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Pixar holds its own with the lovely Monsters, Inc.

Like an all-pro linebacker, sulley (voiced by John Goodman) has a hulking star quality. A great bear of a monster, he has the job of jumping out of bedroom closets, scaring small kids and harvesting their screams to generate power in Monstropolis. Nobody does it better. Returning to his own side of a closet door as a dozen girlish wails follow him, he says, with modest pride, "Slumber party."

Monsters, Inc., the latest enchantment from the Pixar computer animators (the Toy Story films, A Bug's Life), is the story of Sulley, his pear-shaped, Cyclopsian trainer Mike (Billy Crystal) and a little...

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