History Fridge / MonstersInc

11th Nov '16 5:15:11 PM dmcreif
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** Boo can move from place to place in a manner that's almost invisible. ''Who was assigned to be her monster again?''

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** Boo can move from place to place in a manner that's almost invisible. ''Who was It is fitting that Randall, who's capable of turning invisible, would be assigned to be her monster again?''her.



* Take a close look around the training room: everything seems a little "off." The pictures on the walls don't look quite right (animals have too many heads, etc.). The letters painted on the walls don't look right either; some of them are backwards or the wrong shape. This is because they're approximations made by creatures who don't quite know what these things really are. It's like a zoo or an aquarium: an imitation of a natural environment and is slightly off in ways that only a human could see.

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* Take a close look around the training room: [[UncannyValley everything seems a little "off." "]] The pictures on the walls don't look quite right (animals have too many heads, etc.). The letters painted on the walls don't look right either; some of them are backwards or the wrong shape. This is because they're approximations made by creatures who don't quite know what these things really are. It's like a zoo or an aquarium: an imitation of a natural environment and is slightly off in ways that only a human could see.



* An ''in-universe'' example is the entire "Top Scarer" thing and the competition to earn that title earlier in the movie involving all the monsters going through many doors and whoever scares the most children is Top Scarer. Naturally, Sulley keeps his title. At one point, he even comes out of a door and simply says "slumber party", which boosts his points. This suggests that he scared an entire room full of children and it's PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler: Flashforward to later in the movie when Sulley accidentally scares Boo was his roar and "scary face" that he's forced to demonstrate. Boo's reaction is recoiling and sobbing in absolute terror. Then Sulley undergoes a HeelRealization of just how bad scaring has messed up a kid. That brings about the FridgeHorror; just how many kids has he left as scared and sad as Boo is now? Knowing that, even the "slumber party" moment becomes much HarsherInHindsight.]]
** It's also noted in ''MonstersUniversity'' that crying is useless to the monsters, and ''dangerous'' because it's likely to get them caught by parents. As such, monsters are trained to use specific scaring techniques that won't make children cry. This may also be another trick by the company to get ethical monsters to accept an unethical power source -- screams and tears are equally likely to bring parents running, but tears are more likely to cause the monster to sympathize with the target.
* Early on, during a conversation between Cecila and Mike, she mentions she might get her hair cut. The thing is, her individual snake-hairs have ''eyes and brains of their own''.

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* An ''in-universe'' example is the entire "Top Scarer" thing and the competition to earn that title earlier in the movie involving all the monsters going through many doors and whoever scares the most children is Top Scarer. Naturally, Sulley keeps his title. At one point, he even comes out of a door and simply says "slumber party", which boosts his points.points just after Randall takes the lead. This suggests that he scared an entire room full of children and it's PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler: Flashforward to later in the movie when Sulley accidentally scares Boo was his roar and "scary face" that he's forced to demonstrate. Boo's reaction is recoiling and sobbing in absolute terror. Then Sulley undergoes a HeelRealization of just how bad scaring has messed up a kid. That brings about the FridgeHorror; just how many kids has he left as scared and sad as Boo is now? Knowing that, even the "slumber party" moment becomes much HarsherInHindsight.]]
** It's also noted in ''MonstersUniversity'' ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' that crying is useless to the monsters, and ''dangerous'' because it's likely to get them caught by parents. As such, monsters are trained to use specific scaring techniques that won't make children cry. This may also be another trick by the company uses to get ethical monsters to accept an unethical power source -- screams and tears are equally likely to bring parents running, but tears are more likely to cause the monster to sympathize with the target.
* Early on, during a conversation between Cecila Celia and Mike, she mentions she might get her hair cut. The thing is, her individual snake-hairs have ''eyes and brains of their own''.



*** This troper always assumed they would've grown back; it would've been painful, but by no means lethal.

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*** This troper ***I always assumed they would've grown back; it would've been painful, but by no means lethal.



* Remember how banishment is a punshment for monsters who break the rules, or are just different? It's jumping to conclusions a little but the abominable snowman didn't seem that scared of kids. What I'm getting at is, [[NightmareFuel why do you suppose those monsters got banished in the first place?]]
** WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity implies that the Yeti was banished, but for a different reason. [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, Mike and Sulley are working in the mailroom. The two are warned by the Yeti that tampering with the mail results in banishment. The Yeti might have tampered with the mail and ended up getting banished]]. It's scarier that banished monsters are left to die in one of the most unbearable mountain ranges in the world, and the Yeti was lucky for being able to survive and building a home up there. It's also implied that all he eats is snow ... that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar is yellow]].

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* Remember how banishment is a punshment for monsters who break the rules, or are just different? It's jumping to conclusions a little but the abominable snowman Abominable Snowman didn't seem that scared of kids. What I'm getting at is, kids. [[NightmareFuel why do you suppose those monsters Which begs the question of just what got banished in the first place?]]
** WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity
him banished.]]
**''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity''
implies that the Yeti Abominable Snowman was banished, but for a different reason. [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, Mike and Sulley are working in the mailroom. The two are warned by the Yeti Abominable Snowman that tampering with the mail results in banishment. The Yeti might have tampered with the mail and ended up getting banished]]. It's scarier that banished monsters are left to die in one of the most unbearable mountain ranges in the world, and the Yeti he was lucky for being able to survive and building a home up there. It's also implied that all he eats is snow ... that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar is yellow]].
19th Aug '16 11:36:22 AM MrDeath
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** This troper has kids. Kids often want to draw, paint and put stickers on *everything*. Open door? Just another canvas for a creative child.
* The song sung over the credits has as its main line "Wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you". This line takes on a whole new meaning if you think about the double negative "Wouldn't have nothin'". Taken literally, are they complaining that because of the other person, they now have nothing? Takes the song from a FriendshipSong about HeterosexualLifePartners to a QuarrelingSong about a pair who are VitriolicBestBuds at best.

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** This troper has kids. Kids often want to draw, paint and put stickers on *everything*. Open door? Just another canvas for a creative child.
* The song sung over the credits has as its main line "Wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you". This line takes on a whole new meaning if you think about the double negative "Wouldn't have nothin'". Taken literally, are they complaining that because of the other person, they now have nothing? Takes the song from a FriendshipSong about HeterosexualLifePartners to a QuarrelingSong about a pair who are VitriolicBestBuds at best.
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19th Aug '16 9:43:24 AM evknucklehead
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** This troper has kids. Kids often want to draw, paint and put stickers on *everything*. Open door? Just another canvas for a creative child.

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** This troper has kids. Kids often want to draw, paint and put stickers on *everything*. Open door? Just another canvas for a creative child.child.
* The song sung over the credits has as its main line "Wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you". This line takes on a whole new meaning if you think about the double negative "Wouldn't have nothin'". Taken literally, are they complaining that because of the other person, they now have nothing? Takes the song from a FriendshipSong about HeterosexualLifePartners to a QuarrelingSong about a pair who are VitriolicBestBuds at best.
7th Jul '16 12:32:19 PM MarioLucario493
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* Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He thought he actually went into Boo's room (notice he tells her "Be a good girl, okay?" as if he intended to say goodbye to her, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power on to the cameras and TV's for some reason...)]]

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* Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He thought he actually went into Boo's room (notice he tells her "Be a good girl, okay?" as if he intended to say goodbye to her, room, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power on to the cameras and TV's for some reason...)]]
7th Jul '16 12:31:44 PM MarioLucario493
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** But don't monsters use the same alphabet as humans? Why would the letters look different?
7th Jul '16 12:31:06 PM MarioLucario493
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* Rewatching Monsters Inc, I just realized something - Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He legit thought he was in Boo's room, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power on to the cameras and TV's for some reason...)]]

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** But don't monsters use the same alphabet as humans? Why would the letters look different?
* Rewatching Monsters Inc, I just realized something - Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He legit thought he was in actually went into Boo's room, room (notice he tells her "Be a good girl, okay?" as if he intended to say goodbye to her, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power on to the cameras and TV's for some reason...)]]
** Or maybe Sulley just [[spoiler: pretended to push the button to trick Waternoose.]]
7th Jul '16 12:25:21 PM MarioLucario493
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* Rewatching Monsters Inc, I just realized something - Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He legit thought he was in Boo's room, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power to the cameras and TV's still on for some reason...)]]

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* Rewatching Monsters Inc, I just realized something - Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He legit thought he was in Boo's room, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power on to the cameras and TV's still on for some reason...)]]
7th Jul '16 12:24:50 PM MarioLucario493
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* Rewatching Monsters Inc, I just realized something - Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He legit thought he was in Boo's room, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power to the cameras and TVs still on for some reason...)]]

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* Rewatching Monsters Inc, I just realized something - Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He legit thought he was in Boo's room, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power to the cameras and TVs TV's still on for some reason...)]]
7th Jul '16 12:24:22 PM MarioLucario493
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* Rewatching Monsters Inc, I just realized something - Sulley had no idea that [[spoiler:he was in the simulation room when Waternoose cornered him. He legit thought he was in Boo's room, and he had no idea Mike had set up everything to catch Waternoose's confession. But Sulley clearly pushed the button on the control panel, which would have activated the door, so why didn't it? Because Waternoose ordered the CDA to cut the power to the door stations. They must have cut the power to the station in the simulation room too! (But they left the power to the cameras and TVs still on for some reason...)]]
20th Jun '16 2:53:42 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* The energy metaphors. The Monster world had hit 'peak scream' due to the cynicism of our world, though screams were also a form of renewable energy. [[BigBad Waternoose]]'s solution was [[spoiler:strip-mining screams, leaving a trail of damaged or destroyed children]] and hastening the end. [[TheHero Sulley]]'s discovery that [[spoiler:children's ''laughter'' had far more power than their screams]] was something like the Monster World discovering fusion; near limitless energy that wasn't in the least diminished by our world's cynicism. That most of the Monsters' jobs got much more pleasant afterward was a very big bonus.

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* The energy metaphors. The Monster world had hit 'peak scream' due to the cynicism of our world, though screams were also a form of renewable energy. [[BigBad Waternoose]]'s [[spoiler:[[BigBad Waternoose]]]]'s solution was [[spoiler:strip-mining screams, leaving a trail of damaged or destroyed children]] and hastening the end. [[TheHero Sulley]]'s discovery that [[spoiler:children's ''laughter'' had far more power than their screams]] was something like the Monster World discovering fusion; near limitless energy that wasn't in the least diminished by our world's cynicism. That most of the Monsters' jobs got much more pleasant afterward was a very big bonus.
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