In the upcoming Toy Story 4, the gang sets forth on another incredible adventure when a visit to a carnival introduces Ducky and Bunny, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key (Ducky) and Jordan Peele (Bunny), two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. However, the new plans in place by the plucky new pair are rudely interrupted by Woody and his friends as they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall.
“Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who voice Ducky and Bunny, are two of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever seen,” said director Josh Cooley. “Of course, they are effortlessly funny, which would be enough. But they are incredible actors that understand story. Their improvs weren’t just for comedy sake, they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected.”
Did you spot any easter eggs? You may have noticed the iconic Pixar ball in sticker form on the side of the rocket prizes. Speaking of prizes, I wonder how many points you need to have to win the guitar from Coco!
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Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Josh Cooley (Director). “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”
Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.” Said Cooley, “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind, and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork.”
How were filmmakers able to convince Hale to give voice to Forky? “A utensil’s existential crisis?” he asked. “I’m in!”
Did you happen to see the Pizza Planet reference on the Forky poster? Both the fork and spoon are from Pizza Planet, but where is Forky from…perhaps Poultry Palace? Be sure to share your thoughts with us on the new characters and everything Toy Story 4 in the Pixar Post Forum or in the comments below.
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