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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

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In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, two monsters realize things may not be what they think.


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


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 {}

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Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hidden City  »

Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,577,067 (USA) (2 November 2001)


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

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Did You Know?


According to the original character design sketches found on the DVD, Fungus's first name is Jeff and his surname was originally "Frungus". See more »


When Mike is about to put his contact lens in, the lens does not reflect in his locker mirror. His hand reflects as if it is holding nothing. This is most noticeable in the Blu-ray version. See more »


[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?
Flint: No, No, before that.
[Turning to the Trainees behind her]
Flint: Can anyone tell me Mr. Bile's big mistake? Anyone?
[the Trainees look confused]
Flint: [Playing the Footage on the Screen above of Bile entering the room] Alright let's check footage, right there. The Door! And leaving the door open is the worst mistake that any employee could make, because...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits features the disclaimer "No monsters were harmed during the making of this film". See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.18 (2008) See more »


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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Adorable, funny, perfect voice casting for the lead roles
31 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I thought Billy Crystal and John Goodman were great. I like them anyway, but I can't imagine anyone else in their roles. John Goodman comes across as a warm, fuzzy teddy bear type in so many of his roles, and this time he was actually drawn that way. Crystal and Goodman were great together, even when their characters showed signs of not getting along. And Boo sounded so natural, so childlike. There's no way an adult could have done her lines the way they were executed.

And the writing was so intelligent, this movie was not just for kids. There were a lot of clever jokes that kids might not get. Still, the warm and fuzzy qualities of so many of the monsters make this a perfect choice for kids as well as adults, and I really don't get why ABC couldn't give this a TV-G rating. It may have been a little violent or scary at times, but never all that intense. Kids see worse on Saturday morning.

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