Monsters Inc: Gain a new perspective via Pixar’s Side-by-Side

(image courtesy IMP Awards)

Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before. (synopsis via Google)

It’s always a rare gift when you are given a whole new perspective on a much-loved and well-watched film.

Especially one of Pixar’s masterpieces which gift us with so much richness, meaning and heart that it’s easy to miss things on the first or even twentieth go around.

In the case of Monster’s Inc., released 2001, one of Pixar’s wonderfully-illuminating Side by Side videos compares what we saw on screens with what the artists originally envisaged.

It helps you to appreciate the artistry involved in the film even more than you likely already do, proof that films this good take a great deal of dedication, thought and care and that we all the richer for their willingness to work so hard on their art.

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