Laugh, don’t scare! Monsters at Work gets ready to clock in for a very funny shift

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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. (synopsis (c) Coming Soon)

Laughter is the best medicine, my friends!

It’s a sage lesson and one that Monsters Inc. (2001) took to heart when its once scary monsters discovered that there’s way more power in making people giddily happy that there is scaring them.

Now they get to put that to use with new Disney Plus series, Monsters at Work, exploring what happens when everyone has to adjust to a decidedly different new normal.

If the trailer is any indication, it looks like there will be fun and games as everyone adjusts to the new jocular regime, with monsters used to leaping out of closets and from under beds with teeth bared and claws extended now having to rely solely on their ability to be really, very silly.

It honestly looks like a delightful romp and we’ll be able to see firsthand why laughing is better than being frightened when Monsters at Work debuts on Disney Plus on 2 July.

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