Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pixar's Monsters Get the 3D Treatment

Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) discover
that they have a human child in their apartment.

“Monster’s Inc.” is one of Disney/Pixar’s’ gem that is entertaining no matter how many times you watch it. Now, for the first time, audiences will get a chance to see the world of Monstropolis in 3D, which is rumored to be amazing. The scene of the moving doors is said to be breath-taking. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

“Monsters” is the latest Disney movie to be re-released in theaters this year which appears to be a trend with other studios as well. (The original “Jurassic Park” will be re-released in 3D next spring). It also comes before the film’s prequel, “Monster’s University” arriving in theaters next June, so if you haven’t seen the first, now is the time to get caught up.

Monstropolis is a city who gets their energy by scaring human children in the middle of the night. Through an elaborate system at Monsters Inc., the energy company, monsters are transported through the closet doors of children all over the world.

James P. Sulley (John Goodman) is the company’s top “scarer.” With the help of his one-eyed partner, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), he achieves great fame around the company to the chagrin of Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi). Randall will do just about anything to become the top scarer – even cheat.

One night, after all the doors have been put away and the workers have gone home, Randall takes out another door to do some more scaring after hours. Sulley notices the door and when he opens it, Boo (Mary Gibbs) a young little girl steps out and attaches herself to “Kitty” the name she gives Sulley. Knowing that children are toxic, Sulley and Mike hide “Boo” (the name Sulley gives the little girl) while they try to think of a way to get her back home.

“Monsters Inc.” is full of pratfalls, laughs and heart. In the unique Pixar tradition, a few lessons can be learned as well. In one scene, Sulley sees a video on how he looks to others when he is busy scaring children. This ends up scaring Boo as well. When he sees the look on her face, he feels terrible. He never wanted to scare her. Parents watching the film should take notes. How many times have we scared our children instead of being full of grace and love?

“Monsters Inc.” is bright and colorful and features some of the best vocal talent around. Pay special attention to the detail including Sulley’s fur and Mike’s big eye. This is computer animation at its best.

Despite its name, it is not a scary film and young children will enjoy it as much as you will.
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