Lightyear is a computer-animated science fiction action-adventure film released in 2022 by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in the United States.
It is a Toy Narrative spin-off that serves as the genesis story for the fictional test pilot/astronaut character that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy/action figure featured in the main films.
Chris Evans voices the title character in the film, which was co-written and directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman. It also stars Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, James Brolin, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
On June 8, 2022, Lightyear had its global debut at the El Capitan Theatre, and on June 17, 2022, it was released in the United States in RealD 3D, 4DX, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX formats. It is Pixar’s first IMAX picture. Critics praised the voice acting (especially Evans and Sohn), animation, emotional weight, and musical score.
- Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear,
- Keke Palmer as Izzy Hawthorne,
- Keira Hairston as a young Izzy.
- Peter Sohn as Sox,
- James Brolin as Emperor Zurg,
- Taika Waititi as Mo Morrison,
- Dale Soules as Darby Steel,
- Uzo Aduba as Alisha Hawthorne,
- Mary McDonald-Lewis as I.V.A.N.,
- Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz,
- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside,
- Tim Peake as “Tim from Mission Control”.
- Bill Hader as Featheringhamstan
Lightyear begins with a story about Buzz Lightyear, a toy purchased by Andy’s mother in 1995 since he was the protagonist of Andy’s favourite film. “This is that film,” the filmmakers reveal in the first scene.
Buzz is a space ranger that travels between galaxies with a team of scientists, Alisha Hawthorne, and a rookie. They land their turnip spaceship to see if it’s habitable and if it’s home to intelligent life.
They decide to leave soon after learning about the planet’s terrible circumstances. However, Buzz, who is infamous for relying only on himself, fails to bring them safely off the planet, and the entire crew is stranded on a random planet until the hyperspace fuel crystal can be repaired. Buzz and Hawthorne share a unique friendship that shaped his persona.
She continuously makes fun of Buzz for monologuing into his arm-mounted recording gadget, as we’ve seen him do in the Toy Story movies. Each adventure begins with the couple touching fingers and yelling ‘To infinity and beyond,’ which was his slogan in the original films. Buzz is a headstrong, stubborn character who, without Woody to explain things to him, is essentially his initial version of the Toy narrative.
The narrative is well aware of Toy Story’s Buzz and provides a detailed description of his character development in the film. Buzz is remorseful for his error, which has forced the entire crew to dwell on the inhospitable planet, and he devotes his life to finding an energy source that will allow them to travel through hyperspace and escape the planet.
However, every time he tests fuel in space, he travels four years into the future and remains the same age, while everyone else on the world ages, grows, and creates a family.
Box Office Collection:
In its first weekend in the United States and Canada, Lightyear is expected to gross $70–80 million from 4,200 cinemas.
Buzz Lightyear is voiced by Chris Evans, who adds to the character’s charm. Despite the fact that there is potential for more, the Captain America actor performs a fantastic job. Chris makes it sound adorable when Buzz is jealous, furious, or terrified.
Peter Sohn’s performance as Sox, the robotic cat, is fantastic. Apart from Buzz, Peter provides the eccentricity in the restrained robotic demeanor even in his voice. In the future, I’d like to see more of Sox.
There’s also Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer, James Brolin, and others who excel in their roles.
Angus MacLane has a good idea of what he’s going to make. He makes it plain that he wants it to be about Buzz, but he also wants to focus on the business side of things. In making this decision, he produces larger moments, as opposed to the little ones that Pixar has been able to achieve with their recent films.
The animation is superb. With these characters, the world manages to lure you in and keep you there. When you combine the magnificent music of Michael Giacchino (Up, The Batman, Avengers: E), you get a visual delight unlike any other.
Lightyear plays it safe by catering to as many people as possible. The filmmakers want the public to rush the theatres in the aftermath of a pandemic, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, as a fan, I would have appreciated a bit more depth. You can purchase tickets right now!