We're taking a trip back to the origins of the spaceman who stole the show in the first 'Toy Story' film.
The Buzz Lightyear movie is almost here! The second trailer of the animated science-fiction action film just dropped and we're taking a trip back to the origins of the spaceman who stole Andy's heart in the first Toy Story film.
The movie, titled Lightyear, introduces the "real-life" space ranger that inspired the toy in the Pixar franchise. The film aims to tell the "definitive origin story" of the legendary astronaut in a sci-fi action-adventure movie about an astronaut "who would win generations of fans" with his exploits. The explosive trailer gives us a taste of the intergalactic adventure in store for us as we delve into the world of the popular Space Ranger.
You can watch the trailer here:
"Buzz’s world was always something I was excited about," Angus MacLane, who is making his directorial debut with this movie, stated. "In Toy Story, there seemed to be this incredible backstory to him being a Space Ranger that’s only touched upon, and I always wanted to explore that world further." Buzz's intro scene is memorable as the toy believes he is, in fact, a real-life astronaut and not a toy at all. "So my Lightyear pitch was, 'What was the movie that Andy saw that made him want a Buzz Lightyear toy?’ I wanted to see that movie. And now I’m lucky enough to get to make it." This movie may also answer much of Woody's questions for Andy for trying to replace him as well.
The Toy Story franchise gave us some memorable characters including Sheriff Woody voiced by Tom Hanks, Buzz voiced by Tim Allen, and other toys from Andy's childhood including Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and Slinky Dog among others. This animated movie was first released in 1995 and was followed by three sequels, concluding in 2019. Although Pixar stated they would be taking a break after the fourth installment, they had the ball running for this movie much earlier. The spin-off is set to release on June 17, 2022.
Chris Evans will be carrying on the legacy by voicing Buzz. He will be joined by Keke Palmer as Izzy, Dale Soules as Steel, and Taika Waititi as Morrison. Peter Sohn voices Buzz’s robot cat companion, Sox. The stellar cast also includes the voices of Uzo Aduba as Hawthorn, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Evans tweeted about his role as Buzz, expressing gratitude to the team at Pixar, stating: "Animated movies were an enormous part of my childhood. They were my escape. My adventures. My dreams. They were my first window into the magic of storytelling and performing."
Animated movie were an enormous part of my childhood. They were my escape. My adventures. My dreams.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 27, 2021
They were my first window into the magic of storytelling and performing.
To @pixar and @AngusMacLane:
‘Thank you’ doesn’t even come close❤️#Lightyear pic.twitter.com/DD1N7aYhKT
"The cast for Lightyear is truly a dream team," said MacLane. "Each of the performers immediately inhabited their character, which gave us the opportunity to play a bit during recording sessions. This resulted in a level of specificity that elevated the material and brought additional depth to the characters’ relationships. It has been a privilege to work with such a talented and generous cast."