Hot on the heels of “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” crushing the box office, Keanu Reeves has a new hero for you to meet: Duke Caboom. He is Canada’s greatest stuntman and he is here to save the day in the new “Toy Story 4” trailer.
When Bonnie’s new spork toy Forky (Tony Hale) goes missing, Bo Peep (Annie Potts) calls on the services of Duke, an Evel Knievel-esque, motorcycle-riding daredevil who is quick to show off his flexible poses on his sweet bike. His motto is “Let’s caboom!”, obviously, which he declares before he takes Woody (Tom Hanks) on a giant leap across shelves in a toy store.
Duke doesn’t get too much screen time in the trailer, which is just as well — gotta keep ’em wanting more, you know? But he seems cool, funny and nice, like all Canadians. And having a Canadian icon like Reeves voice him is just inspired casting. Those Duke Caboom toy figures are going to fly off the shelves (no pun intended).
Reeves and Hale are just two of the new additions to the “Toy Story” franchise. Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Christina Hendricks will also lend their new voices to new characters Ducky, Bunny and Gabby Gabby, respectively.
Besides Hanks and Potts, returning cast members include Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Laurie Metcalf, Estelle Harris and Don Rickles in a posthumous performance as Mr. Potato Head.
“Toy Story 4” hits theaters June 21, and it’s safe to say it’s the default Best Animated Feature Oscar frontrunner. While the first two films pre-dated the award, the third installment won the prize, so if “Toy Story 4” triumphs as well, the “Toy Story” franchise will be the first to win two Best Animated Feature Oscars.