Did ‘No Tim Allen’ Really Hurt Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ at the Box Office?

The phrase “No Tim Allen” was trending Monday to conservatives on Twitter as they explained how they probably accounted for why “Lightyear” had a disappointing start at the box office this weekend.

He reiterated his allegations that the comedian’s conservative politics was responsible for his absence from the new film. Allen had voiced Buzz Lightyear in the previous four films, but was not asked to reprise the role in the latest entry in Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story” saga.

He also argued that the “Woke” animated feature suffered at the box office because it features a kiss between two gay characters. The film, with a budget of $200 million, only made $51 million last weekend.

Industry analysts, however, where variety There are more mundane, non-political reasons that “Lightyear” was struggling with. The film’s producer Galin Sussman and Berkeley-based director Angus MacLaine pushed back against claims that Disney had a nefarious intention to replace Allen with Chris Evans, an outspoken liberal star who plays Marvel at Marvel. Most famous for playing Captain America in films that have grossed over $1 billion. Whole world.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 13: Chris Evans is interviewed by young fans at the UK premiere of Disney Pixars “Lightyear” on June 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK)

In a report, Variety agreed that “Lightyear”‘s “weak” ticket sales were “misleading”, because Pixar has long been a box office “royalty” and because the film has received “decent” reviews.

Although the reviews are good, they were not “spirited”, Variety said, and the film had a confusing premise, said Variety writer Rebecca Rubin. The buzz in “Lightyear” isn’t a mirror image of the iconic toy figure from the four prior “Toy Story” movies. Instead he is presented as the cinematic inspiration for that toy.

As Sussman explained: “Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear the Toy, and he is the embodiment of Buzz Lightyear the Toy. We weren’t making a ‘Toy Story’ movie. We’re filming Buzz Lightyear’s movie, Lightyear. And so on.” First and foremost, we just needed a different person playing that lightyear, aside from the toy.”

“Try explaining it to a 6-year-old,” Rubin said. “Heck, try explaining that to an adult.”

“Lightyear” has only “a weak connection” to the films in the “Toy Story” franchise, Rubin wrote. Director MacLaine called the film a “side-quel”, implying that it may not rely too heavily on people’s nostalgia for the original “Toy Story” story.

Other challenges Disney has faced are that family audiences have been largely absent from movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic and only returned to movie theaters “in fits and starts,” Rubin said. Meanwhile, Disney spent the past two years putting Pixar movies like “Soul” and “Turning Red” directly on Disney+, which unwittingly made people expect to see the animation studio’s latest release at home.

Still, Rubin said the $51 million opening weekend is “far from disastrous”, and that “Lightyear” won’t face any serious competition among family audiences until Universal’s “Minions” sequel airs on July 1. Doesn’t come

Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations, told Rubin that “Lightyear” has a whole summer to “play outside.” “If a movie catches fire, people are going to see it,” he said.

One Allen colleague who wasn’t dazzled by Evans’ performance based on the trailer was actor Patricia Heaton, who tweeted last week that it “boosts” a beloved character.

“Watched the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a huge mistake in not casting my friend @ofctimallen,” the “Everybody Loves Raymond” star wrote. “Tim Allen in the role he originated, the role he has. Tim is Buzz! Why would he totally deny this iconic, beloved character?”

Some who commented on Variety’s story complained that it was “wake up” like a “lightyear” because it avoided the “truth” of why the film “flopped”. He criticized the article’s failure to address online complaints about Allen/Evans casting or gay kissing. “I think parents refused to send their kids because of LGBT content,” someone wrote.

Others have praised Disney for introducing variety with on-screen kisses between Buzz’s commander Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) and his wife, who are both Black. “It’s the tiniest smooch, and it almost wound up on the cutting room floor,” wrote Randy Myers, film correspondent for Bay Area News Group.

Whether it is true that the kiss was too much for some viewers, there is no evidence that Allen was punished by Disney for his politics, or that he is a victim of “cancellation culture”, according to snopes.com, In addition to the fact that Evans is playing a different iteration of the Buzz Lightyear character, Allen and Disney are working together on an upcoming TV series based on their “The Santa Claus” movies.

Evans also paid tribute to Allen when it was announced in December 2020 that he had been cast in the film, but that his character would be different from Allen, yahoo reported,

On Instagram, Evans wrote, “Since Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, and no one could ever touch his performance, I needed to know how this character was different and why this story was worth telling. I firmly believe I can say 2 things with: 1. I can’t stop smiling at full pitch. Ear to ear. 2. Everyone can relax. And get very excited.”

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