G, 92 min.
Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Writers: Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson, Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon, Ralph Eggleston, Robert Baird, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts
Voices: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Mary Gibbs, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz, Daniel Gerson, Steve Susskind, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Pidgeon, Sam Black
I was a huge fan of “Monsters, Inc.” from the moment I saw it, which was kind of a unique situation that speaks to the power of Pixar Animation and how it changed the animation industry in the United States. I was in Columbus, Ohio at an arborist industry trade show. It was Friday night, and we were looking for something to do after the conference events had wound down. It was also where my brother happened to live at the time, so he came out to join us for dinner. So it was me, my brother, my new father-in-law, and three other men who spend their days cutting and lugging trees around for a living. After narrowing it down to a movie, which one do we choose to go see? Not the new Steven Segal, or the latest Smith & Wesson commercial. No, we all chose to see the latest Disney animated film about the monsters that live in children’s closets. And no, we didn’t think it was a horror movie.
We all enjoyed it as well. It spoke to universal notions we all had about childhood and the silliness of how we perceive things as children when put in the perspective of adulthood. We liked how these were working class monsters, just trying to make a living. It had an exciting story that was traditional, but originally executed. That was what made Pixar in those early days of the CGI animation revolution—original execution of universal ideas. That and their wonderful characters.