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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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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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Temptation Comes for Woody Again in Toy Story 4

Man, Woody really has a hard time learning his lesson, doesn’t he? How many times is Woody going to be tempted into settling for a life beyond belonging to his chosen child? And how many times is he going to go back to that child?

At least once more, it seems. Here comes Toy Story 4!

I like the Toy Story films as much as the next person, but it’s OK to let a good thing come to an end at the appropriate time. What’s the driving story this time? That Woody has to be tempted by life in a carnival? Instead of in a museum or in a daycare? What the heck would Woody even do in a carnival?

Not to mention all the weird existential questions that arise from the introduction of Forky. The Toy Story universe doesn’t need any more existential questions!

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Some Only Leigh to Brighten Our Days

I’m going to level with you henchies: I’m on vacation, and man, is it easy to be lazy on vacation. I could be talking about the possible casting of Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad movie, or I could be grousing about the weird new origin for Doctor Doom in the new Fantastic Four movie, but I really don’t care. Those are pop culture concerns for another day! Me? I’m watching new Only Leigh cartoons!

Life is good. Don’t ever forget that.

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