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Lightyear is no longer just a toy | Movies | San Luis Obispo

Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans), a tenacious Space Ranger, joins forces with a ragtag team of novices to defeat a malicious robot army led by the mysterious Zurg (voiced by James Brolin). (100 minutes)

Editor’s note: Staff writer Bulbul Rajagopal and calendar editor Caleb Wiseblood filled in for regular reviewers Glen and Anna Starkey.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF Buzz Chris Evans voices legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear in Pixar's latest animated adventure, Lightyear.  - IMAGE COURTESY OF PIXAR

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  • ANOTHER KIND OF Buzz Chris Evans voices legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s latest animated adventure. light year.


Caleb The first picture of light year casually tells the audience that we’re about to watch a movie within a movie. The Buzz Lightyear we all know toy story is a Tim Allen-voiced action figure based on the hero of a 1995 space spectacle – the one we’ll see for ourselves 27 years after its fictional release date. but light year doesn’t always feel like a ’90s product, although it’s littered with references to that era. My favorite nod is a shot of Buzz trying to fix a Nintendo-esque cartridge by blowing on it, which millennials will always remember. But the plot of the film reminded me more of 2014 Interstellar than any sci-fi movie I grew up watching. light year begins with his titular Space Ranger and a fleet of his peers stranded on an alien planet. The crew’s main ship is badly damaged and requires an experimental hyperspace fuel to be operational again. Buzz sets himself the task of trying several times to reach hyperspace speed with a smaller rocket, but at a cost. Every time Buzz returns from a failed attempt, all of his peers have aged about four years, while he doesn’t age at all. Determined to continue the mission, however, Buzz watches as his friends and neighbors grow decades older than him, with some heartbreaking consequences. If that sounds heavy for a Pixar film, just consider how the first 10 minutes of both are Find Nemo and High made you feel

bulbul I didn’t have high expectations for this film at all. I wondered who this film was made for. The Toy Story movies fitted my childhood perfectly, I thought light year I’ve waited too long to be a hit with people my age and older or with kids. But boy am I glad I’m wrong! The film is packed with well-timed, clever jokes and just the right amount of nostalgia. Plus if your kids are too young to grasp the size of Top Gun: Maverick, take her to check out this instead. Buzz Lightyear and Pete “Maverick” Mitchell could well be two sides of the same coin. The 80’s and 90’s are back – what a great time to be going back to the cinema. Evans fits as Buzz’s new voice – after all, he’s experienced in the role of a do-gooder Marvel Crusader. We also see Buzz along with a robotic cat (voiced by Peter Sohn) and a makeshift team of misfits voiced by Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer, and Dale Soules. They must find a way to work together, complete a constantly delayed mission, and get home. But will Buzz’s pride, guilt and contempt for newbies get in their way? Big themes for a children’s film, but there’s that poignant Pixar touch.

Caleb Evans sounds like he’s having a lot of fun in the role. Personally, I always prefer Allen’s voice for Buzz, but Evans was a great choice for this iteration of the legendary astronaut. That said, I can’t imagine another actor trying to follow in Tom Hanks’ footsteps — or should I say boots — if Pixar decides to cast Woody in the role light year Treatment. And why stop there? light year could open the floodgates for an entire Toy Story cinematic universe. I’d love to see Mr. Potato Head, Bo Peep, Rex, and Slink get their own standalone films one day. Until then, I’ll have to settle for Buzz’s solo outing, which I’m not complaining about. Like many Pixar films (can’t vouch for the few I’ve missed over the years), light year is full of humor, heart and childish wonder, but never feels like it was made just for kids. If I was stranded on a desert planet, the Pixar film I want to have with me would be this Monster Inc.but light year is a solid addition to the studio’s pantheon.

bulbul light year seemed to be a hit with the crowd at the Downtown SLO Theater. Children, parents and elders laughed and cheered all the time. They even clapped at the end—it’s definitely been a while since I’ve seen that and I go to the movies a lot. Speaking of the end, don’t get up and leave immediately. There is no but two Scenes after the credits. light year‘s premise is fresh. It’s said to be the film that sparked little Andy’s (from the Toy Story series) love for the Space Ranger and his toy counterpart. I can totally understand why. I think every kid enjoyed it toy story wanted to be Andy in a way because he had talking toys. By observing light year, you become a bit like Andy because you can imagine how he must have felt when he saw it. If I were one of those kids at the movies, I would absolutely pester my mom to get me a Buzz Lightyear action figure as soon as the lights came on. Δ

Staff writer Bulbul Rajagopal and calendar editor Caleb Wiseblood wrote split screen this week. Send comments to [email protected]

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