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The Movie

  • All-Star Cast: And unlike most Pixar films, one where the two leads were given a generous amount of mention in the advertising.
  • Children Voicing Children: Mary Gibbs was a toddler like her character Boo. While not necessarily a case of Never Work with Children or Animals, the crew apparently found it easier to just follow her around with a boom mike than to try and get her to sit still in the booth.
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  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Bob Peterson as Roz.
  • The Danza: As signed on one of Boo's pictures, her real name is Mary after her voice actress Mary Gibbs.
  • Distanced from Current Events: The original punchline to gag of Harryhausen's getting "decontaminated" had the CDA blowing it up with explosives. A mere 60 days before the film's release, 9/11 happened, and it was hastily changed to the restaurant getting put under a force-field. The original scene can be found on the Blu-Ray features.
  • Doing It for the Art: The extensive work on the hair simulation for Sully is staggering, and the efforts clearly paid off.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In order to get her to laugh, Pete Docter would often talk to Mary Gibbs through sock puppets in the recording booth.
  • Jumped at the Call: Billy Crystal accepted the role of Mike because he felt bad for turning down the role of Buzz Lightyear on the first Toy Story movie.
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  • Missing Trailer Scene: There are two teaser trailers with completely original footage.
  • Non-Singing Voice: In the German version of I Wouldn't Have Nothing If I Didn't Have You, Sulley's singing voice is provided by Thomas Amper, who also voiced George Sanderson.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: There's been a hoax going around associated with the movie. It involves a screenshot of a scene showing that Boo drew a drawing of her mother and "Uncle Roger" having sex. The picture is photoshopped. Despite this, people still claim it's a real case of Getting Crap Past the Radar or that it was on the first edition before later being censored.
  • Preview Piggybacking: Those lines around the block of the theaters when this movie was first released? Those were obsessive Star Wars fans trying to see the teaser for Attack of the Clones, many of whom left after seeing it.
  • Real-Life Relative:
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    • Boo's actress, Mary Gibbs, is the daughter of storyboard artist Rob Gibbs.
    • Ditto with Boo's Latin American VA Alicia Vélez, whose father Humberto Vélez voiced Roz.
  • Those Two Actors: This was the first film to have John Goodman and Steve Buscemi to not be made by The Coen Brothers.
    • From the obscure cartoon Pigs Next Door, John Goodman (Sulley) was main character Phil, while John Ratzenberger (the Yeti) and Jennifer Tilly (Celia)) were his neighbors the Stumps.
  • Throw It In!: All of Boo's lines. Obviously, then-toddler Mary Gibbs was not going to sit still in a recording booth and read her lines like a professional actress, so the team just follower her around the studio with a boom mic and recorded her playing. You can actually tell that she must have been in the Winnie-the-Pooh department, because one of her lines sounds like "I'm Tigger!".
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Of the late '90s/early 2000s, especially Mike and Sulley's apartment.
  • Voices in One Room:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Bill Murray read for the role of Sully before John Goodman was cast. However, Pete Docter couldn't get back in touch with Murray after his screen-test, which he took as a "no".
    • Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Jack Black, and Drew Carey were considered for the part of Mike before the casting of Billy Crystal.
    • Jim Carrey, Chris Barrie, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Jeff Goldblum were considered to voice Randall before Steve Buscemi was cast.
    • Patrick Stewart had discussions for the role of Waternoose before the casting of James Coburn.
    • Pete Docter's earliest concept involved an adult man with monsters as figments of his imagination.
    • Early drafts had Mike as Randall's scaring assistant and Sully as a non-Scarer factory worker.
    • Several other drafts didn't feature Mike at all, and were focused strictly on Sulley and Boo's relationship.
    • Another involved a Sully-prototype protagonist named Johnson teaming up with a human child named Mary and becoming Scarers together. The climax would have involved a Friend or Idol Decision, with Johnson wondering if keeping Mary's fixed door a secret was worth it to become Top Scarer.
    • Sulley was also going to have a land lady, probably a prototype for Roz.
    • Boo was originally going to be slightly older, around 6, but was made younger to make her more dependent on Sulley.
    • As shown by this clip, Mike wasn't originally going to have arms, and Sulley originally had tentacles instead of feet.
    • Sulley was supposed to have glasses, but that idea was scrapped due to concerns about them limiting his expressiveness.
    • According to the DVD's bonus features, Sulley (still with tentacles) was going to be Randall's assistant instead of Mike (who by this point has arms). At the same time, Randall was going to be called "Ned," a leftover of the original "Monster-Child scare team" treatment.
    • Sully's original concept art made him look a lot weirder. Later art was closer to his current design.
    • Sully's introduction after Waternoose mentions him in the opening scene was originally going to be him roaring at the camera and then seguing directly into the workout scene.
    • The scene at Harryhausen's originally had Mike trying to propose to Celia, which would have driven a wedge between him and Sully. However, it was quickly decided that Boo was enough of a source of conflict.
    • The original theatrical release was supposed to feature a THX trailer starring Shrek and Donkey, but it was pulled a week and a half before because Disney threatened to blacklist THX over the trailer, which wouldn't be seen for a couple of years after that.
    • A rejected concept was that Celia actually had the abilities of Medusa (hence having snakes for hair), having turned her ex-boyfriends to stone and putting extra pressure on Mike.

The Game

  • Christmas Rushed: The game was rushed out the door to coincide with the release of the movie, resulting in at least 18 levels being cut and the game's plot randomly jumping from event to event with little cohesion.
  • Fan Remake: Project 2319, a remake of the original game that plans to restore all the cut content and add in new features.
  • What Could Have Been: According to a dataminer, the game has a ton of cut content:
    • At least 31 levels (including bonus levels) were planned, but the game's Troubled Production resulted in the finished game only having 13 levels.
    • The tutorial level was originally going to revolve around Sulley and Mike going around a human campground, being taught how to perform moves by Flint (who actually has a completed but unused model in the game's files).
    • Sulley has unused animations for carrying Boo, implying she would have had a much larger role in the game.
    • Mike was originally intended to be a playable character instead of an NPC.
    • There's a lot of unused dialogue for conversations that don't happen in-game. Several conversations use placeholder dialogue from the movie, implying the original developers may have intended on getting John Goodman and Billy Crystal to reprise their roles as Sulley and Mike at some point.
    • Cutscenes of Sulley being shaved and frozen in carbonite are present in the game files and were intended to play if Sulley got caught by the CDA (in the game itself, Sulley merely dies and respawns).

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