Push me to the edge, all our Toy Story friends are back from their latest near-death experience! In the trailer for Disney’s Toy Story 4, the gang’s all here, but there’s a new addition in a decorated (?) spork (??) named Forky, who’s flipping out. He doesn’t belong here, he was “made for soup, salad, maybe chili, and then the trash!” Forky, horrified by the very fact of his own existence, goes on the run; Woody chases after him, and then runs into action-hero-mode Bo Peep, who’s taken up residence in an amusement park. Will Woody stay there, or go back to his friends; is this all just a rehash of Toy Story 2?
In addition to Forky, voiced by Tony Hale, Disney also introduced a few other characters with this trailer, described in a press release. There’s Gabby Gabby, voiced by Christina Hendricks, “an adorable, talking pull-string doll from the 1950s” with a defect in her voice box that she longs to fix. She lives in an antique store with a band of voiceless ventriloquist dummies, which is terrifying. There’s Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves, “a 1970s toy based on Canada’s greatest stuntman,” who also lives in an antique store and who can’t quite do the stunts advertised in his own commercial. There’s Giggle McDimples, voiced by Ally Maki, “a miniature plastic doll from the 1980s” and Bo Peep’s best friend and “the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe.” Finally, there’s Benson, an antique ventriloquist dummy and Gabby Gabby’s right hand. “With no person to give them a voice, these silent toys patrol the antique store with a looming quietness that is inherently unsettling.” Good luck sleeping after this, kids!
Toy Story 4 was originally going to be a romantic comedy about Woody finally getting together with Bo Peep, and was to be written by Rashida Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack. The duo dropped the project because of Pixar’s treatment of women and people of color. See Toy Story 4 in theaters June 21, 2019.
You can watch the previous teasers for Toy Story 4 above and below. The first introduced Forky and the second introduced Ducky (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (voiced by Jordan Peele), two pals who can’t quite remember Buzz Lightyear’s famous line.