I’m a grown man who hasn’t seen most of the Pixar movies that people are obsessed with, but I was challenged to check ’em all out and share my thoughts. Join me as I watch ’em all one by one – see if I buy into the hype.
Movie No. 4: Monsters, Inc. (2001)
I know y’all love Woody and Buzz. They’re OK I guess. But they ain’t got nothing on my new best friends Sulley and Eyeball Guy Mike.
The chemistry between that duo the best I’ve seen any Pixar movie so far – maybe in ANY animated feature. It also helps that I’m a huge John Goodman stan. No one can switch from gentle giant to HORRIFYING MENACE like he can. Brilliant casting.
Mike was fun too but good lord he’s an awful boyfriend. He straight up abandoned his Medusa girlfriend at the sushi spot. Trust me, dealing with hyperactive kids in a restaurant is a fate worst than death. Seeing that she took him back AND wound up helping to save the day at the end proves she’s a Ryde or Dye Chick **Insert Timbaland whistle noise**.
I’ll admit I didn’t see the twist betrayal coming. But if this was real life when President Spider Legs got exposed he’d just tweet that it was fake news and all the Make Monsters Scary Again trolls would chant “lock her up” to the slug paperwork lady.
By the way, I think I know the real life version of the slug paperwork lady. Same cadence and wardrobe. The human version is MUCH scarier.
Also, the only thing I could think while watching the climax with endless conveyor belts was “ugh, I bet that level was aggravating in the Monsters Inc video game.”
As great as this was, there were still some plot holes Sulley could have driven a semi through. How does time work in Monster Place? The little girl was with the guys at least 24 hours, why was her room undisturbed when she got back to the real world? Did her parents not care that their baby literally vanished? Did they even check? Who are the REAL monsters here!? Also, the guys went from being banished with the Abominable Snowman to navigating a blizzard to infiltrating a human town to get back to Monsters Inc and the ONLY thing that transpired in that time was Lizard Man ALMOST putting ol girl in the murder chair. Huh?
And speaking of the little girl, does she have mutant powers? Why was she constantly teleporting all over the place? Maybe Nightcrawler is her dad and he was out doing X-Men stuff, which is why he didn’t notice she was missing FOR AT LEAST A DAY OR MORE. #PixarTheories
Flaws aside, this is my favorite of the franchise by far.
4.5 stars out of 5
A Bug’s Life
Toy Story 2
Next up is Finding Nemo. I’m told this is one of the best. BUT IS IT BETTER THAN A BUG’S LIFE????? I’ll be the judge of that…