26 sneaky details you probably missed in ‘Monsters Inc.’

There are references to other Pixar films in ‘Monsters Inc.’ Disney/Pixar

“Monsters Inc.” introduced viewers to the world of Monstropolis, and Disney fans still care about the loveable character even 20 years later.

Read on for some of the details you may have missed in the Pixar film.

The movie’s opening-credits scene features doors and monsters.

Scarers sneak into kids’ bedrooms through doors to capture their screams. Disney/Pixar

“Monsters Inc.” starts with a basic animated sequence and a title card.

The sequence shows monsters coming in and out of doors, which gives viewers a taste of what’s in store for the rest of the movie.

Sulley’s fur moves realistically throughout the movie.

Pixar pays a lot of attention while animating hair and fur. Disney/Pixar

Pixar has become known for its extraordinarily detailed animation style, and “Monsters Inc.” is no exception.

Sulley’s detailed fur was reportedly made up of over a million hairs, and the studio even came up with a new program, called Simulation, to get all those hairs to move.

The first time the movement of Sulley’s fur is noticeable is in his opening scene when he breathes on his arm in his sleep.

Mike and Sulley’s furniture has some spooky features.

Sulley and Mike’s apartment features fangs. Disney/Pixar

Mike and Sulley’s apartment has plenty of items that one would expect in a usual home, such as beds, chairs, a television set, and an alarm clock.

But much of their furniture has small monster-like touches, such as the fangs on the fireplace and radio.

Their chairs match their looks.

Sulley’s chair also has a hole in it for his tail. Disney/Pixar

In their apartment, Mike and Sulley each have their own chair that seems to match their aesthetic.

Mike’s chair is small, green, and round, and Sulley’s chair is large and purple.

Sulley’s chair also has a hole in the back, seemingly for his tail.

Monsters, Inc. is made to feel like a real company throughout the movie.

Monsters, Inc. has a logo, slogan, and trademark. Disney/Pixar

Throughout the movie, viewers see how things run at Monsters, Incorporated.

The first glimpse viewers get of the company happens during the commercial, when the Monsters, Inc. logo and slogan are revealed.

Both the logo, an “M” with an eye on it, and the slogan, “We scare because we care” are featured throughout the movie on TVs, billboards, and around the office.

The scream shortage is mentioned several times before Mike and Sulley get to work.

The newspaper is very detailed. Disney/Pixar

Part of why the monsters are so intensely watching the Scream Board on the Scare Floor is because there’s a looming scream shortage – which means there’s a chance of a power shortage in Monstropolis.

Before Mike and Sulley even get to work, the shortage is mentioned on the commercial they watch and in a Monstropolis Horn article they walk past during their commute.

Mike and Sulley pass a café with a recognisable name.

Pixar animators used to go to Hidden City Cafe in California. Disney/Pixar

While walking to work, Mike and Sulley pass the Hidden City Cafe.

This was actually a real-life café that some Pixar employees used to frequent in California.

The fruit names at Tony’s Grossery have a monstrous twist.

The produce has spooky names. Disney/Pixar

On their walk to work, Mike and Sulley pass Tony’s Grossery – a pun in itself – which is advertising spooky produce items like blood oranges, mangle fruit, bilge berries, and spineapples.

The crosswalks look a bit different in Monstropolis.

It says ‘stalk’ instead of ‘walk.’ Disney/Pixar

Mike and Sulley’s walk to work lets viewers see how they interact with other monsters for the first time.

During their commute, they pass plenty of signs with monster puns and a crosswalk with a “Stalk/Don’t Stalk” sign.

Despite the differences between Monstropolis and the real world, Mike and Sulley still greet neighbours as they walk, follow traffic laws by crossing at the crosswalk, and make small talk with strangers.

Celia takes a call for someone with a fitting name.

She addresses someone as Ms. Fearmonger. Disney/Pixar

Celia, Mike’s girlfriend, is the receptionist at Monsters, Inc.

When Mike and Sulley first approach her, she’s taking a call for “Ms. Fearmonger.”

A fearmonger is someone who spreads fear, which is exactly what the scarers at the company are doing to harness scream energy.

Mike’s locker has pictures of Celia and reminders that he’s ignoring.

There are sticky notes reminding him to file his paperwork. Disney/Pixar

Mike has personalised his work locker with photos of and notes from Celia alongside sticky notes to himself.

One of the pictures of Celia has “to my googly bear” written on it, which is Celia’s nickname for Mike.

The sticky notes in his locker are all reminders to file his paperwork, which we later learn, from Roz, that he’s been ignoring.

Monster newspapers have some unique ads.

The ads are catered to the monster audience. Disney/Pixar

Roz is shown reading “The Daily Glob” newspaper, which seems to be a monstrous play on “The Daily Globe.”

It resembles a real newspaper, with headlines, ads, and even a barcode on the front cover.

However, the content is unique to Monstropolis, with headlines such as “Baby Born with Five Heads, Parents Thrilled” and ads for fur replacement and a way to gain 10,000 pounds in a week.

There are detailed scare reports shown throughout the movie.

All of the scare reports have detailed forms. Disney/Pixar

The monsters keep scare reports on the children they collect screams from.

The reports show basic stats about the child, such as name and age, along with information on what scares them, when they have last been scared, and what they have previously reacted to.

The idea of keeping files on children’s worst fears is pretty twisted, but there’s an impressive amount of detail in each file from an animation standpoint.

Monsters, Inc. has plenty of details that would be present in a real workplace.

Instead of an employee of the month, the company names a scarer of the month. Disney/Pixar

The Monsters, Inc. building is filled with details that resemble real-world workplaces, such as an employee-of-the-month wall, water coolers, and file folders.

However, its version of employee of the month is called the “Scarer of the Month,” and the sign specifying how long the workplace has remained accident-free is used to mark how long the company has gone without being contaminated by children.

The code “2319” seems to stand for “white sock.”

The numbers are codes for letters in the alphabet. Disney/Pixar

When scarer George Sanderson exits the door onto the scare floor with a child’s sock stuck to his back, his scare assistant calls out “2319” to alert the Child Detection Agency.

“W” is the 23rd letter in the alphabet and “S” is the 19th letter, so the code seems like it’s literally meant to stand for “white sock.”

Mike purposefully makes himself smell bad for his date.

One of the odorants is ‘sludge’ scented. Disney/Pixar

Before going on his date, Mike asks Sulley if he can borrow his “odorent.”

Because they’re monsters, they apparently want to smell gross, so Sulley lists several disgusting options for Mike.

After being offered Smelly Garbage and Old Dumpster scents, Mike opts for Wet Dog odorent.

Boo’s real name seems to be Mary.

She appears to sign her name on one of her drawings. Disney/Pixar

When Mike and Sulley get stuck with a wandering child who sneaks into Monsters, Inc., they start calling her Boo.

But when she’s drawing in Sulley’s bed, she shuffles through pictures that she’s signed Mary, which seems to be her real name.

This also coincides with the name of the actress who voiced Boo, Mary Gibbs.

There are a few Pixar Easter eggs in Boo’s room.

Jessie from the ‘Toy Story’ movies makes a brief appearance. Disney/Pixar

When Boo’s room is first shown, a yellow and blue ball with a red star can be spotted in front of her bed.

This is known as the Luxo Ball in Pixar films, and can also be seen in movies like “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” and “Brave.”

At the end of the movie, the Jessie doll from “Toy Story 2” can also be seen in her room.

The restaurant menu puts a scary twist on usual dish names.

Spider rolls are on the menu. Disney/Pixar

When Mike and Sulley talk behind a menu at the sushi restaurant, fans get a clear view of the names of its dishes.

The restaurant serves flab cakes, spider rolls, goo-tofu, swill-and-sour soup, and other dishes that put scary twists on real-world foods.

The work spaces in Monsters, Inc. are full of clever monster puns.

The filing system is scare-themed. Disney/Pixar

Sulley runs past an office labelled “Inhuman Resources,” which is presumably Monster, Inc.’s version of an HR department.

The Scare Floor filing system also puts a twist on a normal office concept by categorising children’s documents as “To Be Scared” and “Scared.”

The hair on the monsters is carefully animated to move differently according to length, weight, and style.

The Abominable Snowman has different fur than Sulley. Disney/Pixar

There are plenty of different monsters shown throughout the movie, which allowed animators to show movement in unique ways based on the monster’s fur type.

Sulley’s design is extremely detailed, and his long fur moves differently when he’s walking or running.

But the shorter and denser fur on other monsters, like the Abominable Snowman, acts differently in motion.

Boo’s file shows that she’s scared of snakes.

It explains why she’s so scared of Randall. Disney/Pixar

Toward the end of the movie, Mike and Sulley search for Boo’s file so they can find her door card and send her home.

The report mentions that she’s afraid of snakes, which probably explains why Randall, who appears to be scaly and snake-like, was assigned as her scarer.

There are several Pixar references in the scene where Randall is banished.

The trailer home also shows up in other Pixar movies. Disney/Pixar

After plenty of chaotic chase scenes, Randall is finally banished through a door.

He ends up in a trailer with a couple who – thinking the monster is actually an alligator – start attacking him.

The trailer may look familiar to Pixar fans, as it seems to be the same one shown in “A Bug’s Life.”

The Pizza Planet truck is also sitting outside of the trailer, which is a reference to “Toy Story.” The yellow-and-white truck appears in nearly every other Pixar movie as well.

There’s a quick “Finding Nemo” reference.

Nemo makes an appearance in ‘Monsters Inc.’ Disney/Pixar

Though “Monsters Inc.” was released two years before “Finding Nemo,” there’s a quick reference to the titular clown fish toward the end of the movie.

When Boo and Sulley are in her room, Boo hands the monster several toys, including a Nemo stuffed animal.

There’s a Disney poster in a child’s room.

Tomorrowland is a reference to the Disney theme parks. Disney/Pixar

After Monsters, Inc. is overhauled, the monsters go into children’s bedrooms looking to harness laugh power.

When Mike is doing his comedy routine for a kid, several posters can be seen hanging above his bed.

One says Tomorrowland on it, which is a reference to part of the Disney theme parks. The concept started as Walt Disney’s idea for an actual prototype city, but those plans never came to fruition.

There was also a live-action Disney movie called “Tomorrowland” released in 2015.

Monsters, Inc. looks quite different by the end of the movie.

The scare-themed filing system got a comedy refresh. Disney/Pixar

After realising that laughter is more powerful than screams, Mike and Sulley overhaul Monsters, Inc.

This changes the vibe of the entire company. The Scare Floor is relabeled as the Laugh Floor, the Scare Files are changed to Smile Files, and monsters go into rooms with comedic props rather than scary ones.

There’s also a sign listing the rules of comedy on the Laugh Floor.

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