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Monsters, Inc.

The childhood concept of a monster in the closet is turned completely inside out and given a fresh and futuristic veneer in Disney Pixar's Monsters Inc., an overly intricate story that provides an ecological message blended with a fish out of water story but it also touches on classic cinematic messages like labor vs management, and, of course, good vs evil.

In the futuristic city of Monstropolis is the large corporation known as Monsters, Inc., a plant where nuclear power for the city is gathered by monsters and supplied by the screams of human children. A pair of monsters named Sully (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) lead the corporation is children's scares but find their positions in the firm threatened when a child escapes from her room and develops an attachment to Sully while the child is also being pursued by Sully's nemesis named Randall (voiced by Steve Buscemi) and their boss (voiced by James Coburn).

As with most Disney Pixar creations, the screenplay by Pete Docter and Silverman is overly intricate, full of illogical plotting that distracts the viewer of the primary story at hand. I couldn't figure out if the child (named "Boo" by Sully) was aware of the power she possesses and I was bothered by the fact that Randall was the only monster with the power of invisibility. I also didn't understand what Randall and the boss wanted to do with the child, who initially is labeled as toxic, but by the third act of the story, the child is like the Holy Grail and everyone wants her though it isn't really made clear why...maybe a re-watch would help, but if the truth be told, it really didn't matter and did not deter from my enjoyment of the fun story and entertaining characters that I met here. This movie is a lot of fun if you don't think about it too much.

As with all Disney Pixar films, the voice work is first rate with standout work from Goodman and Crystal and I have to give a shout out to sound editing here, which received an Oscar nomination. A lushly mounted children's tale that remains entertaining as long as you don't try to figure out everything you see and just let it flow over you.