For anyone who’s seen the Fairly Odd Parents, does anyone remember that episode that showed the origin of Crash Nebula? It was also a pilot for a failed spinoff and for good reason, it kind of sucked thanks to the high school cliches, weird animation, and bland characters. Pixar’s Lightyear is not like that fortunately. Come to think of it, did Butch Hartman predict the future or did Pixar took inspiration from him?
Lightyear is Pixar’s first spinoff movie and the first theatrical released film since Onward. Honestly, it was such a relief to see it on the big screen instead on only Disney+. Some of the stuff that’s usually good in Pixar are good here such as the animation which looks very realistic. The voice talent in this film is also really good. Chris Evans does a good job as Buzz Lightyear though he did seem very similar to Captain America. The stand out to me was Peter Sohn as the robot cat Sox. Peter Sohn brings a lot of humor and heart to this character and considering I’m a cat person this was a huge plus for me.
This film does have problems though. The film only takes place on this generic alien planet that honestly doesn’t look interesting to me. That kind of ties to my other problem that is the film’s scale feels small. I feel like Lightyear should’ve have had more planets, more different aliens, and a more 60’s retro sci fi feel like from Star Wars or Star Trek. Heck the Buzz Lightyear animated series from 2000 had a larger sci fi scale compared to this. Spoiler Warning: I’m sort of mixed with how they did Zurg who’s actually a future Buzz. I did like how he’d tied into Buzz’s arc however he seemed too similar to Rex Dangervest from Lego Movie 2.
Between the two Pixar movies that came out this year I’d have to say Turning Red was the better. Mostly because it has a unique animation style and an appropriate smaller scale. That doesn’t mean Lightyear is bad though. Lightyear isn’t the most groundbreaking film in Pixar but it still has a lot of the charm that made Buzz Lightyear one of the most beloved characters not just in Toy Story or Pixar but in all of Disney. Anyone who’s loves the character will enjoy this for infinity and beyond.
+ Realistic animation
+ Voice talent