‘Lightyear’ Director Says The Disney-Pixar Film Was Going To Be A Lot Darker


The upcoming Lightyear film seem to be taking the child friendly character from the Toy Story series and putting him in a more serious environment; Something that feels rather, pardon the phrasing, “alien” to the franchise. 

In the most recent trailer for the film we see that Buzz was sent over 60 years into the future with almost everyone he knew now gone. He needs to team up with a band of rookies to help save the galaxy from Emperor Zurg. This gave a more dark impression than what earlier advertisements showed off.

However, in a recent interview with IGN the film’s director/screenwriter, Angus MacLane, spoke about how the film was going to be even darker than what we just recently saw.

MacLane said that they were a bit overboard in early versions of the script in trying to make things more emotional:

Tone is really interesting because there’s a lot of heavy moments in the film. And there were heavier versions, in the sense of how much tragedy befell our character. The profound nature of his journey in the first act can be really emotionally devastating.

Producer Galyn Susman also had this to say about how the direction was changed:

“It was a little sad for several versions. It was just too much loss. And loss is an important part but ultimately, the message of engaging with what you have in the present is not a sad message.”

It appears that this was a more somber film before being tweaked. Pixar films are usually known for their emotional moments, sometimes even making audience members cry. Sometimes tears of sadness or tears of joy, depending on the situation. So toning it back means they were definitely going a bit far in that direction.

What do you want to see from the new Lightyear film? Are you excited? Or do you think it’s too different from the older version of the character?

Source: IGN

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