Monsters, Inc.

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We Scare, Because We Care

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 computer animated feature film in which, in order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, two monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Directed by Pete Docter. Written by Andrew Stanton, and Daniel Gerson, based on a story by Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon, and Ralph Eggleston
Monsters, Inc.: We Scare Because We Care. (taglines)


Mike: I'm tellin' you, big daddy, you're gonna be seein' this face on TV a lot more often.
Sulley: Yeah, like on "Monstropolis' Most Wanted"?
Mike: Ha, ha, ha. You've been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal.

[Sulley has insisted on walking to work]
Mike: You wanna know why I bought the car, Sulley?
Sulley: Not really.
Mike: To drive it! You know, like on the street, with the honk-honk and the vroom-vroom, and the no walking involved?
Sulley: Wa, wa, wa, wa. Will you give it a rest, butterball? C'mon, you could use the exercise.
Mike: I could use the exercise? Look at you! You have your own climate.

Celia: So, uh... are we going anywhere special tonight?
Mike: I just got us into a little place called, um...Harryhausen's.
Celia: Harryhausen's?! But it's impossible to get a reservation there.
Mike: Not for Googlie Bear. [heading to the Scare Floor] I will see you at quittin' time, and not a minute later.
Celia: Okay, sweetheart.
Mike: Think romantical thoughts. [singing] You and me, me and you, both of us togetheeeeeeer.

Mike: Again? You know, there's more life than scaring. Hey, can I borrow your odorant?
Sulley: Yeah, I got, uh, smelly garbage or old dumpster.
Mike: You got, uh, low tide?
Sulley: No.
Mike: How about wet dog?
Sulley: Yep. Stink it up.

Mike: [to Sulley] Y'know, sometimes I feel so romantic, I think I should just marry myself!
Sulley: Give me a break, Mike...
Mike: What a night of romance I've got ahead of me! Tonight is about me and Celia! [imitating a ship's horn] The loveboat is about to set sail! I'm tellin' ya, pal, I see her face and it makes my heart go-- [finds himself face-to-face with Roz] YIKES!!!
Roz: [sternly] Hello, Wazowski. Fun-filled evening planned for tonight?
Mike: Well, as a matter of fact--
Roz: And I'm sure you filed your paperwork correctly...for once! [silence] Your stunned silence is very reassuring. [leaves]
Mike: Oh no, my scare reports! I left them on my desk! If I'm not at the restaurant in five minutes, they're gonna give our table away, what am I gonna tell--?! [Celia comes up to Mike] Schmoopsie-Pooh.
Celia: Hey Googlie-Bear, wanna get going?
Mike: Do I ever? It's just that... Uh...
Celia: What?
Mike: There's a small--
Celia: I don't understand.
Sulley: It's just I forgot about some paperwork I was supposed to file. Mike was reminding me; thanks, buddy.
Mike: I was? I mean, I was! Yeah, I was.
Celia: Okay, let's go then.
Mike: We're going! [whispering to Sulley] On my desk, Sulley. The pink copies go to accounting, the fuchsia ones go to purchasing, and the goldenrod ones go to Roz. [Celia pulls him away; he comes back] Leave the puce! [gets pulled away again]
Sulley: [to himself] So the pink copies go to purchasing, and the fuchsia ones go to Roz. No, the fuchsia ones go to purchasing and the goldenrod ones go to Roz. Man, I have no idea what puce is... [looks at some reddish-brown files] Oh, that's puce.

Celia: Oh, Michael, I've had a lot of birthdays - well, not a lot of birthdays, but this is the best birthday ever. What are you looking at?
Mike: I was just thinking about the first time I laid eye on you, how pretty you looked.
Celia: [slightly embarrassed] Stop it.
Mike: Your hair was shorter then.
Celia: Mm-hmm. I'm thinking about getting it cut. [the snakes in her hair look worried]
Mike: No-no, I like it this length. [the snakes sigh in relief] I like everything about you. Just the other day someone asked me who I thought the most beautiful monster was in all of Monstropolis. You know what I said?
Celia: What did you say?
Mike: I said-- [sees Sulley trying to get his attention] Sulley?
Celia: Sulley?!

Randall: Wazowski! Where's the kid, you little one-eyed crettin?!
Mike: Okay. First of all, it's cretin. If you're gonna threaten me, do it properly. Second of all, you're nuts if you think kidnapping me is gonna help you cheat your way to the top!
Randall: [chuckles nastily] You still think this is about that stupid scare record?
Mike: Well... I did. Right up until you... chuckled like that... and now I'm thinkin' I should just get out of here.

[Sulley enters the scare simulator room with Mike and Boo in her disguise, willing to ask for help which can send Boo home, forgetting Waternoose had been expecting him]
Sulley: Mr. Waternoose?
Waternoose: James! Perfect timing.
Sulley: No, no, no, sir, you don't understand.
Waternoose: Okay, gentlemen. It's time for you to see how scaring really works.
[Mike picks up Boo and walks away]
Sulley: But, sir...
[The lights go out, as if it's nighttime, and the Simulator Child goes to sleep]
Boo: [excited to watch Sulley] Kitty!
Mike: No, Boo. No!
Waternoose: Now, give us a big loud roar.
Sulley: Mr. Waternoose, there's no time for this...
Waternoose: Come on! Come on! What are you waiting for? Roar!
Sulley: But sir...
Waternoose: ROAR!
[Sulley without choice, lunges out at the simulation kid and lets out a load roar, causing it to scream. Little did he know that Boo was standing close by, watching in horror]
Waternoose: [applauds] Well done. Well done, James.
Sulley: Boo?
Waternoose: All right, gentlemen. I hope you've all learnt a valuable lesson...
[Sulley notices Boo run off crying, terrified from his roar]
Sulley: Boo. Boo. Boo, it's me.
Waternoose: [gasps] The child.
Mike: Sir, she isn't toxic.

[Waternoose brings in a gigantic metal door that leads to the Himalayas]
Mike: Uh, sir, that's not her door.
Waternoose: I know, I know. [sternly] It's yours.

Sulley: [is fighting the invisible Randall when he is hit with a snowball] Mike?
Mike: Look, it's not that I don't care about the kid.
Sulley: Mike, you don't understand.
Mike: Yes, I do. I was just mad, that's all. I needed some time to think, but you shouldn't have left me out there.
Sulley: I'm being attacked!
Mike: No, I'm not attacking you. I'm tryna be honest, just hear me out. You and I are a team. Nothing is more important than our friendship.
[Boo approaches Mike, frightened]
Sulley: I-I know, kid. He's too sensitive.
Mike: [Sulley is being strangled] Come on, pal. If you start cryin', I'm gonna cry, and I'll never get through this. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you, but I am now. Hey, Sulley, I am baring my soul here. The least you can do is pay attention!
[he throws a snowball; it hits Randall, making him visible enough for Sulley to knock him out]
Mike: Hey, look at that, it's Randall. It's... Oh.
Sulley: [picking up Mike and Boo] Come on!
Waternoose: [to Randall] Get up! There can't be any witnesses!
Randall: There won't be.

[Waternoose catches Sulley trying to defend Boo]
Waternoose: This has gone far enough, James.
Sulley: She's home now! Just leave her alone!
Waternoose: I can't do that. She's seen too much. You both have.
Sulley: It doesn't have to be this way!
Waternoose: I have no choice! Times have changed. Scaring isn't enough anymore!
Sulley: But kidnapping children?!
Waternoose: I'll kidnap 1,000 children before I let this company die! And I'll silence anyone who gets in my way! [knocks Sulley aside]
Sulley: No!
[Waternoose lunges at the bed, only to find the simulator robot]
Voice: Simulation terminated. Simulation terminated.
Waternoose: [confused] Huh? But... What?
[the lights come on and it's revealed that Boo's room is really the simulation room; Mike and several CDA agents are standing behind the console]
Mike: Well, I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I spotted several big mistakes. You know what? Let's watch my favorite part again, shall we? [replays the footage of Waternoose's confession over and over]
Boo: Baby.
Sulley: Shh, shh, shh, shh!
Boo: Shh!
CDA Agent # 1: I'll take him.
CDA Agent # 2: All right, sir. Come with us.
Waternoose: What are you doing?! Take your hands off of me! You can't arrest me! I hope you're happy, Sullivan! You've destroyed this company! Monsters, Incorporated is dead! Where will everyone get their scream now?! The energy crisis will only get worse because of you!
CDA Agent: Stay where you are. #1 wants to talk to you. Attention!
[Roz enters the room]
Roz: Hello, boys!
Sulley and Mike: Roz?
Roz: Two and a half years of undercover work were almost wasted when you intercepted that child, Mr. Sullivan. Of course, without your help, I never would've known that this went all the way up to Waternoose. Now, about the girl.
Sulley: I just wanna send her home.
Roz: [into her wrist communicator] Very good. Bring me a door shredder.


  • Monsters, Inc.: We Scare Because We Care
  • You Won't Believe Your Eye.
  • We Think They Are Scary, But Really We Scare Them!
  • Since the very first bedtime, all around the world, children have known that once their mothers and fathers tuck them in, and shut off the light, that there are MONSTERS hiding in their closets, waiting to emerge! What they don't know is: it's nothing personal. It's just their job.



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