(2001) dir. Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
If you can’t tell, I’ve been watching a lot of movies with my son lately. Monsters, Inc. is my favorite Pixar animation film, cemented, I think after a second viewing. I’d seen it in the theaters when it first came out, when my son was a tiny baby and he slept through it all while nursing. It was fun to watch it with him.
Pixar does the best job at character development of the major digital animation studios, and their films have stronger, while still utterly traditional narratives. I’ve often noted that they have picked up where Disney fell off years ago, making the best of the mainstream narrative animation films, using traditional storytelling styles and characters. But really, this is the best of their lot. The characters inhabit a beautifully designed and cohesive universe, Mostropolis, with a completely thought-out world order and gorgeously rendered settings. The character design is sharp and fun, and the film manages to be fun at the adult level, without being overly busy at winking at the audience.
All that said, I think that the trailers for their upcoming Cars (2006) look awful, beyond awful. I actually can hardly fathom it. It looks like they’ve come from some concept dating to 1976 or something. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.