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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Monsters, Inc. can be found here.
Monsters, Inc. is a computer-animated comedy film written by Jack W. Bunting, Jill Culton, Peter Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Dan Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, and Andrew Stanton. It's said that the original idea for the screenplay was based on the childhood experiences of one of the Pixar crew, who had a bunch of toy monster figurines as a child. The original screenplay was about a man who is an advertising designer and leads a very boring life. He is afraid to take risks and feels that his career is at a dead end. When his mother cleans out the attic and sends him his box of toy monsters, who were also his childhood Imaginary friends, the monsters -- Mike, Sulley and Randall -- once again become his imaginary friends and inspire him to regain the creativity and sense of adventure he had as a boy. Obviously, the original idea went through a lot of revisions before it became the movie on the screen.
To collect their screams, which are needed by Monsters, Inc., the utility company that provides energy to Monstropolis City. It's becoming more and more difficult nowadays to enter children's bedrooms through their closets, scare them while they sleep, and collect their screams, what with all the movies, television programs, and videogames that depict large amounts of violence, desensitizing the children (as is discussed in a Monsters Incorporated commercial in the movie).
They've been told by Mr Waternoose that children are poisonous. Just touching one can be lethal to a monster. To even return with so much as a child's sock hanging from your fur results in elaborate decontamination by the CDA (Child Detection Agency).
Sulley and Randall are the two scariest monsters at Monsters, Inc., and each night they bring back the most canisters filled with screams. They both want to retain their positions as Number One on the Scare Total list.
Boo's real name is Mary, as shown briefly on one of the crayon drawings she shows to Sulley in the scene where Boo is going to sleep on Sulley's bed.
During most of the film, Roz was just the daunting secretary who kept hassling Mike for not turning in his reports. At the end of the movie, Roz reveals that she is really an undercover agent for the CDA. Apparently, they'd suspected that something was going on in the factory that might involve bringing "dangerous" and "toxic" human children into the Monster World via the factory. However, due to Waternoose's manipulations, they were unable to get any solid information. Waternoose put up such a good front -- appearing to be caring and concerned about how the Scream shortage was affecting his city, that even the CDA did not suspect him. When Sulley actually found a human child in the factory, that provided proof that someone was involved in a scheme to bring these "deadly" creatures into the Monster World, endangering all of the monsters with their "toxins", a myth which Waternoose apparently was helping to perpetuate, even though it was obvious that he knew it wasn't true.
Harryhausen's was a tribute to Ray Harryhausen, considered one of the greatest special-effects artists known to the movie world, particularly for his stop-motion photography. Harryhausen has provided the special effects for films from almost every major film studio, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Columbia, and Hammer Films.
If you like Pixar's animation in Monsters, you'll certainly want to see some of the other Pixar productions, including Toy Story (1995) and its sequels -- Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010) -- and perhaps A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011), Ratatouille (2007), WALL·E (2008), Up (2009), Brave (2012), and Monsters University (2013).
As the final credits roll, they show "outtakes" that are like movie bloopers, only they feature the monsters. One outtake that is especially catching is the company play that Mike told everyone he and Sulley were rehearsing.
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