Director: Angus MacLane
Year Released: 2022
Courageous but foolhardy Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans) misjudges a take-off, damages his ship and leaves himself and his crew stranded on a hostile planet, goes through a series of test runs that for him take only minutes but ages everyone else by years (most of them pass away from old age), he once again gets hyperspace fuel and winds up back same exact base ... except this time it's being overrun by gigantic machines called Zergs. The childlike joy and wonder of the Toy Story movies has been replaced with humorless science fiction (Star Wars is a clear reference point): the original appeal of the central character was how his machismo was always thwarted by his ineptitude ... but here he's basically Han Solo, with Chewbacca swapped out for a robotic cat named Sox (Peter Sohn). For Pixar, it's yet another sub-standard disappointment - they aren't the same since John Lasseter left - because they keep forgetting their roots: there's a deeper message to go with the state-of-the-art animation. They should have just court-martialed Mr. "To Infinity ... and Beyond" and been done with it.