All joking aside, I'm super-excited about a movie that purports to be an "in-universe" movie from a different film series - the way Tarantino has said that the Kill Bill movies exist as movies within the universe of all his other films, rather than being "real" in that universe. This has absolutely no bearing on the quality of Kill Bill or whatever, but it just tickles something in my nerd brain.
On the other hand, it feels really weird and kinda reductive to even think "hey, what if Buzz Lightyear, but real?" I mean, why not just do another totally original sci-fi story? Pixar's best film is WALL-E, which is fantastic sci-fi, so the idea of them going back to that well is really, really exciting. But I don't see any reason to do that with Buzz Lightyear - who's a joke, really, a play on gizmo-laden action figures and lunkhead deadpan by-the-book officer/cop archetypes - unless you're trying for something weird, meta, or funny with it. Which - hey! - maybe they are, and I'm absolutley 100% certain I'm overthinking it.
But for me, "meta in-universe movie, even though this is something never acknowledged in the movie itself" is still more interesting. I will accept I may be weird.
Hopefully we can get this nailed down today. I might be going into the office this week and I don't want to be giving out false information on what is and isn't canon in the Toy Story extended universe.
At the end of the movie, the astronaut Buzz Lightyear is hit by Emperor Zurg's superweapon, which turns him into a plastic miniature version of himself. He then falls into a wormhole and is teleported to the other side of the galaxy, in Andy's house.
Eventualy, as we all know, Woody brainwashes him into believing that he really is a toy.
"'Set in the world of Toy Story' is kind of weird. Another way to get at it, it's a straightforward sci-fi action film about the Buzz Lightyear character," MacLane, who co-directed Finding Dory and multiple Toy Story shorts for Pixar, tells EW over Zoom. "In the Toy Story universe, it would be like a movie that maybe Andy would have seen, that would have made him want a Buzz Lightyear figure."
"The movie doesn't end and then you see Andy eating popcorn," the filmmaker clarifies. "This is its own thing… This is standalone. It's the Buzz Lightyear movie. It's that character but as the space ranger, not as the toy."
Quote from the director, bold text my emphasis.
It's a standalone film, it's not canon to the Toy Story films. It's a sci-fi film about a space ranger who happens to be a character in a different movie too. A "What If...?", if you want to think about it like that.
It's pretty impressive that that clarifies absolutely nothing at all and also contradicts itself, but okay lol.
Thing is, in 1995, Tim Allen was almost as big a draw as Tom Hanks. Home Improvement was either still on or had just finished, the Santa Clause movies were going strong, and he was cropping up in other Disney family films around that time too. Hanks had only just moved from "comedy star" to "megastar" with the run of Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and Apollo 13. So arguably they picked two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, both of whom were known mostly for comedy.
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