“Lightyear” has arrived.
Pixar and Disney’s latest film hit theaters 27 years after Woody, Buzz and Andy’s toy collection was introduced in Pixar’s first film “Toy Story.” Now, audiences will finally see why Andy wanted Buzz Lightyear in the first place.
“Lightyear” is not the origin story that audiences are generally used to. In short, “Lightyear” is the blockbuster movie that inspired the creation of Andy’s favorite toy – and Pixar decided to make this movie. The film was directed by Angus MacLane, written by MacLane and Jason Headley, produced by Galyn Susman, and stars Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear (not Tim Allen because again, different Buzz).
Given that this is a Disney movie, the obvious question is – when will ‘Lightyear’ be on Disney+? The answer to that and more below.
Is “Lightyear” in theaters or streaming?
“Lightyear” opened exclusively in theaters on Friday, June 17, so the only way to see it right now is in a theater. It’s the first theatrical-only release of a Pixar film since 2020’s “Onward,” as “Soul,” “Luca,” and “Turning Red” all released straight to Disney+.
It is also Pixar’s first IMAX film and plays in a number of IMAX theaters.
When will ‘Lightyear’ be on Disney+?
While no official date has been given regarding when “Lightyear” will air, the film is a Disney release and will almost certainly premiere on Disney+ after a theatrical exclusivity window of approximately 45 days.
That means you can probably expect “Lightyear” to stream on Disney+ around August 1, which will be its exclusive streaming home as a Disney movie.
Who is in the cast of “Lightyear”?
Unfortunately, the “Toy Story” toys and voices that audiences have grown accustomed to will not be in “Lightyear.”
The original voice of Buzz Lightyear toy, Tim Allen is not in the film, and the astronaut’s voice will be filled in by Chris Evans. A new set of characters will enter the franchise in the form of Keke Palmer as Izzy Hawthrone, Peter Sohn as SOX and Taika Waititi as Mo Morrison and James Brolin as Zurg. Uzo Aduba, Bill Hader, Efren Ramirez, Dale Soules and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are also part of the cast.
What is “Lightyear” about?
In the 1995 original “Toy Story”, Andy, the toy owners group, presents his latest toy to the group, the Buzz Lightyear action figure. Buzz, the intrepid space explorer was introduced to Andy’s collection after first starring in Andy’s favorite movie, “Lightyear.” The Andy action figure is 1995 “Lightyear” promotional merchandise, allowing Andy to invite his favorite character into his home and toy collection. This “prequel” isn’t technically the origin story of Buzz the action figure, but rather it’s what prompted Andy to add Buzz to his collection.
Buzz Lightyear (Evans) embarks on a space adventure, but Buzz, his commander and crew find themselves 4.2 million light-years from Earth. He works with recruits and his robot companion cat, SOX (Sohn), to find a way back to Earth. During their journey through space, the group encounters Zurg (Brolin) and his “army of ruthless robots”, who complicate the mission and the return of Buzz and his crew.