Monsters, Inc. (2001)

 

Everything, absolutely everything in our world is powered by human children’s screams. Our cars run on it, so do our air conditioners. Nights would be dark if it were not for those little devils and how would we style our hair?

Hence the jobs at Monsters, Inc., the company responsible for all power in Monstropolis.

Meet Sulley, James P. Sullivan. From the famous Sullivan family. He is a large, blue furry monster (with purple spots) – one of the scariest there is.

I need scarers who are confident, tenacious, tough, and intimidating. I need scarers like…. like…. James P. Sullivan.

- Henry J. Waternoose, III, talking about Sulley.

Sulley gets the scream while Mike keeps an eye on the door. They’re the best team on the scare floor at Monsters, Inc.

Sulley’s design came from The Beast of Beauty and the Beast. Sulley’s design was said to be based on that of a prehistoric giant ground sloth. He appears in the end credits of Cars as a giant monster truck. A drawing of Sulley appears on a wood carving at The Witch’s house in Brave. Originally, Sulley’s working name was Johnson and instead of being the best scarer as seen in the movie, he was a clumsy monster who was very bad at his job. That would have been interesting too! Sulley is the first main protagonist in the Pixar films who doesn’t have a love interest, followed by Remy and Merida.

In France, Sulley’s name is spelled Sulli. Weird.

This is Mike Wazowski. Don’t call him Sulley’s sidekick. He is Sulley’s best friend, scaring assistant and a coach (look at Sulley exercising in the beginning of the movie). Mike is dating Celia Mae, I’ll always remember her for her hair.

Mike was listed #23 in Empire Magazine’s The 50 Best Animated Movie Characters. In an early animation test, Mike was considered to have no arms and would have picked things up with his feet. Mike is renamed “Bob Razowski” in the French dub. (What is up wiz zees guys?) In the original pitch of Monsters, Inc., Mike did not appear in the movie. Mike also wears a contact lens, which is said to be the size of a pizza.

Now these guys had a pretty good life with the general ups and downs (power shortage – collect more scream) until a human child ‘attacks’ Monstropolis. Meet the two-year old:

Boo is a toddler who is curious and naive. She can speak, but has baby, gibberish vocabulary. The only actual words she says in the film are “Boo!”, “Kitty!”, and “Mike Wazowski!” She somehow sneaks into the scare floor (telling you why would be a spoiler) and is out!

In one of the film’s early drafts, she was originally an 8 year-old boy named Raymond, who befriended Sulley (back then named Hob). Mary Gibbs was only two-and-a-half years old when she voiced Boo. Because she was so young, it proved difficult to get her to stand in the recording studio and do her lines. Instead, they simply followed her around with a microphone.

The movie now moves around Sulley, Mike and Boo and their goal of returning Boo safely to her room. In the process, they get to know the causes for scream shortage and try to fix what is wrong with the company.

In the end, Mike becomes a comedian.

 

See, there is no way one explain such a beautiful movie in words. So the best way would be to look at a couple of pictures and artwork, watch the trailer and without wasting a single moment, move to watching the movie.

Watch the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IBNZ6O2kMk

Have you seen Monsters, Inc.? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments.

Gargi

(Apologies for making it Pixarfeed-ish. I couldn’t resist.)