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Monsters, Inc. (2-Disc Collector's Edition) - animated DVD review
Monsters, Inc. (2-Disc Collector's Edition) rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn
Directors: Pete Docter & David Silverman   Studio: Disney/Pixar
DVD release: 17 Sept. 2002   Runtime: 93 minutes (2 discs)
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio Tracks (English, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Commentary by filmmakers Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton & John Lasseter, exclusive short "Mike's New Car," "For the Birds" animated short, outtakes, The Monsters, Inc. Company Play, Boo's Door Game, Monsters, Inc. music video, Finding Nemo sneak peek, The Monster World & the Human World, how computer animation works, how Monstropolis was created, Abandoned concepts, Welcome to Monstropolis, Animation gags, Location fly-arounds, never-before-seen tests

Who can't remember those nights of checking under the bed for monsters before going to sleep as a child, maybe even getting out of bed after being tucked in to check the closet for monsters? Perhaps your parents kept a nightlight on so that fear of the dark wouldn't be as bad, the comfort of some light keeping that boogeyman at bay. Monsters, Inc. plays on those fears and flips them around, turning the spooky things that go bump in the night into another huge hit for those masters of animation at Pixar.

The tremendously successful and enjoyable story takes the "E.T." premise and reverses it. Big, blue-furred James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (John Goodman) and one-eyed green M&M look-alike Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) work at Monsters, Inc., a utility company that produces energy by collecting little kids' screams. Sulley is the best in the company at generating those frightful screams. But when Wazoski -in a rush to go out on his date with Celia (Jennifer Tilly) - forgets to file his papers after work, Sulley goes back to get them and accidentally lets a child into the monster world. This is a major catastrophe; children can cause major damage to the monsters in their realm. Mayhem ensues as Wazoski and Sulley try to get the little girl they name "Boo" back to her world. On top of this, they inadvertently discover a devious plot to end the city's power problem for good.

The really great aspect of this movie is how Sulley becomes attached to Boo. In one scene, the worry and fret absolutely knock him out, just like parents worry in real life. All the actors who voiced characters do a tremendous job, and Pixar's rendering of their expressions makes it all the more special. The film itself is absolutely stunning; the colors are very vibrant and alive. From top to bottom, this is another feather in Pixar's cap. The DVD comes loaded with features - commentary from the filmmakers, an animated short made specially for the DVD, music video, and outtakes - that make this DVD the complete package. A great film that stretches complexity and emotional impact through technological advances in computer-generated animation. A wonderful film for all ages.
reviewed by Bobby Blades
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