15 Fun Facts About ‘Monsters, Inc.’

In usual Disney-Pixar fashion, Monsters, Inc. is more than just a movie about creepy, crawly creatures fueling their town’s power with the screams of innocent children. It’s spot as one of the most beloved animated films is fueled by our love for this heartwarming story and two not-so-scary monsters. In honor of its 15th anniversary (does this mean Boo is 17?!), here are 15 fun facts you might not have known,

1. Bill Murray almost voiced Sulley.

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2. Roz is voiced by Bob Peterson, the same actor who voices Dug in Up.

 
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3. The team at Pixar concocted the idea for Monsters, Inc. over a lunch meeting. (Oh, and they also came up with, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, and WALL-E.)

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4. That meeting occurred at an establishment called Hidden City. To commemorate this, they used it as the film’s working title and inserted the cafe into the movie itself.

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5. Speaking of sneaky, Mike Wazowski and his girlfriend, Celia, enjoy a night on the town at a restaurant called Harryhausen’s. This pays tribute to Ray Harryhausen, an iconic special effects artist known for creating larger-than-life monsters.

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6. Also, there are tons of Easter eggs per usual. Both Boo’s room and Monstropolis are full of Pixar trinkets. (Really. Pixar is sneaky.)

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7. Boo was first imagined as a six-year-old.

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8. Instead, she was written as a toddler and voiced by the two-year-old daughter of someone on the Pixar Team.

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9. Like the little girl who voices her, Boo’s real name is Mary!

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10. Sulley is comprised of over 2.3 million digital hairs. 

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11. And there are approximately 5.7 million doors in the Door Vault.

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12. In first drafts of the script, Sulley was a janitor rather than a scarer. (And there was no Mike!)

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13. Billy Crystal (Mike) and John Goodman (Sulley) had previously worked together in three other films.

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14. Remember that adorable Pixar short, Mike’s New Car? That was originally meant to be part of the Monsters, Inc. film.

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15. Monstropolis is based off a city during the 1960’s. 

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