Lightyear director Angus MacLane reveals the creative choice behind the film’s big twist and reveals about the film’s villain, Zurg.
Warning: major spoilers for Light-year Below!
the director of Light-year reveals the decision behind Zurg’s twist in the film. Since its introduction in Toys Story in 1995, Buzz Lightyear’s backstory was that he was a space ranger who was sworn to protect the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg. Following the 1999 film Toy Story 2the audience gets to see Zurg for the first time, and it is revealed that Zurg is actually Buzz’s father, in a beautiful homage to the twist ending of The Empire Strikes Back.
When it was announced that Pixar was making Light-yearthe in-universe movie that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy line, it was a question of how the movie would incorporate Zurg being Buzz’s father in the movie, or if they would and would just consider the Toy Story 2 moment as a joke. Inside Light-year, the evil Emperor Zurg is actually revealed to be a future version of Buzz (voiced by James Brolin), who has traveled back in time to change his future. In a clever joke for the previous film, when Buzz sees the older version of himself, he first assumes he’s his father.
The decision to change Zurg’s story was revealed by Light-year director Angus MacLane in an interview with IGN. The filmmakers tried to work with the parent element, but realized that it distracted from the story, as audience members would just be waiting for their father’s revelation. Ultimately, the choice came down to a thematic one, like making Zurg an older Buzz, linked to the fact that Buzz is his own worst enemy, both emotionally and now with a physical manifestation in the form of his older self. MacLane said:
“We explore the father angle. But then all the time you’re like, ‘It’s his father. It’s his father. Go ahead. It’s his father.’ And then you would have to really establish that his father was important in some way. But what we really discovered, what we were really looking for was the idea that Buzz’s greatest enemy is himself, literally and figuratively, passion to come back in the day. time and right the wrong that is really the most self-destructive and destructive in the world because it’s your arrogance.”
While Zurg appears to have been defeated at the end of the film, Light-years The post-credits scene reveals Zurg floating in space with his eyes attached, implying that the villain will return to threaten Buzz another day. While the hope might have been that the filmmakers could make a sequel to Light-yearthe possibility seems much less clear as the film appears to underperform at the box office. Light-year is competing with Jurassic World: Dominion to number one at the weekend box office and will fall far short of the opening weekend of the last two Toys Story films.
Canon has become an important aspect among creators and fans, most recently highlighted in public reactions to some of the recent Star Wars series on Disney+, with many accusers Obi-Wan Kenobi canon-breaking writers. Lucasfilm and Marvel prided themselves on their strict canon rules, but this is the second time a Pixar film has had to break canon to tell its story. monster’s University sees Mike and Sully meet at the college where Monsters Inc. features a line referencing how they met in kindergarten. both in the case of monster’s University and Light-yearthe filmmakers decide to go along with the decision to tell their story better rather than being chained to canon restrictions by what in many cases are single lines or jokes.
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