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Monsters, Inc.
     

Monsters, Inc.

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Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich, John Goodman

Cast: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich, John Goodman

 

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After exploring the worlds of toys and bugs in the two Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, the award-winning computer animation company Pixar delves into the realm of monsters with its fourth feature. Hulking, blue-furred behemoth James P. "Sully" Sullivan (John Goodman) and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are employed by Monsters, Inc

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After exploring the worlds of toys and bugs in the two Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, the award-winning computer animation company Pixar delves into the realm of monsters with its fourth feature. Hulking, blue-furred behemoth James P. "Sully" Sullivan (John Goodman) and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are employed by Monsters, Inc., a scream processing factory. It seems that the denizens of their realm thrive on the screams of kids spooked by monsters lurking under their beds and in their closets. It's the job of Sully, Mike, and their co-workers, including sarcastic Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi), crab-like CEO Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn), and lovely snake-headed receptionist Celia (Jennifer Tilly) to keep the frights flowing. When Sully and Mike are followed back into the monster world by a very unafraid little human girl named Boo (Mary Gibbs), they are exiled to her universe, where they discover that such a modern-day mythological specimen as the Abominable Snowman is a fellow refugee.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The DVD edition of Monsters, Inc. -- the latest Disney-Pixar collaboration -- is really something to scream about. Its many supplemental features include the Academy Award-winning computer-animated short "For the Birds," as well as a new animated short created for the DVD, "Mike's New Car." There are also exclusive "outtakes" and, for animation buffs, a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic evolution of the film, from abandoned concepts to animation tests. But Monsters, Inc. -- an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature and Oscar winner for Randy Newman's rollicking ode to friendship, "If I Didn't Have You" -- is itself a sheer joy to behold. While the Disney-Pixar Toy Story films and A Bug's Life revealed the secret lives of toys and insects, Monsters, Inc. confirms something that generations of children have always known: There really are monsters lurking in their bedroom closets! What they don't know is that these beasts are employees of the titular corporation, and their job is to scare children -- whose screams somehow fuel the power grid in Monstropolis (where monsters live). The real revelation here, though, is that monsters are deathly afraid of children. John Goodman is the voice of the bearlike Sully, Monsters, Inc.'s leading scream producer. His sidekick is Mike (Billy Crystal), a giant eyeball with a mouth, arms, and legs. Chaos ensues when a fearless little girl follows Sully through the closet door and into Monstropolis. Monsters, Inc. brims with visual invention (a climactic chase aboard an assembly line of closet doors is a particular tour de force), as well as in-jokes for keen-eyed viewers. Like the Toy Story films, it's a state-of-the-art crowd pleaser.
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Even with a pastel universe of computer tricks at their disposal, the story is what really pushes a Pixar movie over the top -- what made the Toy Story movies so grand, and what left A Bug's Life short of greatness. Monsters, Inc. may burst at the seams with visual stimulants, but it's the delightful premise, fleshed out through a superior script, that helped scare up one of the largest opening weekends ever, paving the way for a monster-sized hit. That creatures of all shapes and textures live harmoniously in a candy-colored neighboring dimension called Monstropolis, scaring children for a living to harness the vital energy in their screams, is the jumping off point for an odyssey of jokes, thrills, and sentiment. Of course the monsters look great -- mostly cuddly types, in keeping things appropriately Disney -- but it's the factory where they work that really tests the animators' boundaries. Reminiscent of the alien-run Men In Black headquarters, the airy building full of blinking contraptions really comes to life in the jaw-dropping finale, which features a chase conducted on an assembly line of whizzing closet doors. Even while dragging just a tad in the second act, Monsters, Inc. never stops delving deeper into the giddy logic of its world. The vocal talent is all good, but the infant chosen to voice Boo (Mary Gibbs), the toddler who crosses over, trumps them all, emitting such tickling gurgles that she's even cuter than the monsters. Monsters, Inc. boasts an unexpected fringe benefit to parents: Once their children come to consider those shapes lurking in the shadows as fuzzy and lovable, a lot more of them may sleep through the night.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2009
UPC:
0786936773736
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
ABC
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Disc 1 - Blu-ray; ; Feature Film; ; All-New Exclusive Bonus; ; Monster, Inc. Ride and Go Seek: Building Monstropolis in Japan ; ; Go Behind The Scenes of the New Attraction in Tokyo Disneyland; ; Filmmakers' Round Table - Filmmaker's Reflect on the Creation of the Film; ; Audio Commentary; ; Plus Original DVD Bonus; ; For the Birds Short - Academy Award Winner (2001) - Best Animated Short Film; Mike's New Car Short ; Academy Award - Nominated (2002) - Best Animated Short Film; ; Disc 2 - Blu-ray; All-New Roz's 100-Door Challenge Game; Pixar Fun Factory Tour; Banished Concepts; ; Disc 3 - DVD; Plus Original DVD Bonus; ; Disc 4 - DisneyFile Digital Copy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Goodman James P. Sullivan "Sully"
Billy Crystal Mike Wazowski
Mary Gibbs Boo
Steve Buscemi Randall Boggs
James Coburn Henry J. Waternoose
Jennifer Tilly Celia
Bob Peterson Roz
John Ratzenberger Yeti
Frank Oz Fungus
Daniel Gerson Needleman/Smitty
Steve Susskind Floor Manager
Bonnie Hunt Flint
Jeff Pidgeon Bile
Sam Black George
Kay Panabaker Additional Voice
Rodger Bumpass Additional Voice

Technical Credits
Pete Docter Director,Original Story
David Silverman Director
Lee Unkrich Director
Darla K. Anderson Producer
Matthew Jon Beck Casting
Jill Culton Original Story
Ralph Eggleston Original Story
Michael Fong Special Effects Supervisor
Daniel Gerson Screenwriter
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Harley Jessup Production Designer
Tia W. Kratter Art Director
Ruth Lambert Casting
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Dominique Louis Art Director
Randy Newman Score Composer
Bob Pauley Production Designer
Jeff Pidgeon Original Story
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Stanton Executive Producer,Screenwriter
James A. Stewart Editor
Galyn Susman Special Effects Supervisor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Monsters, Inc.
1. Main Titles [1:32]
2. Monster in the Closet [1:34]
3. Mr. Waternoose [1:43]
4. Morning Workout [2:25]
5. Monstropolis [1:54]
6. Monsters, Inc. [1:32]
7. Randall [1:10]
8. The Scare Floor [5:31]
9. "23-19!" [2:40]
10. End of the Day [1:58]
11. Boo! [3:44]
12. Harryhausen's [2:46]
13. Back at the Apartment [2:31]
14. Bedtime [3:43]
15. Sneaking Boo to Work [2:05]
16. Potty Break [1:54]
17. Randall's Plot [1:37]
18. The Wrong Door [3:06]
19. Mike on the Run [1:55]
20. The Trash Compactor [2:37]
21. Mike Kidnapped [2:29]
22. The Scream Extractor [3:01]
23. Scully Scares Boo [1:02]
24. Banished [2:48]
25. Sulley Rescues Boo [6:12]
26. "Schoopsie Poo!" [2:42]
27. The Door Vault [1:01]
28. Tricking Waternoose [6:25]
29. Goodbye [3:57]
30. The Laugh Floor [3:35]
31. Kitty! [2:42]
32. End Credits [1:02]

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Monsters, Inc. 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
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Great animated story.
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Monsters Inc is a great Movie that shows the love between Mike and Sulley to the human-child Boo! I think everyone should see this movie..it is soo cute and it made me laugh through out the entire show!! See for yourself why I think this movie is the BEST ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first went out to see this movie, I could hardly wait for it to come out. When we got it, we watched it nonstop. I watch it when I come home from school, and every Friday and Saturday night. Sulley, Mike, Randall and cast rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No other movies can make my heart warmed than gMonsters, Inc.h This movie is made by Disney Company. Disney movies are always fantastic, but I thunk it is one of the most fantasic movies. When I saw a monster who is the hero of this movie save a human child from bad monsters, I felt the bonds of friendship. I was moved by this scene. However, I wasn't moved keenly, but brightly. This is because this movie is comedic. The fantasy and the imrpession were mixed and my heart was warmed by this mix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is based on Monsters from the closets that make a living in making children scream for energy in their own city. Yet, even though they scare kids, they are also afraid of the children themselves, making their job very difficult. This movie is one of the greatest Disney movies around and is a must see; it has won many awards for creativity and graphics. If you are a Disney fan and enjoyed movies like ''The Toy Story'' or ''Shrek'', then you will fall in love with this one. It is very funny, and is good for anyone at any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without question, this is the finest animated film in my considerable collection. Indeed, I would watch this in preference to most of Hollywood's dire output. I have read dozens of reviews of this film, some questioning the characters' motives etc. but for me this is a masterpiece. I have seen and own all of the titles often mentioned in the same breath such as as Finding Nemo, Ice Age, A Shark's Tale, A Bug's Life, Happy Feet, Toy Story etc. but for me, none have that ineffable beauty of dialogue and action as Monsters Inc. Others, such as Ice Age (first one) and Finding Nemo are very, very good but none can touch the sublime, Monsters Inc. I am particularly fond of the soundtrack, which, in places, especially Sully and Mike's walk to work, is very Wagnerian and utterly beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT IS A GREAT MOVIE FOR THE FAMILY!! REALLY FUNNY!!
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This is such a cute movie. My little brother, who is 2, watches this movie at least once a day, and I have to say that I can't get sick of it! It's so cute, and not scary at all. Perfect for any child. You can count on a true Disney storyline...emotional yet funny and with a happy ending. I didn't see that with Shrek. There's an actual tenderness in this movie that I think was replaced by just crude humor in Shrek. You will absolutely love this movie and want to watch it again and again! Also, the special features disc is very cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a GREAT movie and I would highly suggest it for anybody who has kids. I personally have no kids but laughed all the way through. Definitely recommend it for anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, Pixar is the best movie studio on the PLANET. They make really great, creative movies. Whoever works at the studio are totally genius! Monsters, Inc. was so good and funny!! When I went to go see it in theaters, I didn't expect it to be so good... boy, was I wrong! This DVD is very good too... they probably put EVERYTHING you've ever wanted to know about the movie Monsters, Inc. They have trailers, tv spots, behind-the-scenes, art galleries, "If I Didn't Have You" music video, etc. It's a very fun movie, and the DVD is good too. I recommend it to every Pixar fan! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to see this movie immediately after I came out of watching Harry Potter, which had made me cry from sheer disappointment. Boy, was I glad I saw Monsters, Inc! This was hands down THE FUNNIEST MOVIE OF 2001. Give yourself a great gift and BUY IT NOW!!! You will not be sorry you did. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! Shrek, shmeck...
Guest More than 1 year ago
2001 brought two great animated movies, first came Shrek, and Monsters Inc. John Goodman also had a voice in the Emperor's New Groove (2000) and once again gives himself away. As the movie opens, Monsters Inc's top scarer James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is getting ready for work and lives with his assistant Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Mike's girlfriend Celia's (Jennier Tilly of Liar Liar and Stuart Little) birthday and is going to take out to dinner after work. Monsters Inc is in the city of Monstropolis. And the owner (James Coburn) doesn't want Monsters Inc to close. And Sullivan's rival (Steve Buscemi) wants to be #1. But first he will have to collect more screams than Sullivan. Mike is a walking talking eye-ball. And Sullivan is a giant monster, which may be why he is one of the company's scarers. Buy this with Shrek, if you haven't bought either movie yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie with my sister-in-law and we both loved it!! The animation is spectacular and it is so funny as well as heartwarming. I just fell in love with the little girl Boo. As soon as it came out on video I knew I had to have it for my collection. I told my husband I was buying it for our 20 mos old son but I know I will be getting alot of enjoyment out of it as well!! The added features and outtakes are hilarious!! I would recommend this movie to everyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best animation movie I have ever seen. After I saw this movie,I felt very happy,because I was moved by Mike's love and kindness for Boo. In addition, conversations between Sulley and Mike made me laugh very much. This movie contains emotions and laughter,moreover Sulley,Mike and Boo are so cute! I especially love Sulley!! This is the PERFECT movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this and laughed so much. My eldest child was just beginning to talk and Boo! sounded so much like her. I am not sure if we were supposed to understand Boo! but I was pretty sure I could. I got my child the story book with sounds and she loves it! I cannot wait to see what she thinks of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been counting down the days to buy this!! I am sooo excited to get it today after school!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This animated tale about two "monsters" becoming protective and loving toward a little girl who is supposed to be terrified of them is a sheer delight. I remember its theatrical release, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and thinking: We all need a life-affirming movie like this, especially now. The charm has not worn off - and never will. If you get to Disney World, you've got to visit the comedy club based on this movie.