The pitch for Lightyear was one confusing one. Essentially, beyond serving as an origin story for the fictional test pilot/astronaut that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy, the new film is presented as a film within a film that the characters in Toy Story would watch. This had previously been done with the 2000 direct-to-video animated film Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins along with its spin-off television series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000–2001). It's for this reason that Tim Allen, who voiced the character in every iteration thus far, did not return to voice him this time. Voiced by Chris Evans, this is the breathing human being that would inspire the toy. In irony, the new trailer reveals that the film utilizes a time travel storyline, but luckily does not at all seem that confusing.
Seemingly inspired by the original Planet of the Apes concept (without the twist, we know it's a future Earth), Buzz finds himself testing a new hyperdrive system that accidently launches him 62 years into the future where, presumably, the inspiration behind Buzz's toy nemesis Zerg has conquered Earth and left it a wasteland. Obviously, Lightyear can't stand for this. Check out the trailer below:
Lightyear features the additional voices of Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi, Peter Sohn, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. It is directed by Angus MacLane (who co-wrote the script with James Headley). MacLane previously co-directed the 2016 Pixar film Finding Dory along with several short films for the company (namely BURN-E, Toy Story Toons: Small Fry, and the television special Toy Story of Terror!). However, Lightyear will serve as his official solo, feature-length directorial debut. It set to be released in theaters on June 17th.