Monsters Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) find themselves on the other side of the frights when a curious little girl follows them out her bedroom door one night.
It's been more than ten years since Pixar, the studio that beautifully confirmed what your children knew all along--their toys do come alive when they're not around--released its fourth computer-animated gem, this time addressing another top kid concern: those monsters in their closets. A decade later, the movie is making a monstrous big-screen return--in 3D. Although the technology definitely heightens the excitement of the roller-coaster-ride-of-a-finale, it's still the story that makes the film so special. Its messages that laughter is more powerful than fear, and that it's important to find less harmful sources of energy, are more relevant than ever. A visual treat filled with heart and humor, this family movie is truly a scream.
This movie is intended for older children.
Everyone will fall in love with huge, blue, furry Sulley, but younger viewers may be easily swayed by the power of suggestion. If they've never before considered the possibility of monsters in their closet, they sure will now. Five-year-olds willl take their cues from Boo on how to react to various scenes (laughter? tears?), and when she finally faces her biggest fear head-on and conquers it, they'll feel her triumph as though it's their own.
How empowering for young viewers to hear that monsters are equally afraid of them! Kids will find it hilarious that the monsters believe there is "nothing more toxic, more deadly than a human child" and they will laugh out loud when tiny little pig-tailed Boo actually says, "Boo," and all the monsters freak out! They'll be glad when they hear that "human kids are getting harder to scare" and will smile when Boo calls Sulley "Kitty."
Although tweens have probably outgrown the movie, they may want to revisit it in 3D since they were only toddlers when it was first released. They'll get a kick out of the irony of Sulley protecting Boo from the monster in her closet, and they'll appreciate that the Monsters come up with a creative, less harmful new source of energy.
The 5-Disc Combo Pack comes with Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes Audio Commentary. The Blu-ray adds two short films, Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex, a filmmakers round table, games, and banished concepts. The Blu-ray 3D also has Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex, the "For the Birds" short, and outtakes.