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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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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsters & Co. 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

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1.85 : 1
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The "Hidden City Café" is the name of a real restaurant in Point Richmind Ca which had been a favorite with Pixar's animators, including director Pete Docter, since the early '90s. Pixar was originally located in Point Richmond Ca See more »

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When Randall yanks Mike's arms upwards to represent the clock hands both pointing up, he pulls Mike's left arm as he says 'the big hand' and his right as he says 'the little hand'. However, as he says 'When the big hand points down' he bends Mike's right arm downwards. See more »

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[first lines]
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Flint: No, No, before that.
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Does For Monsters What "Toy Story" Did For Toys!
12 March 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Monsters, Inc.

We were all, at one time, scared of monsters under the bed. Shadows of clothes in the closet. Weird sounds outside in the trees. I remember thinking there were all kinds of monsters in my room - not as much under my bed as in the closet. And once again, Pixar, who brought us "Toy Story" 1 & 2, plays on both adults' memories and children's dreams, making it equally enjoyable for both children and adults.

John Goodman voices James P. Sullivan, known as "Sulley" to friends. He is a big, blue, hairy monster with horns on his head and hands the size of a watermelon. Billy Crystal is Mike Wazowski, his wisecracking, one-eyed best friend. Both of these monsters live in Monstropolis, a world where monsters roam freely. Their city is powered by a rare source of power - children's screams. That is where Monsters, Incorporated comes in. At Monsters, Inc., monsters like Sulley and Mike open portals into children's rooms - through closet doors - and scare the children, capturing their scream in a little yellow bottle. Sulley is the top-scarer, bringing in the most scares. But Randall (the always enjoyable - even when animated - Steve Buscemi), a wormy, multiple-armed lizard-monster with the ability to change appearances to its surroundings, is jealous of Sulley, and will attempt anything to get more scares...even if it means taking a child from the real world and bringing it into Monstropolis. But after the child escapes, Sulley and Mike reluctantly look after it, all the while trying to get it back to the real world before Mr. Waternoose (the late James Coburn) and others find out about the incident...

"Monsters, Inc." does for monsters what "Toy Story" did for toys. Pixar once again not only expands our mind, but our very worlds. I respect their company and commitment values very much, as you can read in my "Toy Story" review. They stick to the values that made Disney films so family-friendly back in the fifties and sixties: Respect for the audience, respect for quality, and respect for the audience's INTELLIGENCE, something Disney, who has recently coughed up a bunch of lousy, thoughtless sequels, has forgotten. Now, I know that LEGALLY Disney is co-creator of "Toy Story" and "Monsters, Inc.," but they really are not. They just give Pixar the money and get their name branded on the front box of the film. And even then, I have heard multiple claims that Disney is very mean-spirited towards Pixar (read into sequel trouble for "Toy Story 3") and gives them the bare minimum.

But that is straying off the subject. "Monsters, Inc." is one of the most enjoyable animated films I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. I didn't enjoy it as much the first time, but I then bought it, and have since watched it many times. It is an instant classic. I will be watching it years from now, when I am old and frail and in a rocking chair. It ranks right up there with "Toy Story" 1 & 2, and all the OLDER Disney films from the 50's-70's. It has all the elements of a sweet, charming, emotional and pleasurably good-natured animated film. And, more coudos to Pixar: Thank you for not packing it full of the language and inappropriate content that Disney shoves into the dark recesses of their films nowadays.

Not only has Pixar brought back the "Family Film" genre to what it should be, but it also redefines it. Pixar's animated films are some of the most thoughtful, imaginative and enjoyable animated films ever - not to mention 100 % family safe. Thank you, Pixar, for getting back on track.

5/5 stars


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