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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.

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

Writers:

Pete Docter (original story by), Jill Culton (original story by) | 10 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #222 | 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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$289,916,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$562,816,256
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Atmos (3D re-release)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pixar Animation Studios' 4th feature film. As well as the first Pixar film to be released in the 21st century. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
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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 jdesandoSee 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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