- The new Disney+ animated series “Monsters at Work,” a “Monsters Inc.” spinoff, premieres July 7.
- Disney+ provided Insider with an exclusive featurette on an inside look at the show’s music.
- Composer Dominic Lewis paid homage to Randy Newman’s score in the new show, but made it jazzier.
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The beloved animated movie “Monsters Inc.” is getting new life on Disney+ with a spinoff series, “Monsters at Work” – and the show will feel very familiar to fans of the original, right down to the music.
In a brand-new featurette shared exclusively with Insider, series composer Dominic Lewis explains how he crafted the show’s music, paying homage to Randy Newman’s iconic movie score while adding his own touches – including a fun new acapella version of the main theme song, which Lewis sang all the parts for himself.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, “Monsters at Work” picks up right where the original film left off and introduces fans to a whole new group of monsters (including main character Tylor Tuskmon, voiced by Ben Feldman).
While the show primarily focuses on new characters, the trailer makes it clear that the beloved duo from the original, James P. “Sully” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) and his friend Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), will make appearances.
Here’s the full synopsis, courtesy of Disney+:
“Monsters At Work” 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 follows the story of Tylor Tuskmon, an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University and always dreamed of becoming a Scarer until he lands a job at Monsters, Incorporated, and 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 original “Monsters Inc.” film premiered in 2001, and follows a group of monsters in a city called “Monstropolis” that’s powered on the screams of human children.
In the movie, Sully and Mike work at the Monsters, Inc. factory, traveling through the closet doors of kids to scare them and harvest their screams.
But after Sully and Mike inadvertently bring a small girl named Boo into the monster world, chaos ensues – especially when their rival, the evil purple monster Randall (Steve Buscemi), gets involved.
In the years since its release, “Monsters Inc.” has become a beloved classic. It was also nominated for numerous awards, and Newman’s song for the film (“If I Didn’t Have You”) won the Academy Award for best original song in 2001.
“Monsters at Work” premieres on Disney+ on July 7.