Forky (Tony Hale) returns in Forky Asks A Question to tackle another conundrum. This time, in the fifth episode of the first season, Forky asks “What is Love?” Previously, Forky explored the notion of time with a beloved toy and dinosaur, Rex. While Forky struggled to understand the real impact the asteroid had on dinosaurs like Rex, pun intended, he did learn that what matters is the present and the time you spend with those you care about.
Now in “What is Love?,” Forky speaks to a more senior group of toys, featuring Melephant Brooks, Carl Reineroceros, and Chairol Burnett, in hopes of learning from their experiences with life and love. Clearly modeled off and voiced by the real-life actors of similar names including Carl Reiner, the voice of Carl Reineroceros, the characters explain to Forky exactly how you know you are in love. Each toy tries to describe that tell-tale feeling that countless songs, movies, poems, plays and so forth have attempted to explain, but in a single sentence – this is still a three-minute show after all- though, at least this time the substance of the episode is three minutes with the total runtime being four minutes and 31 seconds.
However, after being unable to properly describe the feeling, the three senior toys try to act out “What is Love?” instead. A surprise confession and appearance change the dynamics for the senior toy group.
“What is Love?” features homages to beloved actors including Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks. While I highly doubt younger children will understand the reference, this is a Pixar production and jokes written for an older audience are par for the course. Making the episode into a parody of a soap opera is downright brilliant. But as much as I enjoyed it, I did miss seeing more well-known characters. The last two week’s episodes, “What is Time?” and “What is Art?” have spoiled me since they featured favorites of the franchise.
Overall, “What is Love?” continues the upward trajectory the season has made since its debut with “What is Money?.” Forky Asks A Question is a must-watch for Toy Story fans, especially the episodes that feature well-known and beloved characters like Hamm, Mr. Pricklepants, and Rex. However, Disney+’s decision to release this show in weekly intervals still perplexes me. I am also still unsure exactly who this show is for, but I do know I am along for the ride.
Episode five of Forky Asks A Question, “What is Love?” is streaming now on Disney+ with new episodes dropping weekly.
Forky Asks A Question Season 1, Episode 5 - "What is Love?"
Overall, “What is Love?” continues the upward trajectory the season has made since its debut with “What is Money?.” Forky Asks A Question is a must-watch for Toy Story fans, especially the episodes that feature well-known and beloved characters like Hamm, Mr. Pricklepants, and Rex.