It’s hard to imagine Toy Story continuing its story after the way the third installment of Pixar’s flagship franchise ended. But here we are with Toy Story 4 on the way. And despite some of the behind-the-scenes troubles that plagued the production, it looks like things moved on swimmingly. So now Pixar has released their first teaser trailer for Toy Story 4, which will see the return of Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and more. It also features a very first look at a brand new toy called Forky (Tony Hale). Only thing is, Forky is not like any of the others. Check it out below.
The trailer opens with Joni Mitchell‘s “Both Sides Now” playing as the camera circles our favorite toys, who are all joined hand in hand to form a ring. As we see their happy faces, one new toy joins the crew. Only thing is, this toy isn’t a toy. He’s more like a plastic fork with the look of fear drawn onto its face. As such, the reaction of him is that he doesn’t belong here and he runs away screaming, letting go of Woody’s hand. This ruins the harmonious joy that Woody and the gang were having as everything comes to a sudden slow-motion stop.
There really isn’t much else to the trailer than that. Of course, since it is a teaser trailer, we shouldn’t really be expecting any more.
Director Josh Cooley spoke about Forky, who turns out to be more of a craft project made by Bonnie:
“The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose. 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.
“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.”
Based on the trailer, it looks like Forky will be going through a bit of an existential crisis. Here’s what Hale said about what filmmakers had to do to get him on board. “A utensil’s existential crisis?” Hale asked. “I’m in!”
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.
Toy Story 4 also features the voice cast of Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, and Blake Clark. It opens in theaters on June 21, 2019.