|Forky Asks a Question|
|Created by||Bob Peterson|
|Written by||Bob Peterson|
|Directed by||Bob Peterson|
|Narrated by||Bob Peterson|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||3-4 mins|
|Production||Pixar Animation Studios|
|Distributor||Disney Media Distribution|
|Original release||November 12, 2019 -|
January 10, 2020
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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"What Is Money?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||November 12, 2019|
|Hamm tries to explain to Forky what money is.|
|2||"What Is a Friend?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||November 15, 2019|
|Forky "befriends" a mug, which he thinks is named "What? No!".|
|3||"What Is Art?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||November 22, 2019|
|Mr. Pricklepants teaches Forky how to act.|
|4||"What Is Time?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||November 29, 2019|
|Rex tries to explain the concept of time to Forky, using the age of dinosaurs as an example.|
|5||"What Is Love?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||December 6, 2019|
|Bonnie's old toys try to explain Forky the meaning of love.|
|6||"What Is a Computer?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||December 13, 2019|
|Trixie explains to Forky what a computer does as they experience the common stresses of technology.|
|7||"What Is a Leader?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||December 20, 2019|
|Dolly teaches Forky about the qualities of a good leader, and he puts those qualities to the test!|
|8||"What Is a Pet?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||December 27, 2019|
|Forky meets Rib Tickles, and is schooled on the dangers of law enforcement.|
|9||"What Is Cheese?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||January 3, 2020|
|Buttercup, annoyed with all of Forky's questions, speed teaches everything there is.|
|10||"What Is Reading?"||Bob Peterson||Bob Peterson||January 10, 2020|
|The energetic Peas-n-a-Pod siblings teach Forky about reading, with a little help from Mr. Spell.|
On Disney's investor day, Pixar's chief creative officer, Pete Docter, revealed that a series of shorts based on Toy Story 4s 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".Bob Peterson is set to write and direct the series, and will be produced by Toy Story 4 producer Mark Nielsen. The series is being directly produced at Pixar Animation Studios, and is the second show based on a Pixar property since Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, which was also based on the Toy Story franchise.
On 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. 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. According to Nielsen, the characters will have "considerable screen time" compared to their appearances in the film. During the D23 2019, it was revealed that John Ratzenberger will reprise his role as Hamm in the series. On October 30, 2019, Wallace Shawn and Kristen Schaal were revealed to be reprising their roles as Rex and Trixie, respectively.
On June 18, 2019, Hale revealed during an interview that he already recorded his lines as Forky for the series.
Jake Monaco composed the series' score. 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".
Forky Asks a Question was released on November 12, 2019, on Disney+. The series consists of 10 episodes released weekly, with each episode being 3-4 minutes long. A clip from the series was shown at the D23 2019. On October 30, 2019, the series' first trailer was released.
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." On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".