Monsters, Inc. is my favorite Pixar film! I feel that the premise is super creative and nigh every aspect of the film is perfect!
Released in 2001, the film was about a fictional monster world in which the energy of the world was powered by human children’s screams. In the energy company, Monsters, Inc., trained scarer monsters would travel through scientifically advanced doors that allowed them to enter the human world and scare kids. The screams from the kids would generate power for the company and the monster world.
Two workers at Monsters, Inc. are our main characters: Sulley, voiced by John Goodman, and Mike, voiced by Billy Crystal.
Everything’s going well for them until a young 2-year-old human girl manages to get herself immersed in the monster world. Then, panic and hilarity ensue.
The creativity of the monsters is pretty ingenious creating a plethora of memorable characters. But, my forgotten/minor character appears later on in the film. When Mike and Sulley disguise the human girl as a monster to sneak her into Monsters, Inc., they bump into a woman monster there who has a few kids with her. Now, my question is, who the heck is this woman and what is she doing there with kids?
This building is an important utility building which I would presume wouldn’t allow every random monster to just walk in and tour around! Then, can we infer that this woman works here? If so, why did she bring these kids who may or may not be hers?
Or is she like a professional babysitter that the company hired to take care of some of the employees’ kids during working hours? If so, Monsters, Inc. treats its employees much better than some human companies do!
Or is she like a teacher who brought these kids here on a field trip? If so, what interest would these young preschool kids have with an electric company? I feel most of them aren’t even potty-trained!
Another interesting theory revolves around the fact that to explain their bringing a kid monster in the place, Sulley and Mike say it’s because of a “Bring an Obscure Relative to Work Day”, which they obviously made up. Or did they? Maybe there IS such a day and Sulley and Mike serendipitously made up that truthful lie on the correct day! Hence, that could explain this lady bringing her kids to work with her.
I dunno…the point is, her placement in this film boggles me, albeit minor, so I had to devote a post to her. What do y’all think?