Lightyear Movie (2022) Cast & Crew, Release Date, Story, Review, Poster, Trailer, Budget, Collection


June 17, 2022
1hr 45min
Status: released

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Lightyear Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
Release dateJune 8, 2022 (El Capitan Theatre)
June 17, 2022 (United States)
Running time1hr 45min
StarringChris Evans
Keke Palmer
Dale Soules
Taika Waititi
Peter Sohn
Uzo Aduba
James Brolin
Directed by Angus MacLane
Screenplay byJason Headley
Angus MacLane
Story byAngus MacLane
Matthew Aldrich
Jason Headley
Produced by Galyn Susman
CinematographyJeremy Lasky (camera)
Ian Megibben (lighting)
Edited byAnthony J. Greenberg
Music by Michael Giacchino
Production CompaniesWalt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Lightyear Movie Voice Cast & Characters:

  • Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear, a young test pilot and Space Ranger who explores the uncharted planet called T’Kani Prime.
  • Keke Palmer as Izzy Hawthorne, Alisha’s granddaughter who fights in the colony’s defense forces with Buzz against Zurg.
    • Keira Hairston as a young version of Izzy.
  • Peter Sohn as Sox, a robotic cat who acts as Buzz’s companion.
    • Sohn also voices an older, worn-out version of Sox used by Zurg.
  • Taika Waititi as Mo Morrison, a fresh, naive recruit in the colonial defense forces.
  • Dale Soules as Darby Steel, an elderly woman and recruit for the colonial defense forces who is currently on parole for shipjacking.
  • James Brolin as Buzz Lightyear / Zurg, the commander of the invading robotic army who is later revealed to be an elderly, nihilistic version of himself from an alternate timeline.
  • Uzo Aduba as Alisha Hawthorne, Buzz’s best friend, commanding officer and Kiko’s wife, who is one of Izzy’s grandmothers.
  • Mary McDonald-Lewis as I.V.A.N., a voice-activated virtual assistant and auto-pilot.
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Calvin “Cal” Burnside, the officer who succeeds Alisha Hawthorne after she dies of old age.
  • Angus MacLane as:
    • ERIC
    • DERIC, a robot that works with Izzy.
    • Zyclops, the robotic foot soldiers of Zurg.
  • Bill Hader as Benny Featheringhamstan / The Rookie, a new recruit partnered with Buzz and Alisha. Hader previously voiced Axel the Carnie in Toy Story 4 (2019).
  • Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz, an acquaintance of Buzz.


Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox. As this motley crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army that are never far behind.

Lightyear Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$200 million
Domestic Collection$118.3 million
International Collection$108.1 million
Worldwide Collection$226.4 million

About Lightyear Movie:

Lightyear is an American animated science-fiction action-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film is a spin-off of the Toy Story film series, but does not take place in the same fictional universe as them; rather, it is presented as a film that characters in the main Toy Story films have seen. Lightyear centers on the character Buzz Lightyear, who in this film is human and not a toy.

The film was directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman, from a screenplay and story written by MacLane and Jason Headley, both of whom co-wrote the latter with Matthew Aldrich; Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton serve as executive producers.

It stars Chris Evans as the voice of the title character, with Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin, and Uzo Aduba in supporting roles. The film follows Buzz Lightyear (Evans) operating as a space ranger who, after being marooned on the hostile planet T’Kani Prime with his commander and crew, tries to find a way back home while encountering a threat to the universe’s safety.

The concept of a human Buzz Lightyear, who exists in a fictional universe within a fictional universe, was first introduced in the 2000 direct-to-video film Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, which was then used as the pilot to the TV series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000–2001). MacLane, an avid science-fiction fan, pitched the idea of a film featuring Buzz Lightyear at Pixar, after finishing work on Finding Dory (2016).

The project was officially announced in an investor meeting held by Disney in December 2020. The animators gave the film a “cinematic” and “chunky” look, evoking the science-fiction films MacLane grew up watching. To design the vehicles of the film, MacLane used Lego pieces to build various ships and pitch them to the designers and artists. For its IMAX scenes, the team used two virtual cameras, a regular camera with a 35mm equivalent sensor, and a larger sensor equivalent to 65 millimeters, a procedure earlier initiated by Pixar in WALL-E (2008). Development on Lightyear lasted for five and a half years, on an approximate $200 million budget. Michael Giacchino composed the film’s score, while Ren Klyce served as its sound designer.

Lightyear premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on June 8, 2022, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 17, in RealD 3D, 4DX, Dolby Cinema and IMAX formats. It became the first Pixar film to be released in theaters worldwide since Onward in March 2020, and the first to include scenes specifically formatted for IMAX theaters. The film underperformed at the box-office, grossing $226.4 million worldwide against a $200 million production budget, and losing the studio an estimated $106 million.