The opening sequence begins in the scare floor of Monsters Inc.
There is a door for every child's cupboard in the world. We see
the doors coming out on an overhead rail and lowered onto the
floor and locked into place with assistants next to each door.
We then see the monsters come out in a scene reminiscent of The
Right Stuff as they line up and approach their door. If any
item of a child enters the Monster's world the anti contamination
squad arrives and decontaminates the area which is what happens
in once classic sequence. One day a little girl comes into
the monsters world.
We see the adventures of the little girl Boo, Sully and Mike as
they work out a way to get her back to her bedroom and along
the way find a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top of
Monsters Inc. They also discover that it is better to capture
laughter than screams.
"Monsters, Inc." is a comedy set in the realm of things that go bump
in the night, where chaos breaks loose after a hapless monster accidentally
lets a human child into the secret world." A comedy, eh? Bascially, the
film is about a little girl who enters the world beneath her bed, a world
inhabited by monsters.
Monsters Inc. is about a parallel world unbeknownst
to human beings called Monsters, Incorporated, a world
of monsters who creep up under your bed and spring out
from closets when your parents aren't looking. The monsters
live by the screams and fear that they get out of children. With the advent
of the new century, jaded children aren't that easy to scare anymore, so
this world is in jeopardy, experiencing their version of an energy crisis,
if you may. In comes our kind hearted hero monster, who simply wants to
help his fellow beings out. One night, monsters Mike and Sully are
doing their jobs, scaring kids, when they run into a kid who isn't
scared of them at all. In fact, she's been waiting for the monsters
to show up all night. She's always been obsessed with the monsters,
and wants to be one of them, and go around the world scaring people.
She's even made her own monster suit, and wants to be called just by
her monster name "Boo". Boo follows Mike and Sully back to Monster
World, where she convinces them to train her how to be a good
scarer. At first they don't want anything to do with her, but pretty
soon they soften up and let her go to work with them in disguise.
They have to keep her identity as a kid secret, though, or else
their boss, who is a big crab (literally) will fire them for letting
a human into Monster World. There are a lot of close calls where Boo
almost gets found out. Along the way Boo meets some of the legendary
monsters, like the Lock Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman,
and the Sea Serpent. She gets pretty good at frightening kids, and
starts to make a name for herself. Mike and Sully are proud of their
new "trainee". One night she gets assigned to scare a kid that was a
neighbor of hers in the Human World, and he recognizes her and blows
her cover. There's an uproar in Monster World that one of the best
scarers in the business is really a human kid. A mob of monsters
comes after Boo, and for the first time in her life, Boo gets really
scared. She sees that being scared really isn't a cool thing, and
realizes it was wrong for her to scare other kids. She talks to the
monsters about it. They realize she's right. They've been profiting
off of the misery of others all this time. Even if they're just humans,
they still have feelings. Boo goes back to her Human World life, happy
for the experience, but she's learned a lot about compassion.
In the Monsters, Incorporated, the largest scare factory
in the monster world, James P. Sullivan (John
Goodman) is one of its top Scarers. Sullivan is a
huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple
spots, and horns. His Scare Assistant, best friend
and roommate is Mike Wzowski (Billy Crystal), a
green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster.
The cast of characters also includes the factory's
CEO, a crablike monster named Henry J. Waternoose
(James Coburn) and the snake-headed, beguiling
receptionist Celia (Jennifer Tilly). One of the top
Scarers is a sarcastic chameleon monster named Randall
Boggs (Steve Buscemi). Visiting from the human world
is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no
human has ever gone before.