What’s better than Monsters, Inc.? How about Monsters, Inc. in 3D. While I was in LA back in September for a #DisneyMoviesEvent press trip I caught a special screening of Monsters, Inc. 3D. Seeing Monsters, Inc. in 3D was like seeing it again for the very first time. It’s hard to believe that Monsters, Inc., originally released way back on November 2, 2001. It was the highest grossing animated film at the global box office that year. When Monsters, Inc was first released, I didn’t see it in the theater. I did watch Monsters, Inc. once it was released to VHS; yes, I said VHS. Having the chance to watch Monsters, Inc. in a theater this time and have it be in 3D was a great treat for me. So, don’t let the scream extractor scare you too much, go see Monsters, Inc. 3D on December 19th.
When my oldest was around 2 years old, I was always putting her hair up in pigtails. People would tell me how much JL looked like Boo from Monsters, Inc. After awhile the name just stuck, for many years we called JL daughter Boo. Now I can take JL to the theaters soon and show her why we called her Boo for so many years. I have a feeling the only part of this film that will scare her will be the scream extractor scene.
Monsters, Inc., is hands down one of DisneyPixar’s most loved and visually imaginative feature films ever. The now-classic Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wise cracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources. Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. So, pals Mike and Sulley plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home. But when the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams.
Monsters, Inc 3D is rated G, so take the entire family out for some scaretastic movie fun. When writing these reviews, I often just tell parents to use their best judgement when deciding whether to take their child to see a movie that teeters on being a little frightening. You know your child better than anyone. For example, my 5-year old is easily scared but maybe your 5-year old isn’t. I can only suggest an age range; all children are different so just use your best judgement. I would say any child 5 or older would enjoy this film. The only part of this film that really might scare JL is the scream extractor scene where Randall has Boo strapped down and is trying to steal her screams all at once. I might take JL out of the theater when I know this scene is coming up.
Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (Up) and produced by Oscar nominee Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Monsters, Inc. is in theaters—again—December 19, 2013, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. Check out Monsters, Inc. 3D on Facebook and Twitter @PixarDisney.
Watch for the prequel, Monsters University, due in 2013.
Disclosure: Disney provided me with a trip to LA in return for my honest review on the movies and events mentioned above. All expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation was given. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own.