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6. "Monsters, Inc." (Pete Docter, 2001)
On the surface, "Monsters, Inc." is just another gimmick yarn about a community of "fill in the blank" — monsters in this case — after the studio had great success with toys and bugs. But lingering between the lines are ideas as varied as the power of laughter and (quite pertinent) dependence on energy resources. It is also one of the studio's most sneakily emotional works to date.