Lightyear: Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are collaborating on the upcoming computer-animated science-fiction adventure picture Lightyear, which will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
It's a Toy Story spin-off that serves as an origin story for the fictional test pilot/astronaut who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy featured in the previous films. It's presented as a film within a film that the characters in Toy Story would watch, a concept that was previously adapted as the 2000 direct-to-video film Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins and its spin-off television series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000–2001).
Chris Evans voices the title character in the film, which was directed by Angus MacLane and stars Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi, Peter Sohn, Uzo Aduba, and James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Anthony Armanino.
The genesis tale of the original Buzz Lightyear, the character who inspired the action figure in the Toy Story films, is told in Lightyear. Buzz takes his first test trip in this film in order to discover new galaxies for Star Command to explore in peace. When the universe's safety is threatened by the villainous Emperor Zurg, Buzz may be the universe's only hope of survival.
The premise of the film will go into the origins of astronaut Buzz Lightyear, who inspired the in-universe space ranger of the same name. The teaser gives us a glimpse of the adventures we may expect from the renowned Buzz Lightyear.
As part of Star Command, Buzz will be stuck on an extraterrestrial planet, as fans may recall from the Toy Story movie. Buzz, accompanied by Sox, his new robotic cat companion, faces a fight against Emperor Zurg, a previously established archenemy.
This isn't the first time Pixar has looked into Buzz Lightyear‘s origin tale. Pixar's television series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command debuted in 2000, and it was based on the real astronaut who inspired the toy. That film, on the other hand, focused less on Buzz's origins and more on what transpired when he became heavily involved with Star Command.
The television series that inspired Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is considered canon in the Toy Story world. It's unclear how the new Lightyear film will deal with the previous cartoon series.
Fans should expect a different tone from the rest of the Toy Story films, with Lightyear focusing more on science fiction and action/adventure. However, like a Pixar film, we expect it to have the same heart and passion for deep, fascinating storytelling that the studio has been known for over the years.
Lightyear, in any case, promises to depict the story of one of Pixar's most famous and iconic characters. Fans of the Toy Narrative franchise will hopefully enjoy the picture as a worthy origin story for Buzz Lightyear. With so many aspects still unknown, viewers can only wait for the film's debut to see if it lives up to the expectation and goes beyond infinity.
Tim Allen has provided the voice of the legendary space ranger since the first film in the Toy Story franchise in 1995, as fans of the franchise know. Allen, on the other hand, will not reprise his part in this picture. Chris Evans will take over the role of Buzz Lightyear instead.
Evans expressed his excitement about the job in a tweet from October 2021, stating, “The animated film was a huge part of my youth. They were a safe haven for me. My exploits. My fantasies. They were my introduction to the wonders of storytelling and performance. ‘Thank you isn't even close to being adequate.”
At this time, no Toy Story cast members have been confirmed to feature in the future film. Keke Palmer (Izzy Hawthorne), Uzo Aduba (Alicia Hawthorne), Efren Ramirez (Diaz), Dale Soules (Steel), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (Burnside), and Taika Waititi have all joined the cast of Lightyear (Morrison). Sox, Buzz's mechanical cat buddy, will be voiced by Peter Sohn, a long-time Pixar director, and animator. Emperor Zurg, Buzz Lightyear's archenemy, is also set to appear, though he has yet to confirm.
Lightyear Release Date
On June 17, 2022, Lightyear will be released in theatres in the United States in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX formats.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will distribute Lightyear in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX formats exclusively in cinemas in the United States on June 17, 2022. After Soul (2020), Luca (2021), and Turning Red (2022) were allocated direct-to-streaming releases on Disney+ in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
It will be Pixar's first theatrical exclusive release since Onward (2020). It will be the first animated feature film in history to have its aspect ratio raised from 2.39:1 to 1.43:1 for certain scenes of the film for the IMAX distribution.
This summer, Pixar's popular Toy Story franchise will get much bigger. The new film Lightyear tells the story of Buzz Lightyear, a human astronaut who inspired the franchise's iconic toy space ranger. The film is scheduled to be released in theatres on June 17, 2022.
Lightyear filmmaker Angus MacLane said in an interview with Fandango that he was a major lover of sci-fi and that recreating the genesis story of Buzz Lightyear would provide him an outlet to explore a sci-fi plot.