Pixar's "Monster's Inc." Retro Movie Review Featuring John Goodman
My initial first run impression of the Pixar film “Monster’s Inc.” was a neutral at best feeling about the overall quality of the film. After recently re-watching the film with a two year old friend in attendance my evaluation of the film has changed in this review of “Monsters Inc.” With John Goodman leading the voice acting, here is a retro movie review of "Monster's Inc."
I wasn’t terribly excited for the voice cast of “Monster’s Inc.” initially but re-evaluated the storyline and fun of fictitious monsters working at a national organization to scare children was intriguing on the second go around in this retro review. This 2001 production of Pixar featured the bothering drone of John Goodman as James Sullivan and the vagrantly squeaky Billy Crystal as Mike.
Something about this film and other Pixar productions have the right color and shading to keep the attention of a two year old standing or sitting in front of the screen consistently through the run time of 92 minutes.
The comparisons to workplace safety regulations and standards of working for a difficult boss is a relevant topic that creates a through line in the43 story for adults to relate to. This is one of the aspects of film making that Pixar has executed so well that keeps the adult audience engaged while entertaining children.
This movie does do a nice job of entertaining adults and kids which is something I probably overlooked during the cinema expe3rience in 2011 of “Monster’s Inc.”. The music is typical classical construction featuring a few montages that are classic to Pixar with various monsters playing their parts.
The entertainment factor for children revolves around the likable and scary contrasts of the film’s characters. Some of the fun for kids watching is the fact that so many fictitious monsters are scared of one little girl running amuck in their monster studio.
The fun fantasy of one child scaring these various scary monsters is fun and imaginative in a paradigm that shifts the concept of monsters being real or scary if they exist. This concept can even be used to correct a child’s fear of the unknown in the concept of seeing them as just as frightened of the child.
The character arcs of “Monster’s Inc.” witness an overall change in the protagonist becoming less frightening and more caring of the child who has become their new friend in custody. The kindness that shows through creates a positive moral in the sometimes scary world of monsters created by Pixar in this film.