You scream. I scream. We all scream for … Monsters, Inc.! Well, not really, since the original company of Monstropolis has made the transition from generating power from screams to laughter. Anyway, we’ll get a chance to see our favorite monster friends plus some new ones for a new TV series airing on Disney+ later this year.
Monsters at Work is one the original projects that was promoted to air on the streaming service but has gotten pushed back a bit because of COVID-19 and other factors. The new series feature the iconic characters from Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University movies, but this time they are actually being drawn by Disney Television Animation at the ICON Creative Studio in Canada.
The storyline for the new show is set six months after the events of Monsters, Inc. New character, Tylor Tuskmon, is a recent Scare Major graduate from Monsters University who has always dreamed of becoming a star scare-er for the company only to have his dreams dashed as he finds out that he now has to learn how to be funny. Meanwhile, he is temporarily reassigned to the facilities team stuck working with a bunch of misfit mechanics.
Many of the familiar monsters that we all know and love have received job promotions since we’ve last seen them. James. P. “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) is now the CEO of Monsters, Inc. Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) is his business partner of course. Mike is still going steady with girlfriend Celia Mae (Jennifer Tilly).
Also on the payroll is Roz (Bob Peterson) who previously worked undercover as a secretary now works as the Leader of the CDA (Child Dectection Agency). Peterson also voices Roz’s twin sister Roze. Bonnie Hunt is reprising her role as Ms. Flint, who was formerly in charge of training new Scarers at Monsters, Inc., but will now manage the department responsible for recruiting and training the funniest monsters to become Jokesters. Smitty and Needleman (both voiced by Stephen Stanton) still operate the Door Shredder. (Their voices were previously voiced by the late Dan Gerson). The place even has room for Yeti (John Ratsenberger) who was previously exiled to the Himalyas. He also voices a character named Bernard.
As for Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), he’ll be working as a mechanic alongside the enthusiastic Val Little (Mindy Kaling) (which is a big contrast from the actresses’ other role as Disgust in the movie Inside Out), Duncan (Lucas Neff) who is a plumber known to take advantage of any opportunity he can and a critter called Cutter (Alanna Ubach). Their boss, Fritz is played by Henry Winkler. In addition, Aisha Tyler will be voicing Tyler’s super-proud mother, Millie.
Monsters At Work will begin streaming Friday, July 2, exclusively on Disney+.
Main Image: Mike and Celia (Disney/Pixar)
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