We scare because we care – Monsters, Inc.
Eleven years ago, the creative minds at Pixar imagined a world of monsters who spend their days dreaming up ways to scare children. Monsters, Inc. returns to the big screen this holiday season, visually enhanced and presented in Disney Digital 3D.
It has been many years since I’ve seen the film, this time through the lens of motherhood. The story follows top scare team James P. Sullivan (aka Sulley) and Mike Wazowski as they work to collect the screams of children to sustain the factory in which they live. Today’s children are not easily scared, and because the factory is dependent on their screams for energy, each monster is constantly thinking up new “scare tactics.” When a little girl follows Sulley back into their world, the entire factory is thrown into upheaval, forcing Sulley to reevaluate his career and his life.
In an effort to return Boo back to her world, Sulley and Mike discover a secret operation that would involve torturing children to extract their screams. It will be up to the team to stop this operation and return Boo back to her world before the factory discovers her existence.
The film has so much heart and imagination and takes away the mystery behind monsters in the closet…every child’s fear. The unsuspecting relationship between Sulley and Boo is tender and will likely evoke emotion from audiences. Visually, the film is spectacular and seemingly made for 3D.
Next year, Pixar will release a prequel to the film titled Monsters University, which tells the story of how Mike and Sulley met, overcame their differences,and became friends. The film is scheduled to be released on June 21st, 2013.
If you’re in Southern California, you can see Monsters, Inc 3D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood through January 6th, 2013. Prior to each showing, Mike and Sulley will appear live on stage. And on select days, Boo will host a special character breakfast before the show at Disney’s Soda Fountain & Studio Store. And for those with little ones, the El Capitan Theatre will host a special Tiny Tot Tuesday on December 25th at 10 am which will feature dimmed lighting and reduced sound levels.
For more information or to book, just visit their website.
If you’re looking for some activities to fill your time this winter break, check out these Monsters, Inc. inspired activities!
No compensation was received for this post. I was invited to screen the film, which helped facilitate the writing of this post.