Monsters Inc

  • Directors: Peter Docter, Co Director, Lee Unkrich, David Silverman
  • Producers: Darla K Anderson, Executive Producer, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Associate Producer, Kori Rae
  • Writers: Story, Jill Culton, Peter Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Jeff Pidgeon, Screenplay, Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson, Additional Screenplay, Robert L Baird, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly

Monsters, Inc. is the city of Monstropolis’ power company. Monsters, Inc. sends its many monster employees, skilled in scare techniques, to human children’s bedrooms around the world at their local bedtime to scare them, through individually-loaded and activated teleportation doors set up on the “scare floor”, each of which precisely matches a closet door in the individual child’s bedroom. The screams of the suddenly-awakened tots, captured through the portals, generate electric power for the monster world. It is understood, however, that the children themselves are toxic, and the company goes to great lengths to prevent contact with them; should a monster be touched by a child, or simply their belongings, the Child Detection Agency (CDA) is immediately alerted to sanitize the affected being. With increasing numbers of children becoming desensitized by mass media, Monsters, Inc. CEO Henry J. Waternoose is finding it increasingly difficult to harvest enough scream to meet the power demands of Monstropolis, as their energy crisis looms.

One evening, James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”), Monsters, Inc.’s top scarer, finds a loaded door on the scare floor after hours – in violation of policy. Peering inside, the child’s room appears empty, but Sulley finds to his horror that a human girl has followed him through the door, thinking him to be a giant kitty. Terrified of contamination, he tries to return her, but is forced to hide when Randall Boggs, a competitive co-scarer, emerges from the child’s room and surreptitiously returns her door to an unseen door vault. Sulley quickly hides the child and gets hold of his work-partner and pal Mike Wazowski, to figure out the situation. Together at Sulley’s home, they discover that being touched by the child is not harmful at all, and that when she laughs, surrounding electrical power surges to unusually high levels. Sulley nicknames the child “Boo” and becomes her caretaker until they can get her back home.

Near the end of the credits, it humorously states: “No monsters were used in the making of this film.”

The Incredibles

  • Directors: Brad Bird, Supervising technical director, Bill Wise
  • Producers: John Walker, Executive producer, John Lasseter, Assistant producer, Katherine Sarafian, Associate producer, Kori Rae
  • Writers: Brad Bird
  • Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L Jackson, Brad Bird

Superheroes, or “supers” as they are often referred to, were at one time much valued. One of the best known superheroes is Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson). There was even some interviews with him, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson).

On the night of his wedding, Mr. Incredible had to foil a suicide attempt by a bank president while Bomb Voyage (Dominique Lewis) tries to rob his bank. Interference at the bank by Mr. Incredible’s number one fan Buddy Pine (Jason Lee) wanting to become his ward “IncrediBoy” results in damage to train tracks which force Mr. Incredible to stop the train. Mr. Incredible, in his civilian identity of Bob Parr, finally meets with Lucius Best (Frozone) at the church and is officially wed to Elastigirl.

The man saved from his suicide attempt by Mr. Incredible sues him for injuring him. Soon, injuries and other incidents suffered by civilians make superheroes unpopular with the public. This prompts a government-sponsored law to conceal them. Fifteen years later, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl have settled into a suburban lifestyle near the city of Metroville, under their civilian names. Their older children Dash (Spencer Fox) and Violet (Sarah Vowell) have also inherited superhuman powers — the hot-headed Dash obtains the ability of super-speed and the shy and timid older Violet has the ability to create forcefields and make herself invisible; but their infant Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile and Maeve Andrews) has no visible powers. Bob finds his job at an insurance agency boring and tedious, and often yearns for his former life and secretly goes at night with his best friend Lucius Best (Frozone) to find and stop crime. One such night ends in total disaster – although they save the tenants of a burning building, Bob and Lucius have to flee the police after they accidentally break into the jewellery store next door. When Helen finds out what happened after Bob gets home (very late), they only just avoid having an argument in front of the kids.

The Parrs arrive in Metroville as the Omnidroid rampages through the city, as, using its ability to learn and cope with opponents, it had separated Syndrome from his remote control over it. Assisted by Frozone, they seize the remote control and take advantage of its design to destroy the Omnidroid. They then return home, but find that Syndrome, having discovered the Parrs’ identity, is attempting to kidnap Jack-Jack and make him his sidekick. As Syndrome flies to his waiting jet, Jack-Jack’s innate superhuman power manifests itself as the ability to shapeshift into a number of difficult-to-handle forms, the last being a devilish being, causing Syndrome to drop him. Bob throws Helen into the air to safely catch Jack-Jack. The he throws his new car at Syndrome’s jet, which causes, as set up earlier by Edna’s list of cape-caused accidents, Syndrome’s cape to get caught in one of his jet engines, dragging him to his apparent death. The Parrs resume their normal life, albeit more contentedly with their status quo than before. But when the city is threatened by a new villain called the Underminer (John Ratzenberger), the family of supers prepare to fight anew together.