Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated film and the fourth feature-length film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It was directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and David Silverman, and written by Jack W. Bunting, Jill Culton, Peter Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Dan Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, and Andrew Stanton. The starring voices are John Goodman and Billy Crystal as monsters who scare children for a living, Mary Gibbs as a little girl who enters the monster world, Steve Buscemi as a rival monster, and James Coburn as a monster businessman.
The film was released to theatres by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States on November 2, 2001, in Australia on December 26, 2001, and in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2002. It was a commercial and critical success, grossing over $525,366,597 worldwide.
A sequel to the film has been announced, scheduled for release on November 2, 2012. Both Goodman and Crystal will return as the voices of the lead monsters.
Most of the story takes place in Monstropolis, a city of monsters that can be connected to children's bedrooms through their closet doors. When a door is properly activated, it becomes a portal between the monster world and the human world. Monstropolis gets its power supply from Monsters, Inc., a utility company that employs monsters to scare children and extract energy from their screams. The company's best scarer is James "Sulley" Sullivan (Goodman), who has a friend named Michael "Mike" Wazowski (Crystal). Sulley's main rival is Randall Boggs (Buscemi), and the company's CEO is Henry J. Waternoose III (Coburn). The work area where doors are activated is called the "scare floor", and the company has a special training room in which employees practice their scare skills. Monstropolis is in the middle of an energy crisis because children are harder to scare than they used to be.
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