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I’m Now Less Interested in the Lightyear Movie

The first teaser trailer for Lightyear really struck a chord with me thanks to its sweet rendition of David Bowie’s “Starman”. We didn’t know too much about the story, and I am totally open to a movie about Buzz Lightyear the fictional character. That’s fine by mean and not too hard to understand.

But now we’ve got a new story trailer, and I’m liking the movie less and less with each subsequent trailer. There’s no “Starman” at all in this one.

I guess I don’t know what I’m expecting from this movie, but a typical adventure where our hero teams up with a squad of rando losers in order to save the day wasn’t one of them. That seems less a story about something and more just story filler. Also, and perhaps I’ll take flak about this from the millions of people who read this blog, but I already hat that robotic cat.

I’ve really taken a hard stance in recent years against animated animal sidekicks. Movies don’t need that crutch!

Anyway, Lightyear comes to theaters on June 17.

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Lightyear: I Love the Song, I Hate the Cat

A new, full trailer has come out for Lightyear, the Buzz Lightyear origin movie starring Chris Evans. I liked the teaser trailer better, and I definitely still love the haunting use of David Bowie’s “Starman”. But now I really, really hate the robotic cat.

This has become a real pet peeve of mine in animated movies: useless animal sidekicks. It’s definitely going to spawn a List of Six in a couple of weeks. Sometimes you get an animal sidekick like Mushu, who actually participates in the story. Other times you get the chicken from Moana. That stupid chicken. And now we’ve got this robo-cat. We don’t yet know his role in the story of Lightyear, but my Spidey Sense is tingling that this is not good.

We’ll find out on June 17 when Lightyear comes to…theaters? It’s a Pixar movie, so Disney might just dump it on Disney+ again. We shall see!

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Turning Red Looks Really Good

I am loving the animation on Turning Red, the next film from Pixar. The characters in this movie, especially their faces, just look really neat! I haven’t been a big fan of the most recent Pixar movies, but I will always turn out and hope for the best.

The Hulk but with a little girl and a red panda? Yeah, sure, could be a lot of fun. Turning Red arrives in theaters in March!

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This Lightyear Movie Looks Crazy Good

So Disney and Pixar are making a new movie about Buzz Lightyear as if it was the real ‘person’ and not the toy from Toy Story. The idea is wild, but I’m open to whatever. And this teaser trailer strikes a really great note.

Or I might just be rocking on some great David Bowie.

Will the tone of the movie be more like this song cover or will it be a wacky, space hero adventure? Probably more of the later. But in terms of a really good, really evocative trailer, I really love this one. It’s striking, it’s a little haunting. And that’s a really interesting take on this whole idea. So cool beans!

Lightyear is coming next summer.

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Pixar is Gonna Do Another One With Turning Red

Pixar has been hot and cold for me over the past few years. I didn’t care for Soul. I loved Luca. Suffice to say, they are in a different mode these days than their all-time classics. So let’s see how they do next year with Turning Red.

Looks fine to me! A young girl dealing with anxiety turns into a giant red panda, Incredible Hulk style. Sounds like a solid metaphor for puberty and whatnot.

Turning Red is scheduled to arrive in theaters in March 2022.

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