Summer is about to end with a blast: Lightyear is headed to Disney+ in August! The film, which opened in theaters on Jun. 17, is basically the origin story for the beloved toy featured in the Toy Story movies.
Lightyear is a sci-fi action adventure following our main character (voiced by Chris Evans) as he becomes stuck on a planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth. With his commander and crew, Buzz finds a group of recruits and the world’s cutes robot cat, Sox to help him find his way home. And let’s not forget Zurg, the evil villain up to no good and his army of robots!
Other notable voices you’ll hear include Uzo Aduba as best friend Alisha Hawthorne, Peter Sohn as Sox, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules as the Junior Zap Patrol’s Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison and Darby Steel and James Brolin as Zurg.
While Lightyear wasn’t a huge box-office hit, the film is poised to capture a wider audience once it hits Disney+. The quick move from theaters has made ample success for other films, like Encanto and Marvel’s film, Eternals. “[B]y now we know that theatrical performance doesn’t solely determine a film’s success or failure,” says Indie Wire.
“Lightyear looks amazing on the big screen, of course, but we are so excited to bring it to Disney+,” said Angus MacLane, director. “We devoted years of our lives to this film and we are so proud of it. We want to share it with as many people as possible. Disney+ not only gives more fans an opportunity to see ‘Lightyear,’ it gives us all the means to see it again and again.”
Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear will hit Disney+ on Aug. 3, 2022.