How Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Connects to the World of ‘Toy Story’

How Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Connects to the World of ‘Toy Story’

How Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Connects to the World of ‘Toy Story’

Look: the team behind Light year explain the premise of the Toy Story spin off

If you’re confused as to what Pixar’s latest releases are, simply titled Light year – now streaming on Disney + – actually it’s about, let me calm your mind.

Here’s how the creative team of the animation studio proposes it: in the ’95 Toy Story, Andy has a birthday party. And, on that birthday, he gets a toy based on a character he loves, Buzz Lightyear the Space Ranger.

“I’ve always wondered which movie Buzz was from,” explains director and screenwriter Angus MacLane.

Read more: Pixar is aiming for the stars with its spin-off “Toy Story”.

“Why can’t we just do that movie? So that’s what we did.” Light year it’s the movie Andy saw that changed his life … Andy’s Star Wars. ‘

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After being abandoned on a hostile planet, Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) attempts to return home. (Disney / Pixar)

Except it’s not exactly the full story. Buzz Lightyear the character, the daring and adventurous Space Ranger, has made appearances outside of the Toy Story film first – that is, in the 2000 direct-to-video film Buzz Lightyear from Star Command: The Adventure Begins and its spin-off TV series Buzz Lightyear from Star Command.

Several versions of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin also exist in Disney theme parks. When the question of how was asked Light year could link to those other unrelated chapters in Buzz’s story, MacLane told Yahoo: “I always thought it took place after the movie.

Lightyear director Angus MacLane provides feedback during an art review at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California (Photo by Pixar)

Lightyear director Angus MacLane provides feedback during an art review at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California (Photo by Pixar)

“Like, the thing in the universe is that it would be a post-Light year occurrence. So the design aesthetics are slightly different. In the same way as the Nelvana’s design aesthetics Star Wars cartoons, like Droids And Ewokit was similar to Star Warsbut it had a different kind of flavor. “

Fans, therefore, will not be able to spot any Easter eggs Light yearalthough MacLane jokes: “I’ll say I made the blasters big enough so that if they ever want to change the blasters on Astro Blasters, they could make them a little more accurate in the movie.”

Lightyear is in theaters from June 17, 2022. (Pixar / Disney)

Lightyear is in theaters from June 17, 2022. (Pixar / Disney)

Indeed, Light year it won’t quite be the nostalgia festival that many thought it would be, although we have been promised a confrontation between Buzz and his nemesis Zurg that rivals that of Toy Story 2.

As the director explains: “We’ve made a list of all the things Buzz talks about in the world of Buzz Lightyear Toy Story. You know, the wings are made of carbonaceous outlay of teryllium, mention crystalline fusion. So there is a crystalline fusion used in the movie, but it’s not like “Remember? It’s a crystalline fusion just like you mentioned in Toy Story! ‘”

The film, on the other hand, builds its own world that MacLane wanted to keep “open”.

Matt Nolte works on Buzz Lightyear character design for Lightyear in his garage office.  (Photo by Pixar)

Matt Nolte works on Buzz Lightyear character design for Lightyear in his garage office. (Photo by Pixar)

And he continues: «One of the values ​​of the original Star Wars is that there seemed to be a world on all sides of that story.

“And, for this movie, I really wanted it to be like: Buzz went to the Academy, but that’s not it. He’s a Space Ranger.

“And that’s the adventure of what’s happening with him right now. But there’s an adventure after, or before, and it leaves the world open and doesn’t close it.”

It could potentially mean something else Light year movies down the line? We will have to wait and see.

Light year is now streaming on Disney +. Watch a teaser below.

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