‘Lightyear’ Trailer: Buzz Blasts Off To Face His Infamous Rival Emperor Zurg

Remember when Pixar fans got bent out of shape when they started doing too many sequels? Well, Pixar has decided to go the other way with Lightyear, a prequel about the heroic astronaut who would inspire the beloved character in the Toy Story films.

Chris Evans takes over as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, joined by Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi, Peter Sohn, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Behind the camera is Angus MacLane, co-director of 2016’s Finding Dory, one of those sequels fans used to whine about.

The coolest thing about this is getting a chance to see Buzz’s eternal rival, Emperor Zurg, who is very real and voiced by Brolin.

Here is the synopsis: Lightyear revolves around the origin story of the fictional Buzz Lightyear, the character who inspired the action figure in the Toy Story films. In this film, Buzz does his first test flight in order to explore new galaxies for Star Command to come in peace. However, when the evil Emperor Zurg threatens the universe’s safety, Buzz may be its only hope to save it.

Lightyear opens in theaters on June 17th.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.