Forky Asks A Question

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Forky Asks A Question
Forky Asks A Question titlecard.jpg
GenreAnimation
Created byBob Peterson
Written byBob Peterson
Directed byBob Peterson
StarringTony Hale
Narrated byBob Peterson
Composer(s)Jake Monaco
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Mark Nielsen
Running time3–4 mins
Production company(s)Pixar Animation Studios
DistributorDisney Media Distribution
Release
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12) –
present (present)

Forky Asks A Question is an American animated web television series based on the Toy Story franchise, set after Toy Story 4. The series focuses on the character of Forky as he asks his friends different questions about life. The series premiered on November 12, 2019, along with the launch of the Disney+ streaming service.

Premise[edit]

Set sometime after the events of Toy Story 4, handmade toy Forky asks his friends different questions about life.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"What Is Money?"Bob PetersonBob PetersonNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)
Hamm tries to explain to Forky what money is.[5]
2"What Is a Friend?"Bob PetersonBob PetersonNovember 15, 2019 (2019-11-15)
Forky "befriends" a mug, which he thinks is named "What? No!".
3"What Is Art?"Bob PetersonBob PetersonNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Mr. Pricklepants teaches Forky how to act.
4"What Is Time?"Bob PetersonBob PetersonNovember 29, 2019 (2019-11-29)
Rex tries to explain the concept of time to Forky, using the age of dinosaurs as an example.[6]
5"What Is Love?"[8]Bob PetersonBob PetersonDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
Bonnie's old toys try to explain Forky the meaning of love.[7]
6"What Is a Computer?"[8]Bob PetersonBob PetersonDecember 13, 2019 (2019-12-13)
Trixie explains to Forky what a computer does as they experience the common stresses of technology.
7"What Is a Leader?[9]"TBATBADecember 20, 2019 (2019-12-20)
8"What Is a Pet? [10]"TBATBADecember 27, 2019 (2019-12-27)
9TBATBATBAJanuary 3, 2020 (2020-01-03)
10TBATBATBAJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)

Unscheduled episodes[edit]

Title
What is Cheese? [11]
What is Reading? [12]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On Disney's investor day, Pixar's chief creative officer, Pete Docter, revealed that a series of shorts based on Toy Story 4's Forky, titled Forky Asks a Question, is in development for Disney+, with Tony Hale set to reprise his role from Toy Story 4. Hale said that the series is about "these questions that maybe people are embarrassed maybe to ask, but they really don't know".[1] Bob Peterson is set to write and direct the series, and will be produced by Toy Story 4 producer Mark Nielsen.[13][14] The series will be directly produced at Pixar Animation Studios And the second show based on a Pixar property since Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.[13]

Casting[edit]

In June 12, 2019, when the series was announced, it was confirmed that Tony Hale will reprise his role from Toy Story 4 in the series.[1] On June 25, 2019, Nielsen revealed that Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Betty White will reprise their roles from Toy Story 4 as Chairol Burnett, Melephant Brooks, Carl Reineroceros, and Bitey White, respectively, during the series.[4] According to Nielsen, the characters will have "considerable screen time" compared to their appearances in the film.[4] During the D23 2019, it was revealed that John Ratzenberger will reprise his role as Hamm in the series.[2] In October 30, 2019, Wallace Shawn and Kristen Schaal were revealed to be reprising their roles as Rex and Trixie, respectively.[3]

Recording[edit]

In June 18, 2019, Hale revealed during an interview that he already recorded his lines as Forky for the series.[15]

Music[edit]

Jake Monaco composed the series' score.[16] Monaco said that "Forky's character is so animated[...] There are so many movements and facial expressions and the voice acting that Tony Hale does is just incredible. He is enough to carry any scene by himself.", and that director Bob Peterson "wanted the music to simply disappear into the background", to which he gave the score "a little bit of a jazz vibe".[16]

Release[edit]

Forky Asks A Question was released on November 12, 2019, in Disney+.[1] The series will consist of 10 episodes released weekly,[17] with each episode being 5-10 minutes long.[18] A clip from the series was shown at the D23 2019.[13] In October 30, 2019, the series' first trailer was released.[3]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 80% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 7.95/10. Its critical consensus reads, "Short and sweet, Forky Asks a Question is fun and funny enough to work for fans."[19] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d White, James (June 12, 2019). "Pixar Creating Forky-Focused Short Films For Disney". Empire. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Forky Asks a Question Brings the Toy Story 4 Favorite to Disney+ in 10 New Animated Shorts". TV Web. August 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Pixar Forky Asks A Question – Official Trailer - Disney+ - Start Streaming Nov. 12". Pixar/The Walt Disney Company/YouTube. October 30, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "The 10 best secrets, surprises and Easter eggs from 'Toy Story 4'". Washington Post. June 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Palmer, Roger (November 8, 2019). "What Disney+ Originals Are Coming To Disney+ On Launch Day?".
  6. ^ Palmer, Roger (November 29, 2019). "What's New On Disney+ - Pixar's Coco & Much More".
  7. ^ Palmer, Roger (December 2, 2019). "What's Coming To Disney+ This Week - One Day At Disney & Thor Ragnarok".
  8. ^ a b Palmer, Roger (November 23, 2019). "Everything Coming To Disney+ In The Next Few Weeks".
  9. ^ Post, Pixar (November 21, 2019). "Our Favorite Moments & Full Episode List From 'Forky Asks A Question'-That Looks Like A Lady!".
  10. ^ Post, Pixar (November 21, 2019). "Our Favorite Moments & Full Episode List From 'Forky Asks A Question'-That Looks Like A Lady!".
  11. ^ Post, Pixar (November 21, 2019). "Our Favorite Moments & Full Episode List From 'Forky Asks A Question'-That Looks Like A Lady!".
  12. ^ Post, Pixar (November 21, 2019). "Our Favorite Moments & Full Episode List From 'Forky Asks A Question'-That Looks Like A Lady!".
  13. ^ a b c "'Forky Asks A Question': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the Disney+ show from 'Toy Story'". Meaww.com. October 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Toy Story 4 Producer Reveals How Disney+ Will Continue The Franchise". CinemaBlend. October 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "The voice of Forky from 'Toy Story 4,' Tony Hale, gives details about the character's show on Disney Plus". Business Insider. June 18, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Interview with Jake Monaco, Composer of Forky Asks a Question". LaughingPlace.com. October 3, 2019.
  17. ^ Mitovitch, Matt Webb (August 24, 2019). "Disney+ to Release Episodes Weekly: A Welcome Break From Stress-Bingeing?". TVLine. Archived from the original on August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "Tony Hale on 'Toy Story 4' and Why Doing Voice Work at Pixar Is So Unusual". Collider. June 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "Forky Asks a Question: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Forky Asks a Question Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 November 2019.

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