Lightyear Release Date, Cast, Plot, And Everything We Know So Far

It isn’t easy to find something new to say about Pixar when so much has already been said. Toy Story, a computer-generated animated feature picture, was produced by Disney’s animation division for the first time in 1995. This picture paved the way for other computer-generated animated films and additional amazing Pixar films such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Up. In addition to being hilarious and entertaining, Pixar’s movies frequently deal with serious topics and messages, making them worthwhile to children and adults. This is one of the things that sets them apart from other computer-generated animation firms.

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Pixar has stated that they would stop making sequels after the release of Toy Story 4 in 2019. However, they will still develop other kinds of movies based on their existing intellectual properties (IPs). Pete Doctor, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, announced Lightyear at the Disney Investor Day conference in 2020. Lightyear is a full-length feature film that will tell the genesis tale of the iconic Toy tale character Buzz Lightyear.


  • Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear (voice)
  • Keke Palmer as Izzy Hawthorne(voice)
  • Peter Sohn as SOX(voice)
  • Taika Waititi as Mo Morrison(voice)
  • Dale Soules as Darby Steel(voice)
  • James Brolin as Zurg(voice)
  • Uzo Aduba as Alisha Hawthorne(voice)
  • Mary McDonald-Lewis as I.V.A.N.(voice)
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside(voice)
  • Angus MacLane as ERIC(voice)
  • Bill Hader as Featheringhamstan(voice)
  • Efren Ramirez as Airman Díaz(voice)
  • Keira Hairston as Young Izzy(voice)

What is the Release Date of Lightyear?

It is anticipated that Lightyear will be released on June 17, 2022, which is three months after the most recent picture from Pixar, Turning Red. The success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at the box office has persuaded Disney to grant theater-only releases to many of their movies beginning in 2021, and likely everything after that as well. This raises the question of whether or not Buzz Lightyear will get a simultaneous release with Disney+.

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Who is the Director of Lightyear?

Angus MacLane is an American animator, storyboard artist, character designer, screenwriter, film director, and voice actor now employed with Pixar. He has also directed films and written screenplays. He made his solo debut as a feature film director with the Toy Story spin-off picture Lightyear (2022), following his co-director work on the 2016 blockbuster Finding Dory. MacLane is also a fan of Legos, which led him to develop the CubeDudes building format and create a LEGO WALL-E model that The Lego Group subsequently produced as an official set.

What is the Plot of Lightyear?

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Buzz and his companions from Star Command are found by Lightyear stranded on an extraterrestrial planet, 4.2 million lightyears from Earth, along with his commander and the rest of their crew.

The film depicts the narrative of the renowned space ranger as he attempts to return to his home planet and is confronted with the challenges of time travel and his archenemy Emperor Zurg.

The film’s director, Angus MacLane, had this to say about the story’s idea when asked about it: “In Toy Story, there seemed to be this incredible backstory to him being a Space Ranger that’s only touched upon, and I always wanted to explore that world further.”

He continued, saying, “So, my pitch for Lightyear was, ‘What movie did Andy see that made him want a Buzz Lightyear toy?'” I desired to watch that movie. And now I have the good fortune to obtain the chance to succeed.”

Angus McLane, director of Buzz Lightyear and co-writer of Finding Dory, referred to the film as “Andy’s Star Wars” to convey its place in the Toy Story Universe while discussing how it was created.

During a press event in April, McLane said, “Now you remember in Toy Story, Andy had a birthday party” (via The Iluminerdi).

“His favorite gift was a character that he loved, Buzz Lightyear the Space Ranger, and it was a Buzz Lightyear action figure. And it was a toy that would revolutionize how Andy spent his free time playing. And I’ve always been curious about what movie Buzz was from if you know what I mean.

He then asked, “Why can’t we just make that movie? So that’s what ended up happening. It was the movie Lightyear that Andy saw that had a profound impact on his life. Star Wars belongs to Andy. A sci-fi epic aimed to inspire a new generation.”

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