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Monsters Inc is (finally) out in the next week or two over here in the UK. I have a simple question for all the US readers of this board (who have been able to see the film for months). Is it worth seeing? How does it compare to Toy Story? Is it just a 'kids' film?

Anybody know why TS2 was digitally released similtaniously in Europe and the US and Monsters Inc., made & distributed by the same people is being done using the traditional film disto method (that sucks).
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[quote]Originally posted by Mediaman:
<strong>Monsters Inc is (finally) out in the next week or two over here in the UK. I have a simple question for all the US readers of this board (who have been able to see the film for months). Is it worth seeing? How does it compare to Toy Story? Is it just a 'kids' film?</strong><hr></blockquote>

No, not just a kid's film. I thought it was funny and the 3D animation superb (what would you expect from Steve Jobs/Pixar?).

[quote]<strong>Anybody know why TS2 was digitally released similtaniously in Europe and the US and Monsters Inc., made & distributed by the same people is being done using the traditional film disto method (that sucks).</strong><hr></blockquote>

Dunno about that. Wondering why Monsters Inc. took so long to come to your shores???
Whatever. It was worth the wait I'd say. See it!
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post #3 of 25
I really loved it. I was bored one night so me and two others went to go see it. I thought it was really funny. Every Pixar movie I've seen I've loved.
post #4 of 25
I saw it twice. Great movie. I'm a bit of a Toy Story addict so I'm of course going to say Toy Story was better (1 and especially 2) but Monsters, Inc is right up there.

Both times I saw it at a special digital presentation at the Loews Time Square theater and the picture and sound were stunning. Only 2 theaters in my metro area had digital presentations
post #5 of 25
I second the comments above. Like all the Pixar movies, there's plenty of humor to keep "adults" entertained.
post #6 of 25
I'd put it in the "don't miss it" column. So much better than the other offerings this summer.
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the thing I admire about Pixar is that they are funny on 2 levels (kids/adults) but they do it through great writing and wit rather than cheap humor such as a movie like Shrek which at times I really thought was what I would consider unsuitable for children. and for the most part I don't find the kind of humor used in Shrek that funny. I just laugh at how uncreative the writers are

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post #8 of 25
applenut, I totally agree! I wasn't thoroughly impressed with Shrek like most everybody else I know.

To get back on topic, I really liked Monsters, Inc. too. It was another great Pixar movie, although I have to say I didn't think A Bugs Life was that wonderful. It was okay, sure, but nothing to write home about.

Yes, go see Monsters, Inc., and take a kid if you know one.
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Monsters, Inc. is the only movie that made me cry twice in 2001. It's also the 2001 best movie I've seen. I haven't seen Fellowship of the Ring.
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post #10 of 25
Go see it! I loved it, my son loved it. Everyone who has posted here so far loved it. Give in to peer pressure! Everybody's doing it!!

Seriously though, great movie, excellent rendering, especially of Sully. That hair on him, wow. And the story line was fun, but had enough seriousness and then comedy to keep it good for adults and kids alike. All I can say is... Welcome to the Himalayas! Snow Cone? Don't Worry, it's lemeon flavored...
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post #11 of 25
Good movie. It's such a rarity in Amercican cinema to have a kids movie, much less an animated one, that expects its audience to have some semblance of intelligence.
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post #12 of 25
I haven't read any other replies, but I think it's one of the best animated films ever.

I loved it a lot.
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post #13 of 25
[quote]Originally posted by Eugene:
<strong>Monsters, Inc. is the only movie that made me cry twice in 2001.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Ah at last, someone else who blubs at kids movies. I have never quite lived down the fact that i cried at the end of Toy Story (I was happy for the toys, God damn you!) Strangely, it was my wife who told all my friends. Still, i shall have my revenge by taking my five year old to Monsters, inc. next weekend, while she stays home watching Shrek with the two year old (Again! Again! Again!)
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[quote]Originally posted by Jellytussle:
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Ah at last, someone else who blubs at kids movies. I have never quite lived down the fact that i cried at the end of Toy Story (I was happy for the toys, God damn you!) Strangely, it was my wife who told all my friends. Still, i shall have my revenge by taking my five year old to Monsters, inc. next weekend, while she stays home watching Shrek with the two year old (Again! Again! Again!)</strong><hr></blockquote>

How about the Toy Story 2 "When somebody loved me" song by Sara McLaughlin (sp?)

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post #15 of 25
Monsters Inc. was definitely worth seeing. I would say it was spectacular compared to most movies today and very good on the whole. And I saw A Bug's Life and I thought it was not so great.
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[quote]Originally posted by JRC:
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How about the Toy Story 2 "When somebody loved me" song by Sara McLaughlin (sp?)

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Me watching that scene = weeped like a baby.
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post #18 of 25
Monster's Inc. was far better than Shrek. much more imaginative and engrossing and it's use of music was not painfully cliched.

Great openning short too
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>This thread went gay.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yep.
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>This thread went gay.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Don't hold back Scott, tell us what you really think. You never cry at movies?

Personally I have found that As i get older I cry a lot more in places where I would never have thought it so. Weird. Toy Story, yes, Monsters Inc, no (at least not that I remember). Prince Of Egypt, yes. Shrek, definitely no. Jimmy Neutron, (oddly enough and I am not sure why) yes. The list goes on. Crying is good for the soul, as is laughter. Heck if a movie is good enough to make me laugh and cry, I will own it on DVD or VHS, guaranteed.
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But NoahJ, crying is for pussy, whimp, femmy, bleading-heart, liberals... all of whom are gay. not like he-man tough guys all of whom are white and straight.... so they say to themselves...over and over..
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[quote]Originally posted by pfflam:
<strong>But NoahJ, crying is for pussy, whimp, femmy, bleading-heart, liberals... all of whom are gay. not like he-man tough guys all of whom are white and straight.... so they say to themselves...over and over..</strong><hr></blockquote>

Shoot! Then I better stop right now! Being white, straight, with 2 kids and all. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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post #24 of 25
Short review:

Monsters, Inc. B+
Shrek B-
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[quote]Originally posted by NoahJ:
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You never cry at movies? </strong><hr></blockquote>

I'll admit it. There are some things that get to me. That article by Matt Labash that I referred to in <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=6&t=000521" target="_blank">this thread</a> had this:

[quote]... All around the Cassidy home, remnants of Eva linger. Her red-haired cat lolls on the floor, while the hallway features her sun-and-moon mural. In a back room, her father keeps his cello, which he occasionally plays along to his daughter's music. It's the same room where a steady procession of friends and family that Eva called her "angel brigade" maintained a vigil over her bed until her last breath was drawn. The living room, where I interview her parents, is where she sang one final time with Grace Griffith and her brother Dan, a fiddler who lives in Iceland. Weakened from the cancer that spread after a melanoma was misdiagnosed some years earlier, Cassidy managed to softly sing a German version of "Silent Night," perhaps as an early present to her mother, since she wouldn't make it to Christmas.

As her father permits a videotaped viewing of Cassidy's last public performance, a benefit held for Cassidy at a Georgetown club two months before she died, her mother, unable to watch, goes outside to spy the wild violets that were Eva's favorite, now blooming through acidic soil. On tape, Eva enters the club with a walker and takes the stage, her hair ravaged from chemotherapy, her nose seeping from the morphine. After Chris Biondo grabs her around the midriff and hoists her to a stool, she lets go with a version of "A Wonderful World" that could make you forget Louis Armstrong ever sang it. As she reaches the last word of the song, "I think to myself what a wonderful...", she takes a five-second rest. Her face is open and intent, as if she is trying to freeze time by etching the faces of those assembled into a permanent snapshot. "The tears wouldn't stop, man," says Chuck Brown, who grew so emotional he left the stage in mid-song. "She loved life. She loved this wonderful world."<hr></blockquote>

And then I listened to her version of that song. It's on a live album. I don't know if it's the same recording that's on the videotape. First of all, I cannot believe she was able to make that song her own - that song... Second of all, yeah my throat got tight. It is again right now. But Eva Cassidy was a real live person who died much, much too young.
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