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Film review:- Monsters, Inc.
This film is also known as the Hidden City. Its tag line says it all:- "You won't believe your eyes." This film is fun: colourful and a must to see. As  a child, I always thought monsters in the closet where bad, but this film shows a new side to those creatures who hide in your room at night. Now this really is a story children and adults can relate too. Only one thing that worries me about the film is that, in the UK where it is sponsored by Power Gen, the monsters generate their city's power by scaring children! Also the monsters are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children. They are seen as toxic. Any child or any item touched by a child, has to be to be immediately, "Decontaminated" and put in yellow containers, that look like radio- active containers... Ummmm?.... or maybe that's reassuring with regard to those in your bedroom?  Anyway, back to the story, when one child enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sully find his world disrupted. `Sully' is a colourful, large, blue-green, ape-like monster, who's the star Monsters, Inc. employee. (Look out for the fur interacting with the elements, like wind and gravity!) This is some type of monster!   Cute and cuddly, he finds a conscience that leads him to feelings of regret about scarring children,  because of  the child entering his world. He then becomes attached to the child called 'Boo' (a cute, little big-eyed girl, who is mysteriously brought to Monsters, Inc.) and, during 'Sully's quest to return her home, she also becomes very attached to him! This is a top film 6 out of 5. This one is off the record as it is so funny and original. 'Well done', Peter Docter and the rest of your company. For the first time I have listed the credits, as far as I could, as you will not be looking at them! You will be fixed on the funny side sketches that go on at the end so.... WARNING DO NOT LEAVE the cinema before the end of the credits!!!! You will miss out. I mean the very end!!!!!! 

Directed by:-
Peter Docter. 
Co-Directors:- David Silverman and Lee Unkrich. 
Produced by:- Darla K. Anderson 
Executive Producesr:- John Lasseter
and Andrew Stanton
Associate Producer:- Kori Rae

 cast:- John Goodman as James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan (voice), Billy Crystal as Michael 'Mike' Wazowski (voice), Mary Gibbs as Boo (voice), Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs (voice), James Coburn as Henry J. Waternoose (voice), Jennifer Tilly as Celia (voice), Bob Peterson as Roz (voice), John Ratzenberger as Yeti (voice), Frank Oz as Fungus (voice), Daniel R. Gerson as Needleman and Smitty (voice), Steve Susskind as Floor Manager (voice), Bonnie Hunt as Flint (voice), Jeff Pidgeon as Bile (voice), Sam 'Penguin' Black as George Sanderson (voice) (as Sam Black), Guido Quaroni as Tony the Grocer (voice), Joe Ranft (voice), Wallace Shawn = Rex and The Green Dinosaur (in outtakes) (uncredited). 

Writing credits:- Robert L. Baird (additional screenplay material), Jill Culton (story), Peter Docter (story), Ralph Eggleston (story), Dan Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon (story), Rhett Reese (additional screenplay material), Jonathan Roberts (additional screenplay material) and Andrew Stanton.  Film Editing by James Austin Stewart (as Jim Stewart), Casting by Matthew Jon Beck, Mary Hidalgo and Ruth Lambert, Production Design by Harley Jessup and Bob Pauley, Art Direction by Tia W. Kratter and Dominique Louis, Set Decoration by Phat Phuong 

Art Department:- Mark Cordell Holmes = sketch artist 

Original music by:- Randy Newman (plus song "If I Didn't Have You"). 

Sound Department:- 
Bruno Coon = music editor, Peter Doell = score recordist, Mark Eshelman = scoring crew, Stephen Kearney = sound effects editor, Jason Lloyd = scoring crew, Brian Magerkurth = sound re-recordist, Tom Myers = sound designer, Juan Peralta = digital sound mix technician, Gary Rydstrom = sound designer and sound re-recording mixer, Dee Selby = assistant sound designer, Steve Slanec = supervising assistant sound editor, Pat Weber = scoring technician and Frank Wolf = scoring mixer. 

Visual Effects by:- 
Sam 'Penguin' Black = rendering software engineer, Tom Duff = rendering software engineer 
Michael Fong = simulation and effects supervisor, Nigel Hardwidge = shading artist, Jongo = layout artist, Tom Lokovic = rendering software engineer, Mark Nielsen = lighting department manager, Brian M. Rosen = shading artist, Galyn Susman = simulation and effects supervisor and Mark T. VandeWettering = rendering software engineer 

Other Crew:- 

Sean C. Alvarez = production accountant (is uncredited), Kirsten Ames Staubli = assistant production accountant, David Baraff = senior animation scientist, research and development, Jennifer Becker = systems administrator, Malcolm Blanchard = software engineer also research and development, Susan Bradley = title designer, Kevin Ping Chang = production assistant, Bena Currin = software engineer also research and development, Tony DeRose = senior animation scientist also research and development, Ashley Edner = additional voice, Bobby Edner = additional voice, Nils Erdmann = finance, Kitt Hirasaki = animation software engineer, Jason 'Jayfish' Hull = systems administrator, Jessica Hutchison = production assistant and set dressing department, Jean-Claude Kalache = lighting supervisor (as Jean-Claude J. Kalache), Michael Kass = software engineer also research and development, Humera Yasmin Khan = systems engineer, Eric Lebel = additional layout artist and animation software engineer, Ted Mathot = story artist, Glenn McQueen = supervising animator, BoB 'Naked BoB' Morgan = systems operator, Terry Lee Moseley = systems administrator, Dave Mullins = animator, David Munier = shading artist, Bob Peterson = additional story material story supervisor, Manny Ponce = systems administrator, Thomas Porter = supervising technical director, Rich Quade = supervising animator, Josh Qualtieri = systems administrator, Guido Quaroni = additional voicem, modeler,sequence supervisor of simulation and Specil effects. Joe Ranft by additional story material, Catherine Roehl = production accountant, Jonathan Sacks = orchestrator, David Silverman = additional story material, Greg Snyder = assistant editor, Timothy Sorensen = assistant post-production supervisor (uncredited), Paul Strauss = software engineer also research and development, Andy Thomas = systems administrator, Kiril Vidimce = software engineer also research and development, Christopher C. Walker by systems administrator, Jay Weiland = systems administrator, David Yu = software engineer.                  

Film Review by Patrick Trollope.

Film Age Rating In The UK
 Our verdict 5 stars out of five stars.
Running Time:- 92 mins.  
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