“Has Nothing to Do With My Character,” Tim Allen Breaks Silence On Controversial ‘Lightyear’

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Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear

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Actor Tim Allen is best known as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, but the Toy Story (1995) star wasn’t brought back by Pixar to voice the character’s solo movie. Now, Tim Allen has made a piece with the controversial film.

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Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, the intergalactic space ranger of Star Command that made his official landing in Toy Story (1995), reprising his role for the next twenty years until Pixar ended the franchise with Toy Story 4 (2019).

When news broke that Avengers (2012) star Chris Evans would be taking the Buzz Lightyear mantle from Tim Allen in Pixar’s Lightyear (2022), fans were beside themselves.

Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear
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Now, with Lightyear in theaters dropping in box office sales (currently grossing only $152 million worldwide), and receiving landmark backlash due to a same-sex scene kissing scene in the film sparking online cancelations, Tim Allen has finally addressed his silence on the Toy Story spinoff:

Tim Allen says he hasn’t spoke about #Lightyear because “it has nothing to do with my character. This is a whole new team that had nothing to do with the first movies.”

“It’s a wonderful story. It doesn’t seem to have any connection to the toy.”

While Tim Allen has been in the Hollywood spotlight after receiving cancelation attempts and backlash for various political views, the actor isn’t done with Disney.

Chris Evans as Lightyear
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In a turn of events, the Mouse House announced a spinoff series centered around The Santa Clause (1994), with Allen returning to reprise his iconic role of Scott Calvin.

While Tim Allen isn’t Buzz Lightyear in the “live-action” version of the toy character, he doesn’t have anything against Pixar’s latest outing with his iconic spaceman.

More about Lightyear

From Disney and Pixar comes an animated sci-fi action-adventure — the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy. “Lightyear” follows the legendary space ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits, Izzy (Keke Palmer), Mo (Taika Waititi) and Darby (Dale Soules), and his robot companion Sox. As this motley crew embark on their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work as a team to escape the evil Zurg (James Brolin) and his dutiful robot army who are never far behind.

'Lightyear' cast
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Joining Chris Evans, who lends his voice to Buzz, are Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, and Taika Waititi, a group of ambitious recruits. Peter Sohn voices Buzz’s robot companion, Sox, and the cast also includes the voices of Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. “The cast for ‘Lightyear’ is truly a dream team,” said MacLane. “Each of the performers immediately inhabited their character, which allowed us to play a bit during recording sessions. This resulted in a level of specificity that elevated the material and brought additional depth to the characters’ relationships. It has been a privilege to work with such a talented and generous cast.”’

Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear
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Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who’s behind the scores for The Batman (2022) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), is on board to score Lightyear. Giacchino has a long history with Pixar; he won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and GRAMMY for the original score in Up (2009). His other Pixar credits include The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Cars 2 (2011), Inside Out (2015), Coco (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018) among others.

Lightyear is produced by Galyn Susman (Toy Story That Time Forgot) and directed by Angus MacLane.

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