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Real or Hoax: Monsters, Inc. Drawing on the Wall

Real or Hoax: Monsters, Inc. Drawing on the Wall
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A graphic which allegedly shows the final scene of Monsters, Inc. depicts what appears to be a child’s drawing of two people engaged in an illicit act. Is this real or fake?

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It’s not real.

Let’s take a look at what is being asserted, and the truth behind the photo in circulation.

The Fake Photo

The photo below allegedly shows the final moment of this popular 2001 Disney-Pixar film. In the scene, Sully opens the door to Boo’s bedroom and smiles at an off-camera scene. To the left, we see a child’s drawing on the girl’s wall of “Uncle Roger” and “Mommy” engaged in a sex act.

Monsters Inc fake drawing

The Real Photo

The photo above has been altered from what actually appeared in the film. The real scene does include a child’s drawing on the wall, but the drawing is a benign scene which includes harmless images of a cat and a bug.

Below is a screen capture of the same scene, in which the harmless child’s drawing can be seen.
Monsters Inc real drawing

If the image above is not convincing, you can watch the final moment of the film in the video below. This scene clearly shows an innocent child’s drawing.

History

The Google Trends chart below shows the history searches for this drawing. You can see that it first surged in early 2013, and has remained steady since late 2013.

Bottom Line

The drawing on the wall at the end of Monsters, Inc. did not depict anything sexual, but instead had images such as a cat and an insect. It has been suggested that such images may have been created by animators working on the film as a joke, but we found no evidence to support or refute that claim. It’s also quite possible that it was simply created as a joke by a fan.

Updated March 27, 2015
Originally published June 2013

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