Disney’s New ‘Lightyear’ Trailer For Buzz Lightyear’s Time Travel Plot
Soaring to Infinity and Beyond is a new trailer for Disney Pixar’s summer sci-fi treat “Lightyear,” a spin-off from the “Toy Story” franchise that portrays the space ranger fictional Buzz Lightyear.
In this universe, it’s the classic children’s film that changed Andy’s life and made him want a Buzz Lightyear toy, similar to young moviegoers seeing “Star Wars: A New Hope” for the first time in 1977.
This new “Lightyear” teaser reveals much more about the time travel storyline that audiences will absorb when the CGI animated feature lands on Earth on June 17. “Lightyear” is directed by Angus MacLane (“Finding Dory,” “Toy Story of Terror”) and produced by Galyn Susman.
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“The world of Buzz has always been something I’ve been excited about,” MacLane said in a statement. “In ‘Toy Story,’ there seemed to be this incredible story of him as a space ranger that’s only scratched the surface, and I’ve always wanted to explore that world further. So my pitch” Lightyear was, “What was the movie Andy saw that made him want a Buzz Lightyear toy?” I wanted to see this movie. And now I have the chance to do it.”
In this second trailer, Buzz sends a mission log to Star Command before being strapped to a new experimental space plane while stranded on a planet 4.2 million light years from Earth. Stranded with him on this distant world are his commander and his young crew.
This slender-nosed craft is given a real shakedown with its first high-speed test flight that pulls the famed space ranger through a ringed purple portal. After passing through a “2001: A Space Odyssey” type stargate, Buzz and his funny robot-cat companion find themselves in a dark world that looks a lot like Dagobah from “Star Wars: The Empire vs. -offensive “.
The twist is that he’s actually returned to the rogue planet he left, but 62 years, seven months, and five days have passed since his original departure. Now he teams up with three inexperienced recruits called the Junior Zap Patrol, including First Commander Hawthorne’s adult granddaughter, to mount a defense against a menacing alien battle cruiser commanded by the evil Emperor Zurg and his army of hostile robot soldiers. .
Replacing Tim Allen, Chris Evans provides the voice of Buzz Lightyear for this version of the daring space ranger, and from what we’ve heard in previous “Lightyear” teasers, he nailed it.
Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, and Taika Waititi are on board the mission as three rookie Star Command recruits. Buzz’s robotic cat, Sox, is voiced by Peter Sohn. Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr. also join the impressive cast.
Fresh from his triumphant and haunting score for director Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” superstar composer and Pixar veteran Michael Giacchino penned the soundtrack to “Lightyear.”
The Hollywood veteran has already won a trifecta of Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys for his original score for “Up.” Other Pixar projects he has provided material for include “The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille”, “Cars 2”, “Inside Out”, “Coco”, “Incredibles 2”, and “Toy Story of Terror”.
So far, this time-shifting sci-fi adventure looks like a certified hit before it even lands, and it should be on every aspiring ranger’s must-watch summer movie list. from space.
Disney Pixar’s “Lightyear” enters our orbit on June 17. For more space movies, check out our full list of upcoming sci-fi movies.