As Monsters Inc. fans continue to wait for the upcoming debut of Monsters at Work, Disney+ has released the first image for Pixar’s upcoming animated spinoff series, which hails from executive producer Bobs Gannaway, based on the original characters created by Oscar-winning filmmaker and original film director Pete Doctor. The series is scheduled to make its debut on July 2.
The photo, which you can check out below, features a closer look at the franchise’s five new characters including Henry Winkler’s Fritz, Mindy Kaling’s Val Little, and Ben Feldman’s Tylor Tuskmon. They will be officially be joining John Goodman and Billy Crystal’s iconic characters Sulley and Mike, who have both been promoted as the new bosses of Monsters, Inc.
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.
The Disney+ series will feature the return of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Bonnie Hunt as they reprise their roles from the 2001 film as Mike Wazowski, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, and Ms. Flint. It will also star franchise newcomers Ben Feldman as Tylor Tuskmon, Mindy Kaling as Val Little, Henry Winkler as Fritz, Lucas Neff as Duncan, and Alanna Ubach (Coco) as Cutter, who are all part of the MIFT crew.
Additional voice cast also includes John Ratzenberger as Yeti and Tylor’s dad, Bernard, Jennifer Tilly as Celia Mae, and Bob Peterson as Roze, twin sister to his original Monsters, Inc. character, Roz. Voicing additional characters are Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) as Smitty and Needleman, the bumbling custodial team at Monsters, Inc., and Aisha Tyler (Archer) as Tylor’s mom, Millie Tuskmon.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, Monsters At Work was developed and is executive produced by Disney animation veteran Bobs Gannaway (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Planes: Fire & Rescue). Academy Award-nominated Sean Lurie (Inner Workings) is the producer, and Kat Good (Big Hero 6 The Series) and Steve Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) serve as supervising directors. The late Rob Gibbs (Monsters, Inc.) also served as director on some of the earlier episodes.