8.1/10
820,255
708 user 264 critic

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Trailer
1:23 | Trailer
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 »
Reviews
Popularity
896 ( 23)
Top Rated Movies #233 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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)
Edit

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

Taglines:

Returning to theatres for the first time in 3D (2012 3D re-release) See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The controls for the Monsters Inc. door mechanisms include a button that starts the process labeled "FIZT". At the time, Fiz-T (Physics-Tool) was the latest software developed by Pixar Animation Studios to realistically render complex physical models - notably in this film to model Sulley's fur and Boo's clothing. Another button, "IKT," was the name of Pixar's "Inverse Kinematics Tool." See more »

Goofs

Number 5 is Mike and Sulley's station, while Randall's station is number 6. However, every time Randall calls down Boo's door, he calls it into Mike and Sulley's station, even after he tells Mike that Boo's door will be in his own station during lunch. Additionally, Mike tells Randall that Waxford works at station 6 (Randall's station), but Waxford is shown to actually work at station 9. 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...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Originally in the scene where Harryhausen's is decontaminated, instead of quarantining the area, the restaurant is blown up. This was likely because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 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
See more »

User Reviews

Superb animation, a most inventive story, fun for the whole family.
19 September 2002 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

"Monsters Inc" came out on DVD this week, and now I have my own copy!! It is not very useful to try to evaluate this one against others since such an evaluation is so subjective. But I put it in the same superb category that such animated films as "Toy Story", "A Bug's Life", "Shrek", and "Disney's Tarzan" are in.

First, the quality of the animation and the picture quality. Unbelievably good. I can categorically say it is the best picture quality I have seen on DVD, and the movement and facial expressions of the animated characters makes it almost feel like they are real.

Second, the story. How inventive! The only thing separating the monster world from the real world are the doors. The company, Monsters Inc, must have millions of them in inventory, computerized for quick call-up to send in a monster to get screams and charge up their energy cells.

The main characters are voiced by John Goodman (big, blue, hairy "kitty" with purple spots) and Billy Crystal (short, green, one-eyed monster) and their acting add so much. Plus the great music provided by Randy Newman. Overall an hour and a half of pure edge of your seat entertainment. And that doesn't even include the 3+ hours of extras on the second disk.

You can select either standard or widescreen format, and I watched mine widescreen on a 16:9 HDTV with 5-channel surround system with powered subwoofer. Almost like being in a theater!!


52 of 64 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 708 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Pixar

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsters, Incorporated See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,577,067, 4 November 2001

Gross USA:

$290,642,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579,707,738
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed