The Trickiest Part of Buzz Lightyear's Transformation Into a Sci-Fi Hero

The Trickiest Part of Buzz Lightyear’s Transformation Into a Sci-Fi Hero

Now it’s clear that the Pixar movie Buzz Lightning is not a sequel to Toy Story nor a movie about the real human Buzz Lightyear; it’s a fictional movie which would be released in the Toy Story universe, featuring a sci-fi space hero named Buzz Buzz Lightyear, who would later inspire the toy Andy cherished.

This means that all of Buzz’s little quirks in the Toy Story movies — his mission diaries, his costume, and his serious demeanor — would theoretically come from this film. While it was fun to see what Buzz’s hair looked like under his purple scarf, the directors struggled to incorporate one of Buzz’s most iconic elements: his catchphrase ” To infinity… and beyond ! “.

At first, “To Infinity and Beyond” was a joke, like… you can’t go beyond infinity and you got into this kind of thing, which Key and Peele then took over for Toy Story 4. Director Angus MacLane told to polygon “It was a saying that all space rangers had and Buzz was not a Space Ranger at that time. “So then it was just like a saying that all Space Rangers had and Buzz wasn’t a Space Ranger back then or something. [He was like] These guys are stupid. And then he kisses her saying at the end. It doesn’t look good.

“And then we just had this gesture,” MacLane says, while demonstrating the finger touch that Buzz and her best friend Alicia do as a sort of secret handshake. “It wasn’t ‘to infinity and beyond’, it was just what Alicia and Buzz did to show they were together. And then they separated. It was a sad moment. And then one of our editors, Chloé, told us, just make them say “To infinity and beyond”. And I was like, Yeah, okay, great. It’s perfect.

“What’s interesting is that it ended up having two different meanings over the course of the film,” the producer explains. Galyn Susman. “Because in the beginning it’s more about the next adventure, the next and the next, and in the end it’s a lot more about being together and being here in the present. »

Buzz’s catchphrase thus became a touching tribute to his closest friendship, rather than a rallying cry to explore the vast expanse of space. And because Alicia is going to live a lifetime, as Buzz goes on her futile missions over and over again, it also takes on a more poignant meaning. Does that make it an odd choice to become a toy’s catchphrase? Maybe. But on a more meta level, the Toy Story movies have an underlying message about the limited time we have with our loved ones, so perhaps the bittersweet overtones of “To infinity…and beyond!” » fit perfectly into the main general themes.

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