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Monsters at Work
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A brilliant (albeit unintentional) way to celebrate the Monsters, Inc. 20th Anniversary.
Genre: Animation
Fantasy
Comedy
Country: United States
Release Date: July 7, 2021 - present
Network(s): Disney+
Created by: Bobs Gannaway
Distributed by: Disney Platform Distribution
Starring: Billy Crystal
John Goodman
Hailee Stanfield
Ben Feldman
Mindy Kaling
Henry Winkler
Lucas Neff
Alanna Ubach
Bonnie Hunt
John Ratzenberger
Bob Peterson
Aisha Tyler
Lacey Chabert
Stephen Stanton
Curtis Armstrong
Gabriel Iglesias
Dee Bradley Baker
Alfred Molina
Christopher Swindle
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 10


"It's laughter we're after!"
Tagline

Monsters At Work is a 2021 Disney-Pixar computer animated television series that is a spin-off of the Monsters, Inc. film franchise. A second season was announced and will be released in 2023.

Summary

After the events of the first film and Mr. Waternoose’s arrest, Sulley and Mike are now in charge of Monsters Incorporated where now they harvest laughs instead of screams from children, moving on from fear and onto amusement. The show follows a several new monsters that now work on the Laugh Floor.

The series follows a newly hired monster and M.U. graduate named Tylor Tuskman as he has to adjust to the new and improved Monsters Inc..

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing voice acting, especially from Ben Feldman as Tylor and John Goodman and Billy Crystal who reprise their roles as James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski, respectively.
  2. The series revolve entirely around an interesting question: How hard did the sudden change of screams to laughs as the factory's source of energy affected the monsters? Sure, Sulley became Monsters, Inc.'s CEO and Mike is now the company's top comedian, but what about the others monsters who trained their entire life to scare children and have no experience or talent at comedy?
  3. Wonderful and stunning animation. It's a massive improvement from the first movie which you could tell that it had issues with texturing and lighting at times, which is understandable because it was from 2001.
  4. The idea of creating a spin-off series for Mike and Sulley to see how they’re running the Monsters Inc. factory is super creative.
  5. Unique and colorful and character designs.
  6. Tylor is a likable protagonist and can be relatable to some people.
  7. It still carries the charm that Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University had.
  8. Even though they’re not the main characters, Sulley and Mike are still the likable, unforgettable pair they were before.
  9. Some nice call-backs to the shows predecessor films and several fan-favorite characters return, like Roz and the Abominable Snowman.
  10. It stays loyal to the films and leaves no continuity errors as Monsters Inc. now use children’s laughter to harvest their energy just like how it showed at the end of the first film.
  11. While Boo is not present in the series, Sulley has shown to have taken his time with her to heart, as when Tylor asks him why they can’t go back to scream energy since that’s what they’re both good at, he tells Tylor that after he saw how scared Boo was of him when he accidently scared her, he really didn’t like what we saw both in her eyes and in himself. Therefore, even though the transition is challenging, and it means personally stepping down as the top employee since he has no talent for comedy, he’s determined to make sure Monsters, Inc. sticks to laugh power since he’s convinced it’s the right thing to do after he realized the trauma monsters inflict upon children with scaring.
  12. Celia Mae, a character that just served as Mike's love interest in the original Monsters Inc. film, is now given far more participation and interactions than in the film.
  13. Maybe if you weren't being such an aaaaa...

Bad Qualities

  1. Aside from Tylor, the MIFTers (Fritz, Val, Cutter, and Duncan) are inconsistent in likability. While they all are somewhat likable, they can come off as annoying at times too.
  2. "The Cover Up" and "The Vending Machine" are arguably the weakest episodes of the show, followed by "The Big Wazowskis" lacking good differences in terms of quality.
  3. The protagonists of the original film, Sulley and Mike, don't get as much screen time as one would expect, although that's jusfiable since the series' main focus is how the change of screams to laughs as the factory's source of energy affected the other monsters who trained their entirely life to scare children and have no experience or talent at comedy like Tylor.
    • Speaking of which, it was a big missed opportunity to not bring back the Oozma Kappa team from Monsters University to see how this change affected them as well, considering they trained the whole movie, along with Mike and Sulley, to become scariers.
  4. Minor Inconsistency: In "It's Laughter They're After", which takes place during the ending of the first film, why is George Sanderson still shaved when he got back his fur?

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 65% approval rating with an average score of 6.20/10 based on 26 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "If Monsters at Work doesn't quite capture the magic of the original film, it's charming and silly enough to entertain fans of all ages.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Trivia


Pixar Animation Studios
Movies:

Toy Story - A Bug's Life - Toy Story 2 - Monsters, Inc. - Finding Nemo - The Incredibles - Cars - Ratatouille - WALL-E - Up - Toy Story 3 - Cars 2 - Brave - Monsters University - Inside Out - The Good Dinosaur - Finding Dory - Cars 3 - Coco - Incredibles 2 - Toy Story 4 - Onward - Soul - Luca - Turning Red - Lightyear - Elemental

Short movies:

Theatrical short films:

The Adventures of André and Wally B. - Luxo Jr. - Red's Dream - Tin Toy - Knick Knack - Geri's Game - For the Birds - Boundin' - One Man Band - Lifted - Presto - Partly Cloudy - Day & Night - La Luna - The Blue Umbrella - Lava - Sanjay's Super Team - Piper - Lou - Bao

SparkShorts series:

Purl - Smash and Grab - Kitbull - Float - Wind - Loop - Out - Burrow - Twenty Something - Nona

Feature-related:

Mike's New Car - Jack-Jack Attack - Mr. Incredible and Pals - Mater and the Ghostlight - Your Friend the Rat - BURN-E - Dug's Special Mission - George and A.J. - The Legend of Mor'du - Party Central - Riley's First Date? - Marine Life Interviews - Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool - Auntie Edna - Lamp Life - 22 vs. Earth - Ciao Alberto

Short series:

Cars Toons:

Mater's Tall Tales:

Rescue Squad Mater - Mater the Greater - El Materdor - Tokyo Mater - Unidentified Flying Mater - Monster Truck Mater - Heavy Metal Mater - Moon Mater - Mater Private Eye - Air Mater - Time Travel Mater

Tales from Radiator Springs:

Hiccups - Bugged - Spinning - The Radiator Springs 500½

Toy Story Toons:

Hawaiian Vacation - Small Fry - Partysaurus Rex

Forky Asks a Question:

What Is Money? - What Is a Friend? - What Is Art? - What Is Time - What Is Love? - What Is a Computer? - What Is a Leader? - What Is a Pet? - What Is Cheese? - What Is Reading?

Pixar Popcorn:

To Fitness and Beyond - Unparalleled Parking - Dory Finding - Soul of the City - Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Love - Chore Day the Incredibles Way - A Day in the Life of the Dead - Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Three Heads - Dancing with the Cars - Cookie Num Num

Dug Days:

Squirrel! - Puppies - Flowers - Smell - Science

Television series:

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (co-production) - Monsters at Work - Cars On The Road - Win or Lose

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