Hollywood has produced some superhero, science-fiction, and fantasy “original” films that reverse the timeline of a series to provide an in-depth look at a popular character. But I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a movie that tells the origin story of a toy created in a fictional universe…
it’s this week light year is: a fictional film that explains why a fictional toy was made another Fantasy film. more serious toy story Hero Buzz Lightyear, Pixar now says, strapped to his plastic spacesuit filled with catch phrases and push-action tricks, wasn’t originally a children’s cartoon character. The toy we fell in love with was actually a children’s toy version of a serious “live-action” sci-fi hero—or, at least, live in a way that Andy was a “real” person. toy story Universe.
Part of me hoped that such twists on an existing fictional character would let Pixar run wild with classic sci-fi inspiration. but it’s not like that light year Is. Debuting exclusively in theatres, this new film doesn’t come close to paying tribute to the boundary-pushing blockbusters of the past, which its trailer suggested.
Instead, it awkwardly splits the difference between a ’90s Bruckheimer flick and a modern Pixar family. The result, unsurprisingly, is a completely watchable film, and it comes with the usual Pixar standards of top-tier digital animation effects, solid voice acting, likable characters, and touching and hilarious moments. but not until you’re about the same age as fifteen toy storyAndy, you’ll feel totally small from the movie.
“It’s That Movie”
An introductory text crawl opens the film with direct mentions of toy storytimeline, with a suggestion that light year Andy’s favorite movie as a child. “This is that movie,” the text ends. A redesigned Buzz Lightyear, now voiced by Chris Evans (American captain) lands a giant shuttle spacecraft on an unfamiliar planet, with a very Tim Allen-like effect and a real mop of hair. When that landing goes awry, she, her Space Rangers and hundreds of military personnel are trapped and unable to return to Earth because of a newly broken warp drive.
However this opening scene establishes her solid relationship with another Space Ranger (played by Uzo Aduba). orange is the new black), that bond is soon interrupted by a largely plot rag-pull. To keep spoilers to a minimum, Buzz gets caught in a guilt-ridden cycle over the failed landing, and he chooses to move forward with an idea that could bring his entire crew back home. This obsession leads to a massive brawl between him and the rest of his crew.
So much so, in fact, that the film resets at the 30-minute mark to introduce a new supporting cast. The well-trained Space Rangers disappear, and are replaced by a ragtag trio of space-colony outcasts. Their outspoken leader, a young woman named Izzy (voiced by Keke Palmer), has more ambition and enthusiasm than experience.