Buzz Lightyear is one of two main protagonists from Pixar's Toy Story film franchise. Buzz first appeared in 1995s Toy Story, voiced by actor Tim Allen. Since the commercial and critical success of the Toy Story franchise, Buzz Lightyear has appeared in spin-off television shows, movies and video games.
Films and Television
Buzz Lightyear made his debut in 1995s Toy Story. Toy Story follows a group of personified toys in the possession of Andy Davis. Buzz Lightyear is first introduced as a toy Andy receives on his birthday. Despite being only a toy, Buzz is convinced he is the "real" Buzz Lightyear--the character the toys are based upon.
Toy Story main protagonist Woody--voiced by Tom Hanks--quickly becomes jealous of what many are calling Andy's new favorite toy. This mounting jealously, and Buzz's inability to understand that he is simply a toy, forms the crux of the two main protagonist's relationship.
The two must ban together to ensure that they aren't left behind when Andy and his family move to a new home.
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 (1999) sees the return of Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story gang. Much of Toy Story 2 revolves around Buzz Lightyear's mission to rescue Woody after he is stolen from Andy by a collector of rare toys.
As new toys are added to the mix, and new relationships form, the already complex rescue mission becomes even more difficult for Buzz and Andy's other toys.
Toy Story 3
2010s Toy Story 3 stands as the final film in the Toy Story trilogy. Andy Davis is now 17 and has little use for his once important toys. After being inadvertently donated to a daycare center. While initially excited, the toys quickly realize that all is not well at the Sunnyside Daycare. Buzz and the gang must escape the Lotso-controlled daycare and return to Andy.
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins is a direct-to-video Toy Story spin-off. The film serves as a pilot to the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command television series. While Tim Allen reprises his role as Buzz in The Adventure Begins, Patrick Warburton voices Buzz in the animated television series.
In Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, Buzz Lightyear is sent on a mission to put an end to Zurg's (the main antagonist) wrong-doings and rescue the L.G.M (Little Green Men) Zurg is using as part of his master plan.
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the television series follow-up to the direct-to-video film Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, first aired in 2000 as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning program.
Star Command follows Team Lightyear, and other Space Rangers, as they attempt to maintain peace in the Galactic Alliance.
In this television series, Buzz Lightyear is voiced by Patrick Warburton.
Buzz Lightyear, along with notable Toy Story characters, has appeared in many Toy Story themed video games. For the most part, Patrick Fraley voices Buzz Lightyear in the video game spin-offs and adaptations. However, Stephen Stanton voiced Buzz in the most recent Toy Story video game, Toy Story 3: The Video Game
For the most part, Toy Story games are viewed as mediocre licensed titled. The Wii version of 2009s Toy Story Mania!
currently holds a MetaCritic score of 49
. Traveller's Tales
' Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue!
) holds a score of 58.
Toy Story 3: The Video Game stands as the most divisive Toy Story video game to date. While the Xbox 360 version of the title has a MetaCritic score of 76
, many major outlets have praised the game's Toy Box mode and regard it as a fantastic game for children.