Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
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Genre
Based onToy Story by Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar
Voices ofPatrick Warburton
Stephen Furst
Lawrence Miller
Neil Flynn
Nicole Sullivan
Wayne Knight
Narrated byGary Owens (opening narration)
Composer(s)Adam Berry
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes65
Production
Executive producer(s)Mark McCorkle
Robert Schooley
Tad Stones
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television Animation
Pixar Animation Studios
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkUPN
ABC
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02) – January 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)
Chronology
Preceded byBuzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is an American animated science fiction/adventure/comedy series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The series originally aired on UPN and ABC from October 2000 to January 2001 as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning programming block.[1] It follows the adventures of space ranger Buzz Lightyear, who first appeared in the film Toy Story as an action figure and one of the film's protagonists.[2] It is set shortly after the events of the film and set within the timelines between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.

Story[edit]

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command takes place in the far future, and is a pastiche of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Lost in Space, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Doctor Who and Star Wars-style science fiction. Capital Planet is the forefront of the Galactic Alliance, a peaceful union of various planets, home to various alien species that coexist in harmony with one another. Star Command is a peacekeeping organization consisting of Space Rangers, who investigate threats to galactic peace. The primary enemy of Star Command is the Evil Emperor Zurg, an intergalactic crime boss that rules an empire of heavily armed robots and slave races forced to work in opposition to the Galactic Alliance.

The series features Buzz Lightyear, a famous, experienced Space Ranger who takes a crew of rookies under his wing as he investigates criminal activity across the galaxy, and attempts to bring down Evil Emperor Zurg once and for all.

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a metafictional series that exists within the reality of the film Toy Story, where Buzz Lightyear is a highly popular toyline. One of the two lead characters in the Toy Story film series is a Buzz Lightyear action figure, voiced by Tim Allen.

Characters[edit]

Star Command[edit]

Team Lightyear[edit]

  • Captain Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen in The Adventure Begins, Patrick Warburton in the actual series): Famed Space Ranger known for heroism and bravery. Buzz often suggests that his arch-villain Emperor Zurg is behind every evil plot and is often proven correct. Like his Toy Story incarnation, Buzz is a stickler for procedure, but will tell a cover story if he needs to.[3] However, he has little people skills, and at times displays a lack of common sense. He attended PS- 193 (that's 6859) as a primary school. He wrote at least half of the regulations in the Star Command Manual. He also owns a house on Capital Planet, though as they all look alike and his duties often keep him away, he is confused over just which one is his.[4] To compare this animation and the Toy Story films, the button between the red and blue ones is green in the Toy Story films and yellow in this animation with the releasing of strings when pressed. He seems to have a little crush on Dr. Ozma Furbanna and vice versa.
  • Princess Mira Nova (voiced by Nicole Sullivan): A rookie ranger and heir to the Tangean throne. She utilizes her people's ability to phase through walls (called "ghosting") and read minds. Buzz has a tendency to refer to her as "Princess" when he's angry with her. She acts as Buzz's co-pilot and second-in-command. She has the most common sense of the team. Mira also has an estranged relationship with her father, King Nova, who disapproves of her choice of being a Space Ranger, though deep down she still cares about him. She has red hair and turquoise skin.
  • Booster Sinclair Munchapper (voiced by Stephen Furst): A huge dinosaur-like former janitor from the agricultural planet of Jo-ad (a play on the name of the Joad family, from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath). He has a big appetite and incredible strength, but is sweet and occasionally naive. He is in awe of Buzz Lightyear and has encyclopedic knowledge of his prior adventures.
  • XR (voiced by Larry Miller and Neil Flynn): A short robot that was originally emotionless and programmed to learn from Buzz, but was blown apart by Agent Z during his first mission. The LGMs rebuilt him, but the temporary loss of the Uni-Mind to Emperor Zurg left them off their game. They rebuilt XR with his slicker, more emotional personality and a variety of attachments. XR stands for Experimental Ranger. (The LGMs have stated that this is the official meaning of the name, though other characters on the show hold the erroneous belief that the X stands for Expendable). He gets blown apart on nearly every mission he goes on, but is easily rebuilt. He considers Commander Nebula his father (due to his signing the paperwork authorizing his creation) and is always seeking his approval.

Other personnel[edit]

  • Commander Nebula (voiced by Adam Carolla): The Space Rangers' commander, whose left leg was replaced by a pegleg-like plasma cannon. Rather short-tempered and constantly speaks with a loud voice. He has a robotic desk that forces him to do his paperwork. He hates to do so, though, and therefore signs forms without looking at them. By doing so, he inadvertently gave permission for the creation of XR, who therefore considers him a father. (He thought the form was the LGMs' vacation request.) Nebula is frequently irritated by this, though he gives XR his due for his successes.
  • LGMs, or Little Green Men (voiced by Jeff Pidgeon in Andy's Room sequence, Patrick Warburton in the actual series): The LGMs are small, three-eyed aliens (originally appeared as squeeze toy aliens in the Toy Story movies). They are the intensely loyal backbone of Star Command, keeping the station running while inventing/maintaining all of the equipment. When one of their own is kidnapped, the other LGMs will instinctively try to rescue him by any means necessary. LGMs are typically in awe of Buzz. While they generally like the other Rangers, they may not be able to tell one from another.[5] Several of their race are also shown to work for Santa Claus, acting as his toy builders.
  • Ty Parsec (voiced by Steve Hytner): Ty is the infamous old comrade of Buzz Lightyear, who is fed up with Buzz always coming to his rescue. The Space Ranger was accidentally transformed into the robotic Wirewolf (equivalent of a werewolf) on the planet of Canis Lunis, after being bitten by the villain NOS-4-A2 while exposed to radioactive moonrock. Appeared in two episodes, with a cameo appearance in the episode "War, Peace, and War". He is ultimately cured and reinstated as a Space Ranger.
  • Rocket Crocket (voiced by Phil LaMarr): Member of Star Command and leader of Team Rocket. He has been Buzz's rival since their academy days.
  • Petra Hammerhold (voiced by Nikki Cox): Senator Hammerhold's daughter. She joined Star Command when her father forced her to do so (largely to keep her from her boyfriend Plasma Boy). She was initially resentful of this, but was moved by Buzz's heroism during a crisis.
  • Plasma Boy (voiced by Michael Showalter): Petra's boyfriend, who has a Plasma Monster form. Booster competed against him for Petra's affection. When Mira and XR fired a laser at his Plasma Monster form, he destabilized enough to the brink of explosion. He was prevented from explosion when Booster used his suit and Ion Stabilization Matrix on him. He's now a member of Star Command.
  • 42 (voiced by Joy Behar): Usually the name of Buzz Lightyear's ship, it gained A.I. from one of the encounters with the Valkyran Raiders and a new energy projector device inserted on the ship by the LGMs. 42 doesn't like what Buzz says about her and usually controls the ship herself. XR developed a crush on her. When the Valkyran Raiders were thwarted, 42's consciousness was placed into a robot body and she now helps the LGMs.

Villains[edit]

  • Evil Emperor Zurg (voiced by Wayne Knight): Main antagonist of the series. Rules an empire on Planet Z, and wants to rule the entire galaxy while destroying Star Command. Emperor Zurg considers Buzz his arch-enemy and often takes any opportunity to eliminate him. Most of his subjects are robots. His feet double as rockets and he can transform his arms into a variety of weapons. Despite often breaking the seriousness of otherwise purely evil statements, Zurg is widely considered the most evil person in the galaxy, especially by the other villains. He seems to have some neuroses about being touched. In some episodes is shown being comical. The episode War, and Peace and War was notably the only episode where Zurg teamed up with Buzz Lightyear to defeat the Heed, a common enemy that was trying to take over their galaxy. In Stranger Invasion, he revealed himself to be Buzz's father (a parody upon The Empire Strikes Back and a nearly identical scene in Toy Story 2), but quickly took it back, using the statement as a 'Made You Look' in order to stun Buzz and gain the upper hand.
    • Grubs (voiced by Frank Welker): Zurg's equivalents to the LGMs of Star Command (though far less competent). They perform mechanical and technical duties. The Grubs work for Zurg against their will and also desire freedom, but many of them are simply too afraid to try to defect.
    • Brain Pods (Various Voices for each one): Cybernetic brains in mobile jars, who serve Zurg as scientists and researchers. Although they take pride in their creations, they secretly harbor a desire to escape from Zurg's control. (Two of which are shown succeeding in doing so on-screen.)
    • Hornets: The Hornets are Zurg's robotic foot soldiers, extremely expendable, lousy shots and always get vaporized in mass numbers by Lightyear's team. Hornets come in different models, but the most frequently seen are yellow and of average height.
  • Warp Darkmatter (voiced by Diedrich Bader) was once Buzz's partner and friend, but he had been secretly working for Zurg since his academy days as a double agent. He eventually began working for him full-time as "Agent Z." His right arm is robotic (with various weapon attachments) and was grafted to his body after becoming Agent Z. Warp often takes on assignments for Zurg and is paid quite handsomely. (He owns a moon and a summer home.) Though Buzz has vowed to bring him in for treason, he retains some hope that there is still some good in him.
  • Gravitina (voiced by Kerri Kenney-Silver): A large-headed female villain with mental control over gravity. One of Zurg's allies and once hired to destroy Star Command. She's in love with Buzz and later his evil counterpart.
  • NOS-4-A2 (voiced by Craig Ferguson): NOS-4-A2 is a robotic vampire created by Zurg. He is capable of draining any system or entity driven by electrical power, as well as controlling any machine he bites. His bite (in combination with radioactive moonrock) also transformed Ty Parsec into Wirewolf. Using Wirewolf and XL, he briefly usurped control of Planet Z from Zurg and attempted to transform everyone in the galaxy into robots for him to feed on, but was defeated and destroyed. His name is a pun on the term Nosferatu.
  • Torque (voiced by Brad Garrett): Minor alien villain who committed crimes of terrorism, smuggling, arson, and unpaid parking tickets. After being freed from a prison transport by Zurg's Hornets, the Grubs implanted a cell-separation device upon his chest. Torque then possesses the ability to create duplicate versions of himself. They are unstable, however, as a single laser blast is enough to destroy them. In "The Taking of PC-7", he tried to turn Booster evil (and later Buzz) with a memory-altering device built by the Warden of PC-7. The same device also made Torque (temporarily at least) a heroic good guy. Torque riding a motorcycle-shaped spacecraft and his duplication abilities seem to be a reference to the character Lobo (who was also voiced by Brad Garrett in his DCAU appearances).
  • XL (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait): XR's predecessor (and technically older brother), who was shut down due to his villainous attitude. When he was reactivated by Zurg, XL rebuilt himself into a larger, more powerful robot with cutting edge (and stolen) robot parts. His head is red, whereas XR's is yellow. He infiltrates Star Command numerous times because its command codes are in his head. Like XR, he considers Commander Nebula his father, though he resents him for shutting him down. He later redeems himself and is converted into an office managing robot capable of photocopying, collating, and other office related functions. His name is a pun referring to his size (extra large).
  • Wirewolf: A space ranger (Ty Parsec) that patrolled the planet Canis Lunis until an attack from NOS-4-A2. While Ty was in combat with the energy vampire, NOS-4-A2 flew himself and Ty up into the beam, that gives power to the planet from the moon's radioactive energy, and bit into Ty's skin. After NOS-4-A2 fled, Ty started to mutate into some sort of electronical canine later given the title of Wirewolf. When having discovered that this transformation only happens in the light of the Canis Lunis moon, Buzz told Booster to destroy the moon. Once the moon was destroyed, Team Lightyear believed that the Wirewolf was finished until NOS-4-A2 gave Ty a Canis Lunis moonrock. When NOS-4-A2 was destroyed, Ty was turned back to normal ending the curse of the Wirewolf.

Galactic Alliance[edit]

  • Madam President (voiced by Roz Ryan): Head of the Galactic Alliance. Her real name is unknown.
  • Senator Aarrfvox (voiced by Jim Cummings): A Shragorakian senator.
  • Senator Banda (voiced by Dan Castellaneta): A Bathyosian senator.
  • Senator Hammerhold (voiced by Corey Burton): Petra Hammerhold's father.
  • Senator Phlegmex (voiced by Frank Welker): A slime-emitting senator.

Other characters[edit]

  • Becky (voiced by Russi Taylor): A little alien girl from the planet Roswell. She befriended Booster (who she calls Pickles) when Team Lightyear's ship crashed on her planet.
  • Brent Starkisser (voiced by Corey Burton): The Galaxy's reporter.
  • Cosmo (voiced by Paul Rugg): An alien that owns and runs the diner that Team Lightyear eats at. He has a mechanical arm as well as a foreign accent.
  • Dr. Animus (voiced by Tony Jay): The Galaxy's therapist.
  • Dr. Ozma Furbanna (voiced by Linda Hamilton): Lead (and only) naturalist on planet Karn. She favors all animals (even the lethal carnivores) and hates to have them hurt; no matter what. Has a crush on Buzz (won't admit it, though), and vice versa. Zurg once used her help to hatch the Millennial (entirely ticklish) Bugs where Zurg will use them on Capital Planet.
  • Ed (voiced by Paul Rugg): A courier who somehow always knows how to track down Buzz Lightyear.
  • Officer Panchex (voiced by Brian Doyle-Murray): A fish policeman who helped Buzz Lightyear fight Minister Gularis.
  • Professor Triffid (voiced by Joel Murray): A scientist from Rhizome. He cares a lot for the plants there.
  • Savy SL2 (voiced by Cree Summer): Her adopted robot parents were attacked by NOS-4-A2 in The Slayer, which lead her to hunting him down for revenge.
  • Sheriff of Roswell (voiced by Stephen Root): Becky's father and ally of Team Lightyear.
  • King Nova (voiced by John O'Hurley): Mira's father and the ruler of Tangea. Being more tradition bound he clearly disapproves of his daughter being a space ranger and therefore has a complicated relationship with her as well as Buzz. But regardless of his pompous nature he still cares about his daughter and also came to her aid when she had developed a power addiction and helped her get over it, though he almost got his wish of getting his daughter back in this instance had Buzz not saved her career through a cover story.
  • Santa Claus (voiced by Earl Boen): The holiday figure, who delivers presents to all the good people in the galaxy during the Holiday. He previously used a sleigh powered by belief and later time manipulation to accomplish this massive task. Zurg stole his time manipulation device to destroy the Holiday for everyone, prompting Santa to seek Team Lightyear's help.
  • The Fixer (voiced by Ed Asner): A Character from Trade World. He sells robotic parts to people around Trade World, and once tricked XR into delivering a package to XL.
  • Crumford Lorak (voiced by Jon Favreau): A conman, informant and criminal commonly seen on Trade World. When this guy gets the chance, he always tricks or turns on the first ranger he sees.
  • Rentwhistle Swack (voiced by French Stewart): An unscrupulous conman who will do anything for money.

Planets and moons[edit]

There are many planets in this series. Among these planets are:

  • Bathyos: An ocean planet.
  • Beta Bayou: A bottom-feeder hunter that Rentwhistle Swack rendezvous with is from this planet.
  • Binipinardia: A planet that contained a devolution gas.
  • Canis Lunis: A planet where Ty Parsec was turned into Wirewolf by NOS-4-A2. The name derives from the Latin words for "canine" and "moon."
  • Capital Planet: The Galactic Alliance members meet here and the "Earth" of the galaxy.
  • Gargantia: A planet inhabited by tiny aliens.
  • Jo-Ad: An agricultural planet which is Booster's home planet.
  • Karn: A planet that serves as a creature reserve. Dr. Ozma Furbanna works here.
  • LGM Homeworld(Green Planetin Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters): The home planet of the LGMs. The Unimind is located here.
  • Mahamba 6: A resort planet.
  • North Polaris: Santa Claus's planet, populated by "Elf-G-M"s. The galaxy's version of the North Pole.
  • Olur 5: Zurg used this planet to hatch the Millennial Bugs in one of his plans to attack Capital Planet.
  • PC-7: A prison planet.
  • Planet X: A somewhat desert-like planet with no name or life. Home of an ancient city and the temple containing Natron.
  • Planet Z: Zurg's planet where his home base is located.
  • Porcelon: A planet where its inhabitants look like large toilets.
  • Raenok: The Raenok's self-titled planet.
  • Rexon 5:
  • Rhizome: A vegetation planet which is Professor Triffid's home world.
  • Roswell: A planet similar to Earth in 1947. The inhabitants of Roswell are grey aliens. An incident happens there, somewhat like the real Roswell incident, but with the roles of the alien and human inverted; the humans being the visitors and the aliens being the skeptical government. E.g. in it a Grey police station commander said "... and I suppose they had big flappy mouths and little bitty eyes ..." when querying one of his men's statement about seeing landing humans.
  • Sands de Solay: A resort moon. Destroyed by an out-of-control freight ship.
  • Sentilla 6: A stormy planet with lava rivers.
  • Shragorak: Senator Aarrfvox's home planet.
  • Sitka 7: A ski resort planet
  • Tangea: Mira's home planet inhabited by two races: the Tangean Royals and Grounders. The name is based on the Royals' ability to become intangible
  • Trade World: A commercial-oriented world where lesser bad guys hang out.
  • Verdentia: A peaceful planet.
  • Uncharted Moon: The very moon where we see Buzz and Warp in The Adventure Begins also where Buzz thought Warp was killed but later discovered that he started working for Zurg disguised as the mysterious Agent Z and that the explosion only damaged Warp's arm forcing him to get a new, robotic, arm with multiple weapons programmed in it.

Episodes[edit]

UPN (2000)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
01–02–03"Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, the Movie"Tad StonesBob Roth and Bill MotzAugust 8, 2000 (2000-08-08)
04"The Torque Armada"Don McKinnonGary SperlingOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02)
05"Gravitina"TBATBAOctober 3, 2000 (2000-10-03)
06"XL"TBATBAOctober 4, 2000 (2000-10-04)
07"Little Secrets"TBATBAOctober 5, 2000 (2000-10-05)
08"Inside Job"TBATBAOctober 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)
09"NOS-4-A2"TBATBAOctober 8, 2000 (2000-10-08)
10"The Planet Destroyer"TBATBAOctober 9, 2000 (2000-10-09)
11"The Beasts of Karn"TBATBAOctober 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)
12"Tag Team"TBATBAOctober 11, 2000 (2000-10-11)
13"The Main Event"TBATBAOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)
14"The Return of XL"TBATBAOctober 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)
15"Strange Invasion"TBATBAOctober 15, 2000 (2000-10-15)
16"The Taking of PC-7"TBATBAOctober 16, 2000 (2000-10-16)
17"Mindwarp"TBATBAOctober 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)
18"Mira's Wedding"TBATBAOctober 18, 2000 (2000-10-18)
19"Panic on Bathyos"TBATBAOctober 19, 2000 (2000-10-19)
20"Shiv Katall"TBATBAOctober 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)
21"Stress Test"TBATBAOctober 22, 2000 (2000-10-22)
22"A Zoo Out There"TBATBAOctober 23, 2000 (2000-10-23)
23"Root of Evil"TBATBAOctober 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
24"Super Nova"TBATBAOctober 25, 2000 (2000-10-25)
25"Downloaded"TBATBAOctober 26, 2000 (2000-10-26)
26"The Plasma Monster"TBATBAOctober 27, 2000 (2000-10-27)
27"The Crawling Flesh"TBATBAOctober 29, 2000 (2000-10-29)
28"Dirty Work"TBATBAOctober 30, 2000 (2000-10-30)
29"The Slayer"TBATBAOctober 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
30"The Lightyear Factor"TBATBANovember 1, 2000 (2000-11-01)
31"Clone Rangers"TBATBANovember 2, 2000 (2000-11-02)
32"Bunzel Fever"TBATBANovember 3, 2000 (2000-11-03)
33"Devolutionaries"TBATBANovember 5, 2000 (2000-11-05)
34"Head Case"TBATBANovember 6, 2000 (2000-11-06)
35"The Yukari Imprint"TBATBANovember 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)
36"The Shape Stealer"TBATBANovember 8, 2000 (2000-11-08)
37"Star Crossed"TBATBANovember 9, 2000 (2000-11-09)
38"Haunted Moon"TBATBANovember 10, 2000 (2000-11-10)
39"Stranger Invasion"TBATBANovember 12, 2000 (2000-11-12)
40"Eye of the Tempest"TBATBANovember 13, 2000 (2000-11-13)
41"Revenge of the Monsters"TBATBANovember 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)
42"Lone Wolf"TBATBANovember 15, 2000 (2000-11-15)
43"Planet of the Lost"TBATBANovember 16, 2000 (2000-11-16)
44"Revenge of the Raenoks"TBATBANovember 17, 2000 (2000-11-17)
45"The Starthought"TBATBANovember 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)
46"Millennial Bugs"TBATBANovember 20, 2000 (2000-11-20)
47"Conspiracy"TBATBANovember 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)
48"At Large on a Small Planet"TBATBANovember 23, 2000 (2000-11-23)
49"Sunquake"TBATBANovember 24, 2000 (2000-11-24)
50"First Missions"TBATBANovember 26, 2000 (2000-11-26)
51"Large Target"TBATBANovember 27, 2000 (2000-11-27)
52"War, and Peace and War"TBATBANovember 29, 2000 (2000-11-29)

ABC (2000–2001)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
53"Lost in Time"Steve LoterBill Motz & Bob RothOctober 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)
54"Rookie of the Year"Victor CookAdam Armus & Nora Kay FosterOctober 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)
55"Wirewolf"Steve LoterKen Koonce, Michael Merton & Richard MuellerOctober 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)
56"Rescue Mission"Don MacKinnonAlexx Van DyneNovember 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
57"Star Smasher"Steve LoterBrian SwenlinNovember 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)
58"Enemy Without a Face"Victor CookElizabeth StonecypherNovember 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
59"Good Ol' Buzz"Steve LoterLeslie NordmanNovember 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)
60"Return to Karn"Victor CookBill Motz & Bob RothDecember 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)
61"Speed Trap"Steve LoterJohn Behnke, Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonDecember 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)
62"Holiday Time"Victor CookMark PalmerDecember 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)
63"Opposites Attract"Don MacKinnonMark PalmerDecember 23, 2000 (2000-12-23)
64"Ancient Evil"Steve LoterJim Staahl & Jim FisherJanuary 6, 2001 (2001-01-06)
65"42"Don MacKinnonJohn Behnke, Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonJanuary 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)

Broadcast and syndication[edit]

The series was aired during UPN's Disney's One Too programming block from October 2000 to August 2003. It also aired on Disney Channel from October 2000 to August 2003 and again from June 5, 2006 to May 16, 2008, when it was taken off the air in the U.S.. The show also aired on Toon Disney from 2003 to 2007.

Awards and nominations[edit]

2001 - Outstanding Sound Editing - Special Class - Jennifer Mertens, Paca Thomas, Otis Van Osten, Rick Hammel, Eric Hertsguaard, Robbi Smith, Brian F. Mars, Marc S. Perlman, and Dominick Certo (won)

Home Video[edit]

As of 2018, the whole show has yet to be released for home media. The promotional VHS of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Planet of the Lost was released on VHS as a sampler tape in November 18, 2003.

Video game[edit]

A videogame named Buzz Lightyear of Star Command was developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Activision, and released for PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, and Dreamcast in 2000. The gameplay revolves around Buzz chasing down the various villains from the show, and defeating them using different color coded weapons.

Cultural references[edit]

  • Buzz's house and everyone elses' houses on Capital Planet are based an attraction at Disneyland called Monsanto House of the Future which existed from 1957 to 1967, whilst Star Command is visually based on Space Mountain.
  • The episode "Strange Invasion", is a spoof of the Roswell Incident right down to the alien autopsy film and the "weather balloon coverup". Also keeping in line with the Roswell Incident, the planet they crash on is called "Roswell" and it bears a strong resemblance to the American Southwest; its inhabitants, meanwhile, resemble the grey aliens.
  • The "Roswellian" sheriff and barber are spoofs of Sheriff Andy Taylor and Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show.
  • When Buzz and Booster return to "Roswell" in the episode "Stranger Invasion", they end up attending a tea party hosted by the little girl Booster befriended during their first visit. While Booster wears the same outfit he did in "Strange Invasion" Buzz wears the same outfit he did as "Mrs. Nesbitt" in Toy Story at Hannah Phillips' tea party.
  • In the episode "Stranger Invasion", Buzz Lightyear and the Evil Emperor Zurg engage in a confrontation similar to a lightsaber battle, in which Zurg distracts Buzz by claiming he's his father. Zurg also stated that he was Buzz's father in Toy Story 2, in which the scene parodied The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Both the name of the last episode and the number of Buzz's ship, 42, are almost certainly references to the answer to life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
  • In the episode "Star Crossed", one of the characters is seen ordering food from Pizza Planet, which appeared as a space-themed restaurant in Toy Story. Pizza Planet was a Toy Story themed pizza restaurant in Disney's Hollywood Studios from December 15, 1995 to January 19, 2016 and the Pizza Planet which was formally Redd Rockett's Pizza Port.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command". www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2012
  2. ^ GOODE, GRETCHEN-MARIE (August 24, 2000). "BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS". Hartford Courant.
  3. ^ In the episode "42" Buzz admits to Booster that he didn't lie to Commander Nebula by stating that he only told a cover story
  4. ^ Although he is seen at his house on several episodes."Tag Team
  5. ^ In "Good Ol' Buzz", an LGM mistakenly refers to Mira as "Booster". Upon being corrected, he says the Rangers all look the same to them.

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