Everything we know about ‘Monsters at Work’ coming to Disney+

Published on December 29, 2020

Monsters Inc. is a Pixar world full of fun, eccentric characters. Many of those characters will appear in a new series from Disney+, Monsters at Work. The series will bring back original cast members Billy Crystal and John Goodman as Sulley and Mike Wazowski. 

The series takes place after the events of the first film, in which the monsters learn laughter is stronger than scares. Here’s the synopsis for the series: a young and hungry mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team, named Tylor Tuskmon (voiced by Ben Feldman), aspires to work with Mike and Sulley on the Laugh Floor. The Laugh Floor also happens to be an interactive experience at Disney World.

Mike and Sully are not the lead characters of the series. Tylor is the focus. The supporting characters in the Monsters Inc. universe are very entertaining, though, so Crystal and Goodman should still score a ton of laughs on the sidelines. In most animated movies and shows, actors do not record together. However, Crystal and Goodman do record their lines as much as they can together. It shows in their rapport in those delightful movies. 

Kat Good and Rob Gibbs are directing the series, which will involve another Disney favorite, Kelly Marie Tran. She was a great addition to the Star Wars galaxy as Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, even though she was wrongly cast aside in the final installment directed by J.J. Abrams. Tran is joined by the great Henry Winkler, who over the last few years, has been phenomenal in the HBO series, Barry. Winkler plays a boss on the series because, as we all know, Henry Winkler is a boss. Jennifer Tilly and her wonderfully iconic voice is back, too. A new addition to the Monsters Inc. world: the great Aisha Tyler. The comedian, show host, actor, and director is playing Millie Tuskmon, who’s the lead’s grandmother. 

The announcement of the show came before Disney+ had even launched last fall. In just over a year, the streaming service has gained over 70 million subscribers and become massively popular, thanks to shows like The Mandalorian. Over the next few years, Disney will be making original shows and movies, as well as spinoffs of established properties, such as Monsters Inc.

Monsters at Work is created by Pete Doctor, who co-directed the first movie as well as Soul, and Roberts Gannaway. We’ve yet to see a trailer or footage from the Disney+ series, but it’s expected to debut on the streaming service early next year. ICON Creative Studio, based in Canada, has been working on the animation for the series for almost three years. Workplace comedies tend to connect with people. It’s why the first movie worked so well, making a world full of monsters on the job funny and relatable. These monsters entertain both children and adults.

Official synopsis:

Set to premiere on Disney+ in 2020, “Monsters At Work” stars Feldman as Tylor Tuskmon, with original “Monsters, Inc.” voices Billy Crystal and John Goodman returning as Mike and Sulley. Inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning feature film “Monsters, Inc.,” the series picks up six months after the original movie’s story, with the Monsters, Inc. power plant now harvesting the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis – thanks to Mike and Sulley’s discovery that laughter generates ten times more energy than screams. Tylor Tuskmon is an eager and talented young mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team (MIFT) who dreams of working his way up to the factory Laugh Floor to become a jokester alongside his idols Mike and Sulley.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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