Is Lightyear Kid Friendly? No, this is not your typical Toy Story movie. Yes, it is about Space Rangers which might get many littles dreaming about becoming astronauts excited. But, I will say there are no sweet Aliens. Nevertheless, this heartwarming prequel is a summer must see that delight. Moreover, it will inspire! So, is Lightyear appropriate for children? We share our thoughts.
Lightyear Parent Guide
For all the fun with the new characters and storylines for the beloved toy crew that we witnessed in Toy Story 4, this is a whole new tale. So, what does “To Infinity and Beyond” bring us this time around? Is Lightyear appropriate for children? This movie is rated PG. And, we already know there is controversy over the movie and a few countries have banned it from their theaters. So, if we look, well, I wanted to say, beyond that, but we can’t. Nevertheless, the bottom line is to help you decide if this Toy Story prequel of sorts one that your children should enjoy too.
Buzz is on a strange planet. So, alien creatures try getting humans and are injured to the tune of brightly colored guts/blood. Also, there is hand-to-hand combat, guns, swords, lasers, and tranquilizer darts.
Zero, zilch, nada to report here. Yes, it is totally in Toy Story language style.
Are mostly delivered by Buzz’s struggle to say “mission accomplished” and also by his returns. The actual missions might have some at the edge of their seat too. The potential separation of Buzz and his sidekick Sox the Robot Cat might also trigger some anxiety.
I have to start with the biggest talked about one of them all: a same sex light kiss. A family is depicted at is various stages of life. All we get is a glimpse, but the statement is loud and clear. Relationships, love and family in our day and age is addressed and it is not an in an “in your face” kind of way.
Another topic is perhaps redemption. It comes in the form of a prisoner that is part of the crew. Loneliness and goal focussed topics are ripe for conversations with the kids.
Is Lightyear Kid Friendly? Overview and Final Thoughts
As with all Pixar movies, we will experience a range of emotions. No, no need for the box of tissues, but bring at least A tissue. Get ready to be blown away by the science talk . Star Wars will be very jealous. And if not for the charge of this blast, for the graphics themselves!
Because I am an Iron Man girl all the way, I did not follow the crowd in their excitement over Chris Evans becoming the new voice of Buzz. However, I will admit that he does do an incredible voice and trading the Captain America shield for a Space Ranger helmet works extremely well. The action is fantastic and on point. As a matter of fact, adventure, new characters, and good humor will keep everyone interested. Plus, Sox the Cat Robot will be a family fave. Absolutely, there are nods to the franchise and there is plenty of nostalgia to go around.
In this movie, Pixar talks to us about family in a very different way that it has done in all of its movies. Coco introduced us to the ancestors and Onward focussed on siblings. This time, we get a glimpse of what might very well be our new normalcy: a family of two moms at the head. Get ready for those not exposed to it to ask questions.
The movie is a joy for the entire family. Perhaps the most littles will get a bit restless and might need a potty break. But they sure will enjoy the movie too.
Chris Evans ( “Captain America“) takes over as the captain and voice of Buzz Lightyear on an action adventure mission to find a way back home through space and time along with his robot cat Sox played by Peter Sohn (“Luca“), his ambitious gang of recruits (Izzy Hawthorne voiced by Keke Palmer, (“The Proud Family“), Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok“) as Mo Morrison and Dale Soules (“Orange Is the New Black“) as Darby Steel) and best friend/commander Alisha Hawthorne voiced by Uzo Aduba (“My Little Pony: The Movie“). Directed by Angus MacLane (“Finding Dory” and “Toy Story Toons: Small Fry“), this science fiction inspired Pixar film tells the story of young astronaut Buzz Lightyear.
Make sure you stay for the THREE credit scenes!