Runtime: 107 minutes
Director: Angus MacLane
Voice Cast: Chris Evans, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Keke Palmer, Efren Ramirez, Peter Sohn, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Synopsis: Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear”—the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy—follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure.
Director Angus MacLane, [The Incredibles (2004), Finding Dory (2016) and Toy Story of Terror (2013), Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (Short) (2011), Burn-E (Short) (2008)] brings us this lovable sci-fi action adventure which is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the phenomenally successful toy. Lightyear follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits (voices of Keke Palmer, Dale Soules and Taika Waititi), and his robot companion Sox (voice of Peter Sohn). Also joining the cast are Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
In this Toy Story (1995) prequel, legendary space ranger, Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox. As this motley crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army that are never far behind. This is not a story about the Toy Story action figure, but the film that exists within the universe that created the toy.
While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.
This is the second Pixar movie of 2022 and the first spinoff and second prequel after Monsters University (2013).
The film is visually striking, exceptionally well animated, action packed and full of fun for children and their parents, with an excellent score from Michael Giacchino, diverse representation, positive messages, positive role models and some surprises and affecting moments about loss.
Central to Lightyear is Buzz’s dynamic with his new cadets once they are together, and the film accomplishes its mission of endearing good fun.
But probably the true breakthrough star is Sox the cat (voiced by Peter Sohn) who steals scenes : to infinity and beyond.
Images courtesy of: Disney and Pixar