YMMV / Monsters, Inc.

  • Accidental Innuendo: PUT THAT THING BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM OR SO HELP ME!
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Just how sympathetic Waternoose and his motives are? Is he a horrible person who is more than willing to harm children, a Well-Intentioned Extremist that is just trying to save monster's lives (under his perspective), or a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds?
  • Award Snub: The film famously lost the first Best Feature Animation Oscar to Shrek, much to the chagrin of many Pixar fans and critics.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • "If I Didn't Have You", which won the Oscar for Best Original Song. And after Randy Newman had suffered almost 20 non-winning nominations up to that point.
    • Also Enter the Heroes and The Scare Floor. Setting up for a big job, then having a lot of fun doing it.
    • There's also the dixiland jazz-style intro paying of the 2D animated opening credits, letting the audience knows that this is going to be a fun time.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Randall. A good number of his fans are convinced that he was just stressed out and didn't really do anything wrong. The more extreme ones see him as an orphan who's descriminated against for being a reptile, both in-universe and out. Any and all material that contradicts these views is immediately deemed non-canon or just ignored.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Roz has a lot of fans.
    • George Sanderson has a lot of people who feel bad for him being a victim of two 2319s. In the end, they were glad to see he got his justice.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Randall gets such treatment from his fangirls.
  • Epileptic Trees: Boo is the central figure of the Pixar Theory, that all the studio's films share the same universe. It states that she became obsessed with reconnecting with Sully and discovered an erratic form of time travel that resulted in the Easter Eggs in all the other films, eventually becoming the witch from Brave and causing the introduction of magic into the world in the first place.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Subverted. After finally returning Boo, Mike exults over this, mentions the very bad problem it causes (the exposure of Waternoose's plan means the factory will be shut down, worsening the energy crisis), then says, "But at least we had some laughs, right?" This gives Sully a Eureka Moment to solve the problem, sending it back to a proper happy ending.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Sully/Randall has become this, despite hating each other. It's the version where the fandom has no Official Couple, though; the only canon couple involves entirely different characters.
    • After Monsters University, Randall/Mike became popular in Japan. Compare Randall/Mike (ランマイ) number of Pixiv fanart (over a hundred) to Sully/Randall (サリラン) in comparation (fifty). Yeah.
  • Fountain of Memes: Mike has become this, from scenes of him being blurred out, to getting hit in the crotch, to "Put that thing back where it came from or so help me!" to simply falling over, almost everything he's done has become a meme.
  • Fridge Logic: Boo's laugh activated all the doors in the Door Factory. Realistically, at least one human would have opened their door at the time to see that they had just entered the monster world; exposing the monster world to the humans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Randall's behavior in the original film becomes worse, not to mention much pettier, when you watch the prequel and realize that for months, if not years, he'd been beaten out as Scare Leader by what essentially amounts to a college dropout!
    • Randall's nastiness towards Mike also becomes this after said prequel as well: not only did they used to be roomates and friends, Mike's advice to Randall to use his invisibility is what helped him become such a good scarer in the first place.
    • Not to mention, Mike's bitterness over the possibility of losing his job reflects all the hard work and turmoil he had to go through to have his job as a Scare Assistant.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The prequel also revealed that Mike and Sulley weren't always friends, with the duo having sort of a bitter rivalry. Although they do end up warming up to each other by the end of said prequel, this is the flick that really shows just how much their friendship has evolved.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the outtakes, a character accidentally calls Sully "Solomon" and is called out for his mistake. Now rather amusing to those who have read the NES Godzilla Creepypasta and are familiar with the Kaiju named Solomon there...
    • The opening of the Playstation game, Scare Island, a prequel to the events of this movie, mentions a Noodle Incident in college involving a mess that "took a whole semester to rebuild the dorm". This may have served as inspiration for the aftermath of Monsters University, another prequel to the events of this movie.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Waternoose, up until he crosses the Moral Event Horizon, is doing what he does out of genuine concern for the monster world and has real fatherly affection for Sully, feeling clear regret over having to betray him.
  • Moe: Boo is utterly adorable.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Waternoose's line, "I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die!" is this with Spanish-speaking Latin countries and social networks. The Latin Spanish dub's translation of the line ("Robaré los necesarios para salvar esta compañía") is subject to snowclones such as "I'll steal a thousand contents before I let this fanpage die!". It's also like this, to slightly lesser extent, with English-speaking audiences.

    • Also popular in the Latin American countries and related to the dub is the line "Well, a kid flew right over me and blasted a car with its laser visionnote ." Though this is mostly due to the Argentine-like accent used for the character rather than the actual line.
    • "Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!"
    • "Wazowski, you didn't file your paperwork last night."
      • "I'm watching you, Wazowski. Always watching! Always!"
    • Actually, It's your word against yours! "I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die!" It's called a hustle sweetheart!
    • Covering Mike's face on any packaging he appears on has bled out into real life.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Randall and Waternoose's plan, which involves kidnapping children and using the Scream Extractor to suck the screams from them, which if the effects on Fungus are considered standard, would kill them through suffocation by sucking the very air from their lungs along with the screams.
    • And if this wasn't bad enough, Waternoose corners Sully and Boo in the climax and makes it clear that he intends to straight-up murder them because they know too much. In his own words, "I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die! And I'll silence anyone who gets in my way!"
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Monsters, Inc. Scream Team for the PS 1 is one of the many copycats of Super Mario 64, but instead of lazily rehashing what the was doing to make a quick buck the developers instead opted to produce wonderfully unique levels to give each world its own feel; in other words, they copied Super Mario 64's methods, but kept the final product its own distinction from its competitors. It also helps that the game has a very snazzy jazz soundtrack and stellar graphics for its time.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Abominable Snowman.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Owing to it's plethora of colorful monsters and creatures, not to mention the presence of Frank Oz, this has been called "the best Muppet movie never made by Jim Henson." Fitting, as Pete Doctor is a huge Henson fan and once considered being a Muppeteer.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Boo is just too adorable.
  • Uncanny Valley: Impressive as it was at the time, the CGI has not aged all that well. The lighting still makes everything look kind of plastic, and Boo looks more like a doll than a human, something Pixar still hadn't quite nailed by 2001 (though you can blame two Toy Story movies for that). Compare this to Monsters University immediately before or after, a movie where Pixar actually changed their lighting system to achieve better visual effects.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: An image circulated online of what appeared to be an R-rated Easter Egg that proves the Disney conspiracy of hidden sex messages only to be quickly disproven. It turns out that it was made as part of a Cracked Photoshop contest.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Great pains were taken to make Sully's fur look real. To say nothing of Randall's disappearing acts.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Due to focusing on a company, there's a lot you could read into this movie about energy use, humane treatment, and the rights of whistle blowers if you think too hard about it.

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