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On Why I Enjoy Forky's Existence

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Forky’s role in Toy Story 4 was a fresh take on the comedic relief trope because of innocence, ethics and design. In this essay I will elaborate my fixation on Forky.

I’ll admit I’m not, nor ever was a die-hard Toy Story fan. When the fourth installment released its teaser trailer I was confused but not amused about Forky; when the official trailer released I was intrigued.

It didn’t take long to realize Forky was the comedic relief in the movie. Usually I’m not a fan of making a serious or sad scene funny because usually it’s at the expense of someone’s stupidity. But Forky was different, I noticed. It wasn’t so much that he was stupid — Forky’s innocence was at the forefront of his jokes making him more endearing than annoying.

Another significant characteristic from Forky is his compassion and loyalty. This may seem silly since he’s basically trying to run away into the nearest trash bin every scene, but we see a complete 180 turn when Woody explains: the same way trash makes Forky feel safe is how Forky makes Bonnie feel. Forky ran down the street towards the long-gone RV when he understood why Woody needed Forky to stay with Bonnie. Forky’s compassion and loyalty are paralleled to Woody’s with Andy.

Finally, Forky’s brilliantly simple character design is true peak aesthetic. Primary colors (red, blue and yellow) on a white surface is a fantastic color scheme that both depicts child-like design but also speaks to higher design philosophies introduced by the Bauhaus. The dominant colors are red, white and blue but it doesn’t scream patriotism (thanks to the red and blue being less than the white). Forky’s look can be best compared to Kandinsky paintings which are about a universal understanding of feeling portrayed in the visual realm of communication.

In conclusion, Forky has multiple facets that make him the best character. I proudly claim him as my new favorite Pixar character based on his looks, child-like naiveness in an adult world and his loyalty to his responsibilities that have been thrust upon him.

Ub Iwerks

 

Ub Iwerks’ career was tied closely to Walt Disney’s almost as much as Roy Disney. Iwerks and Disney worked alongside creating the company’s most iconic material and characters including Mickey Mouse. Iwerks began as an animator and after having left and returned he worked for Disney as a special effects engineer.

Born 1901 in Missouri and past on 1971 in California, Iwerks list of accomplishments are mostly for the Disney company — Iwerks touched both the filmography and Disneyland. With Iwerks help, Disney’s animation company help take off and standout during its time. He also helped engineer well-known animatronics throughout Disneyland.

Ub Iwerks, born Ubbe Ert Iwwerks, met Disney in their early adult life. Iwerks was known to be a fast cartoonist, allegedly able to produce 700 sketches DAILY. Together, Iwerks and Disney created the first successful sound synchronized and the most popular cartoon in its time, Steamboat Willie (1928), officially debuting Mickey and Minnie Mouse. After Charles Mintz took the rights of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, co-created by Disney and Iwerks, the two began works on creating new characters.

Disney drew preliminary sketches in which Iwerks solidified, bringing to life one of the most recognized cartoon character ever — Mortimer…err, Mickey Mouse. The rest of that story can be a post on it’s own, but after Steamboat Willie brought financial success and a distributer, the two began to really crank out amazing work.

Iwerks left the Disney company but returned, not as an animator but an engineer in the special effects department. Walt had Iwerks work on perfecting the combination method of live-action and animation as seen on Mary Poppins (1964). Iwerks also had a hand in the animatronics in Disneyland having worked on “it’s a small world” and the Mr. Lincoln animatronic in the Opera House on Main Street. AND, Iwerks helped design some stuff for Disney World, although he didn’t live to see its grand opening.

Overall Ub Iwerks contributed so much to Disney and his company and, ultimately, to the history of the company we admire so much. So thank you, Iwerks, for your hard work, we love it.

Stroller Shop has Free Package Holding

 

There’s a double-edge sword effect when it comes to purchasing souvenirs at Disneyland: Buy it early and you have to carry it all day — buy it later and risk the item selling out. Perhaps you’ll want to leave it on your stroller at its designated parking spot outside an attraction — unfortunately even the happiest place on earth isn’t protected from thievery. And how many arguments have tainted friendships from having to send one person all the way back to the car to store items? I still haven’t spoken to my mother. (Kidding)

Anyway! Here’s the tip: the Stroller Shop holds Disneyland Resort packages for as long as you need (until closing) and for free! It’s conveniently located at the Esplanade by the exit gates of Disneyland.

Of course there’s limitations:

  • items must be from purchased from Disneyland, California Adventure and/or World of Disney or other Disney-owned stores from Downtown Disney

  • no personal items

  • no food, perishables

Visit the Disneyland website for their full policies, or stop by and ask your questions at the shop.