Now that we’ve seen the spectacular trailer for Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear, a CG animated film based on a test pilot named Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans) who ends up going to infinity and beyond, Toy Story fans have quite a few burning questions on their minds.
First of all, which other Toy Story characters will appear in the movie? While Lightyear isn’t about toys whatsoever (within this universe, Chris Evans’ Buzz is the person who inspires the iconic space ranger), it’s still possible we’ll see other Buzz Lightyear-specific characters, like Emperor Zurg and the Little Green Men.
So here’s why Lightyear will probably inspire a ‘Woody’ spinoff…
‘Lightyear’ Will Be a Huge Success
Like every Pixar movie, Lightyear will probably be a huge success – both critically and financially. And the fact that it has strong ties with the Toy Story franchise will certainly help in its favor. That film series alone has grossed over $5 billion worldwide, which explains why the studio was inspired to greenlight this movie in the first place.
While a ‘Woody’ spinoff isn’t necessarily going to be the reaction to the film’s success, it is possible that Disney and Pixar will consider a Lightyear sequel or a spinoff of some kind. Who knows – perhaps there’s already a plan for a ‘Woody’ movie! After all, both characters complement one another, even if Lightyear doesn’t actually star Buzz himself.
Buzz and Woody Go Hand in Hand
It’s no stretch to suggest that Buzz Lightyear and Woody go hand in hand. They’re both law enforcers who have sworn to protect all that is good, and also occupy the same spectrum – they just happen to be at opposite ends! Space Ranger Buzz is a character who operates far out in the cosmos, and Sheriff Woody is from the Old West.
Both characters also have ‘backgrounds’ in the Toy Story movies, which makes it a lot easier for the studio to produce spinoff movies. Buzz is a space ranger who hails from the Gamma Quadrant, a star system teeming with Little Green Men and under threat from Emperor Zurg, while Woody once had his own show in the form of Woody’s Roundup.
While Lightyear doesn’t actually star Buzz as we know him (in other words, a “child’s play-thing”), it does revolve around the ‘real’ Buzz – which is a unique approach. And a ‘Woody’ movie needn’t be any different – it could follow an up-and-coming sheriff who has many similarities to the loyal cowboy doll we fell in love with back in 1994.
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‘Woody’ Could Include Other ‘Toy Story’ Characters
Until we learn otherwise, we’ll have to assume that the only Toy Story character who will appear in Lightyear will be the space pilot himself. There are rumors that Emperor Zurg will appear, but there’s currently nothing concrete to confirm this (although we’d be eternally grateful if he did show up, along with the Little Green Men!).
A ‘Woody’ movie, however, could easily incorporate other characters from the Toy Story movies without feeling like they’ve been shoehorned in for the sake of cameos. For starters, the three most obvious ones would be Woody’s roundup – cowgirl Jesse (Joan Cusack), Stinky Pete (Kelsey Grammer), and Woody’s trusted horse Bullseye.
We Don’t Need Any More ‘Toy Story’ Movies
When Toy Story was released way back in 1994, no one could have predicted that film would become a global phenomenon. And 27 years later, it’s still as huge ever, with three sequels under its belt, waves of merchandise, and a huge presence in Disney Parks in the form of Toy Story Land.
And we weren’t really expecting that many films, either. Although there were some pretty big gaps between each sequel – Toy Story 2 was released in 1999, Toy Story 3 in 2010, and Toy Story 4 in 2019. But then it’s really no surprise that there were years of waiting, not when you consider just how much work goes into making them.
Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear will take us to infinity and beyond on June 17, 2022.
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