The same team that produced the hit “Toy Story” films have another family winner with “Monsters, Inc.” Set in a fantasy world of weird, funny and colorful monsters, the company takes pride in their slogan: “We scare because we care.” The company’s top scare performer is Sulley, voiced by John Goodman. A likable critter with blue fur, purple spots and horns, Sulley’s assistant is his feisty, wise-cracking friend and roommate, Mike; a green, one-eyed monster voiced by Billy Crystal.
The monsters may scare kids, but it isn’t easy. They think children are toxic and must avoid touching them at all costs. A grand adventure gets under way when Boo, a small girl voiced by Mary Gibbs, takes a liking to Sulley and Mike. The monsters try desperately to avoid her until they discover she’s really harmless and even lovable. But try to explain that to the monsters at the plant when Boo finds her way into the factory.
The action is non-stop in this fast-paced, hilarious and touching story. “Monsters, Inc.” is refreshingly free of any suggestive elements, foul language or crude humor. There are some comical, scary scenes and it’s filled with threatening chases, wild rides on a conveyor belt, some struggles and mild fights. Scenes where Mike and Boo are threatened by an ominous machine could upset very young children. So, with a cautionary note that some scenes may upset very young children, “Monsters, Inc.” is a welcome addition to family entertainment.