mmm emo mike wazowski
Monsters Inc Scare Island has some of the best video game music of all time and no I do not take criticism
Here are some more pictures from my zoom call with @kritterart
I don't know if this has been done yet but now it has
My sister: *mentions monsters inc*
My inability to stop myself from making aus out of everything: MONSTERS INC AU WHERE TECHNO IS A PIG MONSTER (and takes the place of Sully) AND WILBUR IS A GHOST (and takes the place of Mike) AND THEY GET THIS FIVE YEAR OLD HUMAN KID NAMED TOMMY AND HAVE TO KEEP HIM HIDDEN FROM PHIL WHO'S A BIRD MONSTER-
Pixar moodboards: Finding Nemo (2003)
Toy Story: Truly The Best Pixar Saga! (100/100)
A Bug’s Life: Just Be Glad They didn’t have a magnifying Glass. (64/100)
Toy Story 2: For the last time, Andy’s Mom and Emily aren’t the same person!! (100/100)
Monsters Inc: Turns out Comedy is Better Than Fear Factor. Who knew? (80/100)
Finding Nemo: Now this is one heck of a swim! (83/100)
The Incredibles: Look out Fantastic Four! You have competition. (90/100)
Cars: Hahaha. Cars go Nyooom. (70/100)
Ratatouille: Who else got hungry during this? (96/100)
Wall-E: Robots Can’t Love?! Shut up, Spongebob! (100/100)
Up: Wait. Kevin’s a Girl?! I didn’t know! (100/100)
Toy Story 3: And this time it’s Shawshank Redemption! (100/100)
Cars 2: This time it’s James Bond! (54/100)
Brave: I turned my mummy into a bear yet it’s great! (85/100)
Monsters University: Okay. It’s Revenge of The Nerds, but E for Everyone. (80/100)
Inside Out: I guess you could say this is Mind Blowing! (95/100)
The Good Dinosaur: Makes Dawn of The Dinosaurs look bad. (87/100)
Finding Dory: The Fish are Back With some new friends! (83/100)
Cars 3: If only we got to ship Cruz and Lightning! But it’s platonic!! (70/100)
Coco: I’m not crying! It’s just that I got a pepper in my eye! (90/100)
Incredibles 2: And Mama steps in! (90/100)
Toy Story 4: Okay. How many cries do you need? Yes. (100/100)
Onward: This time it’s Dungeons and Dragons. (86/100)
Soul: Looks like they put their heart and soul into this movie! (100/100)
Ooh there will be Monsters at work called series about MI coming on disney+ this july!
random drawing challenge - Mike Wazowski as a Witch
Aaaah blue and green people... aren't they beautiful ?
And do not forget the kings
Monsters, Inc. (2001) dir. Pete Docter
monsters inc is a great movie but it's so hard to take mike seriously when he looks like a spherical pickle
The fear of monsters is one of the most common fears for children in the world. Whether it’s a strange shadow or a weird noise, children will typically associate them with monsters if they don’t know where they’re coming from. Children will ask their parents to check under the bed, in the closet, and even out the window to make sure there’s nothing there. This phobia is often explored in kid’s film and TV, monsters scaring children and then returning to their world and act as though they are part of this business which scares kids. However, just because something has been done before doesn’t make it bad as long as you provide a fresh and unique take and that’s what Monsters, Inc. (2001) does.
Monsters, Inc. centres on two monsters, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and Michael “Mike” Wazoski (Billy Crystal), the star workers at the titular business, Monsters, Inc., an industry which sends monsters to the human world to make children scream. Why is it important to make them scream? The world the monsters live in use screams as a power source for just about everything, from their heating, transport, electricity etc. Their main competition is Randall (Steve Buscemi), who is competing against the pair to break the record for scares but is constantly beaten by Sulley and Mike every day.
Though their work revolves around scaring children, it’s probably surprising to learn that the monsters are just as terrified of kids, believing they are contagious, and touching one could kill them. This irony is put to the extreme when a human girl, Boo (Mary Gibbs) sneaks into the monster world and causes city-wide hysteria. Things get even more insane when Sulley realises that Boo is harmless and may be part of a conspiracy hidden in Monsters, Inc.
Both Goodman and Crystal perform well as the lead characters with Goodman presenting Sulley as a big teddy bear who wants to protect Boo and get her home safely. Crystal, however, presents Mike as this paranoid comic-relief who wants nothing to do with Boo and get her out of his and Sulley’s lives as soon as possible. Their dynamic together was one of the film’s strongest elements as I could believe these two had a strong friendship and working relationship, always coming through for each other no matter what. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the villains. I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t seen the film but even though they weren’t revealed immediately, it was obvious who they were from their first scenes. While I do understand their motivations, apart from their designs, I never remember enough about their characters to root for them.
The story as a whole is really good as I enjoy looking at how these monsters live their daily lives in this world which isn’t so different from outs. While it does take a while for the main plot about the conspiracy to begin, the climax wraps everything up nicely and it’s a lot of fun. When I look back, I think the animators could have been more creative on their designs as some look like the same large reptiles or furry monsters we saw in previous scenes. I do like the textures though, it always impressed me how I could see nearly every strand of hair on Sulley’s character, and this was consistent throughout. While I do think this film is slightly dated, it’s made with kids in mind, it’s colourful, entertaining and some silly humour, but there’s enough for me to keep coming back to watch and enjoy this little classic.
With the ending of Monsters, Inc., we were presented with the potential for a sequel. Though Pixar wasn’t known for their sequels at the time, when they announced some at the end of the 2000s, like Toy Story 3 (2010) and Cars 2 (2012), we were looking forward to what they would bring. There was already plenty of potential for a sequel with Sulley and Boo in the future with several storylines considered by Pixar fans. Unfortunately, we got a college prequel movie, Monsters University (2013). I don’t have any problems with prequels, but when a sequel is teased at the climax of one film, that’s likely the one that most fans will want to see.
Monsters University shows us how Mike and Sulley met for the first time and of course, they didn’t like each other. Each of them thinks they will be the best student at Monsters University with Mike being the academically gifted monster and Sulley coming from a family of top scarers. All sorts of competitions and hijinks take place until they accidentally destroy a valuable memento of Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren) who threatens to expel them unless they win the University’s “Scare Games”. The Scare Games take up most of the plot and while some of the challenges are entertaining, they do tend to stretch on.
Much like the first film, Monsters University is made with kids in mind. Even if they don’t understand how college works, the characters, humour, and vibrant animation are consistent enough that most kids would recognise them. That being said, I’m not fond of this film because of the number of clichés to other college films. We have the bullies, the nerds, the beauty-queens, the goths, the hard-as-nails dean and of course, they all become friends in the end. It’s good Pixar is focusing on stand-alone film projects, I always enjoy seeing the stories they tell and the worlds they create with them.
One of the things I consider an improvement over the first film is a few of the monster designs. Not counting the characters returning from Monsters, Inc., the designs of some of the main and supporting characters are so unique. I enjoyed it whenever they were on the screen because it was something new. Dean Hardscrabble is a favourite because she is one of the first monsters in this franchise to be terrifying with their introduction alone.
Another thing I liked about this film was the ending. It focuses on the idea that you don’t need to follow the traditional path everyone else has done to achieve great things, but it’s explored in a way that hit close to home and I found it refreshing for a Pixar film to explore it that way. It’s a message you don’t often see in movies, especially in animated ones, I only wish it had a better means of presenting it. I’m glad Pixar is revisiting this franchise with Monsters at Work, being released on Disney+ on July 2, 2021, with Goodman and Crystal returning to voice their characters. This franchise always had the potential for more and I hope we all enjoy what they do next.