Lightyear’s Disney+ Performance Proves Pixar Movie Wasn’t Wanted
At one point it was expected to be a major hit for Disney and Pixar, Light year turned out to be anything but. A commercial failure that did only marginally better critically, the film is considered one of its company’s biggest flops in years. There were many explanations for this, but probably no one saw his most recent failure coming.
Light year has once again disappointed on Disney+, with its streaming numbers failing to impress. While this may be a bane for Disney, it only confirms how many people have already felt the film. Now in various guises and modes, the “real” story behind Buzz Lightyear is officially one that audiences didn’t care about.
Lightyear flopped at the box office and via streaming
When Light year was first revealed with its trailer, the film certainly had potential. The idea of featuring the origins of “real life” Buzz Lightyear was interesting, but that premise unfortunately wasn’t fulfilled in the final product. The movie was a dark and serious affair, but it cut that down with unnecessary kid-friendly comedic sidekicks and other elements that felt totally out of place.
In the midst of these choices, Light year ended up receiving a less than astronomical box office entry. Some thought the film would perform better on Disney+, which was a fate given to the much more popular film. Encanto. Sadly, that wasn’t the case, with Buzz lacking the Madrigal family buzz. It is an ignominious end to what has become of the toy story candor, but that’s not unexpected.
The public never wanted Lightyear
The lack of hype for Light yearThe release of Disney+ speaks volumes, confirming that the weak box office receipts were not only due to the apprehension of moviegoers. If families were waiting to stream the movie on Disney+ like many have since thought Encanto, the streaming numbers would surely reflect that. After all, Light yearremote as it is, is a spinoff of the legendary toy story series. Those who had grown up watching those films now had children of their own, allowing the film to tap into the series’ nostalgia in a way that even Toy Story 3 and toy story 4 doesn’t. Encantoon the other hand, was a completely original affair, devoid of all these marketing assets.
At the same time, no one wanted a Buzz Lightyear movie, or at least not the one that audiences got. The film was incredibly lukewarm, being neither the realistic space movie it thought it was nor a tie to toy story. If anything, it made the film a lazy money grab instead of a heartfelt addition to Pixar’s original franchise. If a younger version of Andy had been seen watching the movie at some point, or even his older one watching the movie with his own children, that would have given fans more reason to watch the movie.
The film’s lackluster reception hasn’t been helped by Pixar’s somewhat tarnished reputation, especially given the studio’s recent run of sequels once more. Many are more critical of Disney, whether it’s the company’s animated fare or recent live-action entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With very few Disney deals over the past two years that have caused a stir without any controversy, the result has been death by 1000 paper cuts for Light year. The deepest cut of all, however, was that audiences didn’t care for the film’s mere existence, and they made that clear by ignoring it in any form.