In the world behind our closet doors, monsters like Mike and Sulley work hard for their income. To be exact, the monster world depends on our children’s screams: It is their energy that makes lightbulbs glow and cars drive. Big companies like Monsters, Inc. collect the scream energy, and many monsters work there in shifts. In these times, it is getting harder and harder to shock the kids properly, since they’re so spoiled by television, so that there’s an energy shortage in the monster world. Sulley, the number one frightener, one day accidentally lets a human child into the monster world. Since kids are supposed to be poisonous and carry loads of diseases, pandemonium ensues. After Mike and Sulley discover that the girl they named Boo actually seems quite harmless, they decide to bring her back through her door into her room. But Boo’s presence is more than just a mere accident. Now, Mike and Sulley have to face an enemy within their own ranks. ―IMDb
Pete Docter came in on the ground level of arguably the most creative, technologically cutting-edge studio in filmdom, essaying a fantasy-filled childhood into some of the most spectacular and whimsical feature films of the late 1990s and 2000s. At just 21 years of age, Docter became one of the first employees of Apple Computer honcho Steve Jobs’ boutique computer-animation shop, Pixar, going on to work as a writer and animator on the company’s groundbreaking animated comedies “Toy Story” (1995) and “Toy Story 2” (1999). He conceived and directed “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) and went on to originate two features that would earn the studio some its most glowing praise and most substantial profit – “WALL E” (2008) and the adventure-comedy spectacle “Up” (2009) which returned Docter to the director’s chair. A self-admitted archetypal nerd growing up in the Midwest, Docter achieved every film geek’s dream by boasting multiple award nominations and wins for his timeless tales enjoyed by both… read more
Lee Unkrich (born August 8, 1967) is an American director and film editor. He is a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He later began directing, first as co-director of Toy Story 2. After co-directing Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo, Unkrich made his solo directorial debut with Toy Story 3, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2011. Unkrich is the 2011 recipient of University of Southern California’s Mary Pickford Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts. With the award, Unkrich joins a list of distinguished USC alumni including Robert Zemeckis, Walter Murch, Jon Landau, Gary Rydstrom and Jay Roach.
A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Unkrich spent his youth acting at the Cleveland Playhouse. Unkrich graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1990. Before joining Pixar in 1994, Unkrich worked for several years in television… read more
While not a household name like Matt Groening, animation director David Silverman was arguably one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the perennial sitcom family, “The Simpsons” (Fox, 1989- ). Silverman was a struggling animator in the 1980s – before the boom in feature film and prime-time animation – and was on the verge of quitting when he took a chance on a series of short bumpers about a dysfunctional cartoon family on “The Tracey Ullman Show” (Fox, 1987-1990). A key player in laying the ground rules for transforming Groening’s two-dimensional drawings into characters who seemed to live and move about in a three-dimensional space, Silverman also directed countless episodes during the first several seasons. After going off to try his hand on other projects, including a co-directing stint on the feature hits “Monsters Inc.” (2001) and consulting on “Ice Age” (2002), Silverman was brought back to fictional Springfield to direct the long-awaited, “The Simpsons Movie”… read more