Rocketing to infinity and beyond is a new trailer for Disney Pixar’s summer sci-fi treat “Lightyear,” a spinoff of the “Toy Story” franchise featuring the fictional Buzz Lightyear space ranger.
In that universe, it’s the classic children’s movie that changed Andy’s life and he wanted a Buzz Lightyear toy, just like the young moviegoers who saw “Star Wars: A New Hope” for the first time in 1977.
This new teaser of “Lightyear” reveals a lot more about the story line audience traveling the time to be absorbed when the CGI-animated feature lands on Earth on June 17. “Lightyear” is directed by Angus MacLane ( “Finding Dory,” “Toy Story of Terror”) and produced by Galyn Susman.
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“Buzz’s world was always something I was excited about,” MacLane said in a statement. “In ‘Toy Story,’ it’s like there’s this unique backstory of him being a space ranger that’s just touched, and I always want to explore more of the world. So my ‘Lightyear’ pitch is, ‘What a movie that Andy Sees he wants a Buzz Lightyear toy? ‘ I wanted to watch that movie. And now I’m lucky to be able to do it. “
This second trailer sees Buzz sending a mission log to Star Command before being strapped into a new experimental space plane while being flown to a planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth. Stranded with him in this remote world is his commander and young crew.
This needle-nosed craft was given a proper shake with its first hyperspeed test flight shooting the famous space ranger into a ringed purple portal. After a “2001: A Space Odyssey” -like stargate, Buzz and his funny fellow robo-cat find themselves in a sad world that looks like Dagobah from ” Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. “
The twist is that he has actually returned to the rogue planet he left behind, but 62 years, seven months and five days have passed since his original departure. Today, he joins three inexperienced recruits called the Junior Zap Patrol, including the adult grandson of the original Commander Hawthorne, to defend against a threatening alien battlecruiser commanded by the evil Emperor. Zurg and his army of enemy robot soldiers.
Joining for Tim Allen, Chris Evans provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear for this version of the daring space ranger, and from what we’ve heard in previous “Lightyear” teasers, he nailed it.
Keke Palmer, Dale Soules and Taika Waititi are on the mission as three new Star Command recruits. Buzz’s robotic cat, the Sox, was revealed by Peter Sohn. Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Heated by his winning, intimidating mark for director Matt Reeves as “The Batman,” superstar composer and Pixar veteran Michael Giacchino wrote the rising soundtrack for “Lightyear.”
The Hollywood veteran has already achieved the trifecta of winning an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy for his original mark for “Up.” Other Pixar projects he has provided songs with include “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars 2,” “Inside Out,” “Coco,” “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story of Terror.”
Right now, this time-shifted sci-fi adventure looks like a certified hit even before it lands, and it should be on all wanna-be space rangers lists of must-see summer flicks.
Disney Pixar’s “Lightyear” will enter our orbit June 17. For more space movies, check out our full list of upcoming sci-fi movies.