Monsters Inc. 3D Re-Release

MONSTERS, INC. 3D

2001

Directed by Pete Docter – Written bu Andrew Stanton and Dan Gerson

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi

Monsters Inc.‘s re-release find itself lending a hand to the speculators of the effectiveness of the use of 3-D on the Big Screen, and gently swaying them to the more positive side of the pedestal. It shows, yet again just how incredibly superior Pixar are at turning a simple idea into a beautifully constructed story, suitable for literally all types of audience. I don’t think I’ve actually ever met anyone who dislikes a Pixar movie- and with good reason.

Monsters Inc. tells the story of two monsters, James “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman, Argo 2012) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal, Analyse That 2002) in a parallel universe whom are thrown into the midsts of adventure when a young girl from the human world enters their own. Monstropolis is heavy in a recession of power, as monsters are finding it hard to amount to their sources- the screams of human children. Their power supplies are almost running dry when they concur children these days are getting harder and harder to scare, thus immersing the ‘scarer’ monsters in a lot of overtime- and some cases cheating- in the competition of the scare record.

When a rogue human child’s door is uncovered, suspicions rise and the film begins to take a hilarious spin onto the wild side- restaurants undergo quarantine, the monsters workplace is deep under the watchful eye of the Child Detection Agency, and just to top it all off the classic villain (Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire 2010-) obtains a huge torture machine, that literally sucks the life out of you.

The pace is of the film omits in a familiar fashion as the 2-D version, but with extra ‘oomph’. Many of the actions scene, such as the chase scene through the factory halls excelled in delivering a ‘move your head, and dodge that box and ‘oh watch out!” feel, and as a previous speculator I have to say this is by far the best 3-D I’ve seen (possibly because it may be easier to enhance a feature film created entirely with computers).

The voice acting is outright tremendous, and another superlative feat in Pixar’s genius of selection. Even as the film draws to a winding, emotional close- revealing the inevitable moral at the end of the story, Billy Crystal and John Goodman in particular deserve credit for inspiring performances that are inventive and so creatively energetic, they will keep you hooked throughout.

As I’ve said before, as an (ex)speculator of the use of 3-D on the big screen, I almost pre-empted this twist on one the greatest and most successful family films, a given for the toilet. However, it has in some ways converted me and it was as enjoyable as the original- full of snappy humour, amazing innovative visuals and crazy monsters. A Classic for all ages.

If you like ‘Kitties’; Ice Cones and Big, Blue Furry things- watch this immediately.

9/10

– Christopher Asher

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