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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  2 November 2001 (USA)
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Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.

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Cast

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Mike Wazowski (voice)
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Boo (voice)
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Randall Boggs (voice)
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Celia (voice)
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Roz (voice)
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Fungus (voice)
Daniel Gerson ...
Needleman / Smitty (voice)
Steve Susskind ...
Floor Manager (voice)
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Flint (voice)
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Bile (voice)
Samuel Lord Black ...
George Sanderson (voice) (as Sam Black)
Jack Angel ...
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Storyline

A city of monsters with no humans called Monstropolis centers around the city's power company, Monsters, Inc. The lovable, confident, tough, furry blue behemoth-like giant monster named James P. Sullivan (better known as Sulley) and his wisecracking best friend, short, green cyclops monster Mike Wazowski, discover what happens when the real world interacts with theirs in the form of a 2-year-old baby girl dubbed "Boo," who accidentally sneaks into the monster world with Sulley one night. And now it's up to Sulley and Mike to send Boo back in her door before anybody finds out, especially two evil villains such as Sulley's main rival as a scarer, chameleon-like Randall (a monster that Boo is very afraid of), who possesses the ability to change the color of his skin, and Mike and Sulley's boss Mr. Waternoose, the chairman and chief executive officer of Monsters, Inc. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Since the very first bedtime, all around the world, children have known that once their mothers and fathers tuck them in, and shut off the light, that there are MONSTERS hiding in their closets, waiting to emerge! What they don't know is: it's nothing personal. It's just their job. See more »


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Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hidden City  »

Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,090,134 (France) (22 March 2002)

Gross:

$289,907,418 (USA) (26 April 2013)
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Trivia

When the horn sounds to start the scare day, you can see the big hand on the clock behind Jerry move to 9:00. See more »

Goofs

On the Scare Record screen, where it lists all of the scareers, all of the monsters are listed by their last names (exp. Sullivan for Sulley while his first name is James). But, one, and only one, is listed by his first name, Randall Boggs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Flint: All right, Mr. Bile, is it?
Bile: Uh, my friends call me Phlem.
Flint: Uh-huh, Mr. Bile, can you tell me what you did wrong?
Bile: I fell down?
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Crazy Credits

MONSTERS, INC. BOOKS AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD See more »

Connections

Spoofs Clash of the Titans (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Didn't Have You
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Performed by Billy Crystal and John Goodman
Produced by Randy Newman, Chris Montan, and Frank Wolf
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`Monsters, Inc.' is the best animated feature this year and one of the greatest of all time.
25 October 2001 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

You may admire the hair detail on Sully the Yeti's arm, but you will be amazed at the warmth of characterization in `Monsters, Inc.,' surpassing even the great `Shrek' earlier this year. Goodman and Crystal are a comedic team reminiscent of the zaniest Martin and Lewis days. Crystal's Borscht-belt routines brought smiles even to this jaded and admittedly tough-on-comedy critic. I thought Eddie Murphy's donkey in `Shrek' was smart and funny; Crystal's one-eyed monster is even better with its wry and annoying wit.

Cleaning the environment of child contamination is a hilarious conceit that turns around the usual fears children have of monsters in closets. It is also a chilling parallel to the challenge of removing anthrax from today's letters. Generally, the allegorical underpinnings of animation are natural for the medium, powerful like the images of the novel `Animal Farm' for political and sociological levels of meaning. For example, the endless-door motif in this film is an ingenious metaphor for the scary and glorious possibilities the present and future hold for kids.

Even before you see this feature, Pixar offers the short feature `For the Birds' -- a brilliant takeoff on Hitchcock's memorable film besides being a great commentary on diversity. The expressions around the animated eyes, as the little birds deal with the big bird interloper, are more expressive than those of most contemporary film actors, with the exception of Brando, Pacino, Depp, and Streep.

The short trailer for `Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones' may precede the showing as it did ours for an added delight.

`Monsters, Inc.' is the best animated feature this year and one of the greatest of all time.


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