Patricia Heaton Slams Disney For Not Casting Tim Allen In ‘Lightyear’ Spinoff: ‘Pixar Made A Huge Mistake’

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Patricia Heaton has spoken out against Disney and defended her longtime friend Tim Allen after seeing the new trailer for the upcoming ‘Toy Story’ spin-off based on the Buzz Lightyear character, aptly titled ‘Lightyear’ .

The ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star took to Twitter to denounce the new movie, saying, “I’ve seen the Buzz Lightyear trailer and all I can say is Disney/ Pixar made a BIG mistake not casting my buddy @ofctimallen.”

She added, “Tim Allen in the role he created, the role he owns. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?”

Allen, 69, has voiced the character of the astronaut doll since 1995 and reprized the role for “Toy Story 2”, “Toy Story 3” and “Toy Story 4” in addition to a host of other projects. Chris Evans stars as the new Buzz Lightyear in the upcoming film.

Patricia Heaton slammed Disney for not casting Tim Allen in the new movie
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Patricia Heaton has slammed Disney for not casting Tim Allen in the new ‘Lightyear’ movie. The ‘Everyone Loves Raymond’ actress was pictured in 2019.
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She then attempted to clarify in another tweet that Allen is “the reason” so many people fell in love with animated tales in the first place.

“Okay so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character has become so beloved is because of what @ofctimeallen created,” she tweeted.

“Why remove the only element that makes us want to see it? Heaton added the hashtag: #stupidHollywooddecisions.”

Patricia Heaton has defended her friend, who long played adventurous astronaut Buzz Lightyear in the animated classic tales of

Patricia Heaton has defended her friend, who has long played adventurous astronaut Buzz Lightyear in the animated classic tales of “Toy Story”.
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Director Angus MacLane explained the character’s differences with Vanity Fair earlier this month and noted that Tim’s version of Buzz from the 90s was “a little goofier” than the new adaptation.

“In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious, ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undermine the drama.”

He added: “Chris Evans has the earnestness and that movie star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from the toy version of Tim in ‘Toy Story’.”

“Toy Story 3” was one of the most anticipated sequels of 2010. The computer-animated film, which also stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Keaton, grossed $1 billion in the world at the box office.

“Toy Story 4” also grossed over $1 billion at the box office in 2019 with a budget of $200 million.

"Toy Story 3" was one of the most anticipated sequels of 2010. The computer-animated film, which also stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Keaton, grossed $1 billion worldwide at the box office .

“Toy Story 3” was one of the most anticipated sequels of 2010. The computer-animated film, which also stars the voices of Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Keaton, grossed $1 billion in the world at the box office.
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The controversy surrounding the film began months ago when a gay kiss was allegedly removed from the film and then added back following the backlash of Disney’s lack of response to Florida. “Don’t Say Gay” Bill.

The bill (titled “Parental Rights in Education” or Florida House Bill 1557) prohibits instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity for children in kindergarten through third grade.

The on-screen kiss takes place between Hawthorne, a female lead voiced by Uzo Aduba, and another female character.

Evans has responded to critics who say the film’s kissing scene between two female characters pushes a pro-gay agenda.

Chris Evans attends Disney and Pixar's Out-of-This-World Premiere "Light year" at the El Capitan Theater on June 8, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

Chris Evans attends the Out of World Premiere of Disney and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ at El Capitan Theater on June 8, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
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“The real truth is that these people are idiots,” Evans said in an interview with Reuters Television. “There will always be people who are scared and ignorant and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people are dying like dinosaurs. I think the point is not to pay attention to them, to move on and embrace the growth that makes us Human.”

“Whenever there has been waking social progress, American history, human history is one of constant social awakening and growth and that is what makes us good,” Evans added.

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