Go to Film Bytes archive

Look out for more Monsters, Inc. coverage
in our magazines

THE MOVIE:
Monsters, Inc.

VOICE STARS: John Goodman
Billy Crystal • Steve Buscemi
• John Ratzenberger
What scared the cast as kids?
DIRECTOR: Pete Docter
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Lasseter

Don't miss our coverage of Monsters, Inc. in magazines like Xpose , Starburst and...

Film Review logo

Film Bytes By Judy Sloane
Page 2 of 2 • Back to << PAGE 1

THE COMMENTS

JOHN RATZENBERGER on doing voice overs:
"I think it's part of the package of being an actor. When I was working in London, ten years before I came to Cheers, I used to write and dub background dialogue for movies. In Superman, when the bus is being held up and spun around, every voice in that bus was me, even the women!"
Back to topRatzenberger on Pixar's drumbeat

BILLY CRYSTAL:
"I insisted that John and I work together. The first two sessions I did were frustrating. Pete kept asking for different kinds of readings. I said, 'I don't know what John's going to do. We are having these scenes together and the other actor isn't there. We should be together.' So John came in and it was heaven. We were acting, improvising and relating to each other, and that's why I think the work on the screen is so good, because you're getting really natural responses."
Back to top

THE ACTORS on what scared them as a kid:

STEVE BUSCEMI:
"Imagining that there were monsters under the bed. That was the scariest thing for my brothers and I. We used to sleep in the same bed and we wouldn't let our arms dangle over the side. It was scary to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night when it was dark, for fear that something would come out from under the bed and grab us."
Back to top

JOHN GOODMAN: Frankenstein.

JOHN RATZENBERGER:
"The shadows on the wall in the bedroom from the moonlight through the trees.

BILLY CRYSTAL:
"My relatives. My aunt Sheila. We used to call her the Herring Breath Monster!"
Back to top

JOHN RATZENBERGER:
"The drumbeat that Pixar is setting now with technology is the one that everyone has got to follow, and that's the way it's always going to be because they always try to outdo themselves. They're not worried about the competition, they're worried about doing better than they did before."
Back to top

Text by Judy Sloane. Page 2 of 2 • Back to PAGE 1Back to top

Visit the official Monsters, Inc. site • All images above © Disney Inc.
Feature © Visual Imagination 2001. Not for reproduction

Film Review, March 2002 cover
March issue, now available
Xpose, December 2001 cover
December issue, now available (with Billy Crystal interview)
Starburst 280, published early Nov 01
December issue, now available