Lightyear’s confusion proves Woody’s Roundup would have been Pixar’s best spin-off
There is a lot of confusion over Lightyear’s relationship with Toy Story, which Pixar could have avoided if the studio had created Woody’s Roundup instead.
Any confusion surrounding Light yearthe premise of ‘could have been avoided if Pixar had chosen the most natural Toy story spin-off – the one and only Woody’s roundup. In the years 1995 Toy story, Andy mercilessly threw away his old cowboy doll for a brand new Buzz Lightyear action figure, abandoning the Old West friend who never left him. This is apparently how Pixar views Buzz and Woody here in 2021 as well. After a successful quartet Toy story films, Pixar is now taking its signature property in a very different direction with Light year, which stars Chris Evans as the chin-swirling Space Ranger.
Pixar traditionally keeps its movie concepts simple, but Light year bucks this trend. Chris Evans originally described his Pixar debut as “the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on. “Many have interpreted this to mean that Buzz was a real astronaut (in Toy story‘s world) who later had action figures made in his honor, but Light yearThe trailer confirms the opposite. The presence of aliens, Emperor Zurg and futuristic space technology proves Light year is clearly inspired by the world of Buzz Toy story mythology. Angus MacLane (Light year director) sums up the premise as “what was the movie Buzz Lightyear that Andy saw before he asked his mom for the action figure?” Still, a Pixar movie shouldn’t be that difficult to understand.
If Pixar had looked past the flashing lights and purring noises of Buzz Lightyear, they would have seen a dusty, one-armed cowboy perfect for the derivative treatment. Toy story 2 revealed that Woody was once the star of “Woody’s Roundup” – a classic weekly western also starring Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye and, of course, Stinky Pete. In Toy story, every episode of that canceled TV show saw Woody save the day, and Andy’s doll was part of the merchandise line. Light year is basically Buzz’s version of “Woody’s Roundup”, but because Toy story 2 already featured “Woody’s Roundup” as a show in a movie, the relationship is much easier to grasp. If Pixar intended to create a genre spin-off starring a beloved Toy story character, surely a Woody’s roundup animated western was the obvious choice.
Light yearPixar’s conceptual ambiguity makes Pixar reluctant to let go Toy story all the more obvious. Light year boasts a fascinating sci-fi world rendered in stunning and predictable animation. There is a dusty visual plot reminiscent of WALL-E, and if the semi-connection to Toy story has been deleted, this could really become the animation’s response Star wars. Light year (obviously under a different title) could have featured a totally original hero without any franchise background, which would lead Pixar into the sci-fi realm and could be the origin of a whole new franchise for the studio. The confused link to Toy story is, without doubt, an obstacle to this.
Watching Buzz get his own gritty solo flick, Woody most likely has “the shelf” flashbacks. Fortunately, all is not lost for everyone’s favorite toy cowboy. No matter how Light year is received, there is a lot of space for Pixar both on the big screen and in streaming, and with more esotericism Toy story ideas coming to fruition, it is surely only a matter of time until Woody’s roundup either happens as a feature film in the Light year mold (but without confusion), or a Disney + series. If and when Disney pulls the trigger Woody’s roundup, the Toy story relationship will be both easier to understand and easier to justify … and there is a great theme song ready and waiting.
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