Why isn't he called Sporky then?
OK, fair question. Director Josh Cooley actually has an explanation. He told Collider that when he showed the design of Forky to his 4-year-old son and asked the child to come up with a name, the resulting answer was "Fork Face." That obviously probably wouldn't fly with Pixar, but Cooley reasoned that there was something to the whole "fork" thing. "The fact that he's around the same age as Bonnie and didn't know what a spork was, I thought, 'That feels real to me,'" he said. "So Forky felt like a kid would name him that." Happy now?
What are Forky's likes and dislikes?
Forky loves the trash from whence he came. Forky hates anything that's not the trash. To him, the trash is warmth and safety. As Tony Hale, who voices him, told People magazine: "His sole [drive] is to get back to the trash." Forky does not consider himself a toy; he considers himself garbage and the garbage bin is where he belongs, his home. Sentience is a prison for him. As much as Bonnie loves him, he cannot accept her affection because the only affection he knows is the trash.
So, Forky is suicidal?
Uh, he's not... not. One sequence shows him continually trying to escape Bonnie's clutches for any trash heap in sight. He leaps to her little plastic wastebasket in her bedroom; he aims for a big can outside of a fast food restaurant. He wants the sweet relief of trash. Eventually -- after he leaps out the window of a moving vehicle -- Woody explains to him that he is comforting to Bonnie in the way trash is comforting to him and thus he must be reunited with his person. It's important to note: We do not know if trash equals death for Forky. Perhaps trash is just a home to Fork, and he is the ultimate introvert.
Isn't that heavy for a kid's movie?
Have you ever seen a Pixar movie, bro? That shit gets deep.