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Trivia / Monsters, Inc.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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:
    • 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. It was too hard to get Mary Gibbs to sit still and record lines, so the team set her loose and followed her around the studios, recording her lines. 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!".
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  • Too Soon: One of several films in production when the September 11th attacks occurred, this resulted in the "decontamination" of Harryhausen's being changed from a mushroom explosion to a pulsating plasma dome.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Of the late '90s/early 2000s, especially Mike and Sulley's apartment.
  • 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.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Bill Murray was considered and tested for the role of Sulley, but Pete Docter said that when the filmmakers decided to offer it to Murray, they were unable to make contact with him and took that to mean "no". Murray later said that if they had been able to contact him, he would've said yes.
    • Jack Black, Drew Carey, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Billy West and Robin Williams all originally auditioned for the role of Mike Wazowski.
    • Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeff Goldblum were considered for Randall.
    • Patrick Stewart was considered for Waternoose.


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