Uh-Oh! Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Film Fails To Make It To The Top Spot At The Box Office

Talk about a major disappointment. The most recent Pixar film, Lightyear, stumbled at the box office this past weekend. The spinoff story, set in the same universe as ‘Toy Story‘ debuted in over 4,200 theaters across the country but managed to bring in just $51 million.

And while $51 million would be a great opening for some films, it’s not fantastic for Pixar/Disney. The movie reportedly cost $200 million to make, not including marketing.

Experts believed the movie would take in at least $70 million, so the fact that it barely got $50 million is concerning. The movie received lackluster reviews from critics and fans of ‘Toy Story’ didn’t really seem all that excited about it. After all, the trailers didn’t do much to connect the two. They should have leaned more in to the Toy Story angle.

In any event, the movie was beat at the box office by Jurassic World, which brought in a $58 million total in its second weekend at the box office. It suffered a huge 60% decline from its opening weekend, but it was still enough to take the top spot, thanks to Lightyear’s disappointing start.

In third place? Top Gun: Maverick. It had a ridiculous $44 million this past weekend, just a 15% decline from the weekend before. It’s been playing inside theaters for nearly a month now, so these numbers are incredible. It’s made $885 million globally, so it’ll likely cross that billion dollar mark soon.

A huge achievement for everyone who worked on the movie.

Patricia Heaton Slams Pixar, Claims They Ruined The Legend Of Buzz Lightyear By Not Casting Tim Allen

Well, we haven’t heard from Patricia Heaton in a while. You’ll remember she starred in the hit series Everybody Loves Raymond for several years. She then went on to star in another hit series, The Middle, which came to an end in 2018.

For the most part, the TV star stays out of the headlines, but she’s all over them today, thanks to her criticism of Pixar.

She went on her Twitter account to talk about how Pixar ruined Buzz Lightyear’s legacy by not casting Tim Allen in the upcoming film, Lightyear.

Saw the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not casting my pal Tim Allen in the role that he originated. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?

The tweet got a lot of attention, obviously. Some people backed up her criticism, others made fun of her for being so passionate, and then some made it clear that no one should feel bad for Tim Allen, because he’s doing very well in life.

Another factor in this is that casting Allen in this ‘Lightyear’ flick wouldn’t have made a lot of sense, because it’s not about the toy. It’s about the man who inspired the toy. So it wouldn’t make sense for Allen to voice both the toy and the human man.

Galyn Susman, a producer on the movie, had this to say about the decision:

We weren’t making a ‘Toy Story’ movie. We’re making Buzz Lightyear’s movie. And so first and foremost, we just needed a different person playing that Lightyear, separate from the toy.

‘Lightyear’ is scheduled to hit theaters on June 17, 2022. The early reaction from critics seems to be a mixed-to-positive response. Certainly not the glowing reviews Pixar is used to.

Pixar’s Upcoming ‘Lightyear’ Film Will Be Banned In Saudi Arabia And Malaysia Over Same-Sex Kiss

If you didn’t know, the upcoming Pixar film ‘Lightyear’ will feature a same-sex kiss between two female characters. The controversial scene was originally cut by Disney, but then it was reinstated when Pixar animators spoke out in an open letter.

In the letter obtained by Variety, saying that Disney had demanded cuts, censoring ‘overtly gay affection’ and in protest against Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s handling of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

So the scene is back in, which means the movie is out from certain parts of the world. According to the reports, ‘Lightyear’ will not be playing in Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E, Kuwait, Malaysia or Indonesia.

In the West Asia region movies concerning or containing sex, homosexuality and religious issues are routinely cut to comply with censorship rules. In this case Disney was either unwilling or unable make edits requested by local censors. It has also been confirmed that the film will also not release in Malaysia, the Southeast Asian country that is becoming less aligned with western values.

And even though Disney won’t admit it, we’re sure they’re pissed at those Pixar animators for writing the open letter. Disney is global, and they want to be everywhere, so if they could have cut the same-sex kiss without anyone knowing, they would have done it with a smile on their face.

In any case, ‘Lightyear’ will hit theaters on June 17, 2022. Check out the trailer below…

Watch The Teaser Trailer For Buzz Lightyear Origin Story ‘Lightyear’ Starring Chris Evans

Pixar released Toy Story 4 back in 2019 to mostly positive reviews. The film made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and now the studio is hoping to cash in on that Toy Story love with a Buzz Lightyear origin story.

‘Lightyear’ was first announced at the 2020 Disney Investor Day, but obviously Pixar had been working on this project before then.

Chris Evans is voicing Buzz Lightyear in the flick, this after Tim Allen had voiced the character for all four movies in the franchise. But this Buzz Lightyear is a little different than Tim Allen’s. You see, this Buzz is not a toy, it’s the “real-life” human astronaut whose adventures inspired the toy line seen in Toy Story.

The sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear — the hero who inspired the toy — introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans.

Lightyear will fly into theaters on June 17, 2022. Next year promises to be a big one for Pixar. Not only will they be releasing this flick, but in March of 2022, they’ll be releasing an original story ‘Turning Red‘ starring Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang.

Check out the first teaser trailer for Lightyear below…

Watch The First Teaser Trailer For Pixar’s Upcoming Film ‘Turning Red’

When Pixar puts out a new trailer, we pay attention. The studio produces hit after hit, and they’re hoping ‘Turning Red‘ will add to their collection.

Pixar’s latest flick follows an ordinary 13-year-old girl…well, that’s not entirely true. She’s “ordinary” until she gets stressed out or experiences anxiety of any kind. Then she’s anything but ordinary.

Why? Because she turns into a gigantic talking red panda.

Adding to the problem is Mei’s (Rosalie Chiang) overprotective mother, Ming (voiced by Sandra Oh), who’s seen in the trailer sneaking to watch over her at school, causing an altercation with a security guard that leads to one of Mei’s panda-sized incidents.

This film was directed by Domee Shi, and it marks her feature film debut as a director. She had previously worked as a storyboard artist for Pixar before jumping into the spotlight with her Oscar-winning short, Bao.

Turning Red is set to hit theaters March 11, 2022. It appears (at least right now) that it’ll be exclusively in theaters, as opposed to the Disney+ hybrid releases we’ve seen this year due to COVID-19.

Check out the teaser trailer below…

The Reviews For Pixar’s Latest Film ‘Luca’ Are Mostly Positive

A Pixar film getting rave reviews from critics? Whaaat, no way!

Obviously we’re being sarcastic. Pixar films are typically praised by critics, and for good reason. The amount of work that goes into making a Pixar film is incredible. They spend years developing these things, with dozens of eyes examining, so that critics don’t have to.

Their latest film, Luca, was set to be released inside theaters this month, but due to the ongoing pandemic around the world, the studio decided to release it straight to Disney+

You can now watch the movie on the streaming service, as long as you already have a subscription.

The setup for Luca is that its title character is a young boy living off the Italian coast. It is there he shares adventures with a newfound best friend who has a dark secret: this friend is not actually fully human but a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface. 

The movie has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics.

Drew Taylor from The Playlist gave it a near perfect rating…

This movie will fill your heart up. Casarosa is an artist with a true perspective, fearless in his creative impulses and limitless in his compassion, and Luca is a pure expression of these sensibilities.

And Alonso Duralde from The Wrap also enjoyed the film…

Luca is sweet and affecting, capturing the bond that strangers can build over a summer, and how that friendship can endure. And like its shape-shifting protagonists, it’s got plenty going on beneath the surface.

But it wasn’t all great. In fact, Robert Daniels from RogerEbert.com claims it’s Pixar’s least “special” film yet…

While some material may hit with younger audiences, Luca makes for Pixar’s least enchanting, least special film yet.

Another critic, Roger Moore from Movie Nation, also slammed the movie…

Disney/Pixar’s animated “Luca” is “The Little Mermaid” without the heart, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” without the laughs. It’s a gorgeous-looking time-killer aimed at a very young and undemanding audience.

Who to believe? No idea. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself.

Watch The First Trailer For Pixar Original Film ‘Luca’

Yesterday, we shared the first poster for Pixar’s latest creation ‘Luca’ and today we’re happy to share the first trailer.

The teaser trailer was dropped early Thursday morning, and it looks lovely, as do most Pixar films.

The Italian coming-of-age story was directed by Enrico Casarosa, and stars the voices of Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer.

The movie follows Luca Paguro, a 13-year-old sea monster who wants to see what life is like above the sea, and his friend Alberto Scorfano, who loves the human world. Together, they take on human-looking forms and explore around an Italian town, trying to live a carefree life and enjoy the simple things that humans may take for granted, like bicycles and gelato.

As we mentioned yesterday, this story is a very personal one for Casarosa.

In fact, it’s semi-autobiographical.

I thought back to very important relationships in my life. ‘La Luna’ was all about growing up with my dad and my grandfather, and ‘Luca’ was about my best friend, Alberto. I was very shy and timid and sheltered by my family, and I met [Alberto], who was very free, his family wasn’t around a whole lot, and he was able to chase around and get into trouble.

The movie was scheduled to be released on June 18, but now they’re being more vague with the release date, saying, “Summer 2021” so it’s possible it gets pushed back a month or two.

Check out the trailer below…

Pixar Releases New Poster For Upcoming Film ‘Luca’

While most studios are solely focused on sequels/remakes, Pixar has been out here taking chances. After the release of Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 in 2018/2019, the studio has been focused on original material.

They released Onward and Soul in 2020, both original films. And their next feature, Luca, is also an original idea.

The original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

This film was directed by Enrico Casarosa, and he told reporters that this story is deeply personal for him, because he’s also a sea monster from another world.

No, really. It’s a personal story for him because it’s set in the Italian Riviera, where he grew up.

This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca.

Pixar just released the new poster you see below for the film. It’s currently scheduled to be released on June 18. It’s not clear if it’ll be released on Disney+ or theaters…or both.

Disney-Pixar’s ‘Onward’ Expected To Make At Least $45 Million During Opening Weekend

Disney-Pixar’s next film ‘Onward‘ might not have the same amount of hype that most Pixar films have, but it’s still expected to perform well during its opening weekend.

The story, which follows a pair of teenage elf brothers, is expected to bring in around $45 million during its opening weekend. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in less than a month on March 6, 2020.

The brothers in the movie are voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ali Wong and Lena Waithe will also have voice roles in the fantasy film.

Onward will be going up against Ben Affleck’s indie sports drama, The Way Back. Tracking suggests it’s projected to make around $10 million during the weekend.

It was scheduled to be released last October, but for some reason Warner Bros. pushed back the release date until March. Typically, that’s not a great sign, but the trailer looks decent, so I’m willing to give it a chance.

Watch The First Full Trailer For Upcoming Disney-Pixar Film ‘Onward’

A month or two ago we shared the teaser trailer for ‘Onward‘ and it was enough to get us excited. Now, Disney-Pixar has released the full trailer, and it shows a lot of promise.

‘Onward’ features an impressive voice cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The film is the first non-sequel release for Pixar in nearly three years, so it’s kind of a big deal.

The original story takes place in a suburban fantasy world and revolves around two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out in the world.

As with most Pixar films, it will probably make you laugh and cry. They have mastered the range of emotions one can feel during a movie.

Onward will hit theaters March 6, 2020. Check out the trailer below…