Lightyears: everything you need to know – L’UBJ
Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are collaborating on the upcoming computer-animated sci-fi action film Lightyear. It is a Toy Narrative spin-off that serves as the origin story of the fictional test pilot/astronaut who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy featured in the earlier films. It’s presented as a movie within a movie that Toy Story characters would watch. It will be Pixar’s 26th animated feature, and it will be released in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX formats on June 17, 2022.
The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the inspiration for the toy, Lightyear follows the famous Space Ranger after he and his commander are stranded on a dangerous planet 4.2 million light years from Earth. Buzz is joined by a team of ambitious rookies and his gorgeous robot cat companion, Sox, as he tries to find a way back home via space and time. The entry of Zurg, a towering presence with an army of vicious robots and a mysterious motive, complicates the circumstances and threatens the mission.
After the completion of Finding Dory, Angus MacLane had the opportunity to pitch the idea of developing a Buzz Lightyear movie, based on the movie Andy Davis would have seen in the original Toy Story to pique his interest in a Buzz Lightyear figurine. Ever since he began working at Pixar, MacLane had been drawn to the character of Lightyear as a science fiction enthusiast, feeling that the film‘s story was very “personal” to him. Buzz’s debate over the nature of reality, combined with his heroic goals, created an amalgamation of sci-fi cliches that MacLane sought to make more than just a punchline in the Toy Story movies Lightyear examines.
Tim Allen indicated his interest in doing another film in February 2019, saying he “can’t see any reason why they wouldn’t”. Tom Hanks said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May that Toy Story 4 would be the franchise’s final installment, while producer Mark Nielsen hinted at the potential for a fifth picture, indicating that Pixar wasn’t ruling it out.
Lightyear was announced as a spin-off film detailing the in-universe origin of the human Buzz Lightyear in December 2020 during a Disney Investor Day presentation, with Chris Evans providing the character’s voice. In March 2022, it was revealed that a scene depicting Alicia Hawthorne and another lady kissing was originally deleted. The streak was reinstated following current Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s response to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and the internal outrage it caused within Disney.
When the project was announced in December 2020, Chris Evans was announced as the human Buzz Lightyear. Evans was MacLane’s first and only choice for Buzz. He visited Pixar’s offices and presented the project during his visit. Evans immediately accepted the offer, due to his passion for animation. In November 2021, Taika Waititi was reportedly cast in an unnamed role.
To capture the feel of the science fiction movies MacLane grew up with, the animators wanted the picture to look “cinematic” and “fat”. To do this, they asked a former employee of Industrial Light & Magic to make them a model of a spaceship, which the animators were inspired by; this technique was influenced by early science fiction movie designers who used models as inspiration for their sets and props.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will release Lightyear in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX formats in theaters in the United States on June 17, 2022. This will be Pixar’s first theatrical release in two years, following the direct release of Soul, Luca, and Turning Red on Disney+ in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.