In all of the Toy Story films, we have seen toys come to life – Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Bo Peep all came alive when Andy or other humans were not around. What do all of these toys have in common? They were manufactured by companies and bought in toy stores. Toy Story 4 is about to blow that concept wide open as we learn that, in the film, Bonnie creates a toy and it comes to life! It sounds a bit unnerving. Watch the birth of this character and see him come alive after the jump.
Bonnie takes a simple spork, gives it some facial features, hands, and feet, and names it Forky. It is clear that the character, voiced by Tony Hale (widely known for his incredible work in Arrested Development), is not like the other toys. Take a gander at Forky’s birth here:
It does not appear that Forky is comfortable with gaining consciousness. If anything, he seems to be terrified. One of the arcs of the film is sure to revolve around Forky coming to terms with who he is – nothing like having a character experience an existential crisis to connect with the audience.
Forky may not be as terrified as me, though. In my childhood, I definitely created some toys. After the Toy Story franchise racked me up with guilt over how I treated my toys (and absolutely floored me during Toy Story 3), it seems the Toy Story films have some more destruction to cause to my heart. Still, you know what? I can’t wait to experience it. If the first three films destroyed me and were so incredibly good at the same time, I have high hopes for how badly Toy Story 4 could tear up my soul.