“Toy Story” spin-off “Lightyear” centers on Buzz Lightyear, which is voiced by Chris Evans, 41. Joining the actor in the voice cast are James Brolin, 82, Peter Sohn, 44, Uzo Aduba, 41, and Keke Palmer, 28.
Sohn voices Buzz’s companion Sox. From an alternate timeline, Buzz has an elderly, nihilistic version named Zurg, which is voiced by Brolin.
Sox is a robotic cat while Zurg is a ruthless warlord. The former will be chosen as one of Buzz’s trainees.
Aduba voices Buzz’s commanding officer and best friend Alisha Hawthorne, one of the grandmothers of Izzy Hawthorne, which is voiced by Palmer. Alisha will introduce Izzy to Buzz.
On June 17, 2022, “Lightyear” hit theaters in Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and several other countries. For those who were not able to see it in a movie theater, you can watch it at home by streaming it on Roku, YouTube, Amazon Prime or Disney+.
For families that seldom watch together at home due to different preferences, “Lightyear” can serve as a unifier. This is also ideal for parents who are still not comfortable going to public places with their children amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but still want to be updated with new movies.
Both the adults and the kids at home will enjoy following the journey of Buzz as he gets stuck on a strange planet along with his crew and commander. It is a fun movie experience rooting for the astronaut as he finds a way home.
On August 3, 2022, “Lightyear” was made available on Disney+. It will also be theatrically released in Togo on August 13, 2022 and in Turkey on September 2, 2022.
Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, “Lightyear” was directed by Angus MacLane, 47, who wrote the screenplay with Jason Headley, 43. It marked MacLane’s feature directorial debut.
MacLane voices some characters in the computer-animated science fiction action-adventure film including ERIC, DERIC and the Zyclops. Also in the voice cast are Taika Waititi, 47, as the fresh, naïve recruit Mo Morrison and Dale Soules, 75, as the elderly paroled convict Darby Steel.