Pete Docter has emerged, over the years, to be the best director to come out of the Pixar brain trust that brought the original Toy Story to screens in 1995. Monsters, Inc. was Docter’s first solo effort and, like Up and Inside Out after it, it’s very concept is an imagination coup in a company known for mind-blowing feats of imagination. Unlike Up and Inside Out, Monsters never entirely lives up to its central idea (and the less said about the sequel the better), but the film is still an extremely solid entry in Pixar’s very competitive library of classics.
All kids have a feeling that there’s a monster somewhere in their bedrooms. Docter uses this idea to form an entire society of monsters that live benignly off of the power generated by the screams of children. It’s such a fantastic idea, and no scene realizes it better than the climatic chase between Mike & Sully and Randall as they race to try to get Boo back to her bedroom door. The planet and reality hopping chase shows the full warehouse of doors and provides for the film’s best action (and some of its funniest moments).