Everyone loves Toy Story! From our parents to our siblings and us, no one could stop talking about the film when it was first released back in 1995. Considering its impeccably unique storyline, it does deserve all the hype that several generations associate with Toy Story films.
While several of us are still fans of the OG Toy Story films, the younger generations will get to see a completely different version of the series with Disney and Pixar and expand the storyline to explore the origin story of Buzz Lightyear. It is definitely exciting, and just like everyone else, the internet has completely fallen in love with Lightyear and can not wait for the film to hit the screens!
Pixar Animation Studios will be releasing the Buzz Lightyear movie next year in 2022 and is featuring the American actor Chris Evans, famous for his role as Captain America to voice the animated character. The origin story revolves around the life of Buzz Lightyear and his journey as he gets to become a Space Ranger.
However, the original Toy Story franchise has kept up with a storyline of a boy named Andy and the several toys he owns that include Sheriff Woody, Buzz, and more. The living toys regularly get to go on adventures and fall unconscious in the company of humans, reflecting themes of friendship, trust, and even nostalgia. The Toy Story franchise has yet to release four movies in the series, with several spinoff shows and now, the Buzz Lightyear movie. There are also talks of Disney releasing the Toy Story 5 film somewhere around 2023 or 2024.
Chris Evans gets to play Buzz Lightyear
Buzz Lightyear has been a character originally voiced by Tim Allen for the series of four Toy Story movies in these 26 years, but after Toy Story four was released, the actor retired from voicing the iconic character, saddening millions of fans. Now, the beloved Captain America actor from the Marvel universe gets to be the voice behind Buzz. The actor himself is too excited about the role given the significance of landing such a cult-favorite role.
The actor shared his happiness and elation on Twitter as he wrote: "The phrase 'a dream come true' gets thrown around a lot, but I've never meant it more in my life."
He continued to explain, "Animated movies were an enormous part of my childhood. They were my escape. My adventures. My dreams." He also shared his gratitude towards Pixar Animated Studios and Angus McLane for casting him in the role.
"They were my first window into the magic of storytelling and performing.
'Thank you' doesn't even come close #Lightyear," wrote the actor.
He also shared another tweet the same day expressing how excited he is: "I’m covered in goosebumps. And will be every time I watch this trailer. Or hear a Bowie song. Or have any thought whatsoever between now and July cause nothing has ever made me feel more joy and gratitude than knowing I’m a part of this, and it's basically always on my mind."
Chris Evans shares the backstory of Buzz Lightyear
About a year ago, when Pixar had first revealed its idea of a Buzz Lightyear movie, Chris had taken to Twitter to share more about the character's backstory, which eventually led to the creation of the toy taking after the OG space ranger Buzz Lightyear himself.
The actor said: "And just to be clear, this isn't Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on." Apparently, the story takes after the life of a real-life American astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Buzz Aldrin was one of the first people besides Neil Armstrong to land on the moon in 1969. While the film is not a sequel to the Toy Story film and there is no apparent connection between the events of Toy Story and Lightyear, you could be able to find several in-universe references in the new film.
As expected about anything related to Toy Story, the film announcement has been received with much joy and anticipation. The trailer of the movie is an exceptional craft sneak peek into the film, and it is certainly interesting to see a part from our childhood get its spinoff after over 26 years. As Buzz has been a constant figure of admiration for all kids who grew up loving Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear's film will surely make a definite mark in animated cinema history.
When will the film be released?
Pixar has a long-standing tradition of releasing its projects in summers, and hence, Lightyear too will have a summer release set to screen on June 17th, 2022. The film is directed by Angus McLane, who has previously directed Toy Story shorts and is also the co-director of Finding Dory. The film has already released its trailer, and also a few sneak peeks.
The internet can't wait for Lightyear!
People are sharing stories of how much they and their children loved Buzz Lightyear and are now beyond happy to witness his origin story. A mother wrote on Twitter:
"My son loved Buzz so much that he dressed up as him for 3 Halloweens in a row. Each year the costume got better and better. Now he's 28, and we both can't wait to see this next summer."
Another appreciated the genius works of Pixar Studios and wrote: "30 years ago, this little studio made a movie that is now the backbone of animation. CGI has moved forward beyond imagining, and I am beyond words for how amazing this is. Pixar, just PIXAR."
While many fans came forward with saying that Tim Allen is the original Buzz Lightyear and asked the studios to 'don't ruin my childhood' several others happily noted that the film does not actually depict Buzz Lightyear, the toy. Additionally, Lightyear is a film inside the Toy Story universe itself, which had inspired Andy to ask for Buzz as a toy.
Hence, people chimed in, "Don't ruin my childhood" they say....honey, nobody can ruin your childhood, it's been over for decades."
Another user clarified: "Dear fans of old things. New material for a new generation of children is not "ruining your childhood." Those things don't solely belong to your generation. If you don't like it or don't want to see it, no one is forcing you to see it. Now please shut up and let those excited for something enjoy it."
Love it or hate it, Lightyear is going to have a great time on the screens!