Disney ‘castrated’ Buzz Lightyear by Axing Tim Allen, according to Patricia Heaton
Everybody loves Raymond Star Patricia Heaton – who played Ray Romano’s sitcom wife Debra for 209 episodes of the hit show – has spoken out against The Walt Disney Company’s recasting of Tim Allen in Pixar’s next film Animation Studios, Light year.
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Alongside Tom Hanks (Woody the Cowboy), Allen voiced Andy’s space guard toy from 1995 to 2019 in Pixar’s toy story franchise.
Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Evans voices the “real-life” version of Allen’s Buzz Lightyear in the spinoff, which is set to hit theaters on June 17, 2022.
The film will follow the story of the “real” – at least in the toy story universe (and perhaps the star wars galaxy, by the way) – astronaut who inspired Andy’s beloved space ranger in toy story (1995), toy story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), and toy story 4 (2019).
It’s already sparked its fair share of controversy – from the “Photoshopped” promotional photos of Evans at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure Park to the first animated gay kiss in Disney history, Light year is ready to make waves.
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Now, Heaton has made her stance on Allen’s removal clear on social media:
I saw the Buzz Lightyear trailer and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not casting my homie Tim Allen in the role he created, the role that he owns. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?
Ok so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character became so beloved is because of what @ofctimallen established. Why delete the only element that makes us want to see it?#stupiddecisionsofHollywood https://t.co/bRn1lZgkac
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) June 14, 2022
Heaton’s followers were divided, with some leaving comments like: ‘I was dying to bring this to my 6 year old because I LOVE Buzz Lightyear but after learning about @ofctimallen, THE HIT STAR, n isn’t it – I’ll pass!”
Others, however, dissented, noting, “Why would Tim be in it? Different character. Second, your child will know Chris Evans. Tim Allen? Not really.”
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Whichever side of the aisle you fall on when it comes to Buzz Lightyear’s voice change, the film is set to hit theaters in the United States on June 17, 2022.
Allen, for his part, is set to return to The Walt Disney Company in The clausesa Disney+ Original series based on Santa film franchise.
Safer Light year (2022)
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The official description for Angus MacLane’s upcoming Space Ranger movie reads as follows:
From Disney and Pixar comes an animated sci-fi action-adventure – the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy. “Lightyear” follows the legendary space ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious rookies Izzy, Mo and Darby and his robot sidekick Sox. As this ragtag crew embarks on their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his army of devoted robots who are never far behind.
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