Lightyear ★★★½

In 1995, a boy named Andy got a Buzz Lightyear toy for his birthday. It was from his favorite movie. This is that movie.” 

The type of IP expansion that does wonders for me. Sitting down for this, pretending I was a little kid watching Star Wars for the first time again, instead of a Toy Story lore expander made for a watch that was genuinely enjoyable.

As a Pixar film, I think we all are naturally expecting more, so that association is definitely a downside. Pixar has worked on a massive scale in terms of the emotional and conceptual for so long that it’s a bit odd to see them veer into something more intensely genre. However, because it’s a genre film, Pixar’s scope here feels larger than anything else they’ve made.

I love the differences forged between this “real life” version of Buzz vs the toy Buzz we’ve all known for decades. Their differences help further establish the individual minds and personalities of toys. They may mirror the characteristics of their sources but at their core, the toys are their own, for lack of a better word, people. That distinction is delightful and a fantastic element to add to our greater understanding of Toy Story as a world. 

Final words are that I L-O-V-E LOOOOVE Keke Palmer’s voice acting and Sox the cat robot sO MUCH.

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