**MAJOR SPOILERS FOR LIGHTYEAR**
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THE ILLUMINERDI’S WE’RE ALWAYS WATCHING: LIGHTYEAR
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In this episode of We’re Always Watching Kevin Fenix, one of our editors, Caitlin Tyrrell, one of our journalists and features manager, and Josh Goldman, head of Post Production discuss the new Pixar movie Lightyear. This is the movie that Andy saw and fell in love with in the Toy Story universe. The movie follows Buzz as he attempts to save his crew after they have been marooned on an alien planet. Buzz must face countless struggles including an army of robots led by the mysterious Zurg.
In the newest episode of We’re Always Watching Kevin, Josh, and Caitlin talk about how Lightyear fits into the Toy Story universe and why they think it is ridiculous people in the Toy Story fandom are freaking out. They also discuss the nostalgic sci-fi feel, how it captures the Pixar magic, and where it fits in their own Pixar ranking. Josh, Kevin, and Caitlin also talk about the insanity of the time travel, Buzz’s journey as he tries to fix his mistake, and what else they want to see from Lightyear explored. Caitlin also talks about the importance of LGBTQ representation in a Disney Pixar movie.
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The Illuminerdi had the opportunity to attend the Lightyear virtual press conferences. During this episode of We’re Always Watching Caitlin talks about some of what she learned from the press conferences. You can also check out our coverage of the press conferences below.
LIGHTYEAR: CHRIS EVANS REVEALS WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT THE BUZZ & SOX DYNAMIC
LIGHTYEAR CREATORS REVEAL KEY INFLUENCES OF STAR WARS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, AND THE THRILLER GENRE ON NEW FILM
LIGHTYEAR CREATOR BREAKS DOWN WHY TIM ALLEN WASN’T ASKED TO RETURN IN NEW PIXAR MOVIE
CHRIS EVANS REVEALS WHICH CLASSIC DISNEY CHARACTER HE WANTS TO PLAY NEXT
CHRIS EVANS REVEALS WHICH FAMOUS CATCHPHRASE IS HIS FAVORITE – “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE” OR “TO INFINITY AND BEYOND”
LIGHTYEAR: THE SURPRISING ANIME INFLUENCE ON THE DESIGN OF THE VILLAINOUS ZURG IN PIXAR’S NEW SCI-FI FILM
LIGHTYEAR DIRECTOR EXPLAINS HOW “ANDY’S STAR WARS” WITHIN THE TOY STORY UNIVERSE IS PIXAR’S 1ST SCI-FI ACTION ADVENTURE MOVIE
LIGHTYEAR: HOW CHRIS EVANS’ CAPTAIN AMERICA PERFORMANCE MADE HIM PERFECT TO VOICE BUZZ LIGHTYEAR
Release date: June 17, 2022
Director: Angus McLane
Screenwriters: Jason Headley & Angus McLane
Story By: Matthew Aldrich, Jason Headley, and Angus McLane
Producer: Galyn Susman
Cast: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin, Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Efren Ramirez
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Synopsis: While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.
Be sure to check out The Illuminerdi’s We’re Always Watching podcast to find out what Kevin, Caitlin, and Jezzer thought of Lightyear. Stay tuned for more in-depth reviews, breakdowns, and behind-the-scenes looks into the latest releases! Share your thoughts with The Illuminerdi on our social media or Kevin Fenix, Caitlin Tyrrell, and Josh Goldman directly!
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