- Tony Hale, who voices Forky in “Toy Story 4” (in theatres Friday), talks about continuing to play the character for the Disney Plus shorts series, “Forky Asks a Question.”
- “What I’m crazy about with Forky is he doesn’t have any shame,” Hale told Business Insider. “He just needs to know, ‘What does this mean?’ There’s no embarrassment.”
- There will be 10 “Forky Asks a Question” shorts, and they will all be available the day Disney Plus launches on November 12.
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Fans of Forky will get more of the character after “Toy Story 4” hits theatres this weekend. The loveable spork will have his own series of shorts on the Disney Plus streaming service when it launches on November 12.
Titled “Forky Asks a Question,” the series will consist of 10 shorts that all launch the day Disney Plus goes live. Pixar CCO Pete Doctor (the Oscar-winning director of “Up” and “Inside Out”) said the series will follow Forky, who is voiced by “Veep” star Tony Hale, as he asks his fellow toys questions like, “What is love?” “What is time?” and more pressing, “What is cheese?”
In “Toy Story 4,” Bonnie, who is the new owner of Woody and the gang, creates Forky when she’s at kindergarten. Woody then takes it upon himself to get Forky acclimated to his surroundings, which is a challenge since Forky didn’t originate as a toy, but as materials found in the trash. So Forky thinks he’s trash. When Woody finally gets Forky to think of something other than getting back into a trash can, Forky has a lot of questions about, well, everything.
“What I’m crazy about with Forky is he doesn’t have any shame,” Hale said. “He just needs to know, ‘What does this mean?’ There’s no embarrassment.”
“It plays into him wanting specific things explained that maybe people are embarrassed to ask but they want to know,” Hale said. “Some of the things I didn’t know about.”
After winning two Emmys playing the loyal assistant Gary to Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on “Veep,” Hale is exploring more child-friendly fare. Later this year, he will be voicing the lead character in the Netflix animated series “Archibald’s Next Big Thing,” which is based on a children’s book he wrote in 2014.
Other content expected on Disney Plus includes multiple series from “Star Wars” (“The Mandalorian,” and one focused on “Rogue One” character Cassian Andor) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (one on Loki, as well as one focused on Bucky and Falcon), a “High School Musical” series, and a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” remake. Then there’s all the episodes from 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” and all the “Star Wars” movies.
Wall Street has high hopes for Disney Plus.
Morgan Stanley forecasts that Disney will have more US streaming subscribers than Netflix within five years. The conglomerate is on track to have control of three streaming services by the end of the year: Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus.
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