Monsters, Inc. parents guide

Monsters, Inc.

Overall A-

Just when you've convinced your children it's safe to sleep in the dark, along comes Monsters Inc., an engaging animated film that's sure to confirm what every youngster suspects: the bedroom closet is a secret passage into a world where scary creatures thrive.

Release date November 2, 2001

Violence B
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

Why is Monsters, Inc. rated G? The MPAA rated Monsters, Inc. G

Run Time: 91 minutes

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Monsters, Inc.
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Monsters, Inc. rated G? Monsters, Inc. is rated G by the MPAA

Overall: A-
Two power plant employees make an important discovery about facing their fears of the unknown in this animated and slightly scary film about monsters in the closet. A short film called For The Birds precedes the movie. (Content notes are at the end of the Grades list.)

Violence: B
Scary scene of monster hiding in child’s closet and under the bed. Child screams. Monster hit with ball trips on toys and falls on jacks. Characters discuss highly toxic substance. Characters engage in brief benign scuffle. Character tripped by jumping rope. Newspaper starts on fire. Character falls through sidewalk grate. Monster co-worker slaps partner on several occasions. Characters discuss their fears. Helicopters, paratrooper-like characters and detox unit descend on contaminated factory. Troopers use power pack guns to disintegrate toxic object. Character loses hair after going through decontamination process. Extended scene of character being scared by child. Nervous character tries to get rid of evidence by flushing it down toilet. Child spits at another character. Characters try to avoid toxic contamination and detection by authority figures. Character pushes over TV and breaks it. Disinfectant sprayed in character’s eye. Monster falls in garbage can and books fall on his head. Monsters hide from bad character. Character twists arms of another, causing pain. Character fears for safety of person caught in garbage disposal system. Character believed to be dead. Character bitten. Children scared by roaring characters on numerous occasions. Characters banished in blizzard. Characters threatened with and attacked by vacuum-like machine. Character slides down snow covered mountain and crashes. Character nearly strangled during fights with invisible foe. Extended scene of characters hanging high above ground includes doors slammed on body parts, characters falling, and character who tries to push another. Character attacked and hit with bat. Character falls and lands on behind. Characters discuss kidnapping of children, loss of employment, and serious energy shortage. Character taken into custody by authorities.

Sexual Content: A-
Character discusses plans for romantic birthday evening. Embarrassed hairless monster covers self. Character kisses his girlfriend on at least two occasions.

Language: A-
Some name calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A

From the featured short film For The Birds: Birds mock newcomer and peck at his feet in attempt to make him fall. Birds catapulted into the air lose all their coverings. Featherless bird hits ground with some force. Denuded birds cover private areas with wings or leaves.

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Monsters, Inc.
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia G
Alberta G
Manitoba G Frightening Scenes
Ontario G
Quebec G
Martimes G
Canadian Home Video G

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News About "Monsters, Inc."

Cast and Crew

Monsters, Inc. is directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich and stars John Goodman, Billy Crystal.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Monsters, Inc. movie is February 19, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Monsters Inc. 3D

Release Date: 19 February 2013

Monsters Inc. 3D releases to home video (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following extras:

- Audio Commentary

- Director’s Introduction

- Filmmaker Roundtable


- Animated Shorts

- Galleries

Release Date: 10 November 2009

Monsters, Inc. releases to Blu-ray in a combo pack that includes a DVD copy and a DisneyFile digital copy of the feature film. Audio tracks are available in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French. There are also a closet full of these bonus materials:

- Short films: Mike’s New Car and For the Birds (each with audio commentary by the director)

- Banished Concepts

- Storyboard To Film Comparison

- Monster file

- Animation Gag Reels: Sulley/Boo/Waternoose, Giraffe Gag and Sulley Bowling Boo

- Filmmakers Round Table (with Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Bob Peterson)

- Monsters, Inc Ride and Go Seek: Building Monstropolis in Tokyo (a new attraction at Tokyo’s Disneyland).

- Game: Roz’s 100 Door Challenge

- BD-Live Bonus Content

Monsters, Inc. is also being released as a Special Edition DVD. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital EX 5.1 (English), with English subtitles. This package offers:

- Short Films: Mike’s New Car and For The Birds

- Filmmakers’ Audio Commentary

- Sneak Peek: Finding Nemo

- Outtakes

- Game: The Monsters, Inc. Company Play and Human World

- DVD-ROM Links and Game

Related home video titles:

For other animated films from Pixar (that also include short films at the beginning), check out Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and A Bug’s Life. Also check our review of the Monsters DVD Read-Along.

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