Can you believe it’s been 15 years since Monsters Inc was first released?! That’s crazy! I remember seeing it in the cinema, and I was lucky to have gotten preview tickets through The Disney Store, so I saw it before all my friends. At the time, I thought it was the best Pixar film so far, that had been released.
Back in 2002, Pixar dominated the box office, taking over Disney due to their not-so-successful features that they were releasing at the time. This would continue until Bolt. But even though, Pixar didn’t really have much competition at that time, other than Dreamworks, they were creating films that other animation studios didn’t dare attempt to make. It was still all about fairytales and happy endings, la-de-da. Pixar, however were creating adventure stories, with male leads, no romance, no musical soundtracks, and introducing moral storytelling through animation. They are known for their deep meaningful stories, that has a slight darkness or adult theme around it, that young children may not get, or understand.
Monsters Inc, is a very good example of Pixar’s unique story-telling, using bright, colourful characters, that camouflage the adult theme behind it. Creating an entire Monster universe, similar to our own, and making them afraid of US! At the same time, all the monsters are colourful, fluffy, cute, and actually not that scary looking. I mean, Sully has 2.3 million hairs that are individually animated, and you want to hug every single one of them, he’s so darn fluffy!
With the voice talents of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, along with their amazing comedic talents, the audience were given another reason to love these “scary” monsters.
Apparently Billy Crystal was originally offered the role of Buzz Lightyear back in the early 90s, for Pixar’s debut feature. He turned the role down, and has admitted in several interviews how badly he regretted it, and swore he would never turn down the opportunity again. So when Pixar offered him Monsters inc, he took it without any hesitation. And to be honest, he actually made the right decision. He is perfect as Mike!
Despite Monster’s inc being a fan favourite, it got beaten by Shrek for the Academy Award for Best animated feature film. This is why Dreamworks became Pixar’s competition over Disney. Don’t get me wrong, Shrek was funny, and very different, and so NOT for kids, but Monsters inc was FANTASTIC! Hence the reason it was my favourite Pixar film at the time.
I’m so glad Jacob likes watching it, although, he does prefer Monster’s University. That prequel is fab! So funny. I really hope they do a sequel. I know they have a few sequels in the pipeline already, but we’d love to see Mike and Sully again, wouldn’t we? Ugh, why did they have to make Cars 3? lol
Well, me and Jacob will be watching this when we get home later today – how many of you are having a Monsters inc day? Oh, and who else watches Monsters inc before Monsters University? lol I know it’s not the right order, but I always watch Monsters inc first!
“Put that thing back where it came from or so help me… bum bum bum… so help me – so help me – and cut!”