‘Monsters at Work’ Ep. 8 – “Little Monsters” Review
Posted On August 18, 2021
Monsters at Work is back with a brand new episode this week after a great episode last week. This week’s entry features an interesting prompt. Although used before in many mediums, this has great potential when done in Monstropolis. As the initial season winds down, these episodes are going to be crucial to determine if this show is worth following up on. Does this episode hold up to the high standard that last week set? Let’s find out…
In this episode – titled “Little Monsters” – Tylor’s (Ben Feldman) sees an opportunity to get promoted to Jokester during Mini-Monster Day at Monsters, Inc. when he is paired with Ms. Flint’s (Bonnie Hunt) daughter. I’ve always liked Ms. Flint but she was a very minimal part of the original film. One thing Monsters at Work has done to my enjoyment is making her more prominent. I was excited to see how an episode semi-centered on her would work and to my satisfaction, it was pretty neat.
This episode of Monsters at Work again focused mostly on Tylor’s journey to the laugh floor but with a minor twist. If I were to describe this episode with one word, it would be cute. All the little monsters are just adorable and funny in their own way. The best of these is Miss Flint’s daughter, Thalia, which is pretty much a carbon copy of her when it comes to attitude. Thalia was a great addition to the dynamic the show has going and was a great foil to Tylor.
Monsters at Work works really well when exploring new ideas and concepts. I’ve mentioned it previously but the show is at its best when it does so. Again, this episode proves this statement to be correct. This episode featured Mike and Sully for the least amount of time compared to others and it wasn’t a detraction at all. It’s not to say that they’re the problem because they’re not, but what they represent has been the big issue with the show so far. Seeing this episode strive away from that again gives me hope for a strong ending to this initial season.
There are some things I haven’t really touched on at all in any of these reviews that deserve some praise. Mike’s comedy class at the end of each episode is one of these and it is really good. It’s always a nice touch to end the episode that gets a constant chuckle from me. Another aspect is Henry Winkler, as he’s really good in his role as Fritz. This week was a particular stand-out for him due to the endearing nature of his character and how they made it work with the little monsters visiting the MIFT crew.
Overall, Monsters at Work’s eighth episode is another pretty good entry into this season’s catalog. The exploration of lesser-known characters such as Miss Flint are always welcome, while also bringing original concepts to the table. Tylor’s arc is progressing really well and the vehicles used to drive it have been nothing short of perfect. I’m very excited to see what the final two episodes have in store for us. – Kenneth Colon
New episodes of Monsters at Work premiere Wednesdays on Disney+.
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