Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 16, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Monsters, Inc.

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/02/01
performer
Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Jennifer Tilly
director
Peter Docter, David Silverman
Producers
Pixar
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Andrew Stanton
genre
Comedy, Animation

We gave it a B

This light, cute bedtime story about the secret life of monsters has got that Pixar swing, that zippity, multilevel awareness of child’s-eye sensibilities and adult-pitched humor. (The notion is, the same ogres who scare kids at night are actually hysterically terrified of small fry.) But while the Monsters, Inc. computer animation is snazzier than ever, the story is not. John Goodman and Billy Crystal voice a couple of Monstropolis residents who get mixed up with a tiny girl. Steve Buscemi plays yet another reptilian lowlife — this one with actual scales.

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