This Day in Movie History – November 2nd, 2001 – Monsters, Inc. Released in Theaters

An animated film about the business of monsters scaring children was released 15 years ago today.


Monsters, Inc. was the fourth computer-animated feature film from Pixar animation for Disney. Written by Andrew Stanton and Dan Gerson (with story by Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon & Ralph Eggleston) and directed by Pete Docter, it was released in theaters across the United States on November 2nd, 2001.

The film is set in a world of sentient monsters, and focuses on a the titular Monsters, Inc. There, monsters use special doors to travel into the human world and scare children for energy use and production. Chaos ensues for the good-natured giant Sulley and his sarcastic best friend Mike when a small humane enters the plant, something expressly forbidden and considered dangerous!

The film features the voice talents of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, and John Ratzenberger among others. Like many of Pixar’s works, it was a hit at the box office, making over $570 million dollars on a budget of around $115 million.

A prequel film was released in 2013 called Monsters University.


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