‘Lightyear’ Director Says Internet Trolls Are the Reason for Poor Box Office Performance

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'Lightyear' Director Says Internet Trolls Are the Reason for Poor Box Office Performance

Director Angus MacLane took to Twitter this week to share his opinion on why Disney-Pixar’s latest film, Lightyear, has performed so poorly at the box office and received negative reviews from critics online.

MacLane responded to a question online by Twitter user @sherelleigh which asked, “Naythan and I loved Lightyear, I dunno why it has such low reviews on IMDb??” The Director’s response was: “Short answer: much like the second chapter of THE HOBBIT, it mainly has to do with trolls

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

Related: New ‘Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear’ Documentary Now Streaming on Disney+

Currently, Disney-Pixar’s Lightyear has earned approximately $193.5 Million globally according to BoxOfficeMojo and at the time of writing has a 5.3/10 rating on IMDb. However, on Rotten Tomatoes the film has a surprisingly certified fresh rating of 75% by critics and an 85% score by audiences.

Have you seen Lightyear in theaters? Did you enjoy the film or do you believe it deserves the harsh reviews? We are interested to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Disney-Pixar!


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Kaitlyn is a writer, painter, and artist based just north of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a previous participant in the Disney College Program and has years of experience with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts and with Universal Orlando Resort. Her and her big 'Ohana are frequent visitors to the parks and resorts and she is always up for another trip to visit her favorite castles! Kaitlyn is the News & Entertainment Writer for Chip and Company and is passionate about writing and storytelling.
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