Disney and Pixar have finally released the first Monsters at Work teaser for their upcoming animated sequel series to 2001’s Monsters, Inc., featuring the return of John Goodman and Billy Crystal as they reprise their respective roles of Sulley and Mike. The series is scheduled to make its debut on Wednesday, July 2, exclusively on Disney+.
The video, which you can check out below, gives us our first preview of the events following the first film’s ending, where the iconic duo is now left in charge of the company. It also introduces us to new characters like Ben Feldman’s Tylor Tuskmon, whose dreams of becoming a Scarer suddenly get upended due to the company’s new direction of making kids laugh instead of scaring them.
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 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.
The series will now center around a new character named Tylor Tuskmon, an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University and has always dreamed of becoming a Scarer. However, when he lands a job at Monsters, Incorporated, he 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 is also set to welcome a set of franchise newcomers led by Ben Feldman as Tylor Tuskmon, Mindy Kaling as Val Little, Henry Winkler as Fritz, Lucas Neff as Duncan, and Alanna Ubach as Cutter, who are all part of the MIFT crew.
The 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 as Smitty and Needleman, the bumbling custodial team at Monsters, Inc., and Aisha Tyler 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.