Forky Asks a Question

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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"Toy Story 4" star ponders mysteries with charm.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

Though it's not the focus of the show, in some cases, Forky's quest for knowledge does turn up some facts that might be new to kids, such as where money is minted in the United States.

 

Positive Messages

Kids see that Forky's insatiable curiosity helps him better understand the world around him. His friends pitch in to help answer his many questions and show lots of patience when it takes him some time to get up to speed.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Forky's perpetual optimism endears him to everyone, audience included. His friends are patient with his attention lapses and general naivety.

 

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Forky is the breakout star from the cast of Toy Story 4, and several of his friends from the movie make cameo appearances in this series.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Forky Asks a Question centers on the breakout star character of Toy Story 4 as he ponders the big questions about the world and how it works. Each of the 10 short episodes sees one of his toy friends helping Forky learn things like what it means to be a friend, what defines art, and what time is. Forky absorbs information at a preschooler's pace, which means his focus changes a lot and he gets distracted at times, but he always manages to sum up the main point succinctly and thoughtfully. This hilarious extension of a beloved character is a must-see for Forky fans of all ages.  

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byJohnAA March 24, 2020

Not educational at all

The fork is constantly annoying the other characters and the questions never get answered.
I have no idea how people find this educational.
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Kid, 7 years old April 7, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byPoppy From The ... March 26, 2020

What's the story?

FORKY ASKS A QUESTION is a short-form series in which Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) poses the most important queries of life to the audience and to his playroom friends. His musings run the gamut from wondering about friendship and love to questioning the origin of cheese and the purpose of money, for instance. As he ponders these and other big questions, he gets some guidance from his toy pals like Hamm (John Ratzenberger) and Mr. Pricklepants (Robin Atkin Downes).

Is it any good?

If ever a series of shorts was designed to leave you wanting more, this is it. Toy Story fans fell in love with Forky the moment the confused upcycled arts and crafts project came to life in Bonnie's room, and his wide-eyed innocence about the world continues to be a draw. Now that he's past his identity crisis, he's all about finding out what he doesn't know, from the basics of how things work in the world to the more complex matters of emotions and relationships.

In a word, the result is genius. Forky Asks a Question is surprisingly thoughtful and intuitive for a three-minute show, and the star's childlike demeanor and curiosity continue to delight. These shorts are constant fun for kids and grown-ups alike and will further endear the unique utensil to audiences across the board.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of curiosity and asking questions. What kinds of things inspire your kids' curiosity? If not for asking questions, how could you learn?

  • Kids: What, if anything, did you learn from Forky and his friends in Forky Asks a Question? What else do you know about the topic that you could teach him?

  • Who are your favorite characters from the Toy Story movies? What other screen characters are among your favorites?

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