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"Little Monsters" is the eighth episode in the first season of Monsters at Work. It aired on August 18, 2021.

Synopsis

Tylor sees an opportunity to get promoted as Jokester during Mini-Monster Day at Monsters, Inc. when he is paired with Ms. Flint’s daughter. Can he get her to laugh?

Plot

After seven auditions of failure to do anything funny, Ms. Flint tells Tylor that he is incapable of being funny and therefore is banned from anymore tryouts. On Mini Monsters Day, kids are brought in to spend the day with the various factions of the Monsters, Inc. facility. Among them is Thalia, Ms. Flint's daughter is seems incapable of cracking a smile. She is assigned to MIFT, much to her displeasure and is paired up with Val. However, when Tylor learns she is Ms. Flint's daughter, he begs Val to switch kids with him, which she does so reluctantly.

Down at MIFT, each of the members gets along well with their paired up kid, except for Tylor who tries too hard to be funny around Thalia. They are suddenly greeted by Needleman and Smitty who tell them that their assigned child has disappeared. They spot him hanging onto one of the doors passing by and MIFT quickly jump into action to rescue him. During the whole ordeal, Tylor shows a competence that impresses Thalia as they successfully rescue the child. However, when Tylor tries to be funny again, Thalia is put off by him and becomes grumpy.

Tylor vents his frustration to Val about how Ms. Flint unfairly banned him from auditioning and says that Thalia should go and tell her how unfunny she is. Overhearing this, Thalia leaves to do just that and Tylor gives chase through Monsters, Inc. As Thalia is about to enter the practice room and Tylor speeds down, he crashes into a pastry stand and gets coated in them. This causes everyone nearby to laugh at him including Thalia. Tylor admits that he was wrong and just wanted another chance. Thalia reveals that other Scarers had done the same thing with her, but that he was the only one to openly come out and admit it. Because of this, she now respects him.

Back at MIFT, Thalia gives a speech to everyone about how she thought that MIFT was composed of freaks, but that she now sees how important they are to Monsters, Inc. Even though they do not get the same recognition as Jokesters, they keep the place running and therefore, she is proud to call herself a Mini MIFTer. As Thalia leaves for the day, she tells her mother how much fun she had at MIFT. When she mentions that she was with Tylor and that he was "funny", Ms. Flint is surprised to hear this.

Mike's Comedy Class

Mike brings Sulley in to explain the concept of the straight man and the comic foil. Mike tries to present himself as the former, but it quickly becomes apparent that he is the latter. He discovers this too late, much to Sulley's amusement.

Cast

Trivia

  • Instead of the typical theme playing during the credits, a toy piano rendition is performed.
  • In the biggest case of irony, Tylor acts like he's Val's best friend rather than the other way around in order to swap kids.
  • Hadley Gannaway voiced Young Anna in Frozen II and is the daughter of series executive producer Bobs Gannaway.
  • The Little Monsters Day is most likely a reference to when Sulley brought Boo to work in Monsters, Inc..
  • Not counting the Mike's Comedy Class sketch at the end, this is the first episode where Mike is completely silent.
  • Cutter is revealed to keep personal mementos of past MIFT workers, some of which are still "alive".
  • Despite Carla being an official Jokester, she still attends Mike's classes. This could mean that the comedy class segments take place in a different time.
  • When Tylor crashes into the pastry stand, he gets two croissants stuck to his fingers and has them briefly imitate feet by making them dance. This is a reference to the famous "dancing forks" scene by Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush.
  • The pastry stand monster is based on Tylor's earlier design.
  • Smitty is revealed to be older than Needleman.
  • The scene where Ms. Flint tells Tylor that he's not suited to be a Jokester is similar to Dean Hardscrabble telling Mike he's not suited to be a Scarer in Monsters University.


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Media
Films and Television: Monsters, Inc. (Soundtrack) • Mike's New CarMonsters University (Soundtrack) • Party CentralMonsters At Work

Video Games: Monsters, Inc.Monsters, Inc. Scream ArenaMonsters, Inc. Scream TeamMonsters, Inc. Scream Team TrainingMike's Monstrous AdventureDisney UniverseDisney InfinityKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingMonsters, Inc. Laugh FloorMonsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go SeekPixar Pal-A-Round

Entertainment: "A Whole New World" A Magical Disney SongbookDisney's Showtime SpectacularPixar Playtime Pals
Restaurants: Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
Shops: Monsters, Inc. Company Store
Parade: Block Party BashDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney Stars 'n' CarsJubilation!Paint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Happily Ever AfterILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWonderful World of Animation
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney Color-Fest: A Street Party!
Summer: Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Halloween: Maze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment Continues
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

Characters
Monsters, Inc.: James P. SullivanMike WazowskiBooHenry J. WaternooseRandall BoggsFungusRozCelia MaeNeedleman and SmittyFlintThaddeus BileJerry SlugworthGeorge SandersonCharlie ProctorChild Detection AgencySushi ChefYeti

Monsters University: Karen GravesFrank McCayArtTerri and Terry PerryScott SquibblesDon CarltonJohnny Worthington IIIChet AlexanderCarrie WilliamsDean HardscrabbleProfessor KnightSheri SquibblesClaire WheelerBrock PearsonArchie the Scare PigCarla Benitez
Monsters At Work: Tylor TuskmonMillie TuskmonBernard TuskmonVal LittleFritzCutterDuncan P. AndersonRozeBanana BreadMariaGary GibbsThalia Flint

Episodes
"Welcome to Monsters, Incorporated" • "Meet Mift" • "The Damaged Room" • "The Big Wazowskis" • "The Cover Up" • "The Vending Machine" • "Adorable Returns" • "Little Monsters" • "Bad Hair Day" • "It's Laughter They're After"
Songs
If I Didn't Have YouPut That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help MeThe Scare FloorMonsters UniversityComedy Can Be DangerousI'm Not Gonna Sing You a Song
Locations
Paris, FranceMonstropolisMonsters, Inc.Harryhausen'sHimalayasBoo's RoomTrailer Son and MomMonsters UniversityFear Tech
Objects
Scarer's LeaderboardScream CanisterDoorLittle MikeyPixar BallPizza Planet truck
See Also
Monsters, Inc.: Laugh FactoryThe Art of Monsters, Inc.Monsters (Original Treatment)Monsters, Inc. 2 (Circle 7 Screenplay).The Art of Monsters UniversityThe Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxOozma KappaRoar Omega RoarJaws Theta ChiSlugma Slugma KappaEta Hiss HissPython Nu KappaScare Games
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