|Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: November 2, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The movie may not be perfect, but it's jam-packed with goodies -- like a breakfast cereal fun-pack with a prize on every box-top.
By any other standard, the creatures in Monsters, Inc. would be impressive. But by the high standard Pixar not only set itself, but invented, they're only ordinary.
Rarely does an animated character merge as perfectly with the persona of the actor providing his voice as the star of Monsters, Inc. does with John Goodman.
A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
It's a good movie, mind you, with great bits in it, but it still falls short of rapture.
"Shrek," this film's prime competition for the first Animated Feature Oscar, is a synoptic parody of fairy tales. In Monsters, Inc. the gags aren't as spot-on but the technique is miles ahead. The vision is grander and warmer.
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