When a young girl, Boo (Mary Gibbs), inadvertently wanders into the parallel world of Monstropolis, top “Scarers” Sulley (an outstanding John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) set out on an adventure to return her to her rightful place. Meanwhile, an unlikely friendship blooms.
If there are any movies children “must see,” Monsters Inc. is surely near the top of the list, so it’s a treat that the Pixar animated classic is revisiting the big screen. The cynical adult in me must point out that the release times out nicely with the holidays (along with the financial windfall a December date can provide) and will leave audiences primed for the impending summer prequel, Monsters University. But given the age we live in, I can’t, in good conscience, deny any youngster this experience; therefore I’m thrilled to give the 3D reboot a hearty thumbs-up. The Grinch I am not.
I’m gonna hula hoop my way into your heart!
That said, other than the astounding chase scene through the room of children’s doors, the 3D addition doesn’t add much to the story. However, the good news is that the plot has aged well. The tender connection between Sulley and Boo is still sweet as ever, and goofy one-eyed Mike is still pleasant comic relief. The fact that the monsters are actually more terrified of the children remains a fun twist and will hopefully help the newly initiated sleep better at night.
One for the ages. Generations will continue to revisit Monsters, Inc. long after Wreck-It Ralph’s plug has been pulled.
Take a Drink: every time a child scares the crap out of a monster.
Take a Drink: every time (secondary character) George brings back a human artifact clinging to his fur.
Take a Drink: every time Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi) does something sneaky to try and outwit Sulley.
Take a Drink: every time the monsters pop through a door.
Take a Drink: every time Sulley is sweet to Boo.