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Pixar's 'Monsters At Work' Clocks On This July


Disney Plus's original programming stands out for its high production values and cinematic quality. Shows like The Mandalorian and Wandavision prove that TV can now give Hollywood blockbusters a run for their money.  Aside from the final season of The Clone Wars though, the only animated originals we have seen so far have been short-form in the likes of  Forky Asks A Question and The Wonderful World Of Mickey Mouse.

Disney Plus's biggest animated original is set to finally arrive this summer. Monsters At Work is the eagerly anticipated small-screen spin-off from Monsters Inc.  As the second film was a prequel (Monsters University), this will be our first return to the Monsters Inc world to take place after the events of the 2001 original. In fact, it picks up straight after the events of the film.

"Monsters At Work" takes place the day after the Monsters, Incorporated power plant started 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. It follows the story of Tylor Tuskmon, an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University and always dreamed of becoming a Scarer until he lands a job at Monsters, Incorporated, and discovers that scaring is out and laughter is in. After Tylor is temporarily reassigned to the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team (MIFT), he must work alongside a misfit bunch of mechanics while setting his sights on becoming a Jokester

Production duties have been handed over from Pixar to Disney Television Animation.  The series was developed and executive-produced by Disney veteran 
Bobs Gannaway, with Kat Good and Steve Anderson as supervising directors. The late Robb Gibbs also directed some of the early episodes.

The central role of new monster employee Tylor Tuskmon will be voiced by Superstore star Ben Feldman. He will star alongside other new characters such as MIFT boss Fritz (Henry Winkler), Duncan (Lucas Naff) Cutter (Allana Ubach) and Val Little (voiced by newly announced cast member Mindy Kaling).

Fritz and Tylor

While these new characters seem to be the show's main focus, beloved characters from the films will also appear in the series including Sully and Mike, with John Goodman and Billy Crystal returning to reprise their roles. Also returning from the films are characters played by Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, Bonnie Hunt and Pixar's good luck charm John Ratzenberger.

Val, Cutter and Duncan

We've yet to see this in action, but the character images we have seen so far have been promising a style that looks consistent with the films- and DTA's have been putting out some beautiful stuff recently.

Monsters At Work will start streaming from July 2 only on Disney Plus, with episodes set to release weekly after that. IMDB has the season currently listed as running for 10 episodes (although we've not seen it confirmed from an official source).