I have a soft spot for re-inventions of monsters. I think one of the more underrated innovations of Sesame Street was the creation of the friendly monster.
In Monsters, Inc., Pixar imagines a world where monsters scare children to generate electricity. It’s a fabulous premise, and the movie is just as entertaining as we’ve all come to expect from Pixar. The plot is interesting, with well developed characters and adult-friendly humor sprinkled throughout the slapstick.
I particularly enjoyed the title sequence with the doors opening and closing. It reminded me of Rocky and Bullwinkle or a jazz-infused Looney Tunes short from the 60s. Very cool, even if it seemed a little out of place stylistically.
Before watching it, I always had the impression that Monsters, Inc. was one of the worst Pixar films. After seeing it, I have no idea why that would be the case. It’s every bit as good as the other great Disney-Pixar collaborations. It’s also the first movie I’ve watched where Billy Crystal doesn’t annoy me.