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|“||The dummies are, by far, some of the creepiest characters we’ve ever created. Our animators really leaned into the truth in materials for how our ventriloquist dummies move. Dummies’ bodies are soft with no structure, so our dummies’ arms just dangle and their legs bend backwards. Throw in their fixed expressions with their wide eyes and big hinged jaws and they’re nightmare material—in the best way possible.||„|
|~ Producer Mark Nielsen on Benson's creation|
The Bensons are the former secondary antagonists of Pixar's 21st feature-length animated film Toy Story 4. They are a group of ventriloquist dummies that reside in the antiques shop. They are commanded by Gabby Gabby.
They were voiced by Steve Purcell.
The Bensons all look the same. They wear black suits with black bowties and black shoes. However, one of them does wear a red bowtie instead.
- It's possible that the reason for which the Bensons can't talk is because they are ventriloquist dummies and thus can only talk if a ventriloquist uses them to speak "through" them, aside that there are other toys in the Toy Story universe which can't talk despite not being ventriloquist dummies.
- Despite this, they can briefly be heard making a grunting sound during parts in the film. Also, they can apparently communicate to Gabby Gabby by whispering in her ear, which might explain how she was able to befriend them.
- The idea of a ventriloquist dummy character was inspired by the original concept of Woody, who was originally designed to be a dummy.
- They give a striking resemblance to Slappy from the Goosebumps books and related adaptations.