Tim Allen first entered mainstream fame in the early 1990s by way of his hit sitcom, Home Improvement, and voiced one of the most visible characters of all time in Buzz Lightyear. Now out as the voice of the heroic Space Ranger, Chris Evans has been announced as the replacement for an upcoming film slated for release in 2022.
A trailer for Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear film is the origin story of the real Buzz Lightyear that inspired the toy and effectively a prequel of the sprawling Toy Story empire. Evans, who played Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will step in as Buzz.
Disney says of the film that, “[t]he sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear — the hero who inspired the toy — introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans.”
In a statement, Evans, 40, expressed gratitude for getting the big part of Buzz Lightyear, almost ensuring that he’ll be working with Disney and Pixar anytime they wish to add to the Toy Story legacy for years to come.
“The phrase “a dream come true’ gets thrown around a lot, but I’ve never meant it more in my life,” Evans said in a statement. “Anyone who knows me knows that my love for animated films runs deep. I can’t believe that I get to be a part of the Pixar family and work with these truly brilliant artists who tell stories unlike anyone else. Watching them work is nothing short of magic. I pinch myself every day.”
Evans’ joy is definitely not to be questioned as the Toy Story franchise has produced some of the best films not only in the realm of animation but also across cinema itself.
While it has been reported that Allen and Pixar amicably split ways after years of working with one another, some have speculated that Allen’s conservative views and support of President Donald Trump contributed to this ouster.
While the world may never know the real reason behind the split, that hasn’t stopped fans on Twitter from having a field day with comments, and also sparking some of the MAGA nutball crowd to use this as a launching pad for “pwning the libs” and blasting the so-called “Radical Left” and Hollywood in general.
Finding Dory co-director Angus MacLane will direct the film for his solo Pixar directorial debut. Lightyear is set for release on June 17, 2022.
Check out the commentary from all sides below.
I’m covered in goosebumps. And will be every time I watch this trailer. Or hear a Bowie song. Or have any thought whatsoever between now and July cause nothing has ever made me feel more joy and gratitude than knowing I’m a part of this and it’s basically always on my mind
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 27, 2021
UPDATE: We’re well aware that we mistakenly typed Captain Marvel instead of Captain America. What isn’t a mistake is that Evans getting this role is really cool, so let’s focus on that.
The 10 year-old in me is excited about this movie, but it’s not gonna be the same without Tim Allen. https://t.co/ickOz3Fpch
— 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗻 (@BrianFox46) October 27, 2021
Chris Evans is a massive upgrade over Tim Allen in literally everything. https://t.co/vBXRsegIs4
— Mike Sarzo (@mikesarzo) October 27, 2021
1. Tim Allen voiced the toy that was based on a real astronaut 2. Chris Evans voices the character based on the real astronaut not the toy. 3. I really couldn’t give a fuck because I can’t stand Tim Allen pic.twitter.com/XRPUj0fDiH
— CultivatedBeing (@CultivatedBeing) October 27, 2021
Can’t believe Tim Allen really dropped the ball and missed out on a easy paycheck
— fakePHILOSOPHY (@EST_1389_MAD) October 27, 2021
Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear instead of Tim Allen is an upgrade. Sorry, not sorry.
— Rob M. | Tokkan (@tokkanram) October 27, 2021
Is their an “official” reason no tim allen? Or..just “conservative man bad” https://t.co/V8kwlryEzE
— TheQuartering (@TheQuartering) October 27, 2021
Just realized this Buzz Lightyear film being an in-universe movie that the toy was based on creates a funny scenario where:
Chris Evans portrays Buzz Lightyear in an action-movie.
Chris Evans is too expensive to get to voice all the licensed toys and games so they get Tim Allen
— Muppets Haunted Mearnsion (@mearn) October 27, 2021
I’ll take conservative freedom loving Hollywood any day!
-Antonio Sabato, Jr.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) October 27, 2021
It’s only getting started.
people losing their minds over the new Lightyear movie trailer… tim allen is the voice of the TOY, not the “real” person the toy was based off of. excuse the pun, but this isn’t rocket science to understand. but sure, feel victimized. pic.twitter.com/1ZQsK4hcJL
— Laura #wearamask #socialdistance #getyourvaccine (@whatuphohm) October 27, 2021
Well, Actually Twitter has entered the chat.
Tim Allen recently released a statement on Chris Evans being selected to voice Buzz Lightyear in his new movie. See below: https://t.co/4jYLT5ffm9
— Lord Falconis | Neurodiverse Lives Matter (@TheLordFalconis) October 27, 2021
smh at zoomers worried about Tim Allen erasure when TRUE Lightyearheads are all worried about Patrick Warburton erasure pic.twitter.com/xCcBlOk3Fq
— alk SKULLters (@AltersAlk) October 27, 2021
Tim Allen is alive and well and y’all didn’t let him voice Buzz in his first standalone movie?!? The disrespect. https://t.co/GyQ7Si9c2Z
— Not the plug (@Its_Just_Jordyn) October 27, 2021
People complaining about the “disrespect” to Tim Allen for him not voicing Buzz Lightyear should understand that society needs to find a way to disrespect him even more.
They should make the villain’s henchman a scrawny, mustachioed coke mule who rats out his boss to Buzz.
— Joe Ghost Over (@Joe_Hansbarger) October 27, 2021
Good morning to everyone who’s happy to have Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear instead of Trumper Tim Allen.
— Amy Lynn (@AmyAThatcher) October 27, 2021