The first teaser trailer for "Toy Story 4" features all our favorite characters, including Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head, blissfully holding hands.
And then - needle scratch -- a new character who freaks out, yelling, "I don't belong here! I am not a toy!"
Forky's freakout sends all the other characters like Slinky and an adorable green alien flying. In the background, we hear Woody calmly saying, "Somebody get him before he pokes an eye out."
Director Josh Cooley explains who Forky is and why he's so confused: He's a spork-turned-craft-project (hence the googly eyes and pipe-cleaner arms).
"The world of 'Toy Story' is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose," Cooley said in a statement. "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."
"Veep" star Tony Hale, who voices Forky, says that dilemma was part of the draw: "A utensil’s existential crisis?" Hale said in a statement. "I’m in!"
“When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted,” Cooley said. “Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy … served by hilarious spork."
Here's the official 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.
"Toy Story 4" is in theaters June 21, 2019.
[Via The Wrap]