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Your first look at Toy Story 4 stars Tony Hale as a spork having an existential crisis

Toy Story 3 provided a pretty definitive ending to one of the most beloved animated series in history, and so its upcoming fourth installment has set its sights on a whole new narrative built around new toys, new locations, and new characters. To wit: This teaser, which leans heavily on the nostalgic sight of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Bo Peep, Mr. Potato Head, and so on. The whole gang is skipping in a beatific circle and gazing at each other with love before some new spork, eyes wide in existential terror, freaks out and ruins everything. Director Josh Cooley provides a bit of context in a press release:

“The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “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.”


Anyway, they couldn’t have picked a better voice for Forky: It’s Tony Hale, patron saint of nervous wrecks everywhere. You can watch all of his neuroses laid bare anew when the movie comes out on June 21 next year.

Clayton Purdom is a writer and editor based in Columbus, Ohio.