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MONSTERS, INC. <span>(2001)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 91

Release dates 18/01/2013, 08/02/2002

BBFCInsight Contains mild comic violence

Genre(s) Comedy, Animation, Children

Director(s) Pete Docter

Cast includes John Goodman (voice), Billy Crystal (voice), Mary Gibbs (voice), Steve Buscemi (voice), James Coburn (voice), Jennifer Tilly (voice), Bob Peterson (voice), John Ratzenberger (voice), Frank Oz (voice), Bonnie Hunt (voice), Wallace Shawn (voice)

Summary From the team that brought you "Toy Story" comes this CGI tale about the monsters that every child knows live in the cupboard! However these monsters are far less fierce that they'd have us believe.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 08/01/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MONSTERS, INC. is an animated film about monsters who need to collect children's screams to power their world. When a human girl, Boo, wanders into Monsteropolis, it's the monsters who are terrified, including top scarer Sully and his best friend Mike. The film was originally classified U for cinema release in 2001 and U for DVD release in 2002. This cinema re-release is rated U and contains mild comic violence.

Although Sully is the 'top scarer' in the monster world, he is a lovable, gentle character and he and Mike are the heroes of the film. When they are pitted against the villain, Randall, a snake-like monster, they use their quick wits to get the better of him and there is always a lot of comedy to make things less frightening. The big chase scenes are thrilling and exciting rather than scary, and there are lots of jokes about how it is the monsters who are really scared. The human little girl, Boo, is not at all afraid of Sully and Mike. When she sees Randall and is scared, the others look after her and protect her.

There is some violence in the film, but it is comic in tone, for example in a scene where Randall is invisible and beating up Sully, so we see Sully reacting but Mike thinks he is just messing around. There is no sight of injury.

In a couple of sequences, characters are threatened as they are put into the seat of a machine which tries to extract their screams by sucking them out through their mouths. However, these scenes are brief and when Boo is in the machine, Sully very quickly comes to rescue her before anything bad can happen.

U stands for Universal, which means that we think the film is suitable for audiences aged four or older.


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Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience

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