Monsters, Inc.

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Monsters, Inc.
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Directed byPeter Docter
Lee Unkrich
David Silverman
Produced byDarla Anderson
John Lasseter
Written byStory:
Jill Culton
Peter Docter
Ralph Eggleston
Jeff Pidgeon
Andrew Stanton
Daniel Gerson
Additional Screenplay:
Robert L. Baird
Rhett Reese
Jonathan Roberts
StarringJohn Goodman
Billy Crystal
Steve Buscemi
James Coburn
Jennifer Tilly
Music byRandy Newman
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
November 2, 2001
Running time
92 minutes
Budget$115 million
Box officeDomestic: $255,873,250
Worldwide: $525,366,597

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It was Pixar's fourth computer animated movie. The movie was released to theaters by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States on November 2, 2001. It was released in Australia on December 26, 2001 and in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2002.

Release Dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United States November 2, 2001
 Brazil November 14, 2001
 Singapore November 15, 2001
 Philippines November 29, 2001
 Venezuela December 5, 2001
 Argentina December 6, 2001
 South Africa December 7, 2001
 New Zealand December 13, 2001
 Peru December 13, 2001
Mexico Mexico December 14, 2001
Malaysia Malaysia December 14, 2001
 Colombia December 21, 2001
 South Korea December 21, 2001
 Australia December 26, 2001
 Iraq December 31, 2001
  Switzerland January 24, 2002 (German speaking region)
 Germany January 31, 2002
 North Macedonia February 1, 2002
 Austria February 1, 2002
 Poland February 1, 2002
 Taiwan February 1, 2002
 Czech Republic February 7, 2002
 Netherlands February 7, 2002
 Denmark February 8, 2002
 Spain February 8, 2002
 United Kingdom February 8, 2002
Republic of Ireland Ireland February 8, 2002
 Iceland February 8, 2002
 Norway February 8, 2002
 Sweden February 8, 2002
 Hong Kong February 9, 2002
 Hungary February 14, 2002
 Slovakia February 14, 2002
 Finland February 15, 2002
 Israel February 21, 2002
 Japan March 2, 2002
 Estonia March 15, 2002
 Greece March 15, 2002
 Italy March 15, 2002
 Belgium March 20, 2002
 France March 20, 2002
 Kazakhstan March 21, 2002
 Portugal March 22, 2002
 Russia March 22, 2002
 Georgia March 23, 2002
 Bulgaria March 29, 2002
 Brunei April 6, 2002
 Egypt April 10, 2002
 Slovenia April 11, 2002
 Turkey April 19, 2002
 Kuwait August 13, 2002

Version 3D[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United States December 19, 2012
Mexico Mexico December 20, 2012
 Georgia December 31, 2012
 Iraq December 31, 2012
 Canada January 1, 2013
 Portugal January 10, 2013
 Australia January 17, 2013
 Kuwait January 17, 2013
 Israel January 17, 2013
 Kazakhstan January 17, 2013
Malaysia Malaysia January 17, 2013
 New Zealand January 17, 2013
 Russia January 17, 2013
 Ukraine January 17, 2013
 United Kingdom January 18, 2013
Republic of Ireland Ireland January 18, 2013
 Spain February 1, 2013
 Argentina February 7, 2013
 Hong Kong February 7, 2013
 Brazil February 8, 2013
 Taiwan February 8, 2013
 Bulgaria February 15, 2013
 Singapore February 21, 2013
 South Korea February 22, 2013
 Estonia February 22, 2013
 Finland March 1, 2013
 Turkey March 1, 2013
 Brunei March 23, 2013
 Croatia March 28, 2013
 North Macedonia March 28, 2013
 Germany May 23, 2013
 Egypt May 23, 2013
 Italy June 13, 2013
 Japan July 27, 2013

Voice cast[change | change source]

Actor Role
John Goodman James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
Billy Crystal Mike Wazowski
Mary Gibbs Boo
Jennifer Tilly Celia
Steve Buscemi Randall
James Coburn Henry J. Waternoose III
Bob Peterson Roz
John Ratzenberger Yeti
Bonnie Hunt Ms. Flint
Jeff Pidgeon Mr. Bile
Frank Oz Fungus
Dan Gerson Needleman and Smitty
Sam Black George Sanderson
Wallace Shawn (uncredited) Rex

Development[change | change source]

The idea for Monsters, Inc. came during a lunch in 1994 attended by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Joe Ranft. One of the ideas that came out of the brainstorming session was a movie about monsters. "When we were making Toy Story, Pete Docter claimed, "everybody came up to me and said that they totally believed that their toys came to life when they left the room. When Disney asked us to make more films, I wanted to tap into a child-like notion that was similar to Toy Story. I knew monsters were coming out of my closet when I was a kid. So I decided monsters would be appropriate".[1] Docter's original idea revolved around a 30-year-old man dealing with monsters (which he drew in a book as a boy) coming back to bother him as an adult. Each monster represented a fear he had, and conquering those fears caused the monsters eventually to disappear.[2]

Pete Docter started working on the script in 1996. He completed a draft treatment in February 1997 with Harley Jessup, Jill Culton and Jeff Pidgeon. However, Sulley worked in the scream refinery before being changed to Monsters Inc.'s top scare producer. Also Boo was 6 years old, but was changed to 3 years. This was because "The younger she was, she became the more dependent on Sulley," claimed by Pete Docter.[1] The initial story did not have the character of Mike Wazowski. Mike wasn't added to the story until in April 1998, when development artist Ricky Nierva drew a concept sketch of Mike and everyone liked it. Jeff Pidgeon and Jason Katz story-boarded a test in which Mike was helping Sulley choose a tie for work and Mike Wazowski soon became a vital character in the movie.[1] Originally Mike had no arms, and had to use his legs as appendages, however due to technical difficulties arms were soon added.[1] Billy Crystal had been approached to play Buzz Lightyear in the original Toy Story, but turned down the offer. However, once he saw the film, he regretted not taking the part, and when he was approached to play Mike, he jumped at the offer.[1] The film went into production in 2000.

One of the major breakthroughs of Monsters, Inc. was the simulated movement of Sulley's fur and Boo's shirt. The animators would animate the characters "Bald and Naked". Once the animation was finished, a computer program aided by the Simulation Department would apply the hair and cloth onto the characters.[3] If Sulley moved the hair would react to the movement just like it would in nature. The same goes for Boo's T-shirt that would produce wrinkles in the fabric. This would save the animators from animating the three million hairs on Sullivan individually.[3]

A lawsuit by Stanley Mouse alleged that the characters of Mike and Sulley were based on drawings he had tried to sell to Hollywood in 1998.[4]

Soundtrack[change | change source]

  1. Love Will Keep Us Together by Mark Kozelek
  2. Pretty Noose by Soundgarden
  3. Break On Through (To the Other Side) by Aaron Carter
  4. Put That Thing Back Where That Came or So Help Me by P.O.D.
  5. She's Out of My Life by Michael Jackson
  6. Can't Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon
  7. Island in the Sun by Weezer
  8. If I Didn't Have You by Chuck Mosley

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Monsters Inc, 2002 DVD, commentary
  2. Davis, Erik (November 13, 2009). "The Original Pitch for 'Monsters, Inc.'". Cinematical. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 2002, Monsters Inc, DVD-Behind the Scenes
  4. Shiels, Maggie (November 14, 2002). "Monsters Inc faces 'copying' lawsuit". BBC News.

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