Thanks to some Disney magic, Don Rickles will reprise his role as Mr. Potato Head in “Toy Story 4”.
The late comedian signed on to voice the iconic character in the upcoming sequel back in 2014 but died before production began.
Director Josh Cooley confirmed via Twitter that Rickles’ voice will be used. “All of his pieces may be replaceable,” he wrote, “but his voice is not.”
“Honoured he signed on for TS4, honoured he’s in TS4,” Cooley continued. “Of course we loved Don obviously, and after he passed, his family contacted us and asked if there was any way that we could create a performance using the recordings that we had.”
Rickles voiced the beloved potato in all three “Toy Story” films, and because there was enough performance footage recorded, Disney was able to those recordings to enable Mr. Potato Head to return for the fourth instalment.
“Now, he signed to be in ‘Toy Story 4;. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to record him for the film,” Cooley told Entertainment Weekly. “But we went through, jeez, 25 years of everything we didn’t use for ‘Toy Story 1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, the theme parks, the Ice Capades, the video games — everything that he’s recorded for Mr. Potato Head. And we were able to do that. And so I’m very honoured that they asked us to do that, and I’m very honoured that he’s in the film. Nobody can replace him.”
“Toy Story 4” hits theatres on June 21.