It was 15 years ago that the adorable Boo and her beloved 'kitty,' Sulley burst onto screens and introduced us to the world of Monstropolis. We joined the giant furry Sulley and his one-eyed green friend Mike Wazowski as they frantically tried to rid themselves of the extremely cute human girl, Boo who had escaped into their world. Remember this:
The movie was the fourth film for Pixar studios, and it was another huge box office success, which spawned a prequel film, Monsters University, released in 2013. But even if you may know the film front and back, there might be some juicy details you weren't so aware of. Take a look at these eight Monsters, Inc. facts that you may not have known:
1. Boo was too young to record her voice properly
Pixar famously uses children of the same age to voice their animated characters, and Mary Gibbs was only two-and-a-half when she recorded the voice of the adorable Boo! Because she was so young she was unable to stand in a recording studio and act her lines like the other voice actors, so instead she was followed around with a microphone and her lines were cut together from things that she said while she played, aw!
2. Boo's real name was the same as her voice actor's!
Despite being called Boo all the way through the film, her real name was secretly revealed at the end of the film to be Mary! 'Mary' can be seen scrawled on the drawings in her bedroom, and it was confirmed in one of the novelizations of the film. This is actually very sweet considering that the little girl who voiced Boo is named Mary Gibbs.
3. Sulley was a mammoth animated undertaking
Due to his hairy nature, it took between 11 and 12 hours to render a single frame of Sulley! In total he had a whopping 2,320,413 individual strands of hair.
4. Pixar's actual phone number appears!
Right at the beginning of the film there is a scene with monsters undergoing training in a scare simulator. When the tutor, Flint, goes to rewind the taping of the simulation there is an indicator screen which reads 510-752-300. This number just so happens to be the phone number to Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.
5. The voice behind Mike Wazowski was originally offered the role of Buzz Lightyear
Comedian Billy Crystal was originally offered the role of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, but declined the role (something he later said he regretted doing). Keen to have him on board in the future, Pixar offered him a future role in a film which they would tailor to his talent. Years later Pixar came good on this and offered him the role of Mike, a character who used Billy Crystal's considerable comedic talents when, at the end of the film, he becomes a comedian, gaining energy from children's laughter.
6. There's a cool nod to a pioneering animator
Harryhausens restaurant was named after Ray Harryhausen, the founder of the 'Dynamation' stop-motion animation technique seen in movies like 1963's Jason and the Argonauts. In addition to this little reference, the octopus chef in the restaurant is unique because it has six legs instead of the usual eight, this is another reference to Ray Harryhausen, as he had created an octopus with only six legs back in 1955 for It Came from Beneath the Sea, due to budget restrictions.
7. The café in the film is also a reference
The Hidden City Café in the film is the name of a real restaurant in San Francisco which was a favorite with Pixar's animators, including the Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter. Pete Docter also managed to score a name drop in the film by having Pete's Barber Shop named after him.
8. Monsters, Inc. hinted at Finding Nemo and references other films
Pixar is well known for referencing their past and future projects in their latest films, and Monsters, Inc. was no exception! The film included references to past films Toy Story 2 and short film Luxo Jr. with Boo's Jessie doll and ball, as well as their future project, Finding Nemo!
When the monsters are at Harryhausen restaurant there is a wall decorated with fish, including Nemo's father Marlin on the right, and the second time there was a reference to the film was when Boo is returned to her room and hands a Nemo toy to Sulley.