The Toy Story franchise has been around ever since the release of the original 1995 animated classic and has since spawned three sequels and even some specials including Toy Story of Terror and Forky Asks A Question.
But Disney/Pixar’s latest venture into the world of animation is the first time we will be able to feast our eyes on a feature-length Toy Story spin-off, this one focusing on everybody’s fan-favorite space-ranger Buzz Lightyear.
We’ve known about Lightyear‘s existence for some time now thanks to a short teaser trailer, but as of today, we now officially have a bigger, more in-depth look at what the animation giant is cooking up for us.
Lightyear revolves around the fictional origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the character who inspired the action figure in the Toy Story films.
Director Angus McLane has since stated that the film is something that he has always wanted to do, stating “Buzz’s world was always something I was excited about. 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. So my ‘Lightyear’ pitch was, ‘What was the movie that Andy saw that made him want a Buzz Lightyear toy?’ I wanted to see that movie. And now I’m lucky enough to get to make it.”
You can check out the trailer here:
Lightyear features the vocal talents of Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, and Taika Waititi. The film is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in theatres on June 17, 2022.