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“Lightyear”: why Tim Allen is not the voice of Buzz in the spin-off of Toy Story?

Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have both weighed in on the casting choice behind the latest Pixar film.

Light year sees Chris Evans voice the character Buzz Lightyear, the human version of the action figure given to Andy in the Toy Story series. In the Toy Story universe, Lightyear is the movie that inspired Andy to receive the space adventure figure.

Tim Allen voiced the toy version of Buzz in all four Toy Story movies, the last being 2019’s Toy Story 4. Why didn’t he reprise his role for Lightyear? The actor explained this in an interview with Extra, published on YouTube on Thursday.

“Literally the short answer is I stayed out of it because it had nothing to do with it – like I said a long time ago, we talked about it many years ago, it’s been raised in one of the sessions. I said how fun this would be a movie and it was, we talked about it. But the horns that made the first four movies aren’t… It’s a brand new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies and they are, like I said, I thought it was live action. When they said they were doing live action, that would mean real humans, not an animated thing.

Allen continued: “Really, [Woody voice Tom] Hanks and I, well, there really is no Toy Story Buzz without Woody…I’m a plot guy. This was made in 1997, it seemed like a great adventure story and as I see it is not a great adventure story. It’s a wonderful story, it just doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the toy.”

“It has nothing to do with Buzz…It’s just not a connection, I wish there was a better connection with him.”

Hanks, the voice of Woody, weighed in on the casting decision in June.

“How about that? I actually wanted to fight Tim Allen, and then they wouldn’t let him. I don’t understand that,” he told CinemaBlend.

He continued, “Here’s the thing: I want to go back to the theater with a bunch of strangers and come away with something in common. That’s what I want to do and, go see a movie with [Allen] — I look forward to it.”

Lightyear hit theaters exclusively on June 17. Lightyear underperformed at the box office, earning $51 million domestically in its opening weekend, instead of the expected $70–85 million. While his Comments were lukewarm, it still scored 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.


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