The popular Toy Story movie spinoff, Lightyear is set for its June 17 release today as fans all over the world look forward to satisfying the heightened expectations they’ve had to contend with since the spinoff was announced.
Development for the film started way back in 2016 when director Angus MacLane pitched to Pixar executives the idea of an ‘in-universe’ film about Buzz Lightyear that Andy Davis – Woody’s owner from the original series – would watch in cinemas.
MacLane said while speaking to Entertainment Weekly: ‘It’s a straightforward sci-fi action film about the Buzz Lightyear character.
‘In the Toy Story universe, it would be like a movie that maybe Andy would have seen, that would have made him want a Buzz Lightyear figure.’
The animation and visual process were remotely done during the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch the trailer below.
Will Lightyear Come on Disney Plus?
An official release date for the Pixar Animation Studios (a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios) film on Disney Plus has not yet been confirmed.
Black Widow came to Disney Plus 89 days after its theatrical release, whereas Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness took only 47 days.
A sci-fi action adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.
GENRE: Action/Adventure, Animated
RELEASE DATE: Friday, Jun 17, 2022