This week, Mike and Sully swing back into theaters for Monsters, Inc. 3D. Pixar has given the family film a makeover. It’s mainly to generate extra cash during the holidays, but also to prepare us for what’s coming. Next summer, the studio’s releasing Monsters University, the prequel to the 2001 original. So does the 3D re-release bring anything new to the table?

The Players:

  • Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
  • Screenwriters: Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon, Ralph Eggleston, Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson
  • Voice Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly
  • Original Music: Randy Newman

The Plot:

Sully (John Goodman) and his best friend Mike (Billy Crystal) work together at Monsters, Incorporated. It’s a huge company that delivers energy to their town of Monstropolis. Mike and Sully’s job is to scare kids and make them scream. They’re the very best at what they do. When everything seems to be going great, Sully mistakenly releases a child into the city, jeopardizing everything he and Mike have worked for.

Is there anything new?

Besides the 3D conversion, the film doesn’t offer extra scenes or features. It’s the same Monsters, Inc. we saw in 2001. I was hoping for a new animated short beforehand. But instead, it was the same old For The Birds. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to re-watch, but a bit disappointing.

How’s the 3D?

I’m not a big fan of 3D, and shockingly, neither is my 5-year-old nephew, who was my date to the screening. (The only 3D I’ve ever been able to appreciate is Avatar‘s.) With that said, the 3D didn’t add anything to the movie because the characters are already so bright and vibrant. The animators did a great job the first time around, providing us with visuals that were bursting with color.

The Real Bonus

Forget the added dimensions, the real reasons to see this version are the story, the jokes and the adventure. It’s been 11 years, and it still plays well with children and adults.

So is it worth watching on the big screen, again?

Re-releases are quick cash-grabs. Shameless? Absolutely. But then again, a movie like Monsters, Inc. is totally worth it. Specifically, because it’s the first time the movie’s played in over a decade. That means a new generation of kids have yet to see it on the big screen. When you put it like that, yes, Monsters. Inc 3D is a worthy investment. The wee ones will appreciate it.

Monsters, Inc. 3D opens in theaters today.

Trailer:

Will you watch Monsters, Inc. 3D this weekend?