Veteran actor Tim Allen, known for playing Buzz Lightyear, Santa Claus, Tim the Tool Man, Mike Baxter and more, recently visited Disneyland with his family. He showed off pictures via his twitter account of him at Pixar Pier wearing a Detroit Lions hat like a true Michigander.
Tim Allen has a very long history with the Walt Disney Company. Starting back on ABC with the popular Home Improvement television show. Tim played Tim the Toolman, a host of a hardware show while also balancing life as a husband and father of three. The show lasted from 1991 – 1999 and is considered one of the best 90s family sitcoms.
He continued to work with the company with 1994’s The Santa Clause and in 1995 made his debut into animation with Pixar’s Toy Story as the iconic Buzz Lightyear. Tim would continue to reprise his roles as both Santa and Buzz in various sequels and spin-offs. Other films at the company include 2006’s Zoom, a superhero comedy and 2007’s Wild Hogs, a comedy about middle aged men on motorcycles going cross country.
His visit to Disney is a pleasant surprise despite some of the recent tension between him and the company. Tim Allen’s hit sitcom Last Man Standing first aired on ABC from 2011 – 2017 but was cancelled, allegedly due to him being an outspoken conservative. However FOX later picked up the show until its end in 2021. There is also the situation where he was effectively ousted from his role as Buzz Lightyear in the upcoming Lightyear film by Pixar with Chris Evans taking over the role. Fans however were upset that the role was recast, showing that he still has a loyal fanbase all these years later.
He was part of the Toy Story Land opening at Walt Disney World in 2018.
Hopefully his visit shows that there are no hard feelings between him and Disney. Perhaps he might work for them again, either another Toy Story related project or maybe even The Santa Clause 4.
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