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Wednesday, 5 December, 2001, 15:00 GMT
Animated outtakes for Monsters, Inc
3.2 million hairs were individually animated on Sulley
Sully had 3.2 million individually animated hairs
A new version of animated hit Monsters, Inc is being released in the US, just five weeks after its debut at the box office.

The film will follow in the tradition of Toy Story and A Bug's Life with specially-created animated outtakes over the movie's end credits.

The movie, which is about a monster factory that collects children's screams, had the best ever North American opening for an animated film and the sixth-best opening of all time with $63.5m (43m).


They're as much fun to create as they are to watch

Producer John Lasseter
John Goodman and Billy Crystal are the vocal stars and the film became the fastest animated film to reach the $200m (140m) mark in the US, crossing the threshold in its 30th day of release.

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Walt Disney chairman Richard Cook said they wanted to give something back to the public who had already seen the movie.

"Audiences have responded to Monsters, Inc and made it one of the biggest hits of the year," said Cook.

"We thought it would be fun to give them something extra.

"Director Pete Docter, executive producer John Lasseter, and the rest of the gang have put the Monsters characters into some really hilarious situations.

"They provide another great reason to see this hit movie again."

Lasseter, chief of Pixar, said: "We pioneered animated outtakes with A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2, and with Monsters, Inc we couldn't resist doing them again.

"They're as much fun to create as they are to watch."

Director Pete Docter: Technology has moved on
Director Pete Docter: Technology has moved on

One of the major achievements of the film is the realistic hair on Goodman's character Sulley.

Every one of the 3.2 million hairs adorning him are individually animated

Before now, Pixar's films featured characters with as little hair as possible, said director Pete Docter.

The toys in Toy Story and the insects from A Bug's Life all had hard bodies that are much more straightforward to animate.

But now as computer technology improves, more complex materials can be convincingly modelled.

"Those are things that would not have been possible even three or four years ago," said Docter.

Monsters, Inc opens in the UK on 8 February, 2002.

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