Monsters, Inc.

Pixar's computer animated films are always easy reviews for me, because all I have to do is tell you how great they are, and leave them at that. Employing some of the most talented animators and story people in the industry, they have yet to make a dud, and even if Monsters, Inc. - about the secret world of the monsters who lurk in children's closets at night - isn't quite as clever as the Toy Story films (due to its slightly more kiddie-oriented skew, and vocal performance by Billy Crystal, who I mostly find annoying these days), it is still incredibly entertaining, with a taut, twisty storyline, jaw-dropping animation and plenty of attention to detail. Go see it, you fools!

As a side-note, I went to CalArts with director Docter, who is one of the founders of Pixar, and I found it interesting that Monsters, Inc. features a 2-year-old girl in a leading role (the story is set into motion when one child, nicknamed "Boo", follows the biggest monster back through the closet and into their secret world, where in their reality children are terrifying). Docter's final student project, a lovely pencil-animated short, also featured a 2-year-old girl as a central figure. There's no way I can write "Docter must really like 2-year-old girls" without sounding filthy, so interpret that phrase as innocently as you can. Anyway, perhaps they'll put the short on the Monsters, Inc. DVD.