Here for the Digital Media FX Review of Monsters, Inc.
From Mainstream Press Reviews of Monsters, Inc.:
Germain of the Associated Press - "...With Monsters,
Inc., Pixar maintains its perfect batting average,
going four-for-four with another smart, funny, adorable
animated world populated by endearing characters and propelled
by a premise even more clever than that of Toy Story.
Pixar continues to hoist the bar higher on computer animation,
crafting a dazzling universe that big-foots the images
of Toy Story 2 from 1999 and even runs lengths
ahead of DreamWorks' Shrek, barely half a year
Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter - "The artistic
and commercial success of Pixar Animation Studios is getting
scary. Monsters, Inc. is a witty, uncommonly intelligent
and savvy journey into the world of childhood nightmares,
strides to the plate. This is a monster, all right, certain
to dominate multiplexes past New Year's Day and possibly
an even bigger grand slam than the previous three..."
Caro of the Chicago Tribune - "...Monsters,
Inc., the first Pixar Animation/Disney feature since
the great Toy Story 2, is every bit as sly-witted
as Shrek but not nearly so self-conscious. The
pop-culture references here are neither as numerous as
in Shrek nor as central to the concept. If you
don't get the humor of a restaurant being called Harryhausen's,
no matter; you're probably too busy chuckling at the imaginatively
conceived creatures to notice..."
Turan of the Los Angeles Times - "...despite
occasional references to drinking lattes and rolling blackouts,
the dialogue here is not up to the usual Pixar standards
and only sporadically appealing to adults...As a childhood
entertainment it is certainly fine, but Pixar's celebrated
lure for adults is largely absent."
Clinton of CNN - "Monsters, Inc., the
latest animated production from the folks at Disney and
the Pixar Animation Studio, will be a solid hit and will
surely do well on DVD and video. But on the whole, the
film lacks the heart, depth, and breath of those studios'
previous successes, Toy Story (1995), Toy Story
2 (1999), and A Bug's Life (1998) -- which
earned a combined total of $1.2 billion dollars worldwide.
While the film's sweet, simplistic storyline will hold
up for young audiences, Monsters, Inc. lacks the
all-important edgy layer of adult humor, so vital to DreamWorks'
Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times - "...Monsters,
Inc. is cheerful, high-energy fun, and like the other
Pixar movies, has a running supply of gags and references
aimed at grownups (I liked the restaurant named Harryhausen's,
after the animation pioneer). I also enjoyed the sly way
that the monster world mirrors our own, right down to
production quotas and sales slogans. 'We Scare,' they
assure us, 'Because We Care.'"
Guide - "An inspired idea - that the childhood
monsters in our closets are not only real, but just everyday
Joes doing their jobs - is buried in a bland, computer-animated
feature that, despite the claim, is only sort-of 'from
the creators of Toy Story.' John Lasseter, the
brilliant director behind Toy Story 1 and 2 and such signature
Pixar shorts as 'Luxo Jr.' and the Oscar-winning 'Tin
Toy,' is simply the executive producer. (To put this in
perspective, Steven Spielberg was the executive producer
of The Flinstones)..."
Mitchell of the New York Times - "...Pixar has
created a genre that others merely imitate, and while
they may do a creditable job - Shrek from DreamWorks,
for example - they don't get all the small touches right,
like the thunderous and jazzy score of Monsters.
The composer Randy Newman shows touches of Carl Stalling,
whose brass construction kept Bugs Bunny and his clique
Boyar of the Orlando Sentinel - "...The illusion
of life just gets more and more convincing in these computer-animated
movies, and in Monsters, Inc., it is truly remarkable.
Sulley's fur, in particular, looks real enough to irritate
your allergies...this film deserves to be a monster hit."
McFarland of the Seattle Times - "...Monsters,
Inc. may prove to be one of the best animated films
ever made, a marvelous combination of lollipop visuals,
brilliant screenwriting, sharp comedic timing and, above
all, overflowing amounts of heart. The final moment delivers
a deep satisfaction, leaving you with a profoundly delighted
glow that stays with you for hours and days afterward..."
Westbrook of the Houston Chronicle - "...It's
not as photo realistic as Shrek's wondrously detailed
fantasy realm, but it doesn't try to be. Monsters,
Inc. shows a world parallel to our own, with homes,
streets and factories...it's an 800-pound gorilla of a
movie, and now PDI has the challenge of answering back.
Whoever winds up on top, this war already has a winner,
and it's the moviegoing public."