Ok at this point I’m thinking it should be a tv series, rather than a movie, because so many ideas can’t fit in one movie. Probably. Anyway everything on this website is only brainstorming, nothing official as of yet.
Okay so this new toy comes along, a Viking action figurine called Esok. He’s a great guy, but he’s always scared that the sky will fall on his head, so he wears this helmet to protect himself just in case. He read in a holy Viking book that one day the sky will fall on everyone’s head. Everyone thinks thats silly and teases him about it, but some of the younger toys are concerned – what if the prophecy is true?
Anyway John Heron (as an adult) is climbing around on the roof trying to set up some Christmas lights, and he puts his foot somewhere where he shouldn’t have, making a hole in the roof with his foot and sending a whole lot of dust crashing down into the room below. All the toys in the room below are terrified and believe that the prophecy is indeed true, as the Viking Scriptures said. According to the book, says Esok, the dust coming down was only the beginning -there were much worse things to come before the actual sky fell on their heads. A rainstorm hit that night, and though John put a bucket to collect the water, the toys were lying awake all night, worried about what would happen next.
John knows that the hole in the roof is not the end of the world, that the sky will not fall on everyone’s heads, but he cannot explain to anybody why because it is a matter entirely in the realm of adult humans, which toys cannot understand. So he explains it to them in terms that they understand, that they must embark on a quest to save the world, to “prevent the sky from falling”. Roof restoration has never been so exciting. John figures if the toys can fix the roof for him, he doesn’t need to spend any money on a repairman. The price of roofing Auckland has to pay is a lot, almost as much as roof restoration Adelaide, though not as much as roof repairs Brisbane.
So John gets some of the bravest toys to embark on his ‘quest’, and sends them up onto the roof to fix the hole. Of course, he has to be up there with them to explain what they need to do. From the neighbours perspective, it looks like John is up on the roof playing with his toys, but eventually the roof gets fixed, the rain stops pouring in, the toys receive a viking parade from the other toys for their valour in saving the world from the falling sky, and John saves a few hundred dollars on roof repair.
This would be pretty funny, seeing the toys working on the roof repair like the fate of the world depended on it – perhaps they should do it in the rain, to make it more scary, and someone slips and almost falls off the roof for dramatic effect. At any rate, its an interesting concept that John Heron is at the same time both completely crazy in his friendship with the toys and yet totally civilised and mature like a normal adult, the way he goes about getting the roof fixed. Its should be ambiguous at this point whether John is even crazy or not, perhaps the toys are real? But then you see from the neighbours’ point of view, John fixing the roof himself with the toys in his hands. No, the toys are only real in John’s head.