‘Lightyear’ Director Blames Internet Trolls For Poor Film Reviews

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Even before it came to theaters on June 17, Disney and Pixar’s newest film Lightyear generated a ton of controversy. For one thing, fans were not thrilled that Disney decided to cast Marvel star Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, instead of using Tim Allen, who voiced the original character throughout theĀ Toy StoryĀ franchise. Second, a lot of viewers took issue with the fact that there was not only a lesbian couple, but that they share a brief kiss. That scene alone caused the film to be banned in a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia.

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Not long afterĀ Lightyear was released, it was bombed with a number of negative reviews. However, director Angus MacLane is defending the new Pixar film and clarifying what he thinks caused the massive amount of negative reviews — internet trolls. Twitter user @sherelleigh said that they lovedĀ Lightyear and could not understand why it had such low ratings, and MacLane responded:

Short answer: much like the second chapter of THE HOBBIT, it mainly has to do with trolls

A lot of times people may look at reviews before deciding to see a movie, but MacLane provided a great reason as to why everyone should seeĀ Lightyear and not look at reviews. According to MacLane, a majority of the negative reviews came from people who didn’t actually see the movie. MacLane tweeted:

Just had a look at the numbers. The ratings for LIGHTYEAR are *significantly* higher from people who have seen the film, than from people who have not

WhileĀ Lightyear may be struggling with reviews from people who haven’t watched it, there are plenty of people who have seen it and love it and are letting MacLane know. This includes Suan C. (@ScottishSuzee), who has gone to the theaters to see the movie a whopping 23 times since it was released!

ā€œScottishsuzee mission log stardate 030722 I have had 16 days filled with popcorn, ice blasts, smiles & happiness and I have managed to complete my missionā€¦@PixarsLightyear screening number 23 completedā€ Thank you @AngusMacLane @Pixar @ChrisEvans @cineworld #Lightyear #sox

Before the film’s release, Disney clarified that the film was based on the real-life Space Ranger who inspired the toy Buzz Lightyear, which is why the Chris Evans casting choice was made. Disney also decided to put the same-sex kiss back into the film after originally leaving it on the cutting room floor. That decision was made not long after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the controversial Parental Rights In Education bill into law.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!