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Disney recently announced the premiere date for Monsters at Work. So I thought now is as good a time as any to start a thread for it. As its name implies, it is a spinoff series from Monsters, Inc. It is set after the events of the movie, once the Scare Floor becomes the Laugh Floor. The first episode will start streaming July 2 on Disney+.

From TV Line:

TV Line said:
The streamer announced Wednesday that Monsters at Work will debut on Friday, July 2. According to the official logline, the sequel series picks up 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 10 times more energy than screams. The series is told from the prospective of Tylor Tuskmon (Superstore‘s Ben Feldman), “an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University and always dreamed of becoming a Scarer” — that is, until he lands a job at Monsters, Incorporated. There he discovers that “scaring is out and laughter is in.”

Returning fan-favorites include Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski; John Goodman as James P. “Sulley” Sullivan; 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.

The voice ensemble also features Henry Winkler as Fritz, the scatterbrained boss; Lucas Neff as Duncan, an opportunistic plumber; Aisha Tyler as Tylor’s mom, Millie Tuskmon; Alanna Ubach as Cutter, the officious rule follower; and Stephen Stanton as Smitty and Needleman, the bumbling custodial team at Monsters, Inc.


Deadline adds this tidbit:

Deadline said:
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series was developed and is executive produced by Disney animation veteran Bobs Gannaway.


So it isn't actually being produced by Pixar proper. That feels a little weird, especially since Pixar just announced a bunch of things for Disney+ which they're going to be doing themselves, like Dug spinoff shorts from Up. I wonder how many people will even realize this has been outsourced to a different subdivision of Disney, since Monsters is well-known and associated with the Pixar brand. I'm not sure what to think about that but I'll probably still watch it. I hope it's good. At the very least the monster world is a fun one to spend time in.

IMDb also lists Kelly Marie Tran in the cast too playing a character named Val Little. She's been getting around a lot lately with a variety of voice work. She voiced Dawn Betterman in The Croods: A New Age and of course is one of the titular characters in Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon which is coming on Friday.

 

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This seem like the year for Disney+'s original programming. There is going to be an abundance of stuff for every sort of fan. I think this show will get a lot of attention, especially if it has the charm of the movies (yes, Monsters University wasn't as good as the first film, but it was still pretty good).
 

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I know this is a thread for the D+.Monsters spin off, but they coupled this with news of a Chip and Dale reboot. The C&D character redesigns look terrible.
 

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I agree. I'm not nearly as interested in that. But to give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they will look better in motion?

You have a point there. I won't totally write them off until we see them moving. I just found the designs off-putting because of my familiarity with what the characters looked like from their classic period. They were redesigned for the Rescue Rangers TV series, but still looked closely to the originals. These new designs are really pushing it.

Maybe motion will improve them though. The retro designs for the Mackey Mouse show worked pretty well when in motion. I must have watched the one where he was a taxi driver in India about a dozen times. The BGM for that episode was spot on. I really dug it and I'm not a big BGM person.
 

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Check out "City of Ghosts" on Netflix if you get a chance. I know you are a big fan of animation and I'd like to hear your thoughts on it. I was fairly impressed with it, considering it is rated Y7. I'd like it to get more episodes, but Netflix is notorious for killing shows after one season, and I'm not sure how it will go over with kids because aspects of it feel like it is more relatable to an adult.

Edit: I started a thread on it, but I doubt it will get any responses.
 

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Val Little, the character previously attributed to Kelly Marie Tran, will now be voiced by Mandy Kaling. It's not clear if the previous news of Tran voicing the role was inaccurate or if this is a recasting for whatever reason.

Edit: Here's an older Hollywood Reporter article which announces Kelly Marie Tran as Val Little. Therefore, I assume this was true at one point and Mandy Kaling is being brought in as a recasting.


Back to the actual new story. Besides Kaling joining the cast, Bonnie Hunt will be returning as the voice of Ms. Flint, who trained new recruits at Monsters, Inc. in the first movie.


Disney+ social media unveiled some new character images. However, oddly enough, they didn't attach names to the new characters. Obviously we know who Mike and Sulley are, but it would be nice to have names to go with the rest of those featured here.

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