“Lightyear,” the 26th film from Pixar, has a premise explained by the film’s opening title. It seems that in 1995, Andy, the young hero of the movie Toy Story, got the character Buzz Lightyear as a gift. It was because he had seen the movie Buzz Lightyear and loved it. “Lightyear” is that movie.
There are plenty of ways Pixar magicians can weave this hypothesis. One imagines Buzz Lightyear’s origin story where he is a cocky, cocky young man going through flight training. And since Buzz, in his curvy plastic spacesuit with chart trim and bubble helmet, is the most futuristic of all the “Toy Story” games, one can imagine the movie unfolds within the most delirious Pixarian landscape of a sci-fi child.
But Lightyear, in its traditional and eminently beloved way, is a much less daring movie than that. Upon opening, Buzz is already more or less the Buzz Lightyear we know – a ridiculously overconfident test pilot who is a talented pilot but also cocky and too tasty for his own good, given the stunts he thinks he can pull off just because…it’s hype . Roaming around the galaxy exploring new worlds in “Star Trek” team mode, he and his crew have landed on a planet inhabited by dense, aggressive vines and the occasional rust-spotted robot. When forced to make a quick escape, they drive a spaceship (which Buzz calls a “turnip”, because it’s shaped like one) out of a steep ravine, Buzz misjudges him, damaging the ship by scraping it against a rocky face and trimming them all to planet Earth. Arid.
Although it certainly isn’t the first time, Buzz’s I-can-do-anything rant has failed. He thought that what was happening was all about him. “Lightyear” will be the movie where he learns to think and care for others, but despite that, it’s as much like the origin story as it is the middle episode of Buzz Lightyear’s ongoing series of adventures.
The whole movie is about how Buzz, who meets a trusted team of space explorers, fights to get off this planet. First, he tried to drive his rocket ship at breakneck speed—and while he keeps trying, and fails, to do so, he returns from every test mission a few minutes older, but several years past the planet. This means that we are watching the evolution of the life of his friend and fellow captain. Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba), when married (to a woman, which is impressive the movie doesn’t raise much), had a child, and finally died. Her grandson, Izzy (Kiki Palmer), who poses as a spitting image of her, joins the crew of Buzz, along with Sox (voiced by Peter Sohn), a very funny robot cat that looks like it was bought at a souvenir store, as well as Darby Steele (Dell Souls), a cortical felon, and Moe Morrison (Taika Waititi), a mobile neurological condition.
Can they destroy the massive robotic spacecraft hovering in the sky – a mysterious craft headed by a horned megabot, Emperor Zorg (James Brolin), who has glowing red demon eyes? The identity of this treacherous robot turns out to be much closer to home than you might expect. And “Lightyear” is full of hilarious chases, elegant chases, and bits of business, like IVAN, Buzz’s autopilot despise, as well as a witty gag about the sandwich’s evolution. Taken on its own eager-to-please terms, the film is a winning diversion. But given that it’s part of the “Toy Story” series, which is the greatest and most enduring achievement in contemporary animation, it should be noted that this is one of the Pixar films that appears to have 50 percent of Disney’s DNA.
Confession: The first time I saw “Toy Story”, I didn’t know who the voice actors were, I was sure Buzz, with his attractive, handsome chin and delirious self-assuredness, had the look. And the George Clooney’s voice. I was shocked to learn that Tim Allen voiced it. With all three sequels, Allen does a great job portraying Buzz with this unique fusion of heroism and absurd narcissism, although I still think of the character as a Clooneyesque. However, in Lightyear, it’s voiced by Chris Evans, who does a trustworthy job of recreating the pilot’s character as a Buzz pilot, though part of Allen’s snappy image is lost. The character seems less playful, to a more ordinary degree.
Of course, part of that might be in the Toy Story movies, is he is Game – That’s part of the joke, one that Buzz doesn’t quite get involved with. He thinks he’s a real space ranger! So when you actually turn a Buzz Lightyear into a Space Ranger, you’re zooming in and out at the same time. You soften his noise. Throughout the film, Buzz tries to get home; He wants to resume his life in space exploration. He doesn’t realize that he’s already with his friends around him he is Homepage. That’s a poignant, if standard message, but I can’t help but agree with Buzz – this is a solid entertainer like Lightyear, it seems to belong in a more special movie. Makes you wonder: Will Woody’s Wild West be next? Because this seems like a way, through occasional opportunism, to take the game, and perhaps the joy, of Toy Story.