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Is ‘Lightyear’ Suffering from Tim Allen, Same-Sex Kiss Controversies?

'Toy Story' spinoff gets 'soft' opening as movie theaters roar back to life

The summer box office is performing as if a global pandemic never happened.

Witness (all figures U.S. box office via Box Office Mojo):

Yet Disney’s “Lightyear,” the high-profile spinoff from Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise, opened to a “soft” $5.2 million Thursday night. That’s the take from Scott Mendelson, a progressive film scribe at Forbes.com.

Lightyear | Official Trailer 2

For context, “Toy Story 4” generated a whopping $12 million in 2019 from its Thursday preview screenings.

Based on the opening figures, Pixar’s “Lightyear” could earn $52 million, according to Mendelson. It’s a far cry from earlier estimates, and a number he says would be lower than “most non-event Pixar ‘originals.'”

What happened? Let’s start with two self-inflicted controversies.

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First, Team Disney cut ties with “Toy Story” voice artist Tim Allen, who memorably played Buzz Lightyear in four installments. “Avengers” mainstay Chris Evans, a prominent progressive, got the call instead.

The move seemed odd given Allen’s connection to the saga and outstanding performances. Observers quickly noted Allen’s conservative bona fides may have hurt his chances at a new “Lightyear” production.

In Disney’s defense, the studio is re-teaming with Allen for an upcoming “Santa Clause” series.

The change still made little sense and generated ill will on social media, coming at a time when many Americans are furious with Disney’s progressive agenda.

Next, the film’s creative team not only made the movie’s one romantic relationship a same-sex union but included a lesbian Space Ranger named Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) kissing her long-time partner.

That gender-based buss, which comes early in the film, outraged some parents who prefer family-friendly content avoid culture war skirmishes. Talk of an audience boycott over the sequence greeted the film’s release. Outside the U.S. a dozen Muslim nations already banned “Lightyear” from showing in local theaters.

Evans didn’t take the diplomatic route over the kerfuffle, saying the film’s critics will “die off like dinosaurs.”

It’s hardly the first film to endure social media-fueled outrage, from the Left or Right. Typically these digital dustups don’t damage the box office totals. That’s especially true for bulletproof franchises like the MCU and, up until now, Pixar.

Did something change? 

Disney is having a horrible, no good year from a cultural perspective. Progressives raged against the company for not immediately protesting Florida’s falsely named “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. Conservatives, in turn, howled over news that Disney will be actively using its content for propaganda purposes.

Is this a rare case of Twitter actually being like real life?

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It’s very early “Lightyear’s” release cycle. Word of mouth may still ride to the rescue, although early reviews are far from glowing by Pixar standards. The film should have the kiddie market to itself, at least for now (both “Bad Guys” and “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” already in theaters, pose no economic threat at this point).

Should “Lightyear” underperform, though, Hollywood may realize stirring controversies can impact the bottom line. 

UPDATE: Two days ago, Variety predicted “Lightyear” would earn between $70-80 million on its opening weekend, far below what “Toy Story 4” earned in its debut frame ($120 million).

Now, Deadline.com says the film is tracking for a $55+ million haul.

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37 Comments

  1. Yes, that is exactly why it’s an extremely soft open. My kids won’t be seeing Lightyear, specifically because of the Hollywood woke agenda. And they’ve seen most of Pixar’s other movies. Disney’s loss, unnecessarily preventing plenty of kids from having what otherwise might have been a good night out. Take heed before virtue signaling unnecessarily Disney. It won’t end well for you.

      1. I can tell you where the world is heading with this agenda. It is heading into a society where everyone can be who they want to be, a society where they each accept and support one another, and everyone feels free to be themselves without everyone telling them they are wrong. This movie showed a world where this is normal, because it is normal and there is nothing wrong with being gay or lesbian. Unfortunately, people like you have made this world impossible because of your unwillingness to change, even if it’s for the better.

        1. Inclusion is fine sure. I worked for the company myself, but they’re so full.of themselves, they’re NOT here to uphold rights of specific groups. That is NOT Disney’s tradition either. They are infusing a political agenda there. They are hurting themselves to make things so blatant. It is NOT normal to many of society still. Hard truth. Like the bartender Larry King voiced in Shrek 2

        2. Ha ha ha ha ha oh my god if you think the world will actually be anything like that if we keep traveling down this path you’re nuts! Go visit San Francisco sometime and see where these policies lead, Charlie!

        3. The problem is it is NOT normal by any definition. Look at any scientifically honest study and the LGBQT community is no more than 3 % of the population and almost half of that is people who claim to be bisexual. Normal means you see it every day in real life. No matter how many letters you add it does not change the fact that it is not normal. Thus the large percentage of people who just don’t care to be force fed this behavior in EVERY TV show and movie, will be reacting with our business just going elsewhere.

        4. Why do I have to have a conversation with my child about a girl kissing another girl when we are going to a movie to enjoy ourselves. You can not force people to drink what you’re serving and expect it to go down easily.

    1. Here here my siblings don’t want to watch that movie, even they know what’s wrong and what’s right

    2. Can I ask you, in all Ernest, if it were a heterosexual kiss in the movie, would you have had this same level of outrage? Or is it just because it is a same sex kiss?

  2. Loved the Toy Story movies, took my daughter to the theater for Toy Story 4. We won’t be seeing Lightyear tho, he looks different, sounds funny, and the lesbian kiss is a no fly zone for this dad’s 6 yo kiddo.

  3. I hope this movie dies! It is unnecessary to have things like this, a woke agenda shown to kids. Walt Disney would so disappointed with his company. I hope Disney, crashes from its mistakes because the left completely brainwashed this company.

  4. Lost four tickets here. I don’t think sexuality has any place in a kid’s movie. Plain and simple. However this will be spun that it “lost” to Jurassic or that they didn’t market like a Pixar movie. The simple truth is that most Americans don’t want their kids shows to focus on sexuality.

  5. Since children rarely have money to burn on movie tickets, Mom and Dad (and Gramma and Grampa) are the ones paying for this.. HENCE(!) crash and burn. Parents and guardians are fed up with this sexual grooming going on from Disney and the insane leftists in general. Stop the crazy indoctrination of children, Groomers. America (and the world) has HAD it.

    Disney needs to re-learn the lessons of it’s founder.

  6. Tim Allen should be Buzz ! We will not pay for woke agenda. Disney/Pixar can do what they want , but so will we.

  7. Am I the only one actually looking forward to seeing this movie? Claims of grooming children and the “woke agenda” are complete nonsense! How is it that the intimate kiss in Tarzan and the non consensual kisses in sleeping beauty and Snow White are ok But one same sex peck is deemed sexual and inappropriate for children? This representation could help queer people young and old alike know that they are valid.

    1. But they are not valid.
      It is inappropriate for children to discuss sexuality. A “G ” rating means the film is acceptable for ALL audiences. Regardless of your political “agenda”, including the proposed normalization of deviant social behavior means it is NOT acceptable for everyone. First, it’s a mental disorder, and not their fault. Not everybody is buying that. Then, it’s genetic, and contributing to mental disorder. Again, not everyone is on board. Let’s see, how do we get others to support our deviant lifestyle and stop saying things that give us hurt feelings? I know, let’s finally admit that it is a personal lifestyle choice, and use social media to condemn anybody that disagrees. The only thing about this movie that reminds you of Toy Story, is the opening line that infers Andy actually liked this movie. Not in 1995. That would mean the movie was made before Toy Story. They didn’t just add a “same-sex” kiss. They also added the time travel twist. It all came together to make Buzz Lightyear weak, and the villain of his own story. Leaving the grand-daughter of an african american lesbian, to be the hero of the story. So, white guys are morally corrupt / minorities, criminals, foreigners should team up to show the white male leaders what they are doing wrong. / gays matter / women strong / minorities matter / men weak / Heroes need help from those they are to champion. / robot cats are funny. The point being: Buzz Lightyear should be the hero of his own movie. He is not.

    2. Well what about those who are not queers, we must think of the kids and one thing for sure that small peck can send a big message. I don’t wanna walk in my kid’s room and see rainbows and butterflies and some gay singer on her wall.

      So a good day to all of you smart parents.

    3. Same sex kisses are not OK. Gay is not OK. Many of us still consider homosexuality immoral. All your “pride” garbage and bullying won’t change that!

    4. Your right, I take big issue with any kissing in movies. You wouldn’t sit and gawk at a couple right in front of you kissing yet we watch it in movies. I have my kids cover their eyes. Or avoid the movie all together. Especially since most Disney and kids movies promote disobedience to parents with “the means justifies the end” results.

  8. Was going to go to this movie, but my wife told me about the kiss, so I decided against going and paying for this crap.

  9. Basically every movie has kissing scenes, and just because it involves two characters of the same gender doesn’t make it more sexual at all. Kids need to learn about this stuff because, like it or not, this is a part of our lives now and it’s not going away anytime soon. The LGBTQ+ society encourages people to accept people for who they are, and in more ways than just who they love, people also express themselves in personality and hobbies more than ever before. Also, keep in mind that there was also a time when people would react this same way to a movie showing a woman or a black character a certain way. Just because it’s new and different doesn’t mean it’s wrong, and I know many people in the LGBTQ+ society who are very smart and amazing, and there’s nothing wrong with them just because they have a new part of their identity. I love that Disney is finally taking this leap to include more diversity in sexuality, and it shows kids that they can be whoever they want to be and express themselves however they want. The new generations are so much more accepting and loving because of this, and the community on social media is so much more exciting because people have grown more confidence in who they are. I speak as a straight woman, but I am forever an ally to every member of the LGBTQ+ community who put themselves out there even when people like you feel this way about them. It’s a very brave thing to to and to open yourselves to, and you all would benefit from considering changing and seeing things from someone’s else’s point of view.

    1. Diversity in sexuality is not normal and is immoral. I’m tired of having deviancy shoved in my face 24/7! LGBT bullies have nothing to be proud of and contribute nothing positive to society! Brave? Brave is Christians standing up against the constant hate from the intolerant gay community

      1. There is nothing brave about hating people who just want to be loved and accepted for who they are. You are not getting constant hate from the LGBTQ+ community, you are only occasionally getting shamed because you are telling people that they are unnatural and mentally ill when they have done nothing wrong. I know you’ll never understand, but don’t teach your kids that this is wrong. The most toxic thing you are exposing them to is your own bad attitude towards innocent people

        1. And also, don’t assume that you can use the excuse of being Christian to defend yourself. I’m Christian to, and one of my friends, a lesbian, is one of the most loyal Christians I know, and her religion has nothing to do with her sexuality. Europeans in 1636 murdered and tortured innocent native Americans because they thought God told them to. Christians aren’t always right, and god has given you no reason to hate anyone who loves someone the same gender as them.

          1. If you are a true Christian then preach the gospel to those who you say you love. Acceptance is not love… you are condemning them not loving them.

            If salvation comes through Christ… and you tell someone that sin is ok and you will go to heaven and not confront them in love to change their ways then your not loving them.

            We are all sinners but we shouldn’t be proud of our sin. We should be ashamed and come to God for forgiveness.

            If you are a Christian then love your friend and bring her to Christ in love.

            A True Christian doesn’t Hate anyone… and not accepting homosexuality is not equal to Hate…. On the contrary… we are fighting for their soul and eternal salvation.

            I’m sorry but if you are a Christian you need to review your believe and come back to the Word…

            “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
            ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  10. 40+ tickets lost from this family.
    Don’t need my kids getting groomed by Disneys political woke agenda’s.
    No thank you.
    Will be cutting Disney+ And further Disney movies if they can’t get over their child grooming crave!!

  11. And also, don’t assume that you can use the excuse of being Christian to defend yourself. I’m Christian to, and one of my friends, a lesbian, is one of the most loyal Christians I know, and her religion has nothing to do with her sexuality. Europeans in 1636 murdered and tortured innocent native Americans because they thought God told them to. Christians aren’t always right, and god has given you no reason to hate anyone who loves someone the same gender as them.

  12. I’m a liberal but I do not agree with this LGBTQ rainbow Woke agenda trying to change my opinion of morality. The liberal mistake was to become “tolerant” of deviant behavior which emboldened that group to try and bully the rest of us into agreeing that their lifestyle is ok! That’s where I draw the line because I will never say it’s ok. So now the irony is I’m the one “in the closet” with my opinion because if I voice opposition to this deviant lifestyle publicly or even at work my life would probably be ruined!

  13. In Snow White, Snow White was 14 and was kissed by a 31 year old prince while she was unconscious. Now try telling me some side romance of a lesbian couple is supposedly sexualizing children more than that. In addition, Stephanie Beatriz, the voice actor for Mirabel in Encanto is bisexual, and Mirabel wears a bisexual flag on her dress the entire movie. Yes, things are changing, but we need to embrace them and make the world a better place.

  14. Not falling for it Disney. Just lost 4 ticket sales. Stay in your lane and go back to your roots not what you think is on “trend” I don’t need you brainwashing my kids.

  15. What’s truly hilarious is that if Andy saw this movie in 1995 as stated in the opening text, a same sex kiss would never have been okay to include in a big budget, mainstream studio film. Ellen DeGeneres hadn’t even come out yet. Maybe tests why it was cut in the first place and should’ve stayed cut.

  16. I am heterosexual, married and with kids. The reasoning that kids exposed to a same sex kiss is going to turn him or her gay is a stupid and blatantly hypocritical way to excuse personal hate and ignorance towards other individuals. Bugs bunny in drag kissing his hunter on the lips on multiple episodes, not a peep. Sponge Bob in drag on multiple episodes kissing Mr crab….not a peep. Pepe Lepew ( a sexual pervert by the way ) chasing, harassing and pushing himself to kiss a stray cat…not a peep. Hundreds of TV shows, cartoons and movies that millions of children watch every day have not been an issue with drag or kissing until now, simply because it has been politized .
    Disney is on the right track and time will show it, I have no doubt .

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