Top 365 Films – #119 – Monsters Inc. (2001)

Top 365 Films - Monsters IncDIRECTED BY: Pete Docter

STARRING: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz, Dan Gerson, Steve Susskind, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Pidgeon, Phil Proctor and Joe Ranft

BUDGET: $115m

EARNED (Worldwide): $562.8m

AWARDS: 1 Oscar (Best Original Song)



In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, two monsters realize things may not be what they think.


Monsters, Inc. takes us to the city of Monstropolis, a city with no humans and instead filled with monsters, with the city’s power supply coming from the company Monsters, Inc. Oddly enough, the power supplied around the city is generated from the screams of children, which they gather by coming out of the closest and scaring them during their sleep. The king of the scarers at the company is James P. Sullivan with his best friend and coworker by his side Mike Wazowski, have their world turned upside down when a human girl has entered the factory.


It’s often a surprise to some just how much I enjoyed Monsters, Inc. over certain other Pixar films considered to be superior but even fourteen years on I still stand by my love for the film. The concept of the monsters that hide in your closest and under your bed, happen to be absolutely petrified of humans due to believing that they are toxic and being touched by them could be fatal is genius as well as the fact that in the world of monsters, they use children screams in order to power their city. The animation is terrific, especially in the films climatic final act alone, it still stuns me that this didn’t win the Oscar for best animated feature (Yes, the Shrek love didn’t remain everlasting for me) and the voice cast involved is terrific, with John Goodman and Billy Crystal making a great pairing as Sulley and Mike in a film that provides some laughs, marvellous animation and plenty of heart.


FAVOURITE SCENE: The entire sequence of Sulley chasing Randall through the giant vault which contains all the doors.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Psst, Fungus. Fungus, you like cars? Because I got a really nice car. You let me go, I’ll give you… a ride… in the car.’ – Mike

DID YOU KNOW?: Jennifer Tilly, who plays Celia Mae, was married to Sam Simon who was one of the creators of The Simpsons (1989). She raved to the Pixar crew about a script she read written by a Simpsons director for an animated film. The Director was Brad Bird and the script was for The Incredibles (2004) which became a Pixar film 3 years later.

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