Monsters, Inc. (2001 movie)

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Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Featuring the voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, and Jennifer Tilly, the film was directed by Pete Docter in his directorial debut, and executive produced by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.

The film centers on two monsters – James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and his one-eyed partner and best friend Mike Wazowski – employed at the titular energy-producing factory Monsters, Inc, which generates power by scaring human children. The monster world believes that children are toxic, and when a small child enters the factory, Sulley and Mike must return her home before it is too late.

  • Starring : John Goodman / Billy Crystal
  • Genre : Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English
  • Director : Pete Docter / David Silverman / Lee Unkrich
  • Production : Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures
  • Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Bandur Film / Buena Vista International Finland / Buena Vista International / Cascade Film / Falcon / Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) / The Walt Disney Company / Walt Disney Company Nordic / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Walt Disney Studios / ABC Family / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Buena Vista Home Video / Disney Channel / Disney Junior / Disney XD / Disney+ / Feelgood Entertainment / Freeform / Gativideo / Hero / Mainostelevisio (MTV3) / Nelonen / SBS6 / Walt Disney Home Video / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment / Yleisradio (YLE)

Monsters, Inc. movie

Monsters, Inc. release date

  • October 28, 2001 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
  • November 2, 2001 : USA
  • November 15, 2001 : Singapore
  • November 17, 2001 : UK (London Film Festival)
  • November 29, 2001 : Philippines
  • December 26, 2001 : Australia
  • January 24, 2002 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
  • January 31, 2002 : Germany
  • February 8, 2002 : Spain
  • February 8, 2002 : UK
  • February 8, 2002 : Ireland
  • February 8, 2002 : Israel (premiere)
  • February 8, 2002 : Sweden
  • February 21, 2002 : Israel
  • March 2, 2002 : Japan
  • March 20, 2002 : France
  • December 19, 2012 : USA (3-D version)
  • January 17, 2013 : Australia (3-D version)
  • January 17, 2013 : Israel (3-D version) (limited)
  • January 18, 2013 : UK (3-D version)
  • January 18, 2013 : Ireland (3-D version)
  • February 1, 2013 : Spain (3-D version)
  • February 21, 2013 : Singapore (3-D version)
  • May 23, 2013 : Germany (3-D version)
  • July 27, 2013 : Japan (3-D version)

Monsters, Inc. cast

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

Docter began developing the film in 1996, and wrote the story with Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon and Ralph Eggleston. Stanton wrote the screenplay with screenwriter Dan Gerson. The characters went through many incarnations over the film’s five-year production process. The technical team and animators found new ways to render fur and cloth realistically for the film. Randy Newman, who composed the music for Pixar’s three prior films, returned to compose its fourth.

Monsters, Inc. was praised by critics and proved to be a major box office success from its release on November 2, 2001, generating over $577 million worldwide and becoming the third highest-grossing film of 2001. The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for (“If I Didn’t Have You”) and was nominated for the first Best Animated Feature, but lost to DreamWorks’ Shrek and was also nominated for Best Original Score and Best Sound Editing. Monsters, Inc. saw a 3D re-release in theaters on December 19, 2012. A prequel titled Monsters University, which was directed by Dan Scanlon, was released on June 21, 2013. A web-series titled Monsters at Work will release on Disney+ in 2020.

The city of Monstropolis in the monster world is powered by energy from the screams of human children. At the Monsters, Inc., factory, skilled monsters employed as “scarers” venture into the human world to scare children and harvest their screams, through doors that activate portals to children’s bedroom closets. It is considered dangerous work, as human children are believed to be toxic. Energy production is falling because children are becoming less easily scared, and Henry J. Waternoose, the company’s chairman, is determined to find a solution to the problem. James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and his best friend, Mike Wazowski, are the organization’s top employees, but their chief rival, Randall Boggs, is close behind.

One evening after work, Sulley discovers that Randall has left a door activated on the scare floor and a small girl has entered the factory. After several failed attempts by Sulley to put her back, Randall sends the door back into the factory’s door vault and Sulley conceals her and takes her out of the factory. He inadvertently interrupts Mike’s date with his girlfriend, Celia, at a sushi restaurant, and chaos erupts when the child is discovered. Sulley and Mike manage to escape with the child before the Child Detection Agency (CDA) quarantines the restaurant. They soon discover that she is not toxic after all; Sulley grows attached to her and calls her “Boo”, while Mike is just anxious to be rid of her.

The duo smuggle her back into the factory disguised as a baby monster and attempt to send her home. Randall discovers Boo and tries to kidnap her, but mistakenly kidnaps Mike instead. He straps Mike to a large machine called “The Scream Extractor”, which he intends to use to revolutionize the scaring industry and solve the monster world’s energy problems by forcefully extracting screams from kidnapped human children. Before Randall can use the machine on Mike, Sulley intervenes and reports Randall to Waternoose. But Waternoose, who is secretly in league with Randall, exiles Mike and Sulley to the Himalayas instead. The two meet the Abominable Snowman, who tells them about a nearby village, which Sulley realizes he can use to return to the factory. Sulley prepares to return, but Mike refuses to go with him.

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