. But he doesn’t bother me and I really don’t have to love him. Randall is a really scary dude, though. I think he’s one of the best cartoon villains and I can imagine that I would have been scared if I saw him as a child.
It’s just a wonderful film. It’s creative and heartfelt and draws you in and entertains you without pause. Love it.
Summarising: If you haven’t seen it yet, you should change that real quick.