However, this time it’s given short shrift, used to rush us back through the door into this world of monsters who scare because they care (about bringing power to their hidden city of chipper creatures). It’s also employed to introduce us to the next could-be great scarer. Tylor Tuskman (Ben Feldman) is big, broad-shouldered, and bright purple with two long wildebeest horns. He cuts an imposing figure, and his professor says he has even greater potential than “the great James P. Sullivan.” It’s no surprise that Tylor’s gotten his dream job right out of Monsters U to be a scarer at Monsters, Inc. There’s just one problem: on his first day, he learns the whole company model is shifted and now he’ll have to retrain to become a “jokester.”Like Mike and Sulley in Monsters University, his dreams of becoming a great scarer go up in a puff of smoke. But there’s no fraternity competition that can give him a second chance. Monsters at Work Season 1.
There is room in this setup to grapple with some poignant issues, like what happens when your dream definitely won’t come true. But even with episodes that are a little over twenty minutes long, no time is made for such reflection or emotion. Tylor’s low point is instead chattered over by a crew of more clamoring characters, like plucky college dropout Val (Mindy Kaling), kindly father-figure Fritz (Henry Winkler), no-nonsense Cutter (Alanna Ubach), and the power-hungry Deputy Supervisor, Duncan (Lucas Neff). Though they are all introduced in the first episode, the second–“Meet Mift”–allows us to get to know this calamitous crew a smidge better. Still, it feels like a rehash of the Monsters University dynamic of Oozma Kappa (OK), a bunch of weirdo underdogs determined to prove their worth. Except no one at Monsters, Incorporated is questioning MIFT’s value. It’s just a less glamorous gig than scarer. (No monster is collecting trading cards of the maintenance team.) So, the stakes feel so low they’re basically non-existent.