Every now and then, Disney goes and turns some of their Animated Canon films into TV series. The probability of small-screen success for such a move usually depends on two things: having the film’s original cast reprising their characters for a number of episodes and possibly multiple seasons, plus having an effective writing team to create the ongoing storyline these characters must live through. Disney’s recent hits in this vein include “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure” and “Big Hero 6: The Series.” Now, they are looking to replicate that success with yet another movie conversion, this time of a Pixar creation too.
Entertainment Weekly has it that Disney is spinning off Pixar’s 2001 film “Monsters, Inc.” into a new animated series. However, rather than have it join the aforementioned shows on Disney Channel or XD, this one will be an exclusive on the company’s streaming platform Disney+. In addition, while the main characters from the original film will be present and voiced by their original cast, the viewpoint personage for this spinoff is a new character, a rookie employee of the titular Monsters Inc. looking to make a name for himself and rise in the corporate organization.
This spinoff will be called “Monsters at Work” and will star Ben Feldman as Monsers Inc. mechanic Tylor Tuskmon, attached to the company facilities department. But he is also a big fan of ace employees “Sulley” Sullivan and Mike Wazowski, the heroes of the 2001 voiced respectively by John Goodman and Billy Crystal, and hopes to eventually be reassigned to the Laugh Floor and be able to work together with them. Feldman is definitely excited about his new role, judging from him posting a key image of his character Tylor on his official Instagram page.
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So I couldn’t be more excited to finally show you this 1st look painted rendering of me, Tylor Tuskmon, the eager & talented mechanic on #MonstersAtWork -an original #DisneyPlus series coming in 2020. This show is crazy fun & I’m so hyped to have finagled my way into the @disney fam. -also if I’m not really your thing, Mike & Sully from the other Monsters movies are back too so relax
“This show is crazy fun & I’m so hyped to have finagled my way into the [Disney] fam,” Feldman said on the post’s caption. He also assured old-school fans of “Monsters, Inc.” that Mike and Sulley are indeed present in the show. “Monsters at Work” was developed for Disney+ by Bobs Gannaway, who will also serve as executive producer of the series. It has also been confirmed that some of Goodman and Crystal’s film costars are also doing their own role reprisals, from Jennifer Tilly to Bob Peterson and John Ratzenberger. New cast members alongside with Feldman include Kelly Marie Tran, Aisha Tyler, Lucas Neff, Stephen Stanton and Henry Winkler.
Disney+, the exclusive streaming service of the House of Mouse, is expected to launch in late 2019, while “Monsters at Work” will be put up for streaming sometime in 2020.
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