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Monsters, Inc

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Directed by Pete Docter starring John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi and James Coburn.

It's a scary job but somebody has to do it and an eight foot mass of blue fur called James 'Sulley' Sullivan (Goodman) is the best there is. He works for Monsters Inc, the company which harnesses human children's screams and turns them into the power supply for the vast city of Monstropolis.

Of course someone has to put the frighteners on the kids in the first place and that's where Sulley, his sidekick Mike (Crystal) and the rest of the scarers at Monsters, Inc come in. They appear in little 'uns rooms in the middle of the night, pull faces and get their terrified targets to test their vocal range. Sulley's abilities to gurn and grimace have taken him to the top of the Scarers league, but when he unwittingly befriends a little baby girl called Boo, he's forced to question whether Monsters, Inc is really such a great place to work after all.

Pixar's (the people behind the ‘Toy Story’ movies) latest outing takes the age old yarn of individual against the system, glosses it up and colours it into a 24-carat treat. Like the studio’s previous offerings, 'Monsters, Inc' works on numerous levels: sit back and enjoy the laughs or wonder if there’s really much of a difference between the travails of a gigantic blue monster and the dilemmas you face in your own 9-5.

There are loads of in-jokes - from the restaurant named after animation legend Ray Harryhausen to the nods to films of the past, but they never come across as too clever or nerdy for their own good. And while you never see Crystal or Goodman in the flesh, they turn in two great performances as the little and large duo who save the day/night for one little girl and make everyone leave the cinema with a grin welded to their face.

Guaranteed to make you hoover up the popcorn and convince any kid that there's no need to be scared of whatever’s lurking underneath the bed.

Harry Guerin

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