MONSTERS AT WORK SERIES REVIEW
Starting off a day after the events of “Monsters, Inc”, the original film, “Monsters At Work” tells the story of Tyler Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), a recent graduate of Monsters University reporting for his first day on the Scare Floor. Unfortunately for Tyler, scream power has been replaced with laugh power, and his college degree in Scaring is now worthless. Unqualified to work on the Laugh Floor, Tyler is transferred to the Monsters Incorporated Facilities Team (MIFT); an eccentric group of mechanics comprised of a loony but genial manager, Fritz (Henry Winkler), a paranoid first assistant manager in training Duncan (Lucas Neff), the sardonic Cutter (Alanna Ubach), and chatterbox Val (Mindy Kaling), a former classmate of Tyler’s who is convinced they were best buds in college, even though they only had one class together, and barely spoke to one another. Eager to get away from the oddball MIFTers,Tyler attends Mike Wazowski’s (Billy Crystal) comedy classes, seeks advice from Sully (John Goodman), and tries to scheme his way onto the Laugh Floor, usually with disastrous results. In the meanwhile, Tyler must learn to get along with his new co-workers, and discover the value of a job well done, even if it’s for the least glamorous department of the company. Does this workplace sitcom meet the high expectations we’ve come to expect from Pixar’s feature films, and does the additional runtime hurt or hinder the show? Our very own team of critical critters Melina (AKA Maulina), Mike (AKA Spider-Mike), and Marco (AKA…uhh, just Marco) gathered in the One Of Us breakroom to share a few Drooler Coolers and discuss whether “Monsters At Work” gets the job done.
CREATED BY: Bobs Gannaway
STARRING: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Ben Feldman, Mindy Kaling, Henry Winkler, Lucas Neff, Alanna Ubach, Bonnie Hunt, Curtis Armstrong, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, Stephen Stanton, Christopher Swindle, Bobs Gannaway, Gabriel Iglesias, Dee Bradley Baker, Alfred Molina, John Ratzenberger, Aisha Tyler, John Michael Higgins, Bob Uecker
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
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