" So good by the end I was a little sexually attracted to Sully. "
Title: Monsters, Inc. by Buena Vista Home Video
Format: Animated DVD
Reviewing Monkey: Dungapult
The Hype: The multi-academy award nominated feature starring Billy Crystal and John Goodman hits DVD. Follow the escapades of two monsters that haunt human closets as a little girl gets sucked into their world, where she is considered more dangerous than Ebola, and they must keep her safe until they can get her home.
What This Monkey Thought...
Story and Acting: The story itself isn't overly insightful, but definitely has a clever premise that is as close to being original as you can get any more (I pretty much summed it up above). It's the kind of script that you may have wanted to write after a night up cracking jokes with your buddy about why your little sister wet her bed the night before. All in all, very entertaining. What borders on fantastic, however, are the voice performances by Crystal, Goodman, and the rest of the cast. Up beat, sharp, and sincerely delivered, the haphazard monsters will laugh your but right out of your seat. A great showing that's good for the whole family. 4 out of 5
Action: Well, there isn't a lot of chop socky type action, which is understandable given the premise. There is, however, a ton of slapstick (which is no less funny even though it's animated) and some pleasantly tense chase moments. 3 out of 5
Visuals and Directing: Two words: "Sully's Hair". Now, if you haven't seen it, what I'm talking about is the incredible detail and style of the animation. It's absolutely, total, and completely impressive and- at times, even borders on mind blowing. Though not particularly "realistic" the artistry present is stunning and is visible, in some of its apex, with the rendering of the wookie-like Sully's hair. It shimmers, it shines, it highlights…It's gorgeous. 5 out of 5
Sound Track: A nice mix of old soulful and instrumental score do one of the best things a sound track can do during a movie: enhance the experience while simultaneously making you forget the music is even there. Very nice. 4 out of 5
DVD Extras: Wow. I mean, geez…Wow. Every now and then you find a something that scores so high in a category that you want to go back and lower just about everything else's score in that category because a new standard has been set- and Monsters, Inc. is one of those. There aren't "Extras" there are whole other reasons to buy the DVD. Commentary, the "For the Birds" short that was in theaters, and outtakes all fill the norm. But once you're done with them, there's like 10 more hours for you to spend playing with the NEW short "Mike's New Car" (made just for this DVD), there's a music video, behind the scenes, background information, screen tests, abandoned concept reels, animation gags, games, explorable areas, a tour of Pixar, new animation scenes, and much, much, much more. Amazing. 5 out of 5
Value vs. Price: Well, not only are you getting a great movie but also enough extras to choke a donkey…all for about 25 bucks. Sweet. 5 out of 5
|It's a great movie turned into an even better DVD. If this isn't in your collection, something is wrong with you.|
The Good: Um…Just about everything.
The Bad: All the talk of monsters in the closet scared me…
The Overall Ugly: So good by the end I was a little sexually attracted to Sully.
What it's Worth: Market plus.