It’s no secret that Monsters, Inc. is one of the best animated films ever made. (Granted, that might be my opinion, but I think a lot of people would agree with me.)

The family- and fan-favourite Pixar feature has been given the 3D treatment, and despite being scheduled for an early 2013 release in the US, has been brought forward to the end of this year, to let everyone enjoy it as a part of their Christmas festivities. And now the first trailer for the 3D release has debuted over at Apple to get us all excited.

““Monsters, Inc.,” one of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award(R)-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children–and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.”

The ever-brilliant John Goodman and Billy Crystal team up to lead the voice cast as duo Sulley and Mike Wazowski, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz, Bonnie Hunt completing the supporting cast.

The film saw Pete Docter (Up) make his feature directorial debut, which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature – as Disney/Pixar films often tend to – along with a hefty $530m. at the box office.

The anticipated prequel, Monsters University, will be hitting theatres next summer, and is naturally expected to be one of the biggest and best animated films of the year, making this the perfect chance to catch up on the original before going back to school in the follow-up feature.

Monsters, Inc. 3D will be released in US theatres on 19th December, in time for the holiday season. Here in the UK, we have slightly longer to wait, with its release set for 18th January, 2013, but when it comes to Sulley and Mike, we’re happy to wait a little longer to see them back on the big screen.

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