Pixar’s Lightyear excited fans around the world in the months leading up to its release. Trailers seemed to tease this spinoff as a glimpse into Buzz Lightyear’s past, so many expected it to be about the beloved character from Toy Story.
However, the movie wasn’t like that at all. Millions of Disney fans were unsatisfied with this story because of the lack of connection between this story and the classic Toy Story characters. Ultimately, the movie was a bit of a flop compared to other Pixar films. Why? What went wrong? Pixar Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter recently explained.
An article by The Wrap tells us that Docter was clear about the downfall of the film Pixar producers worked so hard for. Ultimately, there was a “disconnect between what people wanted/expected” and what the movie ended up giving them.
“I think probably what we’ve ended on in terms of what went wrong is that we asked too much of the audience,” Docter explained. “When they hear Buzz, they’re like, great, where’s Mr. Potato Head and Woody and Rex? And then we drop them into this science fiction film that they’re like, What?”
Lightyear ended up being just that — a science fiction that had virtually nothing to do with the classic Toy Story plot. Instead, it ended up being an entirely different film with all new characters and portrayals. One aspect that upset viewers was the fact that Buzz Lightyear was voiced by Chris Evans rather than Tim Allen, who has voiced Buzz in each of the Toy Story movies.
“Even if they read [about the movie] in press, it was just a little too distant, both in concept, and I think in the way that characters were drawn, that they were portrayed. It was much more of a science fiction,” Docter said.
Would this film have done better if viewers hadn’t set the high expectation that this would tie a nice bow around the Toy Story franchise? Maybe so! At least now we have Toy Story 5 coming soon to take care of that job for us.
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