Film Theory: The BIG Mistake of Monsters Inc

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By now, most of us know the end of Monsters Inc. The Monsters discover that the screams they've been using as a power source are not the most optimized way to do business. Which, you know, is good to find out given the terror they've been puting generations of kids through. Thanks to the adventures of Sully, Mike and Boo, they find out laughter works even BETTER than the sreams. What I want to know, Theorists, is WHY that is and, more importantly, did the Monsters actually make a big MISTAKE?
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  1. Mr Skysen Games
    Mr Skysen Games
    20 mínútum síðan

    So, alternate energy sources to help a dying industry? Mm...nope, can't think of any parallels.

  2. Caroline Hardacre
    Caroline Hardacre
    Klukkustund síðan

    I haven't finished the video yet however, MatPat says that screams are louder then laughter, however, wouldn't it be harder to keep someone screaming than putting someone into a fit of laughter. Like it would take longer but, one scream for a minute and a half or a prolonged period of laughter the monsters could fill at least twice the canisters with laughs if they are funny enough

  3. Shadow of death
    Shadow of death
    Klukkustund síðan

    Also the more you scare the same child the more likely they become unafraid. Talk about fear therapy lol

  4. Jerome Dg Bacorro
    Jerome Dg Bacorro
    3 klukkustundum síðan

    Mat im from the philipines ok that got silver since its too big brain for smol brains ya get?

  5. 2b Lucid
    2b Lucid
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    How facinating

  6. Benjamin harten
    Benjamin harten
    9 klukkustundum síðan

    You literally took this theory from the Pixar theory. Boo.

  7. Game bit Gamer
    Game bit Gamer
    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Kids: make a power source from sound and only get the silver medal dr doofenshmirtz : first time

  8. TheChocolateLeaf
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Is this why my humor has gotten so bad during quarantine??

  9. Nighthickory
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Wait mike has one eye memes have Changed the way I see him

  10. Wizard Ish
    Wizard Ish
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Between this and that Valentine’s Day episode on food theory, it’s a miracle MatPat isn’t demonetized

  11. Pickle Pickle
    Pickle Pickle
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    I stick to Minecraft-

  12. Aritaki
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Michael Reaves did this to power a microwave

  13. Leah Fenton
    Leah Fenton
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    The eatable weed physically trace because meal nationally refuse without a eight rest. bored, scintillating ambulance

  14. soinu foig
    soinu foig
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    “I really wish kids would just stick to Minecraft!”

  15. Faith Flagg
    Faith Flagg
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    It's hilarious how much fnaf took over ur channel

  16. User C
    User C
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    3:50 I appreciate the visual but sound waves are longitudinal waves, and the particles travel parallel to the direction of movement, not perpendicular. My guess is that this was known but chosen to be ignored for simplicity and ease. Just don't want people to get the wrong idea.

  17. Colin Sardine
    Colin Sardine
    21 klukkustund síðan

    Love the intro

    1. soinu foig
      soinu foig
      19 klukkustundum síðan


  18. Slothsicle !
    Slothsicle !
    23 klukkustundum síðan

    I think one of the reasons they didn't use parents for screen Powers because if they kept doing it then people would start to believe monsters exist cuz eventually enough parents would have said it and people are more likely to believe parents than kids. So it's not good for the long-term run

  19. Daniel Josh T. Limoso
    Daniel Josh T. Limoso
    Degi Síðan síðan

    4:08 BRUH, those are my seniors, I heard about the project before in my earlier years. Kinda makes my group project for 11th grade kinda sad in comparison...

  20. Aiden Burgess
    Aiden Burgess
    Degi Síðan síðan

    Can we talk about how monsters inc predicted Bitcoin mining way before it was a thing. The doors are actually just a metaphor for Bitcoin.

  21. Дмитрий Гусарев
    Дмитрий Гусарев
    Degi Síðan síðan

    Imagine how much power would Monster Inc have with Sr Pelo alone.

  22. Steven Backenstoes
    Steven Backenstoes
    Degi Síðan síðan

    "A speaker but in reverse" "Take sound waves and convert it into electrical power" "Vibrate a magnet and coil system" MatPat.....You're literally describing a microphone---That thing you're using to record your description of a microphone.

  23. Akashiga Yamada
    Akashiga Yamada
    Degi Síðan síðan

    Matpat do vid about 01a51cd0

  24. Alexander Brown
    Alexander Brown
    Degi Síðan síðan

    Mat, this was just plain lazy. You're completely ignoraning the scene where Boo laughs inside of the appartment and creates so much electricity that she breaks their light bulb a d causes a blackout. Keep in mind that there were no yellow tanks around for holding screams. It's can also be compared to the low voltage she generated when crying. You're making it obvious that you didn't even watch the movie. Similar to how you've probably never played Minecraft.

  25. kiana browning
    kiana browning
    Degi Síðan síðan

    If you can create energy from sound, you can create infinite energy from an echo chamber.

  26. Romeo Garcia
    Romeo Garcia
    Degi Síðan síðan

    This is blowing my tiny tint little brain in the first 4 minutes

  27. BubbleGumPanda _gacha
    BubbleGumPanda _gacha
    2 dögum síðan

    I dont live in egypt, so im gonna make my computer think i live in egypt, just to watch monsters inc

  28. pixel man
    pixel man
    2 dögum síðan

    I need no nord vpn

  29. Naomi Logie
    Naomi Logie
    2 dögum síðan

    Scream energy = adrenaline

  30. The cool kid five Nights at freddys
    The cool kid five Nights at freddys
    2 dögum síðan

    What the ahhhhhhh

    1. hen ko
      hen ko
      Degi Síðan síðan

      2:35 dont ask me how I know 6:20 Steph!

  31. Erin Parker
    Erin Parker
    2 dögum síðan

    how do you know

    1. hen ko
      hen ko
      Degi Síðan síðan

      “They focus on children’s bedrooms” where is Chris Hansen?

  32. Jon Telencio
    Jon Telencio
    2 dögum síðan


  33. Thomas Brisco Jr.
    Thomas Brisco Jr.
    2 dögum síðan

    Laster death good like a medicine

  34. Rudi: Jude
    Rudi: Jude
    2 dögum síðan

    why is no one talking about the noise at 8:00

  35. Dag
    2 dögum síðan

    OK WAIT MATTPATT - itsa movie!!! its disney!!!! (MIC DROP)

  36. Josue Cepeda
    Josue Cepeda
    2 dögum síðan

    Adventure time plz

  37. Lego007guy M
    Lego007guy M
    2 dögum síðan

    We should just hook up some of these babys in shooting ranges. Like, constant loud sounds while doing a recreational pursuit or practicing? That'll get so much done.

  38. dr knix
    dr knix
    2 dögum síðan

    The intro is amazing

  39. kaizenNakamoto
    2 dögum síðan

    when comparing 90db and 65db , 90 db is 10^9 increase from 0 db and 65 db is 10^6.5 so ratio turns out to be 316 times more intense and not 56 times. am i wrong ???

  40. Captain Sama
    Captain Sama
    2 dögum síðan

    10:28 *Laughs in Eygptian*

  41. marcrobinson010
    3 dögum síðan

    Mike and sully save the day :)

  42. Ellerbrook Schmitz
    Ellerbrook Schmitz
    3 dögum síðan

    the monsters scare kids because the kids will either forget the monsters or brush it off as imagination when hey get older. and no one would give much thought to a kid. but a adult can do so much more to expose their world. so its better to have less power than no world at all, or an exoposed destroyed world. its not dumb, its smart

  43. Consuelo Mago
    Consuelo Mago
    3 dögum síðan


  44. mikin lirou
    mikin lirou
    3 dögum síðan

    “They focus on children’s bedrooms” where is Chris Hansen?

  45. khaxjc1
    3 dögum síðan

    2:35 dont ask me how I know 6:20 Steph!

  46. Jamie Gould
    Jamie Gould
    3 dögum síðan

    can you cover phineas and ferb!?!!?

  47. MrBaconboy54
    3 dögum síðan

    Lol this reminds me of Michael Reeves scream power microwave

    3 dögum síðan

    Pov : I am allready in Egypt I am five parallel universes ahead of you

    1. ALZ3IM AL3ZIM
      3 dögum síðan

      @mikin lirou i don't even know who you are

    2. mikin lirou
      mikin lirou
      3 dögum síðan

      So you're telling me Gen Z humor is scientific? You've gotta me kidding me, literally.

  49. D3monVolt
    3 dögum síðan

    But I don't know egyptian. Why would I watch egyptish movies?

  50. Harry
    3 dögum síðan

    I just realised that between monsters inc going from scream energy to laughter energy, a bunch of really scary monsters lost their job...

  51. Kyle Snyder
    Kyle Snyder
    3 dögum síðan

    Cool for the students, but isn't that just a regular microphone?

  52. Arnoics
    3 dögum síðan


  53. Ahmed Eltayb
    Ahmed Eltayb
    3 dögum síðan

    I live in Egypt :P

  54. GTstang80
    3 dögum síðan

    Film Theory: Steamboat Willie is an animal torturer?

  55. thefench1
    3 dögum síðan

    now explain please ... why doesnt the monsters scream themselves into their gadgets ...

  56. Luke Figlia
    Luke Figlia
    4 dögum síðan

    The upbeat nancy intriguinly lick because spain beautifully pinch save a ritzy yogurt. dangerous, shut algeria

  57. Helly Fire
    Helly Fire
    4 dögum síðan

    Monster: warghh!! Im monster Kid now day: woow dude, what kind of thing i smoke dude

  58. Lopi
    4 dögum síðan

    I'm pretty sure hearing laughter from a kid alone at his room is scarier than the kid screaming imo

  59. RheArts
    4 dögum síðan

    Go Pisay!! Philippine Science High School!

    1. Cold Mocha
      Cold Mocha
      4 dögum síðan

      Ohhhh I remember doing the enrollment test back then in elementary- sadly I didn't get in :')

  60. Ismail Hussein
    Ismail Hussein
    4 dögum síðan

    10:28 Me who lives in Egypt: I'm four parallel universes ahead of you

  61. mark mawson
    mark mawson
    4 dögum síðan

    While yes matpat I do agree with your point about scaring adults being more effective if they did that I can 110% confirm as a guy from Texas that’s how you end up eating some 45 acp rounds

  62. Memes Are KEEM
    Memes Are KEEM
    4 dögum síðan

    So you're telling me Gen Z humor is scientific? You've gotta me kidding me, literally.

  63. bofooit gojo
    bofooit gojo
    4 dögum síðan

    "King Kong VS Godzilla" Do you have a prediction of which one who is going to win, MatPat?

  64. Shloomy Shloms
    Shloomy Shloms
    4 dögum síðan

    pointless nit picking is pointless.

  65. Miii Weee
    Miii Weee
    4 dögum síðan

    Noice intro

  66. Gurkeerat Singh
    Gurkeerat Singh
    4 dögum síðan

    Props to the guy who makes new intros

  67. ZorTakZ MoFok
    ZorTakZ MoFok
    4 dögum síðan

    The monsters were one bold move from meeting Chris Hansen

    1. ZorTakZ MoFok
      ZorTakZ MoFok
      4 dögum síðan

      @bofooit gojo Interesting

    2. bofooit gojo
      bofooit gojo
      4 dögum síðan

      i am in eygpt

  68. solstus
    4 dögum síðan

    Is this a real upload? I feel like I've seen this already

  69. steel spider
    steel spider
    4 dögum síðan

    1:27 I don't know about that. That one lady beat up that one guy in the movie with a shovel thinking it was a alligator

  70. TyAsia Rolon
    TyAsia Rolon
    4 dögum síðan

    Do No Escape Room

  71. TyAsia Rolon
    TyAsia Rolon
    4 dögum síðan

    Do No Escape Room

  72. Oliver & Company
    Oliver & Company
    5 dögum síðan


  73. Nøkk Siege
    Nøkk Siege
    5 dögum síðan

    Do a theory on finding nemo

  74. Rebel Greninja • 69 years ago
    Rebel Greninja • 69 years ago
    5 dögum síðan

    goku's voice actor be like: time to get some money baby

  75. Hugo Brennan
    Hugo Brennan
    5 dögum síðan

    Sweet intro, bro

  76. Building Up
    Building Up
    5 dögum síðan

    They were a happy family. Until they weren’t.

  77. soinhu foitu
    soinhu foitu
    5 dögum síðan

    Bruh, just recruit some SCPs, that oughta scare the frick out of anyone.

  78. abklm
    5 dögum síðan

    oh its Pisay. makes sense

  79. GoldenGame 1689
    GoldenGame 1689
    5 dögum síðan

    Imagine the monster visitd the crying child and the nightmare animtronics attack the monster.

  80. darkness iseternal
    darkness iseternal
    5 dögum síðan

    ど め

  81. ahmed sadeek
    ahmed sadeek
    5 dögum síðan

    i am in eygpt

    1. soinhu foitu
      soinhu foitu
      5 dögum síðan

      So much like

  82. Riley Strickland
    Riley Strickland
    5 dögum síðan

    This video helps me understand why I laugh so easily nowadays. I always thought it was weird, but I never realized there was a scientific explanation for it. So thank you for shedding some light on this for me, MatPat!

  83. Aye people
    Aye people
    5 dögum síðan

    “They focus on children’s bedrooms” where is Chris Hansen?

  84. Shonen Bag
    Shonen Bag
    5 dögum síðan

    So we're just not gonna appreciate the incredible custom intro sequence?

  85. Wave Dylan
    Wave Dylan
    5 dögum síðan

    The reason the monsters scare children only is because no one believes children but if millions of adults every nights reported monsters in their bedrooms people would start to catch on

  86. Avery Galloway
    Avery Galloway
    5 dögum síðan

    I mean when we look at this movie conceptually, I think we can look at the effects of fear vs. joy as “motivational factors” (alternatively, and perhaps more conspiratorially, methods of control) on the most moldable minds in our society, children. The “business” of Monster’s Inc is literally to keep their way of life, their SOCIETY running smoothly. We see the literal backbone of their culture struggling to keep up with the demands of its population, having to scare more and more children in order to maintain their energetic resources and a sense of normalcy and sustainability in their lives. Replace the monsters with adults, and the energy that keeps society running smoothly with money... and I think you get the idea. The problem is that these “kids today” aren’t as easy to scare into the role they have been given as providers of that energy, the movie making it a point to show kids literally rising above their fears/“beating up” some of the monsters as a literal fight against the roles that are being thrust upon them. What’s more is when you see a monster contaminated with something “childlike” (a la 2319, where you can literally see the monster in question EXPRESSING MORE JOY before becoming aware of his “condition”) they are IMMEDIATELY singled out and in effect humiliated in front of their peers via the “natural consequences” of the contamination... supposedly for the monster’s own good. The whole treatment of the situation revolves around the fear of these children being a threat to their society when the monsters are unable to mold them into the role they have been assigned by ✨the way things have always worked✨ and the literal LOSS OF POWER they experience as a result. It is the literal repression of the inner child in order to orchestrate their “growing up” and becoming, functionally, contributing members of society. When we are introduced to Boo, however, we are presented with an alternative. We now have this small child completely fearless of the world she has found herself in, acting with the literal innocence of a child. This behavior causes panic as it literally awakens the fear response they have normalized in the monster’s society and ultimately, in their own lives. It’s ✨just how things work✨ around here. Nonetheless, we see Boo’s natural sense of joy emitting way more power in one dose that the monster’s current infrastructure cannot handle the literal raw power of a child’s NATURAL STATE OF BEING, actual childlike joy. Then we have Waternoose, the boss of the corporation that literally runs their society on fear, literally sucking kids dry of their innate love for life in order to keep things running no matter the actual consequence this has on the child’s life and livelihood. As long as they are “contributing members of society,” the end will always justify his means. He has systematic ways of literally cutting children who refuse to fill the role they have been given by literally destroying their ”doors” to society. Not to mention he literally kidnaps children and fills them with fear so that he may remain comfortably in power and carry on his legacy. (not even going to go deeper on the parallel of this to the actual state of the education system.) Meanwhile, we have Sully, who in his world is for all intents and purposes perceived as a pretty good guy. He’s seen as this guy who cares about providing the power to keep his neighbors lights on, he’s a hard worker and at the top of his field, he genuinely cares about his peers and is compassionate and supportive. Yes, his entire career is literally based on instilling fear in children, but that’s ✨just the way things have always been✨ and he wants to maintain a comfortable way of living in Monster City. (Something else interesting is the literal propaganda Monster’s Inc airs commercially to dupe Monster City into believing that forcing these children into their assigned role as “contributing members of society” through fear is the only way to sustain their way of life.) Sully really believes he is doing something good until he sees the effects firsthand on someone he has grown to CARE for. This literally inspires him to completely change and rebuild the methods of energy production from forcing it through fear to inspiring it through joy and laughter which leaves Monster City in the most abundance it has ever seen. (Let’s not forget the analogy of the “energy running society” being equivalent to money and economy.) TLDR: It took someone actually caring about the effects of forcing someone into a role they never asked for under the pressure of “never having enough” to actually build a society where there is more than enough for everyone and people live happy lives by uplifting others to live in a natural state of joy and doing what they love to do.

  87. Tatum Thiessen
    Tatum Thiessen
    5 dögum síðan

    "because kids these days are losing their fear of monsters " *7 year old me learning about dead kids being stuffed in suits and being raised on game theory * "I wonder why?"

  88. MacGamer Media
    MacGamer Media
    5 dögum síðan

    5:35 That doesn’t sound right at all, you number sounds completely off. The difference is 25dB, therefore the ratio between the intensities should be greater than 100x, right? Then there’s the extra 5dB difference. The equation used to interpolate the ratio between the intensities given that difference is log(x^10) or 10log(x). Solving for y = 5 gives you an x value of approximately 3.162. So multiply 100 by 3.162 and you get 316.2x. Clearly we used very different methods, I just wish you’d be more transparent about where you get your numbers.

  89. Sarah Adee
    Sarah Adee
    5 dögum síðan

    Mat Pat, can you do shark boy and lava girl?

  90. Silver Shadow
    Silver Shadow
    5 dögum síðan

    Great glory to my country egypT ( Signature look up superiority )

  91. Fredbear
    5 dögum síðan

    If their company needs something loud they can always use my ps4 at 3 am

  92. Lincoln Cox
    Lincoln Cox
    5 dögum síðan

    I just realized that MatPat ends all of his sentences with a low note

  93. Father Mother
    Father Mother
    5 dögum síðan

    One time I did the thing of “ what baking soda is most effective when used in baking” and I even put in how the science works! I got like, last place, because it didn’t help anyone, so the judges are dumb

  94. Bob Wow
    Bob Wow
    5 dögum síðan

    But an adult could take initiative in protecting themselves

  95. Adam Fejjari
    Adam Fejjari
    5 dögum síðan

    So much like

  96. Aldo the Lizard
    Aldo the Lizard
    6 dögum síðan

    I did forget that mike wazowski actually has 1 eye

  97. Nicole Pamintuan
    Nicole Pamintuan
    6 dögum síðan

    unfair science fair

  98. Zendakon
    6 dögum síðan

    Austin can you math out how much Phineas and Ferb make shipping each year?

  99. rage quitter
    rage quitter
    6 dögum síðan

    Flim theory you done it again making a kids movie a dark thing 👏

  100. fouoii gyhh
    fouoii gyhh
    6 dögum síðan

    Tbh, if I saw sully coming through my door I would hug him. Then I would drive myself to the mental hospital.