The late Don Rickles’ iconic voice will still make an appearance in Toy Story 4.
The legendary comedian, who died in 2017 at the age of 90, will still voice fan-favorite Mr. Potato Head in the upcoming fourth outing of the franchise. Rickles has played the character in the previous three movies, starting with the original in 1995.
Though the movie was announced in 2014 and Rickles signed on to come back as Mr. Potato Head, the comedian hadn’t yet recorded any of his parts since he died before the script was finalized. But director Josh Cooley confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that audiences will still hear his unmistakable voice in the upcoming movie.
“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,” Cooley told EW. “Now, he signed to be in Toy Story 4. Unfortunately we did not get a chance to record him for the film.”
He continued, “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 honored that they asked us to do that, and I’m very honored that he’s in the film. Nobody can replace him.”
The rest of the original voice cast is also returning, with Tom Hank’s Woody and Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear leading the gang. New characters will also be voiced by Tony Hale, Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks.
Toy Story 4 is set to hit theaters June 21.