Pixar’s 2001 animated comedy ‘Monsters, Inc.’ is a fan favorite. Monsters, Inc. tells the story of Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman), a couple of scarers at Monsters, Inc, the most successful scream-processing factory in the monster world
In honor of this gem, we rummaged through our virtual closet of trivia to dig up 8 not-so-scary facts:
- Monsters, Inc. was praised by critics and proved to be a major box office success from its release on November 2, 2001, generating over $577 million worldwide and becoming the third highest-grossing film of 2001. 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.
2. The idea for the film was first mentioned during a meal in 1994, whilst Pixar’s first feature length film ‘Toy Story’ was being made. Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft and John Lasseter sat down and conversation suddenly started flowing about a range of furry monsters.
3. The original story of Monsters, Inc. used a 30 year old man who was afraid of monsters, but the character was changed to a two year old girl who generally was not afraid of monsters.
4. In the original script, Sulley was a janitor and not a scarer. Also, Mike’s character did not exist.
5. Randy Newman won his first Oscar for the film’s closing song “If I Didn’t Have You.” He had previously been nominated 15 times in the Best Score and Best Song categories, but it was Monsters, Inc. that scored him the win.
6. Mike takes girlfriend Celia on a date to the fancy restaurant Harryhausen’s. The name of the restaurant is a tribute to the great animator and special effects artist Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen passed away in May of 2013 at age 92.
7. Boo’s real name is Marry Gibbs.
8. One of the greatest innovations in the film is that of the extremely detailed animations, specifically with regards to Sully’s fur. Approximately 2,320,413 strands of hair covered the blue friendly monster, which ruffled the feathers of the animators as it took around 11 to 12 hours to animate a single frame of Boo’s trustworthy guardian.