Between John Wick, the impending return of Bill & Ted, and now Toy Story 4, it feels like we’re deep in the throes of a Keanu Reeves renaissance of sorts – a Keanussance, shall we say?
In the new Toy Story 4 featurette which you can see below, Disney·Pixar offered our first look at Reeves’ character in the film: a Canadian stuntman toy named Duke Caboom.
Here’s the character description:
DUKE CABOOM (voice of Keanu Reeves) is a 1970s toy based on Canada’s greatest stuntman. Riding his powerful Caboom stunt-cycle, Duke is always prepared to show off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger. However, Woody learns quickly that Duke has an Achilles heel: he has never been able to do the awesome stunts advertised in his own toy commercial. For years, Duke has been sitting in an antique store, constantly reliving the failures of his tragic past.
Whether live action or animated, we’re always game for more Keanu Reeves, but the fact that he’s playing a fictional Canadian – the Canuck with all the Luck – in the new Toy Story movie is a pleasant surprise. Reeves himself is Canadian, having grown up primarily in Toronto, so it’s nice to see him returning to his roots in a fun way.
And this is not the first time Disney-Pixar movies have featured Canadian characters or locations in recent years. Legendary Canadian news anchor Peter Mansbridge appears as “Peter Moosebridge” in 2016’s Zootopia, and the 2018 Pixar short Bao is set in Toronto.
Toy Story 4 rides into theatres on June 21st