Monsters, Inc.

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Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. logo.svg
Directed byPete Docter
David Silverman
Produced byDarla K. Anderson
Screenplay by
Story by
Music byRandy Newman
Edited by
  • Robert Grahamjones
  • Jim Stewart
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • October 28, 2001 (2001-10-28) (El Capitan Theatre)
  • November 2, 2001 (2001-11-02) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$115 million
Box office$577.4 million

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.

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 television series titled Monsters at Work will release on Disney+ in early 2021.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United States November 2, 2001
 Canada November 2, 2001
 Brazil November 14, 2001
 Azerbaijan November 18, 2001
 Tunisia November 21, 2001
 Bhutan December 11, 2001
 Brunei January 13, 2002
 Cook Islands January 18, 2002
 Chile February 8, 2002
 Japan March 2, 2002
 Georgia March 23, 2002
 Egypt April 10, 2002
 Bosnia and Herzegovina April 15, 2002
 Australia April 27, 2002 (re-release)
 China May 7, 2002
 United States June 28, 2002 (re-release)
Kosovo Kosovo August 29, 2002
 Albania January 18, 2003
 Fiji February 17, 2003
 Canada June 16, 2006 (re-release)
 United States June 16, 2006 (re-release)
 Qatar May 5, 2017 (internet)

Version 3D[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United States December 19, 2012
 Canada December 19, 2012
 Cook Islands December 19, 2012
 Egypt December 23, 2012
 Georgia December 25, 2012
 Albania December 25, 2012
 China December 25, 2012
 Azerbaijan December 31, 2012
Kosovo Kosovo December 31, 2012
 Tunisia January 1, 2013
 Bhutan January 18, 2013
 Bosnia and Herzegovina February 15, 2013
 Fiji March 20, 2013
 Brunei March 29, 2013
 Togo November 22, 2013

3D Version[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United States August 17, 2022
 Togo August 17, 2022
 China September 2, 2022
 Azerbaijan September 8, 2022

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]

Harryhausen's was originally going to be blown up but due to the September 11 attacks, the explosion was replaced with a plasma containment orb.

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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