THE NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE OF "MONSTERS, INC." COMES TO
ABC AS A PRESENTATION OF "THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY,"
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
Airing in HDTV, Film Features Academy Award-Winning Original Song
By Randy Newman, "If I Didn't Have You"
The critically acclaimed hit animated feature film from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios ("Toy Story" franchise, "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles"), "Monsters, Inc.," is set to make its network television premiere in HDTV with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio as a presentations of "The Wonderful World of Disney," SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Featuring the voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn and Jennifer Tilly, "Monsters, Inc." tells the story of the world behind our closet doors, where monsters like Mike and Sulley work hard for their income. To be precise, they work in the factory, Monsters, Inc., that collects the screams of children and turns them into energy that powers their city, Monstropolis. However, it's getting harder and harder to shock kids, forcing the monsters to face a serious energy shortage. Ironically, while they are provoking screams of terror from youngsters, the monsters themselves adamantly believe human children are toxic and that direct contact would be catastrophic, so when a little girl named Boo slips through her closet door into Monstropolis, pandemonium erupts!
"Monsters, Inc." stars the voices of John Goodman as James P. "Sulley" Sullivan, Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski, Mary Gibbs as Boo/Mary, Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs, James Coburn as Henry J. Waternoose III, Jennifer Tilly as Celia, Bob Peterson as Roz, John Ratzenberger as Yeti, Frank Oz as Fungus, Daniel Gerson as Needleman & Smitty, Steve Susskind as Floor Manager, Bonnie Hunt as Flint, Jeff Pidgeon as Bile and Sam Black as George Sanderson.
John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton served as executive producers, Darla K. Anderson was producer and Kori Rae was associate producer. "Monsters, Inc." was directed by Peter Docter with David Silverman and Lee Unkrich serving as co-directors. The original story was by Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon and Ralph Eggleston, with a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson. "Monsters, Inc." won the Academy Award for "Best Music, Original Song" for Randy Newman's "If I Didn't Have You."
"MONSTERS, INC." IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Monsters, Inc." will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.
A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.