Writer-director Angus MacLane explains why Tim Allen isn’t in Pixar’s Lightyear

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Writer-director Angus MacLane explains why Tim Allen isn't in Pixar's Lightyear

Pixar’s “Lightyear” movie premieres this weekend and Chris Evans voices the iconic Space Ranger. However, some fans are still questioning why Tim Allen wasnt chosen to voice Buzz in the Lightyear movie.

Writer-director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman recently explained how the nature of the concept also meant they never considered having Tim Allen voice this version of Buzz for Lightyear.

“Toy Story’s” beloved space ranger action figurewas voiced by Tim Allen in the first four installments, but Allen was not approached for this “sidequel.” MacLane explains that Buzz the action figure, voiced by Allen, “is a little goofier and is a little dumber, and so he is the comic relief. In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undercut the drama.” 

Related: Pixar’s Lightyear Rotten Tomatoes Score is out now

Writer-director Angus MacLane explains why Tim Allen isn't in Pixar's Lightyear

But who could play the serious action star? MacLane reveals why it had to be Chris Evans. “Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie-star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from Tim’s version of the toy in ‘Toy Story.’”

When the project was initially announced, fans had little insight on the project, with Evans himself complicating the situation when he tweeted, “And just to be clear, this isn’t Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on.” This ignited speculation that there was a real human Buzz Lightyear, conjuring ideas that, within the Toy Story universe, a human was heading out into space to battle otherworldly enemies. 

MacLane goes on to explain the difference between the films and their respective Buzz Lightyears. “The tone is a lot different. Tim is hilarious, but this character wouldn’t work as well with him doing the Space Ranger voice. It would not be as emotional. It just changes the tone of the movie. We were going for more of a classic sci-fi film,” concludes MacLane.

Pixar’s Lightyear is currently playing in movie theaters.

Related: Patricia Heaton is not happy with Disney for replacing Tim Allen with Chris Evans in Lightyear

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Source: Yahoo News

Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar


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