Monsters Inc. – Day Twenty Nine – #40movies40days
Monsters Inc. is set in Monsteropolis and in its main energy supply company. An assembly line of closet doors on the company’s “scaring floor” provide entry to the monsters to pop out, scare children and generate the screams that power Monsteropolis.
Protagonist, James P. Sullivan “Sully” (John Goodman) is a genial, lovable and caring big blue furry monster. He is a Power of Love character and the top performer in the company, followed closely by his main rival Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi). Sully’s manager/trainer is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). He is a fast-talking short green cyclops who is a publicity hound Power of Ambition character. Mike basks in Sully’s reflected glory and assists Sully in his duties.
The problem in Monsteropolis is that children are becoming harder and harder to scare. The joke is that the monsters are actually terrified by children. An elaborate containment routine is triggered when so much as a child’s sock enters their world. Complete chaos ensues when a little girl, Boo, accidentally follows Sully back to Monsteropolis. She isn’t afraid of Sully at all and calls him “kitty.”
After the initial shock, Sully immediately protects, hides and cares for the child. Boo falls into the clutches of the Chairman of Monsters Inc., Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn) and Randall Boggs in a plot to enslave children and forcibly extract their screams. Randall is a chameleon-like Power of Truth character. He possesses the ability to change color in an sneaky stealthy shape-shifting way that truly terrifies Boo.
In uncovering the plot and rescuing Boo, Sully and Mike also discover that more power is generated by laughter than by fear. Randall and Waternoose are exposed and defeated. Monsters Inc. revamps its approach and generates even more power. Mike finally graduates to having his own door and Sully reunites with Boo for a final tender good-bye.
This wonderful Pixar movie made me wonder what in my life is powered by fear. It made me wonder what would happen if I turned off that switch and changed tactics, like Monsters Inc. It’s my belief that any decision generated by fear is the wrong decision. Fear always speaks to the worst in us. What leap of faith would I need to take to generate more power through joy? What would I need to change in my life to do that?