Monsters, Inc.
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Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly


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After the "laff riot" of A Bug's Life, I was hoping the next big Pixar creation would be just as entertaining and delightfully ridiculous, but unfortunately, 'twas not to be.

It's a nifty idea - monsters from the world just beyond the creepy closet doors of young children collecting the screams of terrified youngsters to power their world, but they're actually just regular schmoes named Sully or Mike or something who are just as terrified of kids as kids are of them. Until, of course, one kid sneaks through the doorway and winds up causing all sorts of havoc in the monster world.

The characters are likable, the performances are decent and the film looks incredible. Some of the visuals are just stunning. My problem lies with the actual punchiness, which the script seems to be relatively bereft of. I rarely did much more than crack a bemused smile throughout the film. It's a cute little story, but I was hoping for a bit more zany nuttiness to go with it. Disney cartoons are hit and miss that way, but there was nothing in this film that had the comedy zing of Tuck and Roll.

It's hard to really slight the film much more than that, as it's just a cuddly little story. A good thing going for it is that the human child character is a gibberish-spouting toddler, which takes a huge burden off the film because you're safe in knowing that nobody's going to have to "learn the true meaning" of anything, and babbling kids are funnier than coherent ones.

It's a nice little fluff thing, and that's it.

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