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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Writers: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick and Pedro Freitas
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
Sound Editor: Yosi Berman

  • The Nonfictional Explainer
    The Nonfictional Explainer

    And the laugh power problem is shown in the spin off show

  • 🇬🇧 LightenStar  #DDLC
    🇬🇧 LightenStar #DDLC

    ‘Step aside elon musk here comes elon matpat’

  • Monster Batinator
    Monster Batinator

    A "DI"

  • Monster Batinator
    Monster Batinator

    An interface...

  • Monster Batinator
    Monster Batinator

    An electric guitar pick-up...

  • Ryan Chatta-G
    Ryan Chatta-G

    How is the new show changing this

  • Mobile Gamer
    Mobile Gamer

    Im a fan of who's line is it anyway To!

  • Lorri Striker
    Lorri Striker

    Make a theory of monsters vs aliens from DreamWorks PLEASE?!

  • Aly Elnahas
    Aly Elnahas

    I dont need to i am already egyptian

  • Some Random Persons
    Some Random Persons

    Hmmmm… Elon Mattpatt… Seems legit ✨⚫️👄⚫️✨

  • Gallade Gamer
    Gallade Gamer

    6:46 we don't even have to go to the prequel for this. Remember the Himalayas?

  • Gallade Gamer
    Gallade Gamer

    6:46 we don't even have to go to the prequel for this. Remember the Himalayas?

  • Omar eltayeb
    Omar eltayeb

    But I live in Egypt

  • kerhaani

    Plof ndc

  • Andrew

    Maybe monster stuff require less power

  • the great lumberjack King
    the great lumberjack King

    Jax are basically cow troughs

  • {PFG} Professor Frankly Gaming
    {PFG} Professor Frankly Gaming

    4:52 bet that was in first place, Doof: O COME ONNNNN

  • Maher & Ibrahim's Avengers
    Maher & Ibrahim's Avengers

    Who need solar energy when u can use scream/laugh energy to power your house

  • Pieter Bos
    Pieter Bos

    Making power from sound. Never heard of a microphone?

  • CloudSky TV
    CloudSky TV

    I'm proud of the Philippines. Why on earth they only won silver? LoL

  • Corey Wirta
    Corey Wirta

    Even peppa pig you get from word VPN

  • Nathan Gaming
    Nathan Gaming

    I can't imagine monsters stepping on Legos. how painful would that be

  • Nicholas *redacted*
    Nicholas *redacted*

    "A speaker but in reverse" Matt, that's called a microphone

  • Maher T. Tucodan
    Maher T. Tucodan

    Monsters Inc watches this

  • john madlipz
    john madlipz

    10:33 I don't live in Egypt Me: I do

  • Texas Ball
    Texas Ball

    Music theory would be cool

  • Verihim The Red
    Verihim The Red

    So what was the mistake?

  • TheCraftinCreeper

    10:07 My cat comes when I do that


    when luffy use gum gum gatling how many punches does he throw in a second

  • wisequelea :p
    wisequelea :p have a kid?! Like a child... A child-kid?!?! Imagin him/her being like What u do for a livin I make viral YT vids about crazy movie theories (Love ur vids :))

  • Yogurt night
    Yogurt night

    I imagine that every time mat makes a good point he adds “but that’s just a theory!” If he becomes a lawyer then we’re all doomed

  • Casey Simek
    Casey Simek

    me watching this knowing about the pixar theory

  • Star Mint
    Star Mint

    * Annoyed noises of playing jacks * ( I do love your vids I just decided to make that- )

  • shellyvrose

    My brothers name is Nope 😈

    • shellyvrose

      Name is not Nope.

  • shellyvrose

    Like the intro.

  • Zachari Sincennes
    Zachari Sincennes

    Can we all agree that in Monsters Inc, Boo’s adorable?

  • Koning _thomass
    Koning _thomass

    @The Film Theorists Just putting this out here. Screaming of fear is although louder, it’s in shorter intervals. Also after a few screams you might be out of breath not being able to scream as loud or scream at all. Laughter is in this perspective in longer and is around the same frequency trough the whole laugh. Saying that laughter would be more useful and powerful.


    Stop being so scary

  • Juan Perez
    Juan Perez

    No mat is wrong family is better power source

  • Liam De La Portilla
    Liam De La Portilla

    you used clbu penguin money bag but it makes sense cuz club penguin had monsters university takeover

    • Liam De La Portilla
      Liam De La Portilla


  • edeldalton79

    Me : watching this and see the shining here's Johnny!!!@ My mom: walks into the room Me: oh no oh no oh nonononono

  • justbadlol

    Wow they really made a show just for to confirm this.

  • Yaseen

    10:29 Wait, I LIVE IN EGYPT (in Cairo btw)

  • Ramram Orbina
    Ramram Orbina

    Yo dudes, how bout copying Godzilla's Roar thats to loud

  • Muhammad Bagaz Putra Ragnar
    Muhammad Bagaz Putra Ragnar

    fun fact in indonesia disnye plus is only 9 dollars per year

  • jpf5918


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  • Matthew Serna
    Matthew Serna

    i love matpat

  • Hailey

    May pat can you please do a theory on the Disney princess tiana I do not see a. Lot of theory’s on that thank you!

  • Adrielly Soares Maciel
    Adrielly Soares Maciel

    Omg so... my brain is as happy playing games as having adult fun time??? HOW DID THEY NEVER TEACHED THAT AT SCHOOL

  • Severus

    7:57 Cho and Harry!


    My visayan brothers and sister s finally get the recognition they deserve

  • That one bassist
    That one bassist

    And also laughing increase your life spend

  • elizabeth lucas
    elizabeth lucas

    I already have all three of those movies on desk and Blu-ray so I don't need nordVPN

  • Mayar Hussein
    Mayar Hussein

    I live in egypt and i have netflix and there ain't no monsters inc or toy story or disney whatsoever🧍🏻‍♂️

  • ollieorange

    Matpat is teaching me more than science did in two full years

  • Oxana marcu
    Oxana marcu

    He does screaming when watching horror movies but not fnaf

  • Leo Conto
    Leo Conto

    Monster University confirms that adult screams are a lot more powerful but adults are a lot more dangerous because they will try and fight back and they might have guns. The monsters don't want to do a job where they'll most likely die or get badly injured

  • Fonzy TheFancyGamer
    Fonzy TheFancyGamer

    0:04-0:29- And that's when I realized, MatPat would sound so well with a monster from monsters inc.😃

  • Michael Daigle
    Michael Daigle

    oh wow, dopamine, a chemical pretty much directly correlated with happiness, makes you laugh. Who'd have thunk it

  • Lahly Bird
    Lahly Bird

    There is such a thing as Joy of screaming, ever been on like really fun roller coaster rides where you scream because of the motion and because it's fun

  • sir puggington
    sir puggington

    I’m surprised you haven’t made a theory on the secret giraffe monster following the main characters

  • Law Son
    Law Son

    I’ve avoided it for too long

  • Mikoto Suoh
    Mikoto Suoh

    What if the power source was the Friendship we made along the way?

  • Endrian_Warrior

    The laughter won’t work on me if I wake up at night I’ll just fall back asleep or I’ll wheeze without making a sound with laughter

  • Hanna Świerzbin
    Hanna Świerzbin

    I mean, the Pixar movies are pretty much centered around emotions being the source of everything, methaphisically. So as much as I love analyzing things scientifically, here you rather have the art that just puts imaginary, unexplained magic around emotions, and that's it.

  • Christian Gecko
    Christian Gecko

  • Clara Myers
    Clara Myers

    Is your name matpat or austin

  • Clara Myers
    Clara Myers

    How do you know that

  • Diamond King
    Diamond King

    Monster:i wish kids would just stick to minecraft me:ok i just do minecraft lego sets Me literly making a Minecraft lego set

  • ShadowSneak

    These meme refrences.. (9:38)

  • ShadowSneak

    These meme refrences.. (9:38)

  • Mufasa

    Nord vpn is bad you have to pay 100$ per year

  • zxrlorn

    I’ve rewatched that movie so many times lmao

  • Tobias yee
    Tobias yee

    Imagine a monster thinking they can generate a lot of energy by going to a stand-up comedy show, but it just so happens that Amy Schumer is The only one performing that night…..

  • Sarah Omar
    Sarah Omar

    Im from Egypt and I didn't know that

  • Andrew Watts
    Andrew Watts

    Why is this Monster’s Inc. big mistake? Didn’t they already know this? Clickbait

  • Minecrap Studios
    Minecrap Studios

    Me: Switches my location to Egypt using a VPN Disney: Wait, that’s illegal.

  • John Prachar
    John Prachar

    3:14 it runs on munkin, monster dunkin

  • CrystalMaiden 77
    CrystalMaiden 77

    I'm shocked that the video didn't mention how hard it would be to consistently make someone laugh. Humor isn't reliable, it's really subjective.

  • Becky Lemons
    Becky Lemons

    Matpat:screaming its an estimate of 90db Me at 90+db:they tell me im a god

  • Joseph Calabro
    Joseph Calabro

    scaring grownups is also shown to be more effective as shown in MU

  • Shady_Senpai

    The intro to this episode was so well animated and gave me so much nostalgia

  • David Smith
    David Smith

    I said 'silver?!?! ' a second before matpat. Yep that's kind of ridiculous

    • Mr7Slug

      Microphones. Microphones. They should have been failed, given the F, not even silver.

  • xXx_Emma_xXx

    feeling better is better feeling bad is worse

  • Vacuon

    The "reverse" of a speaker sounds fancy when you say it like that, but it's called..... a microphone!!! And it's really trivial, basically the same as a speaker, definetly somthing a kid could make.

  • The Scarlet Tunic
    The Scarlet Tunic

    So it would seem that screams are the non-renewable energy reasource of the monster world. And laughter is the renewable energy source. Do you think they had protests in the monster world to switch to renewable energy, like the human world.

  • Ry Mir
    Ry Mir

    Woah. A Filipino Scientist

  • egg soup
    egg soup

    i live in egypt so i guess i don't need it

  • Salty Salmoling
    Salty Salmoling

    7:52 That line alone deserves a like on this video.

  • Creator

    4:30 wow they discovered a microphone

    • Mr7Slug

      Freakin cream of the crop for that school apparently. Silver medal for pretending microphones havent been around a hundred plus years

  • ok ko
    ok ko

    Bubble boy Released: 08-24-2001 Touchstone pictures Love this goofy movie please make a FILM THEORY. Maybe about the cults prophecy

  • Dylan Ray
    Dylan Ray

    wait i can comment!

  • Ahmad Zaki
    Ahmad Zaki

    Put that empty battery on the teleporting door of a popular playground like Disneyland and they dont need to work at all.

  • Zachary Wambold
    Zachary Wambold

    Theory: If the Monsters Inc. world travels back in time to the human world, is there a time dilation? The Abominable Snowman has appeared in lore over centuries ago- yet we see he was in the Monster Inc. world as a postman at the end of University.

  • Exynth1a

    Now, I can put in my resume that my school was mentioned in a Film Theory video! nice. Also, the more concerning question we should be asking is how do they get enough energy to power all those portals?

  • gojirassic

    Philippines pog

  • JMasterGames

    Michael Reeves and his scream powered microwave: Pathetic

    • Exynth1a

      you do know that it was scream activated, right? making sure


    Philipines in the vid

  • Grumpy Wolfadile
    Grumpy Wolfadile

    shouldn't this go like "The pursuit of happiness is a much better drive than fear of failure"?