Billed as the “definitive origin story” of Buzz Lightyear, the aptly named Light year has been further teased in a new trailer.
Up top, check out the latest preview of the toy story expanding Disney and Pixar production, which features the voice talent of Chris Evans as Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear. Also starring Uzo Aduba, Peter Sohn, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, Dale Soules and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Light year hits theaters on June 17, including Emperor Zurg. Pixar’s Angus MacLane, whose previous credits include Toy Story Toons: Little Fries and Toy Story of Terror, directed. In 2016, MacLane co-directed Finding Dorythe acclaimed sequel to The world of Nemo.
According to comments shared by Evans when unveiling a trailer last October, “nothing” will ever top the Light year experience in the “joy and gratitude” department. “I have goosebumps,” the former Marvel actor said at the time.
In an apparent effort to get ahead of those of us who are easily confused and might come across Light year news with requests for “what happened to Tim Allen?” variety, Pete Docter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, succinctly explained in 2020 how that’s not a toy story movie.” Instead, it’s the inevitable staging of a story within a story.
“When we created the very first toy story, we designed Buzz Lightyear with the idea that he was a toy based on a really cool character from an epic blockbuster movie,” Docter said during that year’s Investor Day festivities. “All these years later, we decided it was time to make this movie.”
Of course, the spin-off doesn’t mark the first time fans have gotten a closer look at Buzz’s in-universe character, i.e. the fictional ranger who preceded the toy. The Direct Entry to Video 2000 Star Command’s Buzz Lightyear: The Adventure Begins was the first to this concept, followed by a Star Command’s Buzz Lightyear series featuring the voice of Patrick Warburton.