Toy Story 4’s Forky is the Best Friend Everyone Needs

Every Disney movie, live action or animated, has a message. We don’t always see the same message, but that’s not the point: the point is that we have a take-away that makes us think, and Disney’s newest animated movie is no exception.

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Toy Story 4’s Forky is a new character, and just like it sounds, he’s a fork. Actually, a spork, one who comes from the trash bin, a result of a lonely child’s desire for something to do when left alone at school on her first day. Most of us can relate to that feeling, and that’s where the messages begin.

Toy Story 4's Forky
THREE-IN-ONE – He’s not a fork. He’s not a spoon. And most of all, Forky is not a toy! At least that’s what he thinks. Bonnie created him from an assortment of supplies Woody’s retrieved from the kindergarten trash can. So, it’s no wonder Forky feels strongly that he’s trash and not a toy. Featuring Tony Hale as the voice of Forky, Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

When you don’t fit in, you find another path. Young Bonnie finds her own path via Forky, and the fun begins when Bonnie’s family decides to go on a road trip before kindergarten officially begins for the year. Bonnie is obsessed with her newest ‘friend,’ Forky, and insists on taking him with her. Woody, as devoted to Bonnie as always, decides to ensure that Forky doesn’t get away, as he’s fascinated with returning to the trash he came from.

Toy Story 4's Forky
TOY STORY 4 – (L-R) Trixie, Buttercup, Mr. Pricklepants, Dolly, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex, Aliens, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Bullseye and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. ©2019 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

But it’s not that simple, and as we’ve seen in all the Toy Story movies to date, Woody, the leader of the toys, has another challenge ahead of him. The toys come together and without revealing the ending, they find their way while fulfilling their individual destinies.

You will need tissues.

Back to the messages though. Forky teaches that we can’t judge a person by their looks. What can a ‘fork’ offer a little girl? Everything, by way of being her security in a scary part of life. Even a pipe cleaner, clay and spork can be so much more than a sum of its parts.

Toy Story 4 Woody and Bo Peep and Giggle
GIGGLE MCDIMPLES — In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Bo Peep introduces Woody to her best friend Giggle McDimples. A miniature plastic doll from the 1980s, Giggle is Bo’s confidant, supporter and advisor, and spends a lot of her time perched on Bo’s shoulder. Featuring Ally Maki as the voice of Giggle, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019…©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The relationship between Bo Peep and her new friend, Giggle McDimples, shows that women can forge bonds despite having major differences in their lives. Woody shows us that devotion and kindness is still a trait to strive for, and courage in the face of danger, even if that face is a team of creepy marionette dolls, can change lives and help you sleep at night. He’s also willing to give up such a big part of himself to help another, and that selflessness pays off in the end, for himself as well as others.

Toy Story 4 Gabby Gabby
GABBY GABBY – In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Woody finds himself in Second Chance Antiques, home to an adorable, talking pull-string doll from the 1950s and her crew of voiceless ventriloquist dummies. Unfortunately for Gabby Gabby, a manufacturing defect in her pull-string voice box has left her sounding anything but adorable. Christina Hendricks lends her voice to Gabby Gabby. “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019…©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Buzz learns the meaning of conscience and in a way only he can display, it’s how he finally finds his voice. From him, we learn to trust ourselves without second-guessing; we don’t need to keep pushing our mental buttons to see if we come up with the same answer. Instead, if your gut says GO, you go.

Forky is a scene-stealer, with his “carry me” approach that ends up being a force much bigger than his tiny size. He quickly develops a love and devotion to Bonnie and wants to be there for her regardless of what that entails. Add in a few new friends (like Keanu Reeves’ Duke Caboom and Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby, Keegan-Michael Key as Ducky and Jordan Peele as Bunny and Tony Hale as Toy Story 4’s Forky) and the toy family is rounded out, revealing that sometimes we really just need a family, and that it can come from where we least expect it.

Toy Story 4 made me cry. At the end, where you’ll be smiling through your tears, we heard sniffles and other obvious sounds of people reaching for their tissues. Disney did the toys proud, and you’ll never see a spork the same way again.

Toy Story 4 Duke Kaboom
DUKE CABOOM – In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Woody and Bo turn to a 1970s toy called Duke Caboom for help. Based on Canada’s greatest stuntman, Duke comes with a powerful stunt-cycle, and he’s always prepared to show off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger. Featuring Keanu Reeves as the voice of Duke Caboom, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019…©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The movie hits theaters today, June 21, and the cast is full of big names: Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger and more. The official trailer is below, so you can have a Toy Story music ear worm all day today. You’re welcome.

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