Pixar, Disney will scare up ‘Monsters’

Docter, Silverman taking helm

Pixar Animation Studios on Tuesday announced the May start date for “Monsters, Inc.,” its next computer-animated co-production with Disney, tentatively skedded for 2001.

Walt Disney Feature Animation prexy Thomas Schumacher and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs made the announcement.

Pic is a comedy set in a surreal realm, where chaos ensues after a hapless monster lets a human child into the secret world by mistake.

Pete Docter, who received an Oscar nomination for the original story of “Toy Story,” and David Silverman, supervising director on “The Simpsons,” are set to helm the pic, Pixar’s fourth.

Darla K. Anderson, who produced “A Bug’s Life,” is producing. John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton are exec producing.

Pixar also said Tuesday that its second animated pic, “A Bug’s Life,” has reached $358 million in worldwide box office receipts. Pic’s domestic receipt of $163 million makes it the fourth top-grossing animated film of all time, behind Disney’s “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Toy Story.”

Pixar and Disney will release “Toy Story 2” this Thanksgiving.