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Mike: "NOW PUT THAT THING BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM, OR SO HELP ME---! Oh, hey. We're rehearsing a - a scene for the upcoming company play called uh, Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me. It's a musical. Put that thing back where it came from or so help me..."
Sulley: "Bom, bom, bom, bom..."
Mike: "So help me! So help me! And cut. We're still working on it, it's a work in progress but, hey, we need ushers."
Mike Wazowski, covering up why he was yelling.


"Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me" was originally a fake musical invented on the spot by Mike Wazowski as he and Sulley were attempting to return Boo, a human girl, back to her room and were nearly caught by other members of the company. It was later turned into a real musical that was performed at Monsters, Inc. at the end of the film.

Lyrics

Mike: Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!
Get that thing away from me, you guys!
Put that thing back where it came from
Or I'll poke myself in the eye!

Sulley: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this year's company play starring, written and directed by Mike...
Mike: And produced!
Sulley: And produced by Mike Wazowski. Oh.

Mike: Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!
(So help me!) So help me get by!
Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!
(So help me!) I just gotta cry!

CDA Agent: Your seat is right over there, sir.

Baby Smitty as Boo: Boo!

Mike: There's a child, there's a child, there's a human child!
Running 'round the restaurant, this is really wild!
What in heaven's name will become of us
We who are living in Monstropolis?

Needleman as Randall: Alright, Wazowski, tell us where the kid is!
Mike: I will never talk! NEVER!

She's out of our hair
And just when I dare to care
She says "Au contraire
You're my pair
Of friends... I love you."

Claws: (sobbing)
Jimmy: Keep it together, man!

Cast Members: And so we put that kid back where she came from
And she helped us to find a better tomorrow, today!

Mike: Thank you! What a night for my mother to be in the audience, ladies and gentlemen! My mom! Thank you, Monstropolis!

Cast members and their roles

Song List

The program featured on the DVD release of the film features a full Act breakdown of the show. Bolded titles are the tracks featured in the film's "highlights" of the performance.

Act I

  • Overture - Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me
  • C'mon, Get Up, Get Scaring
  • I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Kid's Scream
  • The Goldenrod Goes to Roz/So This Is Puce
  • I Only Have Eye For You
  • There's a Child! There's a Child!
  • (She's A) Killing Machine (love theme)
  • PANIC!
  • Too Many Spoons
  • Nothing in the Closet But Me
  • Dress Her Up, Sneak Her In, Ship Her Out

Act II

  • Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me
  • Never Gonna Tell - (lead-in shown)
  • Hallways, Hallways, Too Many Hallways
  • She's Out Of Our Hair
  • The Coldest Door
  • Doors All Over The World
  • (No One To Call Me) Kitty
  • Hooray for Number One
  • The World Laughs With You
  • A Better Tomorrow Today

Trivia

  • When Mike is explaining "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me", different audio takes are used between the scene in the film and its appearance in the credits.
  • A complete program for the play can be found on the original two-disc DVD release of the film.
  • Mike briefly sings a variant of the song in Kingdom Hearts III. This version is instead, "Gotta send her home right now, or so help me!"
  • The song is a reference to a line Mike had said earlier on in the movie.
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