We can hardly contain our excitement about Disney-Pixar’s announcement that a brand-new Monsters Inc. television series, titled Monsters at Work, is coming to Disney’s upcoming streaming platform, Disney+ in 2020. Through the official Disney fan club, Disney Twenty-Three (D23) the company announced that the series will reunite original cast and crew members to create the series, bringing back fan-favorite characters and more. As we prepare for the exciting series, we’re taking a look at some of the most exciting details to come out of the announcement and what we’re looking forward to most.
The Original Cast is Back–With Some New Members
The most exciting part of this announcement is that the duo behind the beloved monster duo, John Goodman and Billy Crystal will be reprising their roles as James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and Mike Wazowski. Also returning to the series is Pixar’s good luck charm John Ratzenberger (who has appeared in every Pixar film to date) as the Yeti, Jennifer Tilly (Celia) and Bob Peterson (Roz). Joining the cast is Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Arrested Development) Ben Feldman (Superstore) Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) Stephan Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) Alanna Ubach (Coco) and Aisha Tyler (Archer). Whew! That’s a ton of great talent, and we can’t wait for these great actors to join the Pixar family, some for the first time!
‘Monsters at Work’ is Helmed By a Great Creative Team
Monsters at Work is a project from Disney Television Animation, and the show will be led by Bob Gannaway, known for his work at the studio for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse along with Ferrell Barron, known for his work at the studio for Planes: Fire and Rescue. Disney/Pixar story artists Kat Good and Rob Gibbs are also joining on to direct, with Gibbs having worked on the original Monsters Inc film. We’re excited about what this creative team can bring to the franchise, and we can’t wait to see new voices tell the stories of our favorite monsters.
The Show Takes Place Six Months After the Original
After the last Monsters’ film went backward in time with the prequel Monsters University, the new show Monsters at Work will jump six months ahead of the original Monsters Inc. film and will follow a new monster named Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman’s new character) a mechanic on the Monsters Inc. Facility Team and his attempt in navigating the company to follow in the footsteps of his idols (can you guess?): Mike Wazowski and James Sullivan. It’ll be interesting to tell this story from a whole new angle, and from a perspective that doesn’t put Sulley and Mike in the forefront, which is what makes this all the more intriguing.
Monsters at Work will debut on Disney+ in 2020, and Disney+ will launch sometime late 2019.