We first meet the older model of Key’s personality, the toymaker Gustafson, thru a raucous musical quantity that ends when his new invention, the Whirly Twirly, backfires on a crowd of onlookers. Till that second, Gustafson is upbeat, glad, filled with swagger, and not betrays even a touch of self-doubt relating to the person he is transform.
Then, in our key scene, Gustafson retreats to his place of job, the place the movie unearths that the Matador (Ricky Martin) who talked him into stealing Jeronicus Jangle’s innovations all the ones years sooner than remains to be very a lot the facility in the back of the throne. Within the scene that follows, Gustafson vents his frustration over by no means with the ability to get the Whirly Twirly to paintings. Key has to shift his performing abilities from being the showman Gustafson tries to be in entrance of crowds of shoppers and change into the scared, insecure, in the end submissive toymaker who is terrified that he’s going to by no means be more than a thief. It is a grown guy chatting with a bit speaking motion determine, however it is a scene wealthy with drama.
And but, even with the dramatic rigidity provide within the scene, Key manages to insert a few of his comedic abilities into the instant. The way in which he issues on the wall and highlights his many “Toymaker of the Yr” plaques is reminiscent of a few of his perfect characters on Key & Peele, the usage of his anxious power to get laughs. He manages to be the full performing package deal in one second.