Toy Story fans are wondering if the voice actor for beloved Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen, has been removed from the character’s upcoming film because of his outspoken political beliefs.
Allen, 68, played Buzz Lightyear’s voice in all the original Toy Story movies with Tom Hanks as Woody.
But he has been replaced in the upcoming ‘Lightyear’ movie by Captain America actor Chris Evans after expressing the character for almost 30 years.
The movement has divided fans of the very popular animated character, some of whom claimed what they perceived as a politically motivated removal of Allen, while others welcomed Chris Evans and mocked Allen’s conservative stance.
Allen, a staunch Republican, backed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and has been quoted as saying he ‘likes Donald Trump making people angry’.
Others, meanwhile, have argued that the change of actor was simply a necessity because the upcoming ‘Lightyear’ film will focus on the ‘real’ character, not the toy.
Disney Pixar has not yet returned DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Toy Story fans are wondering if the voice actor for beloved Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen, (left) has been removed from the character’s upcoming original film and replaced by Chris Evans (right) due to his outspoken political beliefs
Coming soon: ‘Lightyear’ is set to be released on June 17, 2022 as an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, which has been voiced by Tim Allen for nearly 30 years. Lightyear will be featured in the upcoming film by Chris Evans (image: image of Buzz Lightyear from the ‘Lightyear’ teaser trailer)
Allen was the voice of Buzz Lightyear (right) in all the original Toy Story movies alongside Tom Hanks in the role of Woody (left). He expressed the character as late as 2019 in Toy Story 4 (photo: photo from Toy Story, 1995)
Actor and comedian Tim Allen voiced Buzz Lightyear in the 1995 Pixar film Toy Story, which grossed $ 373 million at the box office and has since become one of the most beloved animated films ever.
Allen repeated the role in several sequels and animated shorts and voiced the animated astro toy as late as 2019 in Toy Story 4.
It therefore came as a surprise to Toy Story fans that Allen had been dropped from the role for the upcoming Buzz Lightyear movie and replaced by Captain American actor Chris Evans.
Some welcomed the change, while others criticized Pixar for what they thought was a superficial, politically motivated silence on an instantly recognizable voice.
Some fans have theorized that the film will portray the Buzz Lightyear man, from whom Andy – the ‘real’ character in the Toy Story universe, buys an action character – the same Buzz Lightyear that Tim Allen has voiced (image: image from ‘Lightyear’ teaser trailer
Some fans welcomed Chris Evans’ arrival and rebuked Allen for his political views
Conversely, author Brigitte Gabriel (right) tweeted: ‘Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican? ‘, While other fans lamented the loss of Allen
‘So glad Tim Allen is not pronouncing Buzz Lightyear. His political beliefs will have a negative impact on children who watch the film, and he certainly sounds as if he is 90 years old. Sorry not sorry. Chris Evans fits perfectly, ‘tweeted one user.
Good morning to all who are happy to have Chris Evans to pronounce Buzz Lightyear instead of Trumper Tim Allen, wrote another.
Conversely, author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: ‘Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican? ‘
Allen is an outspoken Republican and a supporter of former President Donald Trump.
However, the outrage from both sides can simply miss the point.
Other users came in to explain that the change in actors was simply due to the fact that the upcoming ‘Lightyear’ movie was an origin story about the ‘real life’ Buzz Lightyear.
They had a theory that the film would portray Buzz Lightyear, the man from whom Andy – the ‘real’ character in the Toy Story universe, buys an action figure – the same Buzz Lightyear with the voice of Tim Allen.
Other users came in to explain that the change in actors was simply due to the fact that the upcoming ‘Lightyear’ movie was an origin story about ‘real life’ Buzz Lightyear, which would explain the change in actors
Little has been revealed about the ‘Lightyear’ movie, and the decision to choose Evans as the eponymous hero is one of the only casting announcements so far.
The film represents the 26th animated film by Pixar and is directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman.
Evans issued a statement on the project, calling it a ‘dream come true’ to vote for Buzz Lightyear.
The phrase ” a dream come true ” is thrown around a lot, but I’ve never meant it again in my life. Anyone who knows me knows that my love of animated films runs deep, “he said.
‘I can not believe I’m going to be part of the Pixar family and work with these really ingenious artists who tell stories unlike anyone else. Seeing them work is nothing short of magic. I pinch myself every day, ‘Evans said via Just Jared.
Lightyear will be released in theaters on June 17, 2022.
Representatives of Tim Allen have not yet responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
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