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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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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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