Sounds like original Buzz Lightyear voice actor Tim Allen may be distancing himself from Disney’s latest animated film Lightyear, which features Chris Evans as the voice of the titular hero. The film has underperformed for Disney —a far cry from the box office power of the original Toy Story movies starring Allen and Tom Hanks.
“The 69-year-old actor spoke to Extra Wednesday about the standalone animated movie, which was billed as an origin story of his spaceman character Buzz Lightyear. In the company’s new animated movie, actor Chris Evans is the voice of the space ranger,” The Daily Wire reports.
“The short answer is I’ve stayed out of this because it has nothing to do [with my character],” Allen says. “This is a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies.”
“It’s a wonderful story,” Tim said of the new movie. “It just doesn’t seem to have any connection to the toy, and it’s a little … I don’t know. It just has no relationship to Buzz. It’s just no connection. I wish there was a better connection to this.”
“There’s really no ‘Toy Story’ Buzz without Woody,” Allen told the outlet.
Recently, actress a friend Patricia Heaton blasted Disney for leaving Allen out of the new film, tweeting “Saw the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not casting my pal Tim Allen in the role that he originated, the role that he owns. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?”
Watch Allen’s remarks below: