‘Monsters, Inc.’ Could Get Low-Budget Horror Despite Being Owned by Disney

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Sulley fainting in 'Monsters Inc.'

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It’s only a matter of time before the beloved animated classic Monsters, Inc. (2001) becomes the latest Disney flick to get a live-action horror movie makeover.

Monsters, Inc. is one of the most beloved 3D animated classics in the Disney library. Set in the monster-inhabited world of Monstropolis, it follows James “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), two blue-collar workers at the titular factory that houses an array of magical doors which can teleport monsters into the human world where they scare children, whose screams allow them to harvest the energy that powers Monstropolis.

So far, the 2001 film has been followed by a prequel, Monsters University (2013), and the Disney+ animated series Monsters at Work (2021). The good news is that Monsters, Inc. is owned by Disney and, as such, isn’t part of the public domain like Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Pan, and Mickey Mouse. But this may not be enough to protect the film from getting a cheap and nasty horror movie counterpart in the vein of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023) and the upcoming Mickey’s Mouse Trap (2024).

'Monsters University' poster
Credit: Disney / Pixar

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Rest assured that the low-budget “Disney” horror movie subgenre will never get its hands on the Monsters, Inc. IP, but there is another genre we should be aware of.

Familiar with a “mockbuster”? A riff of the word “blockbuster,” a mockbuster is a low-budget knock-off created to exploit the publicity of a major studio film by bearing so many similarities you’d think a major lawsuit was inevitable (it’s an incredibly fine balancing act).

Mike and Sulley on the Scare Floor in 'Monsters Inc'
Credit: Disney / Pixar

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Mockbusters almost always find a way to cash in on the success of popular motion picture films. A few hilarious (and audacious) examples are Transmorphers, Atlantic Rim, and Sunday School Musical. It’s also worth pointing out how terrible they are. Just terrible.

So, if Monsters. Inc. becomes one of the mockbuster genre’s latest victims, what should we expect? Monsters, Incarcerated? Monstrous University? We’d better stop before we give Hollywood some food for thought, so let’s put those ideas back where they came from, or so help us.

Sulley roaring in 'Monsters Inc.'
Credit: Disney / Pixar

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Per Disney+, here’s the official synopsis for Monsters, Inc.:

Lovable Sulley (John Goodman) and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at MONSTERS, INC., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s the monsters who are scared silly, and it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.

Monsters, Inc. stars John Goodman (James “Sulley” Sullivan), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski), Jenifer Tilly (Celia), and Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs).

It is now streaming on Disney+.

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