Have you ever watched a Toy Story movie and wondered about the real man behind the Buzz Lightyear toy? Me either. But hey, that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun to find out about him. Fun and and very intense that is. Because the new trailer for Lightyear starring Chris Evans promises a powerful story about the interstellar space explorer behind the toy that helped turn Pixar into a household name.
Before he was a plastic collectible upending the power dynamic of playthings in Andy’s room, Buzz Lightyear was a real Space Ranger. Disney and Pixar will tell the “definitive origin story” of the legendary astronaut in a sci-fi action-adventure story about astronaut “who would win generations of fans,” both with his exploits and the toy he inspired.
Though from the looks of it, interstellar travel and meeting aliens seems like the slightly more impressive feat of the two. But in fairness to the toy, it totally nailed the real Buzz’s suit.
The former Captain America, Chris Evans, will voice the real Buzz. (Tim Allen voices the toy version in the quartet of Pixar films.) Evans doesn’t have a lot to say in this teaser. But he did talk about what the role means to him in a press release.
“The phrase ‘a dream come true’ gets thrown around a lot, but I’ve never meant it more in my life. Anyone who knows me knows that my love for animated films runs deep. I can’t believe that I get to be a part of the Pixar family and work with these truly brilliant artists who tell stories unlike anyone else. Watching them work is nothing short of magic. I pinch myself every day.”
Evans also shared his thoughts about the movie on Twitter following the teaser’s release:
I’m covered in goosebumps. And will be every time I watch this trailer. Or hear a Bowie song. Or have any thought whatsoever between now and July cause nothing has ever made me feel more joy and gratitude than knowing I’m a part of this and it’s basically always on my mind— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 27, 2021
Annie Award-winner Angus MacLane (Finding Dory) directs Lightyear. With Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”) producing. But while the real Buzz’s story isn’t lightyears away, it’s still a ways off. Lightyear arrives June 17, 2022. That’s a long time to wait. Which will only make seeing the actual film even more intense than this trailer.