Last week, in an exclusive launch between EW and People, we caught a glimpse of some new character artwork for Gabby Gabby, Giggle McDimples, and Duke Caboom. This week, with the launch of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine (Veep Cover), and a new interview with Director Josh Cooley and Duke’s voice actor, Keanu Reeves, two additional screencaps from the film were also revealed.
Although there’s nothing too revealing about the new screencaps, the article from last week did have some additional details surrounding the characters and their voice actors. Notably, Keanu dove in to explore a more tender side of the explosive, Duke Caboom.
Reeves notes in today’s EW article that although Duke has a hugely extroverted passion, “he’s constantly doing poses on the bike while he was talking.”
Cooley also expanded on the softer side of Duke’s character and his transformation from the wounded-by-his-past guy (he let his kid down because he couldn’t perform his advertised tricks), to becoming a real hero.
“I wanted to hear the honesty in the character and the truth come out and not just that we’re playing a crazy character. And so there’s a bit of an intensity to Duke, and I knew Keanu could do that, but I didn’t know if he could do the comedic side of it, and I was taught quickly that he can, because he was killing me. And I could tell in the room, he was just having a real fun time doing it, and that comes across in his performance.”
We had speculated during our YouTube Live hangout (after the official trailer was released last week) that Duke would finally face his fears and be able to achieve his shortcomings. The article highlights that our speculations were correct — Reeves noted, “Duke becomes an important part of trying to save Woody and Bo’s mission. They take his skills as a motorcycle daredevil and ask him to confront his fear of failure in order to help the greater good.”
The People Magazine article also offers additional details regarding Giggle McDimples. We knew she was the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe, but now we also learn that she’s only one inch tall and, “presides as the resident police chief over toy haven Miniopolis, which Bo introduces Woody to during his adventure.”
Giggle’s voice actor Ally Maki also noted, “She’s [Giggle] always got something to say, she’s got some snark, which I love about her, and she’s adorable. She’s kind of like those Sour Patch commercials. Sweet then sour. And she has a pretty iconic laugh, too.” We can’t wait to hear her laugh!
Labeled as the film’s official villain, Cooley noted in the earlier EW article that, “Gabby is a perfect toy except for the fact that she’s got one thing broken about her that’s been keeping her from being purchased and loved forever. So when Woody comes across her, it’s bad right out the gate. And in fact, meeting her for the first time is one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie.”
Labeling the scene with Gabby Gabby as, “bad right out of the gate” definitely adds to the intensity of the scene with Benson (ventriloquist dummy).
The articles also expand on Bo Peep and where she’s been after all these years. Josh notes, “Since we haven’t seen Bo in years, we wanted to show that she has a network of toys she’s been hanging out with and hasn’t been by herself just sitting around waiting for Woody. She’s off living her life and Giggle McDimples is somebody she’s come across in her travels who has become her best friend.”
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