Disney Villain Countdown: 22/40
**Spoiler Alert! Some villains are revealed in plot twists, so if you haven't seen all the movies...**
Randall impresses me, especially if you take into account the further development of his back story in Monsters University. Randall is ruthless, competitive, and HIGHLY intelligent. His people are facing an energy shortage, so what does he do? He invents a machine that will allow them to extract more energy and solve the crisis. It's pretty brilliant. Unfortunately, it's at the expense of having to kidnap and seriously traumatize human children. Hence, villainy. Plus, Randall can disappear/camouflage at will, and (based on what I saw in the movie) I think he might know Kung Fu and has 6 limbs with which to beat the crap out of you. It says something about Randall that, despite being maybe a third of Sulley's size, he was able to hold his own in a brawl.
Part rooster, part lizard, ALL purple. Then there's the chameleon thing, which also makes him pretty cool. Pixar is always good (?) at pulling back a villain from being too scary with little tweaks, and I think the rooster and squinting elements are what hold Randall back from being truly visually terrifying.
Wit & Quotability
As I mentioned above, Randall is super duper smart. He invents things and manages to convince the head of Monsters, Inc. to secretly back him in this ethically questionable experiment. He is not, however, overflowing with memorable lines, so this score stays just above middling.
Alright, I'm ready. I anticipate Randall's inclusion in this countdown as being a point of contention with readers. I polled my Facebook friends "Who's the Monsters, Inc. villain? Randall or Waternoose?" and Randall LOST. Randall was not included in my first iteration of the scoring rubric. It was my husband, the only person who got to have his input into the rubric and individual scoring, who lobbied and finally sold me on Randall's needed ranking, particularly over Waternoose. 1) Randall is the primary antagonist to our protagonists (Mike & Sulley), Waternoose isn't.. Waternoose never wanted Mike & Sulley involved, but Randall continually antagonizes our leads throughout the film. 2) (This was the big one.) The invention was Randall's all along, not Waternoose's. Waternoose was the big reveal at the end, and he has more authority/power than Randall, so it's tempting to call him the villain. In fact he is only a tool of Randall's plan, some needed authority and muscle to bring Randall's invention into being. Fascinated, complex writing there, Pixar. I will also add that Randall's backstory in Monsters University is brilliant and compelling, 100% believable (take notes Maleficent), and even goes so far as to make Monsters, Inc. more compelling in repeat viewings. Is it fair to include the prequel in my scoring of Randall? Maybe not, but screw it this is MY countdown.
Now Waternoose gets counted. He's really not so great. Scary looking? You betcha, but he spends most of the movie posing as a lovable Teddy Bear despite his bizarre Demon-Crab appearance. Also I'm going to go ahead and say the Randall's downfall was largely due to Waternoose screwing up. It's not a bad score, but it's just over middling, because MEH.
Pixar really ISN'T into musicals.
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