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The trailer for Pixar's 'Lightyear' is more like 'Star Wars' than 'Toy Story'

SF Gate logo SF Gate 10/27/2021 Dan Gentile
A still from the new trailer for the film "Lightyear."  © Disney

A still from the new trailer for the film "Lightyear." 

It's been nearly a year since Pixar announced a spinoff from their beloved "Toy Story" franchise. Today, the trailer has finally arrived.

Set to be released June 17, 2022, the film tells the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the braggadocious astronaut originally voiced by Tim Allen. Chris Evans has since taken over the role, a decision which was originally met with disappointment from fans. Perhaps in a response to the earlier fan uproar, Lightyear doesn't speak in the trailer at all. 

Set to the song "Starman" by David Bowie, the trailer begins with Lightyear strapping into a space shuttle that looks perhaps a little too similar to an X-Wing from "Star Wars" and flying very, very close to the sun. Then the trailer goes into montage mode, in which he's shown pensively staring at an alien sunset, then landing his ship in a dark forest that again looks quite like Yoda's home planet of Dagobah. There's droids (like WALL-E crossed with BB-8) and some goofy alien encounters, and a conclusion showing Buzz marveling at his signature space suit for the first time.

It feels decidedly more "Star Wars" than "Toy Story," which might not be a bad thing in the end, but certainly comes as a surprise given the personality that they've already established for Lightyear. This is an origin story after all, so perhaps it lays the foundation for the oversized ego that accompanies his toy counterpart. Only time will tell, but regardless of whether Buzz seems very Buzzy in this trailer, fans will likely still be very excited to follow him on his journey to infinity and beyond.



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