Upon Forky's introduction to the world, Bonnie's love is redirected to her new creation. Playing second fiddle, Woody immediately makes it his mission to guard the trash-toy -- and trust us, this makeshift spork boy wants nothing more than to go and live in a trash can. As the toys head out on a road trip with Bonnie and her family, it doesn't take long before Forky makes a run for it, feeding his need to be one with each and every dumpster in town, leaving Woody to bail from the rest of the group in an effort to keep the new toy safe. And it's during this solitary adventure when the two find themselves trapped in The Second Chance Antique Shop -- a peculiar-looking, slightly gawdy, Overlook Hotel-inspired retail establishment.
Blame it on Woody, who believes that Bo Peep, the toy that got away, is living behind these ominous doors. It's his decision to take a look inside, bringing Forky along on this detour as the rest of the toy gang awaits their return in the family RV parked at the carnival right across the street. It's here, as Woody and Forky slowly explore the store's cluttered shelves with an assortment of trinkets, furniture pieces, and forgotten toys lining the walls, where Pixar drops the biggest Shining reference to date.
It starts with a needle drop. As they venture further into the bowels of the building, the haunting classic, "Midnight, The Stars and You," as performed by Ray Noble and his Orchestra with Al Bowlly on vocals, begins to play. Why is this important? If you'll recall, the same exact song can be heard during The Shining's end credits as a slow dolly pan reveals Jack Torrance smiling wide, along with a large group of Overlook Hotel party guests, in a snapshot captioned, "Overlook Hotel, July 4th Ball 1924."
This song reference suggests this antique shop will be the wasteland Woody and Forky could spend the duration of their lives in, as many other of these forgotten toys have. Like Jack, who became trapped within the Overlook's walls as the building's true caretaker, this cue brings to mind a whole assortment of insidious outcomes for the two toys.
Sure enough, right as Al Bowlly's eerie vocals begin, Woody and Forky are stopped by one of the creepiest visuals we've ever seen in a Toy Story movie: A marionette, dressed in a tuxedo, sporting an aesthetic similar to that of the Billy doll from James Wan's underappreciated horror film Dead Silence, pushing the type of carriage you'd expect to see in Rosemary's Baby. This is the introduction of Gabby Gabby to the story, an old-timey baby doll who, if we're being honest, gave us huge Talking Tina from the Twilight Zone vibes.