We’re not the only ones who got emotional when seeing “Toy Story 4” in theaters last week. Even Buzz Lightyear himself may have shed a tear or two during the film. In a recent interview with US Weekly, Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear) reflected on his experience watching and working on “Toy Story 4,” which hit theaters on June 21, sharing that he “got choked up” when recording his lines for the film and even while watching it.
“It’s a very different Pixar movie. It’s not somber, but very reflective, layered. I put too much into it because I’m involved in it. I’m too close to it,” Allen shared. “I literally had a tough time watching it, because it brought up some of my own personal stuff about loss, change, moving on. It’s heartwarming. A little tough, but essentially pays off.”
After seeing “Toy Story 4” for ourselves, we have to admit, Allen is right. We can relate to so many of the characters in the film, and even though it can bring up a lot of emotions and experiences in our own lives, would it really be a Pixar film if it didn’t?
Like Tom Hanks (voice of Woody), Allen worked on the “Toy Story” films from the very beginning, he reflected that just as Woody and Buzz have had 25 years of friendship, so too have Hanks and Allen. We shared a few months back that Hanks got emotional while recording for a particular scene, and Allen notes that he had just as much trouble with that scene, as well. “We both had the same reaction,” Allen said. “Twenty-five or so years of friendship between Woody and Buzz has morphed into a very close friendship with Hanks and I. It’s just peculiar as life imitates art.” If you’ve seen “Toy Story 4” then you know which scene at the end of the film that Allen is referring to. And if you’re anything like us, you got just as choked up, too.
Allen notes that the characters of Woody and Buzz have “kind of become Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck of a certain generation,” and that’s why they still resonate so well with viewers today, no matter the age. We couldn’t agree more. He continued, “I really take a large leap by saying that we’re that iconic, but it does feel that way. They’re immortal; they’re toys — they don’t have a life span.”
We couldn’t imagine a world without Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck; the two characters are pretty much synonymous with Disney itself. And while Woody and Buzz Lightyear are known as Pixar icons, these days the two characters also feel just as much a part of Disney fan culture as Mickey and Donald. Hopefully, these characters will keep their presence in Disney Parks and in the hearts of fans everywhere for generations to come.
What did you think of “Toy Story 4”? Let us know in the comments! You can also see Allen’s reaction to experiencing Toy Story land for the first time.
Source: US Weekly