Comedian Tim Allen shares his thoughts on “Lightyear” for the first time.
The ‘Home Improvement’ star voiced the character Buzz Lightyear, a toy astronaut, in the ‘Toy Story’ franchise. Pixar’s “Lightyear,” now in theaters, instead focuses on Buzz, the fictional movie character who inspired the Buzz toy, and is voiced by Chris Evans.
In an interview with “Extra” airing this week, Allen tried to set the record straight and in doing so, shared his somewhat mixed take on the new film.
“The short answer is that I stayed out of it because it had nothing to do [with my character],” he said. “We talked about it many years ago… but the brass guys who did the first four movies aren’t that. It’s a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies.
“There really is no ‘Toy Story’ Buzz without Woody,” Allen continued, referring to the cowboy toy character voiced by Tom Hanks in the “Toy Story” franchise.
Noting that he assumed ‘Lightyear’ would be a live-action movie, he added, “It’s a wonderful story. It just doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the toy. … It doesn’t just unrelated to Buzz. I wish there was a better connection to that.
Watch a clip from Tim Allen’s “Extra” interview below.
The somewhat confusing premise of “Lightyear” has prompted some fans on social media to accuse Pixar – a Disney subsidiary – of replacing Allen with Evans.
In June, “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Patricia Heaton tweeted that not casting Allen in ‘Lightyear’ was a “HUGE mistake”, adding, “Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?”
Later that day she clarified his thoughts kinda noting that the new movie was “an origin story”. Still, she went on to note, “Why remove the one item that makes us want to see it?”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly earlier this month, Evans admitted to having “reservations” about the role of Buzz Lightyear given Allen’s performance in “Toy Story.”
“I love what Tim Allen has done, and I love what ‘Toy Story’ meant to me,” he told the publication. “You have to understand there’s going to be a lot of people who have an idea in their mind, but it’s like when I signed with Captain America. You know there’s a fan base out there out there, but that fanbase is there because they have an understanding in their minds of what the character already is, so you have to respect that when making your choices.
Meanwhile, Disney doesn’t seem to have any ill will towards Allen. Earlier this year, it was announced that Allen would reprise his role as Santa Claus/Scott Calvin in a Disney+ series spinoff “The Santa Clause.”
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