Why Disney Dumped Tim Allen In ‘Lightyear’: He’s ‘Dumber’ Not ‘Neutered’

‘Lightyear’ producers explain why they refused to cast Tim Allen for Disney’s hit new movie – amid rumors he was snubbed due to his conservative political beliefs.

Allen, 69, voiced the famous Buzz Lightyear action figure in all four “Toy Story” films. Fans are therefore surprised that the actor is not involved in the new spin-off film, which is slated for release on Friday. Instead, Chris Evans was cast to provide the voice of the famous fictional ranger in the film.

Actress Patricia Heaton, who is also an outspoken conservative working in liberal Hollywood, slammed Disney on Tuesday for not including Allen in the new project, write on twitter: “I saw the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a BIG mistake by not casting my homie Tim Allen in the role he did created, the role he owns. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?”

But those involved in the “Lightyear” movie are now reacting, saying the decision to exclude Allen was due to creative choices and in no way related to his politics.

“Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear the toy,” “Lightyear” producer Galyn Susman said, according to Yahoo. “We weren’t making a ‘Toy Story’ movie. We’re doing the Buzz Lightyear movie.

Allen, 69, voiced the famous Buzz Lightyear action figure in all four “Toy Story” films. He is pictured in 2018.
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Chris Evans poses with a Buzz Lightyear character at the UK Premiere of Lightyear at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2022 in London, England.
Chris Evans is pictured last week. The actor voices the “real” Buzz in “Lightyear” – an origin story about the “real” space guard the “Toy Story” figure is based on.
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Indeed, “Lightyear” is an origin story that revolves around the “real” space ranger, whose daring adventures inspired the action figure, which was voiced by Allen and owned by a child named Andy in the original “Toy Story” movies.

“Lightyear” director Angus MacLane further explained in an interview with Vanity Fair, “Tim’s version of Buzz is a little goofier and a little dumber, and so he’s the comic relief.”

He added, “In this movie, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious, ambitious, and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undermine the drama. Chris Evans has the earnestness and that movie star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from the toy version of Tim in “Toy Story.”

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The Buzz Lightyear in “Lightyear” looks – and sounds – slightly different than the one seen in “Toy Story”.
“Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear the toy,” said “Lightyear” producer Galyn Susman. “We weren’t making a ‘Toy Story’ movie. We’re doing the Buzz Lightyear movie.
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However, Heaton seems unconvinced, taking to Twitter to write a monitoring postin which she said: “OK, so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character has become so beloved is because of what [Tim Allen] established. Why delete the only element that makes us want to see it?

Some of Heaton’s fans responded, saying Allen was snubbed because of his conservative views.

“Disney makes ALL decisions with the political implications in mind,” a skeptical commenter wrote. “Tim Allen is conservative and therefore no longer suitable for hire in a Disney production. Stop with the ‘it’s not the toy’ or other twist. You know and I know why Allen didn’t voice Buzz.

Heaton - who is an outspoken conservative like Allen - made her feelings known on Twitter.
Heaton, who is an outspoken conservative like Allen, made her feelings known on Twitter.
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As for Allen, he has yet to weigh in on the situation. The Post has reached out to the actor for comment.

Last year, Allen’s sitcom “Last Man Standing” was canceled by Disney-owned ABC, which outraged fans attributed to the family comedy promoting conservative values. However, the network denied that the decision was based on politics.

The actor hasn’t been snubbed by Disney, with the star recently signing a deal with the company to star in and produce a Disney+ series based on his hit 1990s film “The Santa Clause.”

Writer Wajahat Ali accused Heaton of enacting “perpetual victimhood” with his tweets.

“Tim Allen is a multi-millionaire with a Disney+ project in the works,” he wrote. “Life is very good for him. Everything will be alright.

Allen has yet to weigh in on the situation with any public comment.  The Post has reached out to the actor for comment.
Allen has yet to weigh in on the situation. The Post has reached out to the actor for comment.
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Meanwhile, Evans has defended the new ‘Lightyear’ film after it was criticized by some pundits for featuring a gay kiss.

In the film, a female character named Hawthorne kisses his wife in a brief scene that depicts important milestones in the character’s life.

The film was subsequently banned in 14 countries, according to the Independent.

“The real truth is that these people are idiots,” Evans, 41, said in an interview with Reuters published on Tuesday. “There will always be people who are scared and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But these people are dying like dinosaurs. I think the goal is to ignore them, to move on and embrace the growth that makes us human.


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