When Pixar officially announced the release of Lightyear during the 2020 Disney Investor Day, a lot of people, especially those who grew up with the Toy Story franchise were baffled as to why Chris Evans was chosen to voice the character and not Tim Allen, who has been voicing Buzz Lightyear since the first Toy Story film.
The creators of the animated film previously explained their decision to cast someone else for the role but that hasn't stopped some fans from questioning the casting. Now, Allen is finally speaking for the first time regarding the so-called Lightyear "snub".
Speaking with Extra, Allen explained that he simply had nothing to do with the film which exists outside of the main Toy Story continuity. He said: "Literally, the short answer is -- I've stayed out of this because it has nothing to do, as I've said a long time ago, we talked about this many years ago, it came up in one of the sessions."
Allen continued: "I said what a fun movie that would be and that was, we spoke about it all. But the brass that did the first four movies is not ... This is a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies and they're, as I said, I thought it was live-action. When they said they were doing a live-action, that it would mean real humans, not an animated thing."
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While Tim Allen returning to voice the character would have been neat, fans have to understand that the actor only voiced Buzz's toy counterpart and not the actual fictional character Chris Evans plays in the new Pixar film.
That said, Pixar's Lightyear is still screening in cinemas.