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Monster Trucks Coming to Cinemas This Boxing Day – For E.T. and Elliot to Lilo and Stitch: Monster Friendships


21 December 2016

Films have taught us that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places, and that includes under the bed. They’ve taught us that we shouldn’t be afraid of whatever is hiding in the closet and that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions when we’re face to face with something seemingly terrifying... because maybe they’re the ones afraid of us. All it takes is one brave person to place a bit of trust where no one has before to find something beautiful in something hideous.

A boy named Tripp does exactly this in the new film Monster Trucks when he discovers the weird and wonderful subterranean creature Creech who, despite his appearance, is surprisingly cute and a little bit mischievous. They equally overcome fear and realise they have a lot more in common than they initially realised, and there are a lot of ways that they can help each other.

 

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They aren’t the only adorable relationship to form between a human and a monster, to celebrate the release of Monster Trucks on Boxing day, here are the best monster friendships in film...

 

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E.T. and Elliot
If you haven’t seen the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), you did not have a childhood. This is one of Speilberg’s classics about 10 year old Elliot who finds an alien stranded on Earth. He takes him home and cares for him forming a special connection between the two. E.T learns about life on earth, picking up the language and behaviourisms to Elliot’s delight. Their connection becomes so strong that as the alien grows sick from being away from home, it affects Elliot too. It seems to be that Elliot and his friends may be the only ones able to help the Extra-Terrestrial.

 

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Max and Carol
Spike Jones directed this adaptation of the 1963 children’s book Where the Wild Things Are (2009) centred on a lonely little boy named Max. After an argument with his mother, he retreats into a world of his imagination and into a world of monsters. Dressed in a wolf's costume, he convinces the monsters that he is a magic king with the fiercest monster Carol being the most impressed with Max's status. Jones' film is slightly melancholy throughout, but gives the monsters a lost-boys feel. They are just like children and all they need is someone to take care of them too.

 

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Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky
Sam (similar to Tripp) buys a rusty old car in the hopes of making it into something better, little does he realise it has a life of its own. Sam (Shia La Beouf) and his crush (Megan Fox) find themselves being rescued by his car which is in fact the autobot Bumblebee (voiced by various radio signals). They then become involved in a civil war against the Decepticons, which you can expect a lot of stunning action scenes directed by Michael Bay. Bumblebee henceforth became a fan favourite of its audience and is set to have own film in 2018, but it won’t be the same without Sam.

 

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Pete and Elliot
The 1977 Disney Pete’s Dragon film is about a boy named Pete who is saved from an abusive family by a dragon called Elliot. The pair go sneaking around a village (made possible by Elliot’s ability to turn invisible) and play tricks on the locals with Elliot’s clumsiness making it worse. There was an adaptation made this year with a slightly different story, but the relationship between the two is still as strong and they were both just as heart-breaking when Elliot leaves once Pete has a new family to take care of him.

 

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Hiccup and Toothless
Here’s another dragon relationship in this DreamWorks Animation How to Train Your Dragon (2010). Set in medieval times in a village where they are famous for slaying dragons, a boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) hopes live up to his tribe’s reputation and prove himself to his father (Gerard Butler) by capturing a dragon himself. He shoots down a ‘Night Fury’, one of the most dangerous…but he can’t bring himself to kill it. The dragon, harmless and injured, sparks a moment of sympathy that starts a rocky friendship. Hiccup manages to nurse him back to help after his wing is damaged, they are able to play more and Hiccupp names his ‘Toothless’ after his gummy smile. He also manages to make a prosthetic wing enabling him to fly again and Hiccup with him making the pair place an enormous amount of trust between them. Ultimately, it’s up to Hiccup to convince the rest of the tribe to do the same and show that they can live in harmony with these cat-like creatures.

 

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Mike, Sulley and Boo
In one of Pixar’s best films comes the sweetest of friendships, the one between a two-year-old girl and pair of monsters in a world where paradoxically, the monsters are afraid of children. The pair includes Mike Wazowski, a green cyclops and Sulley, a big blue fuzzy beast called whose job it is to scare children and collect their screams as an energy source, but they accidently let one child escape into the monster world. The little girl Boo is unafraid of the pair and they are set with the task of taking her back to her room in her own world.

 

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Sarah, Hoggle and Ludo
Sarah is the protagonist in the film The Labyrinth (1986) in which she has to enter a Labyrinth and has 13 hours to rescue her kidnapped brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie). The Labyrinth is impossible to get through on her own, so it is lucky she befriends the hideous goblin Hoggle, but she sees past his exteriors and he joins her on her path. Along the way she also saves a giant fluffy beast called Ludo, who seems more afraid of his own reflection than able to scare anyone else. Sarah realises that most of the monsters are only nasty because they are bullied and threatened by the Goblin King, once he has been eliminated; the creatures become a lot more amiable.

 

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Dracula and Jonathan
Hotel Transylvania (2012) is another film which puts a spin on who is scared of whom. The animation is about a hotel constructed by Dracula as a safe haven for monsters away from persecuting humans…that is, until one stumbles across the castle. This happens around the same time that Dracula is trying to convince his daughter Mavis how dangerous humans are in order to protect her, but the intruder Jonathan is anything but dangerous. He is adventurous and fun and sweet, and thinks that all the monsters are really awesome- a mentality which Dracula finds hard to accept, but it is one of the 21st century: we love our monsters (the Hollywood classics anyway). They soon become friends and it helps him realise that humans may not be so bad after all.

 

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Lilo and Stitch
This friendship begins when a Hawaiian girl adopts what she believes to be a blue dog, but is actually genetically formed dangerous creature from space. The girl Lilo is looking for companionship, and the creature she names Stitch uses her as a shield from those who want to recapture him. But he gets something better from Lilo and that’s a lesson on what love is and what family means. He causes a lot of havoc in her life but he becomes an irreplaceable member of her family.

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