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Monsters, Inc.
Created by
Original workMonsters, Inc. (2001)
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Films and television
Short film(s)
Animated seriesMonsters at Work (2021–present)
Video game(s)List of video games
Original musicMonsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites (2002)
Theme park attraction(s)
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (2006–present)
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (2007–present)
  • Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek (2009–present)

Monsters, Inc. (also known as Monsters, Incorporated or simply Monsters)[1] is a media franchise produced by Pixar and owned by The Walt Disney Company.[2] The franchise takes place in a fictional universe where monsters are the primary citizens of society and harness the energy of human children to power their cities. The company known as Monsters, Inc. accomplishes this with doors which lead to their bedroom closet doors.

Feature films[edit]

Monsters, Inc. (2001)[edit]

Monsters, Inc. introduces the monster world, where Monstropolis is powered by the screams of human children as monsters enter the human world at night and scare children through their bedroom closets. When a little girl called "Boo" accidentally enters the monster world, friends James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski must find a way to hide her from the authorities and return her to her world and, in the process, they learn that not everything they have been led to believe about humans is true.

The film was released on November 2, 2001, in the United States, surpassing Toy Story 2 and peaked as the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, behind 1994's The Lion King at the time.[3] 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)[edit]

A prequel to the first film, Monsters University tells Sulley and Mike's backstory. The future friends meet at college and initially start off as enemies, 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. The film was released in the United States on June 21, 2013.

Television series[edit]

Monsters at Work is a Sequel To The First Film Monsters, Inc. produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney+. It was announced in a Disney press release on November 9, 2017, as part of a list of in development series for The Walt Disney Company's then-upcoming streaming service.[4] On April 9, 2019, it was revealed that the show would be titled Monsters at Work and premiere in spring 2021.[5] Seven of the original cast would return, including John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles as Sulley and Mike, respectively.[6] On February 24, 2021, it was announced that it would be released on July 2,[7] followed by a delay to July 7.[8] In September 2021, it was indicated that a second season is in development. It was later officially announced at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022, with Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers replacing Gannaway and Anderson as showrunner and supervising director for season 2.[9] The second season was released on April 5, 2024, on Disney Channel and was released on Disney+ on May 5, 2024.[10]

The series begins the day after Monsters, Incorporated has switched to laugh power and follows Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), who hopes to be promoted to the Laugh Floor alongside Mike and Sulley.[11]

Short films[edit]

Mike's New Car (2002)[edit]

Party Central (2013)[edit]

Party Central is a six-minute[12] 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,[13] before the film was pushed back to 2015. Instead, it was theatrically released on March 21, 2014, with Muppets Most Wanted.[12] The short was written and directed by Kelsey Mann, story supervisor on Monsters University.[12] 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.[14]

Set shorty after the events of Monsters University, the Oozma Kappa fraternity organizes a party, but no one shows up. Mike and Sulley arrive and use door stations to steal visitors from another party going on at the Roar Omega Roar fraternity.[13]


Box office performance[edit]

The film series has grossed a total of $1,306,110,769, making the Monsters, Inc. franchise the 15th 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.[15][16]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] Shockya, a subsidiary website of CraveOnline, estimated the budget to be $200 million, on par with Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.[20]

Film U.S. release date Box office gross All-time ranking[21] Budget Ref.
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide U.S. and Canada Worldwide
Monsters, Inc. November 2, 2001 $289,916,256 $272,900,000 $562,816,256 #114 #196 $115,000,000 [22]
Monsters University June 21, 2013 $268,492,764 $475,066,843 $743,559,607 #125 #123 $200,000,000 [17]
Total $558,143,926 $747,966,843 $1,306,110,769 $315,000,000

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Critical Public
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Monsters, Inc. 96% (199 reviews)[23] 79 (35 reviews)[24] A+[25]
Monsters University 80% (203 reviews)[26] 65 (41 reviews)[27] A[28]
Monsters at Work 65% (26 reviews)[29] 55 (9 reviews)[30]

Cast and characters[edit]

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  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
  •  Y indicates a younger version of the character.
Character Feature films Short films Television series
Monsters, Inc. Monsters University Mike's New Car Party Central Monsters at Work
James P. "Sulley" Sullivan John Goodman
Michael "Mike" Wazowski Billy Crystal Billy Crystal
Noah JohnstonY
Billy Crystal
Boo Mary Gibbs Drawing
Randall "Randy" Boggs Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi
Henry J. Waternoose III James Coburn Photograph Photograph
Celia Mae Jennifer Tilly Jennifer Tilly
Roxana Ortega
CDA Agent #001
Bob Peterson Bob Peterson
Jeff Fungus Frank Oz Christopher Swindle
Smitty Daniel Gerson Stephen Stanton
Jerry Slugworth Steve Susskind Silent cameo
Yeti John Ratzenberger John Ratzenberger
Mrs. Flint Bonnie Hunt Photograph Bonnie Hunt
Thaddeus "Phlegm" Bile Jeff Pidgeon Christopher Swindle
George Sanderson Sam Black Silent role Silent cameo Stephen Stanton
Charlie Philip Proctor Silent cameo Christopher Swindle
Peter "Claws" Ward Joe Ranft Silent cameo in end credits Silent cameo
Dean Abigail Hardscrabble Helen Mirren
Professor Derek Knight Alfred Molina Alfred Molina
Scott "Squishy" Squibbles Peter Sohn Peter Sohn
Don Carlton Joel Murray Joel Murray
Terry Perry Dave Foley Dave Foley
Terri Perry Sean P. Hayes Sean P. Hayes
Art Charlie Day Charlie Day
Sherri Squibbles Julia Sweeney Julia Sweeney
Johnny J. Worthington III Nathan Fillion Nathan Fillion
Chet Alexander Bobby Moynihan Bobby Moynihan
Carrie Williams Beth Behrs Unspecified voice actress
Brock Pearson Tyler Labine
Claire Wheeler Aubrey Plaza Aubrey Plaza
Mrs. Karen Graves Bonnie Hunt
"Frightening" Frank McCay John Krasinski Silent cameo
Rosie Levin Colleen O'Shaughnessey Alanna Ubach
Referee Bill Hader
Slug Silent cameo
Carla "Killer Claws" Benitez Silent cameo Alanna Ubach
Mom Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Dad / Henry Jim Ward
Timmy Cristina Pucelli
Tylor Tuskmon Ben Feldman
Fritz Henry Winkler
Val Little Mindy Kaling
Duncan P. Anderson Lucas Neff
Katherine "Cutter" Sterns Alanna Ubach
Roze Bob Peterson
Roto Bobs Gannaway
Winchester "Banana Bread" Dee Bradley Baker
Gary Gibbs Gabriel Iglesias
Otis Bobs Gannaway
Millie Tuskmon Aisha Tyler
Bernard Tuskmon John Ratzenberger
Mr. Crummyham Curtis Armstrong
Grandma Tuskmon Jenifer Lewis
Jack and Jill Joe Lo Truglio
Ali Wong
Roger Rogers
Henry Waternoose IV
Rhys Darby


Film Director(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Executive Producer(s) Composer Editor(s)
Monsters, Inc. Pete Docter
co-directed by: Lee Unkrich and David Silverman
Original Story by: Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon and Ralph Eggleston
Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson
Darla K. Anderson John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton Randy Newman Robert Grahamjones & Jim Stewart
Monsters University Dan Scanlon Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird and Dan Scanlon Kori Rae John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich Greg Snyder

Video games[edit]

Theme park attractions[edit]

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor[edit]

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is an interactive animated comedy club show attraction based on the Monsters, Inc. franchise in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.[31]

It opened on April 2, 2007, replacing the Circle-Vision attraction The Timekeeper. The characters from the 2001 and 2013 Disney/Pixar animated films Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University that appear in the attraction are Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and Roz (Bob Peterson). By November 2006, the attraction as Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club was going through a testing phase with expect regular operation in January 2007.[31] The attraction was nominated for the 6th Annual VES Awards - Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project in 2008, but lost to Dinosaurs - Giants of Patagonia.[32]

Subsequent to the 2013 release of Monsters University, a new "commercial" sequence was added during the pre-show which has Monsters University student Art (Charlie Day) advertise the "Monsters University School of Laughter", replacing the "Comedy Detection Agency" sequence that Wazowski introduces.

On October 27, 2020, since Walt Disney World reopened, after being temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Walt Disney World announced that all recent entertainment shows are laid off, such as Citizens of Hollywood at Disney's Hollywood Studios, due to a dispute between the Actors' Equity Association and Walt Disney World. This included the cast doing live voice for Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.[33]

Between October 27, 2020 and April 4, 2023, the Laugh Floor reopened.[34]

Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue![edit]

Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! is a dark ride attraction in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It is based on the 2001 Disney/Pixar animated film Monsters, Inc. It opened on January 22, 2006.[35] The audio animatronic of Roz is the only figure in the ride that is fully animated, complete with a moving mouth and interactivity. The attraction replaced the short-lived Superstar Limo dark ride.[36]

This attraction had two major closures: on April 15, 2012 before, during, and after the deresolution (derezzolution) of ElecTRONica (albeit with scaffolding, yellow/brown canvas, and scrims covering the building alongside blue construction walls) and in August-September 2022 with scaffolding, blue canvas, and scrims covering the building alongside large yellow construction walls.

Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek[edit]

Similar to Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, Ride & Go Seek is an interactive dark ride attraction in Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort.


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