Billy Crystal Gives Update on “Monsters at Work” Series for Disney+, Episodes Already Filmed
In 2019, we learned about “Monsters at Work”, a Monsters, Inc. spinoff series coming to Disney+. The series was originally scheduled to debut in 2020, but like many other projects, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with Collider, Billy Crystal gave an update about the series, revealing that he has already recorded several episodes.
“Yeah, we’ve done a bunch [of episodes],” Crystal said. “We’ve been on a break because of the pandemic. But some I was able to do at home and some I was able to do in a very deserted studio out in Burbank. To be the only one on the lot was a little weird. But yeah, we’re progressing. I don’t know when they’re gonna start [being released] but I promise you they’re really good.”
Crystal also shared more details about the show and his experience working on it, saying, “It’s a series. John Goodman and I are Sully and Mike. The show, time-wise, starts six months after ‘Monsters, Inc.’ ended. So now, we’re on the Laugh Floor. We’ve created all of the new, young, great characters with some great voice actors, and John and I are reprising our parts. I tell ya, it’s [been] 20 years [since the release of Monsters, Inc.] and that movie looked amazing 20 years ago. It’s coming up to the 20th anniversary, I believe in September [Editor’s note: Monsters, Inc. will celebrate its 20th anniversary in November]. It’s fantastic looking, it’s hilarious, and we’re having a lot of fun doing it.”
In addition to Crystal, Goodman, and Feldman, the series will star Bob Peterson as Roz, John Ratzenberger as the Yeti, Jennifer Tilly as Celia Mae, Stephen Stanton as Needleman, and Kelly Marie Tran as Val Little.
Collider asked Crystal how long the episodes would be and he said, “Some are full length. Some are half-hour. It’s hard to tell when you’re just reading. But they’re full scripts and it’s a continuing story, so I think it’s really gonna be fun.”
The series is expected to debut on Disney+ this year.