While attending the Toy Story 4 press junket at Pixar Studios last month we learned all the details on the new “toy” Forky, check them out!
When “Forky” was first introduced in the first Toy Story 4 teaser trailer, so many questions arose in our minds. Where did this “Forky” come about? Is Forky a new “toy” in the Toy Story world or a craft? What role will Forky play in the new Toy Story 4 movie? And the age old question: Is Forky the Spork a spoon or fork? Unfortunately, I am not able to help you out with the latter question but I do have all the details on Forky for you, after visiting Pixar Studios last month!
Forky Introduction To The World & Reaction
Forky’s Entry Into Toy Story 4
Forky: I’m not a toy, I am trash!
Forky is a product of a craft project at Bonnie’s kindergarten orientation. While Bonnie has a plethora of toys which grace her room, Forky becomes her new “favorite” toy because well, she MADE forky from some craft supplies (found in the trash) in her new kindergarten classroom. However, Forky feels differently. Forky does not take “toy” ownership, declares he is trash not a toy and does not want any part in Bonnie’s toy world. The fact that Forky is confused with being a toy or trash AND that the fact that he is a spork (which we often sturggle with being a fork and spoon) is truly ironic and bring a whole new level of comedy into the film.
The Making Of Forky
While the entire Toy Story 4 team was tasked with creating a “Forky”, it was Claudio De Oliveira’s Forky that won out above the rest. One fun fact about Claudio’s Forky concept is he enlisted his daughter into helping him create Forky, because what better input can you get for a kindergarten craft project then from the source itself?
Forky is made up of a spork, clay base, wixi stick, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. While in Toy Story 4, Forky is made out of “trash”, some of his parts were not that easy to find; especially the spork. Claudio talks about having to frequent a local pizza joint and order their pizza just to stock up on their sporks. This sounds like a win-win to me cause… pizza!
Forky went through several designs, because not only did he have to look like a kindergarten craft project but he also had to fit with the animation of the film. He was fine tuned to fit with the movements on screen and other characters in the film. While at the Toy Story 4 press junket, we were also tasked with creating our own “Forky” character. I felt like the Forky character needed a bit of Estrogen and I came up with a girl version of Forky which I call “Forkette.”