Monsters, Inc.
Studio: Pixar Release Date : November 2, 2001 Series: Disney / Pixar Theatrical Feature

Cumulative rating:
(3 ratings submitted)

Associated Studio(s)

Disney
Skywalker Sound (post production sound services)

Synopsis

In a world where monsters scare "toxic" human children through closet doors to harness power, Sulley, the top scarer at Monsters Inc., accidentally lets a cute little girl loose in the city of Monstropolis. When Sulley and his best friend Mike try to return the girl to her world, they stumble upon a conspiracy that could undermine their livelihood — and possibly their lives!

Characters

Mike Wazowski
(Voice: Billy Crystal)
James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
(Voice: John Goodman)
Randall Boggs
(Voice: Steve Buscemi)
Roz
(Voice: Bob Peterson)
Celia Mae
(Voice: Jennifer Tilly)
George Sanderson
(Voice: Samuel Lord "Sam" Black)
Smitty (II)
(Voice: Daniel Robert "Dan" Gerson)
Needleman
(Voice: Daniel Robert "Dan" Gerson)
Ms. Flint
(Voice: Bonnie Hunt)
Jeffrey "Jeff" Fungus
(Voice: Frank Oz)
Thaddeus "Phlegm" Bile
(Voice: Jeff Pidgeon)
The Abominable/Adorable Snowman
(Voice: John Ratzenberger)
Charlie Proctor
(Voice: Philip "Phil" Proctor)
Pete "Claws" Ward
(Voice: Joe Ranft)
Chuck (III)
(Voice: Danny Mann)
Bob "Dentures" Peterson
(Voice: Jack Angel)
Frank
Nick "Lanky" Schmidt
Marge
Josh Rivera
(Voice: Lee Unkrich)
Theodore "Ted" Pauley
Chalooby


Awards

Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar): Best Animated Feature Film
Won the 2001 Academy Award (Oscar): Best Music, Original Song ("If I Didn't Have You")
Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar): Best Original Score (Randy Newman)
Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar): Best Sound Editing
Nominated for the Saturn Award: Best DVD Special Edition Release
Nominated for the Saturn Award: Best Fantasy Film
Nominated for the Saturn Award: Best Writing
Nominated for the American Cinema Editors: Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or Musical
Nominated for the Annie Award: Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature
Won the 2003 Annie Award: Outstanding Character Animation (Doug Sweetland)
Nominated for the Annie Award: Outstanding Character Animation (John Kahrs)
Nominated for the Annie Award: Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Ricky Nierva)
Nominated for the Annie Award: Outstanding Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Nominated for the Annie Award: Best Music in an Animated Feature Production (Randy Newman)
Nominated for the Annie Award: Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Harley Jessup)
Nominated for the Annie Award: Outstanding Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Won the 2002 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award: Top Box Office Films (Randy Newman)
Won the 2002 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA): Best Feature Film
Nominated for the Critics Choice Awards: Best Animated Feature
Nominated for the Satellite Award: Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
Won the 2003 Satellite Award: Best Youth DVD
Nominated for the Grammy Award: Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Won the 2003 Grammy Award: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Randy Newman) (For the song "If I Didn't Have You")
Nominated for the Hugo Award: Best Dramatic Presentation
Nominated for the Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie (Billy Crystal)
Nominated for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (LAFCA): Best Animation
Nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors: Best Sound Editing - Animated Feature Film, Domestic and Foreign
Nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors: Best Sound Editing - Music - Animated Feature (Bruno Coon)
Nominated for the New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Animated Film
Nominated for the Online Film Critics Society Awards: Best Animated Feature
Nominated for the Young Artist Awards: Best Family Feature Film - Animation (Young Artist Award)
Nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards: Soundtrack Composer of the Year (Randy Newman)
Nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards: Best Original Soundtrack of the Year (Randy Newman)
Won the 2002 World Soundtrack Awards: Best Original Song Written for a Film (For the song "If I Didn't Have You")
Nominated for the Golden Schmoes Award: Best Animated Movie of the Year
Nominated for the Online Film & Television Association: Best Animated Picture (Darla K. Anderson)

Distributor(s)

Buena Vista Distribution

Other Connections

Monsters University (Prequel)

Other Connections

Welcome to Monsters, Incorporated (This episode, along with the remainder of season 1 takes place between the last 2 scenes of Monsters Inc., with the episode taking a place a day after the former.)
It's Laughter They're After (This episode leads up to the final scene of Monsters, Inc.)
A Monstrous Homecoming (This episode takes place 3 months after the film.)

Inside Jokes

  • Boo's collection of toys includes a doll of Jessie from Toy Story 2 and a squeak toy resembling Nemo from Finding Nemo (which had yet to be released).
  • The scene where Sulley watches as he thinks Boo is being crushed into a garbage cube is based on a similar scene from Chuck Jones' 1952 short Feed the Kitty.
  • The restaurant Mike and Celia go to, Harryhausen's, is named after stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen who was responsible for creating the now famous creatures and monsters in films such as "Mighty Joe Young", "The 7th Voyage of Sindbad", and "Jason and the Argonauts".
  • In addition to the inside joke above, the sushi chef (the one that looks like an octopus) has only six tentacles, is a reference to the octopus created by Ray Harryhausen for the film " It Came from Beneath the Sea" which only had six tentacles due to budgetary restrictions.
  • Some of the scarers (monsters) are named after members of the Pixar crew (some examples being Theodore "Ted" Pauley being named after production designer Bob Pauley, Josh Rivera being named after art department manager Jonas Rivera, and Harry "Bud" Luckey being named after story artist Bud Luckey).

Trivia

  • The idea for the film first came up in 1994 during a lunch between John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Joe Ranft before production on "Toy Story" came to an end, with development beginning in 1996 under the name of "Hidden City" (named after director Pete Docter's avorite restaurant in Point Richmond, CA) and a treatment drafted by Pete Docter, Harley Jessup, Jill Culton, and Jeff Pidgeon in early February 1997 that was pitched to Disney with some initial artwork on February 4th that same year. A refined version was pitched to Disney months later on May 30th where longtime Disney animator Joe Grant suggested the title should be "Monsters, Inc." (which was a play on the title of the gangster film "Murder, Inc."), which stuck.
  • Feature film debut of director Pete Docter (which would also be the first Pixar film not to be (co-)directed by John Lasseter).
  • The Hidden City Café is named after a real restaurant in Point Richmond, CA which is director's Pete Docter's favorite along with other Pixar crew members.
  • One of the wallpapers Randall tests his camouflage ability on is the infamous blue sky with clouds wallpaper seen in Andy's room in "Toy Story".
  • Sully's fur contains 2,320, 413 hair strands. Because of this, it took 11 to 12 hours to render a single frame of Sulley! The use of moving "attractor/repeller" particles was used as part of the animation process that functioned like virtual magnets or fans that would attract or repel the hairs proportionally over distance. Then, they would provide a natural effect on the hair by moving the particles along virtual paths.
  • Among some of the early ideas for the characters in the film, Sully originally had brown fur and tentacles and was named John, Mike only had legs and no arms (some concept art even had him don a goatee), and Celia had two heads with the other head being her twin named Welia.
  • Another early idea for Sully was that he was going to wear glasses, but was scrapped so the audience could be able to see the eye expressions more clearly.
  • Bill Murray was considered for and even tested for the role as Sully. Pete Docter and the filmmakers decided to offer it to him, but when they were unable to make contact with him, Bill took it as a "no".
  • Among the actors who auditioned for Mike were Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Jack Black, and Drew Carey.

VHS

United States

Monsters, Inc.

Germany

Die Monster AG

France

Monstres & Cie

United Kingdom

Monsters, Inc.

Australia

Monsters, Inc.

DVD

United States

Monsters, Inc. : Two Disc Collector's Edition
Monsters, Inc.

Germany

Die Monster AG
Die Monster AG Deluxe Edition

France

Monstres & Cie
Monstres & Cie Edition Collector
Monstres & Cie (Classique)

United Kingdom

Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. Collector's Edition
Monsters, Inc.

Canada

Monsters, Inc. Collector's Edition

Australia

Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. Deluxe 2-Disc Set

BluRay Disc

United States

Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. Collector's Edition
Monsters Inc.: Ultimate Collector's Edition
Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc.

Germany

Die Monster AG
Die Monster AG 3D

United Kingdom

Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. 3D
Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. 3D
Monsters University / Monsters, Inc. - 2-Movie Collection

4K Ultra HD

United States

Monsters, Inc. Ultimate Collector's Edition

Canada

Monsters, Inc. - Ultimate Collector's Edition

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 92:15
MPAA No.: 38501
MPAA Rating: G
Animation Type: Computer Animation (CGI)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Digital Intermediate (2K)
Color Type: Color
Negative Type: Digital
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: SDDS

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