Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich
John Goodman, Billy Crystal
Two-disc set; widescreen; full screen; closed caption; commentary by director Pete Docter, co-director Lee Unkrich, executive producer John Lasseter and executive producer and screenwriter Andrew Stanton; all-new animated short: "Mike's New Car" (created exclusively for the DVD); "For the Birds" 2001 Oscar winner for best animated short film; "Finding Nemo" sneak peek at 2003 Disney/Pixar feature film; outtakes; "The Monsters, Inc. Company Play"; "Disney/Pixar Storytime: Welcome to Monstropolis"; "The Monster World" "Behind the Screams On the Job With Mike and Sulley," "Monsters, Inc. Employee Handbook," "History of the Monster World," "Peek-A-Boo: Boo's Door Game"; "The Human World" "Pixar Studio Tour," "From Story to Storyboard" (Story Is King, Monsters Are Real, Original Treatment, Story Pitch, Abandoned Concepts, Original Opening, Storyboard to Film Comparison), "Monster Files" (cast of characters, What Makes a Great Monster?, character design), Design (Monstropolis, setting the scene, color scripts, 3-D location flyarounds, Monstropolis Art Gallery, guide to "In Jokes''), "Animation" (the animation process, early tests, opening title animation, shots department, master lighting, production demonstration), "Music and Sound Design" ("Monster Songs" includes "If I Didn't Have You," mixing demo, binaural tecording, sound design); "Theatrical Release" (premiere, teaser, trailers, TV spots, international elements, toys, posters).
|Those merry geniuses at Pixar ("Toy Story") have confected another people-pleasing, state-of-the-art computer-animated comedy. The premise is juicy: There are genuine monsters who lurk in the closets of children and wait until dark to sneak out and scare the little ones. But the beasts including lovable, furry behemoth Sulley (voice of John Goodman) and punchline-spouting buddy/walking eyeball Mike (voice of Billy Crystal) are just good-natured, hard-working stiffs from a monstrous otherworld. And they're as freaked by humans as vice versa. In a model factory, the frighteners use dimension-spanning portals that look like bedroom doors to enter our reality, terrify the kids and collect the energy from the screams to power the city of Monstropolis. When an unfazed moppet bonds with Sully and adoringly follows him back through a portal, she throws Monstropolis into a panic. "Monsters, Inc." may not match the warmth and appeal of the "Toy Story" films, but it makes up for it with vaudeville verve.|