Monsters, Inc. (franchise)
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Monsters, Inc. is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 2001 film, Monsters, Inc., produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The original film was followed by a prequel film, Monsters University, released in 2013.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
The first film introduces the monster world, where monsters enter the human world at night and scare children in order to generate power. When a little girl accidentally enters the monster world, friends Mike and Sulley must find a way to hide her from the authorities and return her to her own world, and in the process learn that not everything they have been led to believe about humans is true. The film surpassed Toy Story 2 and peaked as the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, behind only 1994's The Lion King at the time. It was one of the first animated films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature but lost to Shrek.
Monsters University (2013)
A prequel to the first film, Monsters University tells Mike and Sulley's backstory. The future friends meet at college and initially do not get along, but end up on the same team in the university's "Scare Games", where they and their team of misfits must beat the odds and win the competition, or be expelled from school. As the team struggles, the two learn to work together, and slowly become best friends.
Mike's New Car
Party Central is a six-minute short animated film, featuring characters from Monsters University. It premiered on August 9, 2013, at the D23 Expo. The short was set to be released theatrically with The Good Dinosaur in 2014, before the film was pushed back to 2015. Instead, it was theatrically released on March 21, 2014, with Muppets Most Wanted. The short was written and directed by Kelsey Mann, story supervisor on Monsters University. The cast consists of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Peter Sohn, Julia Sweeney, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Bobby Moynihan, and Joel Murray.
In the short, the Oozma Kappa fraternity organizes a party, but no one shows up. To solve the problem, they use door stations to steal visitors from the biggest party going on at another fraternity.
Box office performance
The film series has grossed a total of $1,306,110,769, making the Monsters Inc. franchise the Ninth highest-grossing animated film franchise.
Monsters, Inc. ranked No. 1 at the box office its opening weekend, grossing $62,577,067 in North America alone. The film had a small drop-off of 27.2% over its second weekend, earning another $45,551,028. In its third weekend, the film experienced a larger decline of 50.1%, placing itself in the second position just after Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In its fourth weekend, however, there was an increase of 5.9%. Making $24,055,001 that weekend for a combined total of over $562 million. It is the seventh biggest (in US$) fourth weekend ever for a film.
Monsters University has earned $268,227,670 in North America, and $475,066,843 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $743,294,513. The film earned $136.9 million on its opening weekend worldwide. For unknown reasons, Disney declined to provide a budget for the film, although BoxOffice.com cites a budget of a total of $270 million. Entertainment Weekly speculated that it was higher than that of Brave ($185 million), mostly due to high cost of John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles. Shockya, a subsidiary website of CraveOnline, estimated the budget to be $200 million, on par with Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Ref(s)|
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|Monsters, Inc.||November 2, 2001||$289,916,256||$272,900,000||$562,816,256||#74||#126||$115,000,000|||
|Original release||November 2, 2001|
|3-D re-release||December 19, 2012|
|Monsters University||June 21, 2013||$268,492,764||$475,066,843||$743,559,607||#82||#74||$200,000,000|||
Critical and public response
|Monsters, Inc.||96% (192 reviews)||78 (34 reviews)||A+|
|Monsters University||78% (189 reviews)||65 (41 reviews)||A|
Cast and characters
This is a list of characters from the 2001 film, Monsters, Inc. and its 2013 prequel, Monsters University.
|Character||Main films||Short films|
|Monsters, Inc.||Monsters University||Mike's New Car||Party Central|
|Michael "Mike" Wazowski||Billy Crystal||Billy Crystal
Noah Johnston (young)
|James P. "Sulley" Sullivan||John Goodman|
|Randall "Randy" Boggs||Steve Buscemi|
|Henry J. Waternoose III||James Coburn||Photograph|
|Celia Mae||Jennifer Tilly||Photograph|
|Abominable Snowman||John Ratzenberger|
|Jeff Fungus||Frank Oz|
|Jerry Slugworth||Steve Susskind|
|Mrs. Flint||Bonnie Hunt||Photograph|
|Thaddeus "Phlegm" Bile||Jeff Pidgeon|
|George Sanderson||Samuel Lord Black||Silent role||Silent cameo|
|Charlie||Philip Proctor||Silent cameo|
|Peter "Claws" Ward||Joe Ranft|
|Dean Abigail Hardscrabble||Helen Mirren|
|Scott "Squishy" Squibbles||Peter Sohn||Peter Sohn|
|Don Carlton||Joel Murray||Joel Murray|
|Terry Perry||Dave Foley||Dave Foley|
|Terri Perry||Sean Hayes||Sean Hayes|
|Art||Charlie Day||Charlie Day|
|Professor Derek Knight||Alfred Molina|
|Brock Pearson||Tyler Labine|
|Johnny J. Worthington lll||Nathan Fillion||Nathan Fillion|
|Claire Wheeler||Aubrey Plaza|
|Chet Alexander||Bobby Moynihan||Bobby Moynihan|
|Sherri Squibbles||Julia Sweeney||Julia Sweeney|
|Mrs. Karen Graves||Bonnie Hunt|
|"Frightening" Frank McCay||John Krasinski|
|Carrie Williams||Beth Behrs|
- Note: A grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
|Monsters, Inc.||Pete Docter
Co-directed by: David Silverman & Lee Unkrich
|Darla K. Anderson||John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton||Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton & Daniel Gerson
Original Story by: Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon & Ralph Eggleston
|Randy Newman||Robert Grahamjones & Jim Stewart|
|Monsters University||Dan Scanlon||Kori Rae||John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich||Screenplay by: Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird & Dan Scanlon
Story by: Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird
- Monsters, Inc. Scream Team (PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2)
- Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena (GameCube)
- Monsters, Inc. (Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2)
- Monsters, Inc. Run (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
- Disney Infinity (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS)
Theme park attractions
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort.
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort.
- Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek at Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort.
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- Price, p. 201
- Rottenberg, Josh (January 7, 2014). "Disney to showcase new Pixar short 'Party Central' in front of 'Muppets Most Wanted' - EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- Fischer, Russ (August 9, 2013). "‘Monsters University’ Short Film ‘Party Central’ Revealed". /Film. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "Just Released: First Look at Party Central Short". Disney Insider. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- "Monsters, Inc. – Weekend Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
- "Top Weekends: 2nd – 12th — Weekend Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
- "Monsters University (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- "Monsters University (G)". Box Office. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
- "Box Office report: 'Monsters University' scares up $82 million, 'World War Z' shatters expectations". Entertainment Weekly. June 23, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- Belcastro, Joe. "Box Office Report: Monsters University schools The Heat and White House Down". Shockya. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
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- "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- "Monsters University". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
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