It’s been a decade since Toy Story 3 came out, which, in dog years, is more, so that shows you exactly how long it is. A real long time, basically. As such, it’s about time they did a sequel - surprised it’s got to this long, to be honest, the Saws were doing it every year. Pull your finger out, Pixar.
Anyway, a fourth instalment in the franchise is heading our way, and we’ve got our first “moving picture” look at it.
Here ya go:
All very “the usual”, but then, WHAT’S THAT?? WHO’S THAT?? It’s a new character!
A new addition to the core set of characters! A new friend (or foe?) for Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr Spud Face, T-Rex from Jurassic Park, The Amazing Stretch-Dog and The Pig Whose Blood Is Coins! It’s all very exciting.
But let’s actually get to the bottom of this, shall we? Here are 5 possible clues as to what in the heck that spoony plonker really is:
1. Well first off, he’s not a spoon.
He’s a fork. We know this because his name is Forky, according to the IMDB. Of course, if we’re being pedantic here, his name should be Sporky, seeing as he’s actually a spork (a mix of a spoon and a fork), but to make things easier, they’ve gone with Forky.
2. He’s not a toy in the traditional sense
It would be a very disreputable toy shop that would stock a toy of this ilk and actually charge for it. This is a homemade toy, not a fancy plastic one like Buzz Lightyear. What Forky appears to consist of is a plastic spork, some pipe-cleaners, a bit of chewing gum, a lolly stick, some stick-on googly eyes and, erm, what are his eyebrows and mouth? Candy laces? Elastic bands? No idea, but the fact remains that this “toy” has been cobbled together from other bits and bobs to form a new whole.
3. He belongs to Bonnie (most likely)
According to the synopsis, “Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room”, so it makes sense that she made him? Of course, the addition of a new toy is always bound to cause ripples, as we’ve seen in every film since the first one (heck, the entire first film is based around this). The fact that Forky ain’t even an actual toy is going to have repercussions. Specifically, repercussions that will set off “a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends [that] will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.” Probably.
4. He’s got himself an existential crisis going on
As is often the case with the characters in Toy Story, they’ve got a lot going on in their heads - are they actually alive? What exactly are they? Do they exist? Well, Forky’s got one extra one - is he even a toy? In the teaser he shouts “I don’t belong here!” and runs off - he’s got some problems, has Forky, and presumably a large part of Toy Story 4 will be getting to the bottom of them.
5. Now so have we
Not strictly a clue about what the hell Forky is, but more a very large question about the world of Toy Story as a whole.
Like, forks can’t speak in that world, can they? So when does one become alive? As soon as eyes are stuck on it? Is it then living a mouth-less, unmoving, locked-in existence? Or does it have to have arms and legs before it can become sentient?
If a child plays with a cardboard box on Christmas day, does that become aware of its own existence? Is it simply awake, yet unable to communicate? Internal screams falling on deaf ears? And then, on Boxing Day, when the box is of no interest to the child anymore, does it die? Did it merely have a nightmarish, pseudocomatic lifespan, the length of a fly?
THIS FILM IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR KIDS BUT IT IS MAKING US SWEAT.
Anyway, the film’s out June 21, 2019, enjoy! Ha! HAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!