Tim Allen Breaks Silence on LIGHTYEAR Buzz: ‘Doesn’t Seem to Have Any Connection To The Toy’

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Tim Allen Breaks Silence on LIGHTYEAR Buzz: ‘Doesn’t Seem to Have Any Connection To The Toy’

By Movieguide® Staff

Actor and comedian Tim Allen stayed silent about the upcoming LIGHTYEAR movie, which sought to expand the lore of the TOY STORY character Buzz Lightyear.

Allen starred as the iconic toy from 1995 to 2019 in TOY STORY, TOY STORY 2, TOY STORY 3, and TOY STORY 4. However, because LIGHTYEAR is the origin movie the toy is based on, Disney Pixar cast Chris Evans for the role.

“The short answer is I’ve stayed out of this ’cause it has nothing to do [with my character],” Allen told Extra. “This is a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies.”

However, Allen said he initially thought that the TOY STORY spinoff would be “live action” with “real humans” rather than animated.

For Allen, LIGHTYEAR “just doesn’t seem to have any connection to the toy. I wish there was a better connection.”

But Allen was not the only one disappointed with Pixar’s portrayal of Andy’s favorite toy.

Out of 26 movies in the Pixar franchise, LIGHTYEAR pulled in the fourth-lowest critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. The other four TOY STORY movies are in the Top 7 highest scores on the site for Pixar movies.

Movieguide® previously reported:

In a recent article published by The Atlantic, writer David Sims notes that “LIGHTYEAR is the origin story that no one needed.”

Sims went on to call the movie “formulaic to the point of dullness,” and “while all of the film’s visual excitement is handled with Pixar’s usual polish, the intrigue is only surface-level.”

The industry’s top critics bashed the Pixar movie for relying on intellectual property for audience interest.

“Lightyear is a unique miss in Pixar’s catalog, a film that neither commits to its sci-fi imagination nor tries to find authentic moments for kids,” Matthew Monagle of the Austin Chronicle said.

Jake Coyle from AP added: “A dead-end wrong turn in the usually boundless Pixar universe.”

Newsday’s Rafer Guzman said that “Pixar’s origin story of Buzz Lightyear lacks that ‘Toy Story’ magic.”

As of June 16, 2022, LIGHTYEAR holds a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of any TOY STORY movie.

But if a bland story wasn’t enough to discourage avid TOY STORY fans, the movie’s ideological and worldview issues should.