There are enough wonderful musical numbers, costumes, sets, lighting and excitement to make the Disney/Pixar Monsters, Inc. ice show currently making the rounds well worth attending — even if you have not seen the movie.
But it’s even better if you can have a seven-year-old along with you to explain all the details.
My seven-year-old seemed to understand everything, but then he’s seen the movie.
Instead of a young child being afraid of a cast of monsters, the storyline has to do with a cast of monsters being afraid of a young girl, appropriately named Boo.
The musical numbers are presented as a rock concert for children.
The momentum continues through two acts.
Most children will be delighted and fascinated. A few very young children might find the monsters, show length and sports stadium crowd all a bit overwhelming.
But for the youngsters who have seen the movie, this presentation on ice will be well received.
For the adults, there is an international team of award-winning figure skaters, exciting choreography and a fast-paced musical score.
The show uses state-of-the-art special effects, energized acrobatics and monster-sized sets appropriate for a presentation called Monsters, Inc.
For the clever characters in Monsters Inc., costume designer Scott Lane had to manipulate mounds of foam and pounds of rubber to create the looks of the monster characters.
The monsters come in every size, every shape, every color and, it appears, every texture.
Lane admits it took a lot of “trial and error” before he got all the different shapes, sizes and dimensions right for the large cast of characters in the ice show.
Foam was used to make things resilient.
Nylon rodding, to keep things round.
Aluminum, to get things shiny.
And carbon fiber, to make things strong.
Lane admits he “really enjoyed figuring out the colors — slick and modern.”
Disney/Pixar Monsters, Inc. continues at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim until Sunday, January 2nd; Long Beach Arena, Wednesday, January 5th, through Sunday, January 9th; and Los Angeles Sports Arena, Wednesday, January 12th, through Sunday, January 16th.
Showtimes vary with the date.
Tickets range from $13 to $23, with a limited number of front row and VIP seats available.
Service charges and handling fees may be added.
Information and to buy tickets, www.disneyonice.com
or (213) 480-3232 and (714) 740-2000.