Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc., This Fall's Hilarious Feature Film, Comes to Life on the PlayStation® Game Console

Comedic Action-Platform Game Based on Disney and Pixar's Upcoming Film Set to Captivate Gamers and Animation Fans This Holiday Season


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Disney Interactive and Pixar Animation Studios (NASDAQ: PIXR) announced the spine-tingling release of Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. for the PS one™ and PlayStation® game consoles. Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc. for PS one adds a rewarding and exciting adventure to the PlayStation software library this holiday season. Featuring a clever story and entertaining characters, this diverse action-platformer showcases colorful environments, brilliant graphics, exploration, puzzles, comically scary activities and challenging gameplay with 15 monstrous zones.

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Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. for PS one is a 3D action-platform game based on the November 2 animated feature film release, Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. From the Academy Award®-winning creators of "Toy Story" comes this hilarious new computer-animated feature that opens the door to a world of monsters and mayhem and scares up lots of laughs in the process.

Designed for gamers and animation fans of all ages, the videogame allows players to navigate as either James P. Sullivan -- a.k.a. Sulley -- a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns, or Mike, a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster.

"We are delighted to bring Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc. to the PS one and PlayStation game console," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "By bringing such an imaginative and animated storyline to PlayStation, we are continuing to demonstrate our commitment to our platforms, while further strengthening PlayStation's position as a viable entertainment choice for the entire family. Featuring the characters of Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc., exciting gameplay and vibrantly designed graphics, we expect this to appeal to action-platform gamers and Disney fans alike this holiday season."

Serving as a prequel to the upcoming film, Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. for PS one allows gamers to play as either Sulley or Mike. Children around the world have always known that once their parents tuck them into bed and turn off the lights, there are monsters that lie waiting behind the closet door, ready to emerge. But what they don't realize is that these monsters scare children because they have to -- it's their job. All of the true masters learned the tricks of the trade at the same place -- the Monsters, Inc. Academy. The game immerses players in huge colorful environments where they train to become top Scarers at Monsters, Inc. Here, the elite Scarers are separated from the "wanna-bes." Players undertake their training across the desert, on snow-capped mountains, city streets and the environs of the Monsters, Inc. Academy. If they have what it takes to rise to the top of the scare chain, they might even unlock all 36 of the scares that Sulley and Mike can perform in the game.

  Key features in Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc.:

  -- Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. comes to life on the PS one console.
  -- More than 15 monstrous zones!  Each level remains faithful to the
     vibrant film environments and is filled with action-platform elements,
     tons of exploration, puzzles and comically scary activities.
  -- Experience a variety of cool moves, as players run, bounce, belly flop,
     cannonball-roll and tail-spin their way past dozens of different enemy
  -- Perform up to 36 scares as Mike or Sulley, with 18 unique scare
     animations for each character.
  -- Complete a series of exercises designed to hone players' scaring
     abilities, sharpen their scaring tactics and improve their
     improvisational skills in order to deal with the unpredictable nature
     of the real world.
  -- Assume the role of either Sulley or Mike as you make your way through a
     series of fur-raising levels.  Navigate through a number of obstacles
     and challenges in an attempt to locate and scare small creatures known
     as Nerves, robotic children designed by the monsters to test each
     Scarer's abilities, and fill the Scare Canisters.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc "E" for Everyone. For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.

Disney Interactive, part of the Disney Consumer Products division of The Walt Disney Company, develops, markets and globally distributes a wide variety of interactive entertainment, educational and sports CD-ROMs and videogames. For more information on Disney Interactive's products, visit http://www.disneyinteractive.com/.

Pixar Animation Studios combines creative and technical artistry to create original characters and stories in the medium of computer animation. Under its partnership with Disney, Pixar has created and produced the first computer-animated feature film, the Academy Award®-winning Toy Story, released in 1995; A Bug's Life, the highest grossing animated film released in 1998; and Golden Globe-winner Toy Story 2, the highest domestic grossing animated film released in 1999. The Northern California studio's next films are Monsters, Inc., scheduled for release November 2, 2001, and Finding Nemo, scheduled for a summer 2003 release.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® game console and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.


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