The international “Lightyear” trailer forgoes an in-depth look at the film’s plot in favor of the action, jokes and antics of Buzz’s robotic Sox cat (voiced by longtime Pixar artist Peter Sohn who co-wrote and directed “The Good Dinosaur”). Personally, I think Sox is delicious and probably my favorite thing in the “Lightyear” images released so far, but I’m also biased when it comes to orange cats, robotic or not.
For those still fuzzy on the story, here’s the official synopsis for “Lightyear”:
“The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, ‘Lightyear’ follows the legendary Space Ranger after he is stranded on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years away. Earth alongside his commander and crew.As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he is joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, a towering presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.”
Fortunately, “Lightyear” continues to look and sound more like Pixar’s attempt to pay homage to various sci-fi classics of the 1970s and 80s (Buzz’s spaceship appears to have been modeled almost directly from the spaceship in “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”), and less as a hollow, corporate-mandated extension of the “Toy Story” movies. Director Angus MacLane, who is making his solo feature debut after co-directing ‘Finding Dory’, has assured that it is on several occasions, though we won’t know for sure until the movie arrives. film. Still, let’s hope Pixar ends up going two for two in 2022, between “Lightyear” and the wondrous “Turning Red.”
“Lightyear” hits theaters on June 17, 2022.