‘Monsters at Work’ are funny enough to get the job done

The 2013 “Monsters University” prequel actually goes back to the beginning of Sully and Mike’s friendship when they were in college, leaving the messy aftermath of the first film as an open road.

While Mike and Sully have returned (voiced again by Billy Crystal and John Goodman), they have wisely moved to the background, focusing on a new hire at Monsters Inc., Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman) , who had an unfortunate time getting hired at Monsters, Inc. just before the march order changed, switching to inciting children’s laughter as its main product, with Scarers being replaced by Jokesters as the company’s most popular employee.

As a result, Tylor found himself taking the plunge to prove his worth, being redirected from the once-Fear Floors to MIFT, otherwise known as the Monsters, Inc. Facility Team. In what is essentially a cartoon version of “The Office,” he’s surrounded by a group of eccentric and colorful (literally) co-workers, starting with his emotional boss. him (Henry Winkler) and an old high school friend (Mindy Kaling). he’s better than the way he remembers her.

Tylor still dreams of bigger things, but he’s reluctant to hurt the feelings of this endearing group of wretches, armed with the kind of quirky traps and visual flair audiences have come to expect from series “Monsters”.

Developed by Bobs Gannaway, a Disney TV animation veteran whose credits include the “101 Dalmatians” and “Mickey Mouse Club” series, the show doesn’t deliver belly laughs. , but it quickly slips into the “Monsters” timeline and deftly builds a particularly fertile Pixar concept.

What is clear that the show lacks, compared to the original, is a clear villain and heart provided by the relationship between Sully and the human child Boo. Instead, having established the premise, the second episode largely transitions into a light phase from one perfunctory crisis to the next.

However, “Monsters at Work” has a well-established title and stitches it into an interesting one. For Disney+ purposes in attract and retain subscribers, qualified to complete the job.

“Monsters at Work” premieres July 7 on Disney+.

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