Monsters, Inc.

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3 1/2

What a marvelous, creative and wonderfully entertaining, animated comedy from Disney and Pixar Animation Studios! Produced by the creators of the wildly popular TOY STORY, MONSTERS, INC. will delight and enthrall audiences, particularly children. At the large facility of Monsters, Inc., an imaginary company in a fantasy world of weird, funny and colorful monsters, they take pride in their company slogan: We scare because we care. Their supposedly commendable job is to scare children and the companys scariest monster is Sulley (voice of John Goodman), a likable critter with blue fur, purple spots and horns. Hes assisted by his feisty, wise-cracking friend, Mike (Billy Crystal), a green, one-eyed monster. But scaring kids isnt easy for the monsters, since they believe children are toxic and must avoid touching them at all costs. Things are going well for Sulley and Mike until a small girl named Boo (Mary Gibbs) takes a liking to them. A grand adventure gets under way as they try desperately to avoid her. But in the process, they find shes really a harmless, lovable little girl. But try to explain that to the monsters at the plant when Boo finds her way into the factory. The action is non-stop in this fast-paced, hilarious and touching animated comedy. And the computer animation effects are stunningly crisp, colorful and imaginative. Be sure to take the kids to see this one. As an added attraction, a short laugh out loud cartoon called For the Birds starts the fun.

How refreshing to discover that MONSTERS, INC. is free of any suggestive elements, foul language or crude humor. It does feature some comical, scary scenes and is filled with threatening chases, wild rides on a conveyor belt, struggles and mild fights. But none of the action is exploitive or severe. However, two scenes where Mike and Boo are threatened by an ominous machine could frighten very young children. And some slightly off-color comical incidents develop when Sulley, Mike and Boo must hide in a toilet stall. Through their adventures, Sulley and Mike become very fond of Boo and she comes to love them. Their experience even prompts the company to conduct its business in a different way. With the cautionary note that some of the scenes may frighten very young children, MONSTERS INC. is a welcome addition to G-rated family entertainment.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Walt Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Distribution, 350 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA91521

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Many Times - Mild and moderate - Sometimes scary (comical monsters try to scare children in their bedrooms, many threatening chase scenes, machines threaten characters, monsters and people struck by each other, attempted choking, scary rides on conveyor belts, person supposedly thrown in trash crusher)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Monsters/person hide in toilet stall, monster befriends and protects girl, monster burps to make child laugh, monsters reconsider their actions

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Family, but primarily children

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