Disney and Pixar have finally unveiled the official trailer for their new 3D animated adventure movie 'Lightyear', which focuses on the 'real' Buzz Lightyear - the space ranger action figure from the 'Toy Story' film series.
The official trailer has come out of nowhere, but certainly promises to be taking us somewhere - which will most probably be to infinity and beyond! The film marks Pixar's 26th theatrical outing and their first spin-off (although it's Buzz's second, after 'Buzz Lightyear of Star Command').
Check out the incredible new trailer below:
It doesn't look like your average Disney/Pixar adventure, as there's a semi-serious undertone at play, which is most often the case with films that launch characters into deep space, given the existential theme of such ventures. With that said, there will undoubtedly be humor involved - after all, the film's astronaut is the one who will go on to inspire the action figure we all know and love.
Either way, the film looks awesome, and the animation on display puts even the latest 'Toy Story' sequels to shame. The film's star - who is presumably called 'Buzz' - looks just like his action figure-counterpart, while at the same time different enough for fans to be able to tell the two apart. We even get a few glimpses at the Buzz Lightyear costume, as well as a 'Crystallic fusion' Easter egg.
Considering it's the first trailer we've seen, we get to see quite a bit of footage (to the beat of an amazing version of David Bowie's 'Starman'). After the astronaut is launched into the cosmos, something goes wrong and we can only assume that he ends up going to infinity and beyond. Either way, the trailer gives us chills as there are echoes of '2001: A Space Odyssey' at work here.
'Lightyear' will explore the backstory of the iconic character, as we watch the test pilot journey into space and beyond in this epic sci-fi adventure. Specific plot details are unknown at this point, but to no surprise, fans are already speculating as to whether the film will have any 'Toy Story' Easter eggs, or even whether Buzz Lightyear's arch-nemesis Emperor Zurg will appear in some shape or form (which is indeed rumored to happen, though it's likely he'll be watered down somewhat).
We're not sure whether the film even includes any form of alien life, though - but it probably will, as a Disney/Pixar film set in space is the biggest giveaway. Little Green Men, perhaps? We would be eternally grateful for such a cameo. As for any other 'Toy Story' characters, it would be cool to at least see a toy in the film (not alive, of course, as this film is probably going for its own version of believability). But who knows - maybe we'll also get a 'Woody' spin-off if this film does well.
Actor Tim Allen has voiced Buzz Lightyear in all four of the 'Toy Story' movies, as well as all the numerous shorts, but this time around, the character - or at least the character who inspired the toy - will be voiced by Chris Evans, who is no stranger to playing American superheroes. Fans have criticized the choice not to include Allen, but these are two entirely separate characters, and soon enough we'll get to see exactly what the relationship is between the two.
'Lightyear' will take us to infinity and beyond on June 17, 2022.