Pixar’s Lightyear turns Buzz into a non-toy astronaut—with new voice—in 2022

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Promotional image for upcoming film Lightyear.
Enlarge / Coming in June 2022 to “theaters.”

While no one was essentially asking for an origin story movie about Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear, the mixed powers of Disney and Pixar positive appear intent on making such a idea look as interesting and epic as attainable. Seriously: in the event you assume the idea seems like a straight-to-VHS cash-in on paper, we strongly encourage that you just watch Wednesday’s dramatic reveal of Lightyear, coming “to theaters” (and no point out of Disney+ to date) on June 17, 2022.

The movie’s debut 90-second trailer, embedded beneath, skips over the necessary context present in its “read more” crawl on YouTube, which means that the toy model of Buzz Lightyear, who was embraced by Toy Story‘s Andy as a toy, an animated collection character, a online game star, and extra, was based mostly on another person fully. As Disney Pixar explains:

The sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who impressed the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of followers.

However, this description does not make clear whether or not the extra realistic-looking model of Lightyear in subsequent 12 months’s movie is as actual within the Toy Story model of Earth as characters like Andy (and that this model of our planet is patrolled by “Space Ranger” astronauts) or if that is one other fictional story inside that world, from which extra cartoonish Buzz Lightyear variations finally adopted. While ready for Al “Chicken Man” McWhiggin to return our emails on the query, we as an alternative discovered a definitive answer at Entertainment Weekly, whose reporter Nick Romano interviewed movie director Angus MacLane on the matter.

“In the Toy Story universe, [Lightyear] would be like a movie that maybe Andy would have seen, that would have made him want a Buzz Lightyear figure,” MacLane explains to EW. In different phrases: it is as if the Michael Keaton model of Batman got here earlier than the campier Adam West flip. (Also, if supersonic, interstellar house journey exists on Andy’s Earth, it has but to be chronicled with definitive logic and science by Disney Pixar. We’ll preserve ready for that spinoff.)

Lightyear‘s premiere teaser emphasizes exploration and a number of interstellar locales, because it’s in any other case largely devoid of any dialogue—with the huge exception of new character voice actor Chris Evans (Captain America) providing an abbreviated blurt of “and…” at its conclusion. He says this to his obvious crewmate, a new character named Alicia Hawthorne, who begins the sentence with the acquainted call-out of “to infinity.” As of press time, Hawthorne’s voice actor is uncredited—although all through the trailer, we see this new character in each full Space Ranger regalia and in additional subdued control-room garb, so she’s prone to determine largely within the closing movie.

If you are on the lookout for an epic sci-fi universe worthy of Andy’s childhood adoration, this trailer has it in spades. A swampy, Dagobah-like planet, which Lightyear examines with a rusty, bipedal droid at his facet. A NASA-grade preparation, countdown, and launch sequence, punctuated by a mysterious energy supply being loaded into a spaceship. A hyperspeed blast of a one-man spacecraft towards and previous an obvious model of Earth’s Sun. Lightyear’s eerie, lonely stare-down of a colonized, Mars-like planet whereas wearing sweats. A harrowing dive by means of inky-black house, with the one mild coming from his personal deteriorating spaceship. And a creepy, speaking robo-cat that Lightyear apparently befriends sooner or later however is clearly reluctant about.

The trailer is punctuated by arguably the 18 quadrillionth use of David Bowie’s “Starman” in a movie trailer, albeit with its conventional guitars and percussion changed by a full string part and thunderous drums. Today’s reveal caps off a obscure point out that sneaked previous a lot of followers in March of this 12 months, when Disney’s large slate of inside, Marvel, Pixar, Fox, and different studios’ movies included a text-only blurb on one thing referred to as “Lightyear” coming in June 2022. That’s apparently what this movie is, although a ton of questions—notably about connections to different fictional characters within the Buzz Lightyear toy-verse—will seemingly stay unanswered till the movie will get nearer to its theatrical launch.

Lightyear premiere trailer.

Listing picture by Disney Pixar

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