Skewing younger than the majority of Pixar’s output, Monsters, Inc. offers less in the way of adult material than the likes of Toy Story, Finding Nemo or Up. While kids will be entertained by the colourful creatures and their slapstick antics, grown-up viewers might find themselves longing for the edgy humour and thought-provoking layers that can be found in the animation studio’s best pictures. There’s plenty of charm and warmth, of course, and the basic premise is imaginative enough. Set in a parallel world to our own, the story introduces us to a corporation that scares kids in order to yield city-powering energy from their screams. But while depicting monsters as blue collar factory workers is a nice idea, the concept isn’t really explored or developed beyond that. On the plus side, however, the climactic closet-door chase ranks as one of Pixar’s finest set pieces (even if it is a tad overlong), while John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi help to forge memorable animated characters.