Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
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|Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins|
DVD cover art
|Directed by||Tad Stones|
|Produced by||Mike Karafilis
|Written by||Mark McCorkle
|Based on||Characters by
|Narrated by||Tim Allen|
|Music by||Adam Berry|
|Editing by||John Royer|
|Studio||Walt Disney Television Animation
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Video|
|Release dates||August 8, 2000 (USA)|
|Running time||71 min.|
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins is a 2000 Disney animated direct-to-video film that acts as a pilot to the television series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. In the fictional universe of the Pixar film series Toy Story, this is the movie that inspired the existence of the Buzz Lightyear toyline.
Tim Allen reprises his role as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, as do Wallace Shawn, R. Lee Ermey, Jeff Pidgeon, and Joe Ranft as Rex, Sarge, Squeeze Toy Aliens and Wheezy respectively. Woody is voiced by Jim Hanks, the younger brother of original Woody voice actor Tom Hanks, and Hamm is voiced by original Zurg voice actor Andrew Stanton from Toy Story 2 instead of John Ratzenberger.
When the movie was later edited into three episodes of the television show, the opening "Andy's Room" sequence was removed and Buzz Lightyear's dialogue was re-dubbed by Patrick Warburton.
Andy's toys watch a VHS copy of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins.
Buzz Lightyear and Warp Darkmatter (Diedrich Bader) are searching for three missing Little Green Men (L.G.M.), a noosphere-dwelling race serving as Star Command's Universe Protection Unit's scientists. They discover the lost L.G.M. in a hidden outpost belonging to Evil Emperor Zurg (Wayne Knight). Zurg tortues the L.G.M. when Buzz and Warp break in; a battle breaks out with Zurg's robots while he escapes. The self-destruct sequence starts, leaving Buzz and Warp a minute to escape. Warp gets pinned under wreckage and forces Buzz to flee. Ashamed, Buzz refuses a new partner, but is given a Star Command recruit, actually Princess Mira Nova (Nicole Sullivan), who Commander Nebula (Adam Carolla) trains. With the power of "ghosting", Nova is nearly invulnerable. Buzz reiterates his refusal to endager another partner, despite Nebula's forceful assertion Buzz isn't to work alone. Buzz later rescues a shy janitor named Booster (Stephen Furst) from being fired.
In Zurg's fortress, his new second-in-command, Agent Z, is given a robotic arm that becomes a variety of weapons. Zurg learns of a huge orb on the L.G.M. homeworld called the Uni-Mind, responsible for the telepathic link between them; he sends his robots to capture it. The L.G.M., after building a robot solider called XR (Larry Miller), whom is offered to Buzz as a partner as he can be repaired after any damge and can learn from him, get a telepathic message about Zurg's attack. When Buzz and XR arrive on the L.G.M. planet, they are confronted by Agent Z, who destroys XR while the Uni-Mind is stolen by Zurg. Unable to think clearly, the L.G.M. rebuild XR, but with a mind of his own. Commander Nebula decides to launch a full-scale assault on Planet Z, but Mira says a solo ranger could go to stop Zurg with the prototype Alpha-One. Nebula dismisses the idea, deciding to launch the full-scale assault.
Zurg corrupts the Uni-Mind, so he can use it to control minds, while his scientists start making a "Mega-Ray" to use the corrupted Uni-Mind to bend entire populations of people to Zurg's will. Mira and Buzz each attempt to steal the Alpha-One prototype spacecraft; Mira wins and leaves with it. Buzz pursues Mira in his own craft, not realizing Booster and XR are inside it, having entered it to play make-believe. Eventually, Buzz catches Mira and stores Alpha-One in his spaceship's cargo bay; Booster and XR are discovered also. Zurg's Mega-Ray subverts several planets in quick succession such as Rizone and Batheous. He then turns it on Star Command, enjoying the irony of watching his greatest enemies become his mouthpieces. Buzz, Mira, Booster, and XR see the Mega-Ray's beam strike Star Command, and enter it to discover its effects. They discover all of the staff have been suborned by Zurg; they flee in Buzz's Star Cruiser. Zurg uses Star Command's entire arsenal, planting a bomb on Buzz's ship. Buzz and the others escape in the Alpha-One to escape.
Booster accidentally causes the ship to crash-land on Planet Z. There, Buzz insists on finishing the mission, alone. When they start to argue over something ridiculous, Buzz orders them to leave. Buzz fights Agent Z, only to learn he's Warp Darkmatter. Taking advantage of Buzz's momentary confusion at this, Warp knocks him out and delivers him to Zurg. Warp explains he was working for Zurg for years as a Double Agent. When Zurg mocks Buzz, Buzz responds by dictating his "final log entry". Zurg and Warp watch in amusement, but Mira, Booster and XR hear Buzz's surrender and his final entry (which includes a coded plea for help). Zurg plans to use the "Mega-ray" on Buzz, but XR and Booster arrive in time to rescue him as it fires. Booster and Mira destroy Warp's mechanical arm after Booster lands on him. Buzz and Zurg face each other; Zurg thinks he has won, but Buzz and his three friends surround Zurg and pronounce him under arrest; but Zurg escapes through a distraction. Zurg triumphantly declares if Buzz goes to any planet, he can hear his voice mocking him. Booster and XR capture Warp and leap from Zurg's now-exploding tower. Mira uses her "ghosting" power to take Buzz to the core of the Uni-Mind. In moments the Uni-Mind is restored to normal, freeing the suborned peoples and leaving Zurg momentarily helpless. The unity of the L.G.M. is restored and Warp is arrested.
The film ends with Buzz, having at last admitted that he cannot work alone, creating a new team called "Team Lightyear" with XR, Mira and Booster (all newly decorated with Star Command's highest commendation). They fly to the galaxy and shout "TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!".
- Tim Allen (Patrick Warburton in the television broadcast): Buzz Lightyear
- Nicole Sullivan: Mira Nova
- Stephen Furst: Booster
- Larry Miller: XR
- Adam Carolla: Commander Nebula
- Patrick Warburton: Little Green Men
- Wayne Knight: Evil Emperor Zurg
- Diedrich Bader: Warp Darkmatter
- Frank Welker: Grubs
- Charles Kimbrough: Brain Pod #29
- Sean Hayes: Brain Pod #13
- Kevin Michael Richardson: Space Ranger
- Tim Allen: Buzz Lightyear
- Jim Hanks: Woody
- Wallace Shawn: Rex
- Andrew Stanton: Hamm
- Jeff Pidgeon: Little Green Men
- R. Lee Ermey: Sarge
- Joe Ranft: Wheezy
Cameos in Andy's room
Awards and nominations
This is a list of awards and nominations by the film:
|2001||Video Premiere Award||Best Animated Character Performance||Tim Allen (voice), Greg Guler (key character designer: Buzz Lightyear)||Nominated|
|2001||Video Premiere Award||Best Animated Video Premiere||Mike Karafilis (producer), Mark McCorkle (producer), Robert Schooley (producer), Tad Stones (producer)||Nominated|
- Stack, Peter (August 13, 2000). "Buzz Lightyear Tops Stack of Kid Stuff". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
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