Here's what 'Toy Story' veteran Tim Allen really thinks about 'Lightyear'
After voicing Buzz Lightyear in four beloved "Toy Story" movies, Tim Allen has finally shared his thoughts on Pixar's new film, "Lightyear," starring Chris Evans as Buzz, albeit a different version of the space ranger. "The short answer is I've stayed out of this because it has nothing to do [with my character]," Tim told "Extra" this week. "This is a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies. It's a wonderful story," he continued. "It just doesn't seem to have any connection to the toy, and it's a little … I don't know. It just has no relationship to Buzz. It's just no connection. I wish there was a better connection to this." That's not necessarily a criticism, given how confused folks have been about the premise of "Lightyear." (And by "folks" we mean everyone from critics to the movie's star, who was memed endlessly in 2020 for a mixed-up tweet about whose origin story "Lightyear" is really about.) According to Disney's synopsis, the new movie is the "definitive origin story of … the hero who inspired the toy." In a June interview with GeekCulture, however, "Lightyear" director Angus Maclane said his team "wanted the 'Toy Story' [version of] Buzz to be separate" from the one he was dealing with. "When I grew up, there was like a sci-fi movie and then they would come up with a cartoon show, and then that cartoon show would have toys," he said. "The cartoon show would be a little bit softer, will be a little bit goofier and so for me, that's what the 'Toy Story' Buzz was from." "Lightyear" is in theaters now.
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