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Monsters, Inc. 3D (2012) - Movie Review for Parents

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Monsters Inc. 3D
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Bottom line: Monsters, Inc. 3D introduces a new generation to the colorful and friendly Pixar Monsters. Seeing this classic in a theater and in 3D is a treat for kids and Monsters fans, and it's a fun way to get ready for the upcoming Monsters University.

MPAA Rating: G
Guide age recommendation: 3+
Genre: Animation/Comedy/Adventure
Release Date: December 19, 2012

Monsters, Inc. 3D - Overview

Large and loveable (and lovely teal blue) monster Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking sidekick best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are not only best friends, they are also the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., a scream-processing factory in the thriving city of Monstropolis. Monsters, Inc. converts the screams of unsuspecting children into power for Monstropolis.

Sulley and Mike are like heroes in their world, because being a "scarer" is a dangerous job. As everyone knows, human children are toxic. So, when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) follows Sulley back into his world, he and Mike are desperate to get Boo back home before anyone finds out. However, before they can return Boo to the human world, Sulley and Mike discover that some misconceptions have arisen about power production and the role of human kids. But when they try to use their new found knowledge to make things better, they get a little more than they bargained for.

Monsters, Inc. 3D - Guide Review for Parents

Any movie that makes monsters seem funny and friendly is a good one in my book. Monsters, Inc. has proven itself as a Pixar classic -- kids have been watching the movie for over 10 years, and it is beloved for the engaging story and fabulous characters.

For those who are fans of the movie, or for those who have not yet seen it, seeing Monsters in theaters is a real treat. An outing to the movies is just more of a big deal than watching the movie at home. The 3D aspect creates somewhat of a new experience as well, and the high quality 3D in Monster's Inc. brings audiences right into the world of Monstropolis. With the bright colors and interesting Monster characters, it's a pretty fun place to be. Not only that, but seeing the movie in theaters is a great way to gear up for Monsters University, which opens in theaters June 21, 2013.

If you haven't seen Monsters, Inc. in a while and are wondering if it will be appropriate for your young child, you should know that there are a few scenes which might be slightly scary for very young children. In several scenes, monsters enter kids' rooms at night, scare them, and then leave. The scenes are mild, and injected with comedy. It is clear the monsters don't intend to hurt the children. However, some young kids may not like the idea of monsters in their rooms at night, at least until the story resolves and it turns out that it's better if monsters make the children laugh instead of scream. The main characters also find themselves in a few perilous situations which may be slightly intense or scary for small children. For more details on the content of the movie, see the overview below and watch the Monsters, Inc. movie trailer.

Monsters, Inc. 3D - Content Overview

*May contain spoilers.

  • Violence (Low): Sulley is attacked in one scene by another monster. Neither are seriously injured. A few comedic slapstick scenes involve mild falling, bumping and such and some of the Monster's adventures find them in mild peril due to the elements, other monsters, or their physical surroundings.
  • Scary Scenes (Medium): Some children may be frightened by the idea of monsters entering kids' rooms at night to scare them. Young children may also be scared for the main characters during a few moments of peril.
  • Sex/Nudity (None)
  • Drugs and Alcohol (None)
  • Profanity (None)
  • Disrespectful/Imitative Behavior (High): Some monsters lie or try to conceal the truth. The bad guy monster threatens to hurt Boo for his own gain. A few mildly sarcastic or mildly insulting jokes and comments are made.

  • Sad/Unsettling Scenes (Medium): Sulley forms a strong bond with Boo and is sad when they are separated. Sulley and Mike experience challenges with their friendship.
  • Movie Topics to Discuss: Monsters, night fears or nightmares, portals to other worlds
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