Lightyear: Trailer Talk
Two years ago, Pixar decided to continue the ‘Toy Story’ franchise with ‘Toy Story 4’. While I enjoyed it, I did also see it as a cash grab, with my main thought being ‘why does this exist?’. And this thought extends over to Pixar’s next animated project ‘Lightyear’.
‘Lightyear’ is the latest animated film by Pixar. With the titular character now voiced by Chris Evans (Captain America), the film follows the astronaut of Star Command, and the one that the toy line is based on in the world of ‘Toy Story’.
If there’s anything that can be taken away from this trailer, it’s that Pixar are continuously improving their animation skills. The characters look incredible, and the backgrounds actually look realistic now; Pixar have come a long way since the original ‘Toy Story’. The shots in the trailer are gorgeous too because of this. The opening sequence involving Buzz’s rocket launch are clearly influenced by films like ‘Interstellar’ and even ‘Ad Astra’ and deserve to be placed next to those films in terms of visuals.
However, I also think Disney have taken the multiverse idea a bit too far. Seeing as the current Marvel properties are focusing on this aspect, it feels like Pixar want to profit off a similar type of concept. And, while that sounds interesting, this origin story has already been done, with the cartoon series ‘Buzz Lightyear: Star Command’ from the 90’s.
While ‘Lightyear’ looks incredible, this film is a sign that Pixar should leave the ‘Toy Story’ brand alone. The original trilogy was fantastic and ended in a perfect and heart-warming way. This, and ‘Toy Story 4’, feels like its lessening the impact of the 3rd film’s ending. Instead of going to Infinity and Beyond, Pixar should look elsewhere for their upcoming projects.
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