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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, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Directors:

Pete Docter, David Silverman (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Pete Docter (original story by), Jill Culton (original story by) | 4 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #234 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Sullivan (voice)
Billy Crystal ... Mike (voice)
Mary Gibbs ... Boo (voice)
Steve Buscemi ... Randall (voice)
James Coburn ... Waternoose (voice)
Jennifer Tilly ... Celia (voice)
Bob Peterson ... Roz (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... Yeti (voice)
Frank Oz ... Fungus (voice)
Daniel Gerson ... Needleman & Smitty (voice)
Steve Susskind ... Floor Manager (voice)
Bonnie Hunt ... Flint (voice)
Jeff Pidgeon ... Bile (voice)
Samuel Lord Black Samuel Lord Black ... George Sanderson (voice) (as Sam Black)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... Additional Voices (voice)
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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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Taglines:

Monsters, Inc. : We Scare Because We Care See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This is the fourth time Randy Newman has composed for a Pixar film. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes, Boo's giggles and screams do not produce any noticeable power spikes (e.g. her scream right before Sully rescues her from Randall's scream machine and her giggles when playing hide-and-go-seek with Sully in the bathroom). However, as established in several scenes in the prequel Monsters University, mild amusement (such as that of the young campers Mike unsuccessfully attempted to scare, and Boo's self-suppressed giggles when Sully is playing hide-and-seek with her) is insufficient to produce significant energy spikes. As for Randall's scream extractor, it was specifically designed to gather power from its victims' screams, and could very well have gathered some from Boo; the audience is not shown any of the energy canisters attached to it during her one scream (which was cut short by Sullivan's arriving to rescue her), and as was established in the "dead door" scene much earlier in the movie, the power rapidly drains away from a canister when a child's screaming is insufficient to fill it. 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?
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

There is an eye following the credits at one point. See more »

Alternate Versions

Foreign language versions of the film feature visual text (ie: newspaper headlines, street signs) written in languages in which the film is dubbed, in order to eliminate the need for subtitles. In addition, universal icons are put in place of English text, such as a pedestrian traffic light that features a multi-fingered hand (in place of "Don't Stalk") and a two-headed beast (instead of "Stalk"). It also appears that in order to minimize the "poorly-dubbed kung-fu movie" syndrome, all the lip synch is completely redone for foreign language releases. 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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One of the most endearing animation films created
16 January 2005 | by astutekittySee all my reviews

Pixar is the best! Of them all, Monsters, Inc. takes the cake. The realism of the characters' movements & feelings is perfect. The ending is a tear jerker on a happy note. At first I was concerned with the plot of monsters scaring children with a "business as usual" attitude, but right away you discover that the monsters are as terrified of the kids as the kids are of monsters.... wonderful juxtaposition throughout the film... a totally enjoyable, feel-good story. Buy it for the kids and let them watch it over and over. (adults may want to sit-in on more than one occasion themselves). Personal Note: For me, a mystery about this film was "Roz"; the voice reminded me so strongly of the grandmother in "Dinosaurs", and I thought the character drawing was similar as well; upon researching the two, I found they are definitely different actors.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsters, Incorporated See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,577,067, 4 November 2001

Gross USA:

$290,642,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579,707,070
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Atmos (3D re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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