Upcoming streaming service Disney+ is pulling out all the stops on the TV front, with projects in the works ranging from a big-budget Star Wars series to MCU heroes getting their own time in the spotlight. One of the shows that was confirmed relatively early on was a Monsters, Inc. TV show, and now new and exciting news has emerged about it. Original voice stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman will be back, among others. Here's what you need to know.
Billy Crystal and John Goodman will reprise their roles as best buds Mike Wazowski and Sulley, respectively, for the show, called Monsters at Work. Also returning are John Ratzenberger as Yeti, Jennifer Tilly as Celia, and Bob Peterson as Roz and Roz's twin sister Roze. There are some new characters in the mix as well, with Oh My Disney reporting some big names in showbiz lending their voices.
Ben Feldman voices a talented and eager young mechanic working at MIFT (Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team) by the name of Tylor Tuskmon. He idolizes Mike and Sulley, and he wants to become a Jokester on the Laugh Floor just like them. Kelly Marie Tran is on board as Tylor's friend and confidante Val Little.
Henry Winkler will tackle the role of Fritz rather than the Fonz, the boss who is more than a little scatterbrained. Alanna Ubach is the rule-following Cutter, Stephen Stanton pulls double duty as the custodial team Smitty and Needleman, and Aisha Tyler is Millie Tuskmon, Tylor's mom.
Monsters at Work picks up six months after the events of Monsters, Inc., which should allow the folks behind the scenes to air a sort of sequel without running into the problem that led Pixar to go for a prequel with Monsters University back in 2013. The city of Monstropolis is being powered by the sounds of children's laughter. Nice!
Unfortunately for fans who have been dying to know what happens after the end of Monsters, Inc. since back in 2001, the series won't be out any time soon. It won't debut on Disney+ until 2020. The good news is that Billy Crystal took to Twitter to reveal that work is already ongoing. Take a look:
Considering the reveal that Monsters at Work picks up only six months after the events of Monsters, Inc., fans can have fun imagining the not-too-distant future following the original movie rather than trying to figure out what Boo looks like as a young adult and wondering what kind of yoga she teaches. Oh, that Billy Crystal! Hey, at least picking up after six months means that super dark theory about Sulley's future can't have come true yet!
Were there things wrong with the original movie? Well, some certainly think so, but the Disney+ series has the potential to be a lot of fun for adults who grew up watching the series as well as kids who are actually in the target demographic. Only time will tell.