Monsters, Inc. is about the secret world of the monsters that emerge nightly from bedroom closets to make children scream.If you enjoyed Disney and Pixar’s previous output (which included A Bug’s Life and the Toy Story movies), you’ll know what to expect from Monsters, Inc., and you probably won’t be disappointed. The plotting is a lot more complicated than previous films, perhaps as a result of what the technology can now handle, and what young audiences expect. The animation continues to advance; the expressiveness of the characters’ features seems a particular improvement.
It’s difficult not to compare Monsters, Inc. to Shrek, the other enormously successful computer animated feature from 2001. The comparison is somewhat unfair, since Monsters, Inc. stands on its own, targets a slightly younger audience and is from a different studio (Shrek originated with DreamWorks). The humour in Monsters, Inc. is generally sweeter and less satirical, and I can’t see the cutesy baby girl who enters the monster city appealing much to the adolescents who enjoyed Shrek.As accomplished as Pixar’s films are, part of Shrek’s appeal lay in its challenge to the Disney formula. Hopefully some of the forthcoming Pixar features will share a similar willingness to experiment, to avoid becoming stale.