Pixar Movie's Time Travel Plot Is Buzz's Fault

A new Lightyear trailer arrives revealing that the time travel plot of Pixar's new movie is all Buzz's fault after a mission goes awry. Set in the Toy Story universe, the film explores the fictional origin story of the titular space hero that would go on to inspire Tim Allen's fan-favorite character. Lightyear finds Buzz stuck on an alien planet and accidentally traveling 62 years into the future in which the villainous Emperor Zurg is on a violent quest to conquer the galaxy.

Chris Evans is leading the cast of Lightyear as Buzz alongside Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, James Brolin as Zurg, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Development on the film was first announced at Disney's 2020 Investor Day Meeting, though has been in the works for over six years after Angus MacLane, who is making his feature debut with the Toy Story prequel, finished work on Finding Dory. The wait for Lightyear's arrival is nearly over and now the studio is offering a new look at the film.

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With just over a month remaining until the film's arrival, Pixar has released a new Lightyear trailer. Set to the tune of The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy," the video reveals that Buzz incidentally marooned he and his Star Command cohorts on an alien planet and in his efforts to help them escape accidentally time travels. Check out the fast-paced trailer below:

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The new Lightyear trailer marks an interesting shift in tone from previous spots released for the film, which took a more serious approach to the matter and set to the tone of David Bowie's "Starman". Director Angus MacLane has stated that Star Wars is a primary inspiration for the Toy Story prequel, making the more dramatic tone seen in previous trailers as an understandable path to build anticipation for the film. However, given it is still a Pixar production, it is understandable that the new Lightyear trailer would take a more lighthearted approach in order to capture younger audiences' attention.

Though previous footage for the film has confirmed a time travel nature to the plot, the new Lightyear trailer serves as the proper confirmation that it stems from Buzz's fault of marooning he and his crew on a dangerous alien planet. Establishing Buzz as a man out of his own time is sure to not only lead to some charming gags throughout the film, but also the deeply emotional storytelling Pixar has built a foundation on since launching with the original Toy Story. Only time will tell how it all comes together when Lightyear hits theaters on June 17.

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