Hello and welcome to Trailer Talk, where I look at a trailer for an upcoming movie, television show or video game, give some information about the show, then share my thoughts. When it comes to movies with a plot that involves a mystery I’ll even give my best educated guess on who the villain is. This is very similar to what Dre and I do with 2 Guys 1 Trailer but in text form. Hopefully we’ll be back recording soon, but for now please use the theatre of the mind to imagine me saying this in front of a green screen. Today I’m taking a look at Lightyear which is a spin off of the Toy Story movies focusing strictly on Buzz Lightyear.
Lightyear is a sci-fi action-adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy. The film reveals how a young test pilot became the Space Ranger that we all know him to be today. [source]
The trailer shows what looks like the possible first interaction between Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg, the enemy who we first learned about in the original Toy Story. When Buzz was first introduced he mentioned being on a mission to take out Emperor Zurg, which we saw was part of his programing as it fit the narrative with the toy line shown in the commercial for Al’s Toy Barn.
What looks to be a whole colony of people have been marooned on a planet, which will probably be the doing of Emperor Zurg due to him and his forces destroying or taking over the planet the colony formally inhabited. I believe Star Command will have created a rocket to test, which he talks about being a 4 minute trip, to try to find a new home for them to live on. The planet they are on looks desolate with no greenery which I assume means little to no food or water and a main reason for them trying to leave. The mission will go successful and he will be sent off for a longer mission, which is where they introduce his cat meant to keep him company during his trip. Circling back to what I mentioned above, he will find a planet that looks like a great new home but realize that Emperor Zurg and his troops are already there taking over the planet. He will then have to defeat them, send word and coordinates to his people and have them show up to start their new lives.
As shown in the commercial for Al’s Toy Barn, and because this is a mass produced toy, there are many Buzz Lightyear action figures out there. Each toy is being used in a story that a child has made up or maybe they’re just recreating scenes from the in-universe video game or even the cartoon
I believe that all of this is a kid, much like Andy, who has moved to a new place. The new place for him means that there’s a new place for Buzz Lightyear as well, so he has to try to find a way to get back home or go somewhere different. I think the child that is playing with Buzz Lightyear is projecting through the toy to get over having to move. We never saw Andy’s father in Toy Story and to keep with that, this child is also going to be living with a single parent. The 4 minute test could translate to the child being able to go down the street, about 4 minutes away from his house, to see if he could get away with it and not get in trouble. The success of that mission means that he is able to go even farther away, which would put this child old enough to ride a bike or walk and be ok on their own. I’ll put this kid around 10 years old. The cat that accompanies Buzz Lightyear on the mission is the Childs real life cat and in the end the planet that they come across is the current place they’re living. The child realizes that their new home isn’t that bad see’s it in a whole new light after giving it some time.