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PIXAR’s “Lightyear” gets its Disney+ streaming debut TODAY!

The wait is over! PIXAR’s Lightyear has finally debuted on the Disney+ streaming platform, so if you didn’t make it to the theater to catch PIXAR’s 26th animated feature film.

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As promised, PIXAR released Lightyear today on the Disney+ streaming platform. The new addition to the line-up on Disney+ was announced only a few weeks ago–and just in time, as fans began asking when PIXAR’s newest film would be available for streaming at home.

Lightyear is the “definitive origin story” of Buzz Lightyear from PIXAR’s Toy Story film franchise. Well, sort of. It’s actually the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the Space Ranger who inspired the line of Buzz Lightyear action figures like the Buzz we meet in Toy Story.

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The new PIXAR flick was the source of controversy long before it ever debuted at the box office as Disney announced that the film would be the first to feature a same-sex kiss in the storyline. Some called for a boycott of the film while others welcomed the additional story element. Lightyear originally debuted in theaters on June 17 and was the first PIXAR film to do so since Onward hit theaters in March 2020.

But the theatrical release didn’t happen in some countries where the film had been banned because of the same-sex kiss. PIXAR made it very clear that no controversial elements would be modified in the film, regardless of other countries’ requests for the animated film powerhouse to do so.

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And while many PIXAR fans couldn’t wait to see the film, it opened to some rather rough–and sometimes scathing–critical reviews.

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But we won’t dish any spoilers here. If you haven’t had the chance to see the fifth installment of the Toy Story film franchise yet, take the next chance you get to sit back, relax, and stream Lightyear in the comfort of your own home. It’s available right now!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!