‘Lightyear’: Why isn’t Tim Allen’s voice buzzing in the Toy Story spin-off?

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Pixar’s latest film provides an explanation in its opening seconds about who its main character is. Light year is the film that inspired young Andy from the Toy Story series to receive a Buzz Lightyear action figure. The animated film tells the space adventure of the Human Buzz Lightyear, a character that isn’t exactly the same as the Buzz figure we know from the Toy Story franchise.

Not only does this Buzz’s laser blast alien robots, but he’s voiced by a different actor. Chris Evans stars as Buzz in Lightyear. Tim Allen voiced the toy version of Buzz in all four Toy Story films, the last being 2019’s Toy Story 4.

Why didn’t Allen reprise his role in Lightyear? The actor explained in a interview with Extraposted on YouTube on Thursday.

“Literally the short answer is I stayed out of it because it had nothing to do with it – like I said a long time ago, we talked about it many years ago, it’s been raised in one of the sessions. I said how fun this would be a movie and it was, we talked about it. But the horns that made the first four movies aren’t… It’s a brand new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies and they are, like I said, I thought it was live action. When they said they were doing live action, that would mean real humans, not an animated thing.

Allen continued: “Really, [Woody voice Tom] Hanks and I, well, there really is no Toy Story Buzz without Woody…I’m a plot guy. This was made in 1997, it seemed like a great adventure story and as I see it is not a great adventure story. It’s a wonderful story, it just doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the toy.”

“It has nothing to do with Buzz…It’s just not a connection, I wish there was a better connection with him.”

Lightyear hit theaters exclusively on June 17. Lightyear underperformed at the box office, earning $51 million domestically in its opening weekend, instead of the expected $70–85 million. While his Comments were lukewarm, it still scored 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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