There’s a Wild Connection Between Disney’s Buzz Lightyear Movie ‘Lightyear’ and ‘Toy Story’


This story contains spoilers from Disney and Pixar Light year.

To infinity and beyond! Light year just hit theaters and moviegoers wasted no time in catching up on the latest movie from the toy story franchise. Yes, the new animated movie revolves around the life of Buzz Lightyear – but it’s not the toy everyone knows and loves. Instead, Disney and Pixar decided to expand our knowledge of the fictional space guard the character is based on in the original move and give him his own movie, complete with evil threats and an adorable pet for a acolyte.

Before we get anywhere, we need to break down the action movie premise. The film follows a human Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans instead of Tim Allen), who attempts to return to Earth after becoming stranded with his commander and crew on a hostile planet. Add to that his nemesis Zurg, a cat named Sox for a scene partner, and some cool special effects, and you’ve got a good grasp on the movie, right?

Well, not necessarily. Turns out fans of toy story the movies are a little confused on where Light year seat in the canon of the franchise. East Light year a sequel to the previous four films or is it an entirely separate film?


Don’t worry, we’re here to help you figure out how Light year folds into toy story. The short answer is this: the movie lives in the same universe, but it’s a movie on its own. The best part? You can watch it without needing any knowledge of its predecessor movie.

So how did we figure this out? It’s actually a pretty simple explanation and it all starts with a December 2020 tweet from the man behind the human Buzz Lightyear himself. When Chris announced he was joining the project, he tried – and failed – to explain Light yearthe link with toy story.

“And just to be clear, this is not Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on,” he said. tweeted at the time. To be clear, Buzz Lightyear is not an actual space ranger. Just like his owner Andy, he is a fictional character and Light year explores his origin story.

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Otherwise, Light year is actually supposed to be the movie Andy saw in theaters in 1995, when the toy story world first came to life. And thanks to Disney and Pixar, the opening title card supports our theory to a tee:

“In 1995, a boy named Andy received a Buzz Lightyear toy for his birthday. It was from his favorite movie. It’s that movie.”

So this is it. Is the movie meant to live in conjunction with the initial story that came to life in the 1990s? Yes. Is this supposed to be a direct sequel (or in this case, prequel) to the original movie? No way. Either way, we’ll see it again and set off again on an intergalactic adventure.

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