“Lightyear” was the first Pixar film to hit theaters in two years. A month and a half later, it finally arrived on the streaming platform Disney+. Today, August 3, customers can watch the “Toy Story” spin-off at home. Note, this is the first Disney and Pixar animated film on Disney+ to feature extended aspect ratio scenes from IMAX.
With IMAX Enhanced, the film comes with IMAX’s exclusive Expanded Aspect Ratio, which gives viewers up to 26% more picture for key scenes in the film, requiring no special equipment. This means more action is visible on your screen.
Angus MacLaine, who directed the film, said in a statement, “We are thrilled that Disney and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ is the first IMAX enhanced animated film to launch on Disney+. IMAX technology is used throughout the filmmaking process. Leveraging allowed us to create an enhanced viewing experience for Lightyear fans in the theatre, at home and beyond.
“Lightyear” joins 15 Marvel titles that are available in IMAX Enhanced on Disney+. These include “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Avengers: Endgame, Eternal,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and more.
The animated film stars Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear, the space ranger from Andy’s favorite movie he watched as a child. Unlike the rest of the “Toy Story” franchise, “Lightyear” tells the origin story of the human Buzz trying to find his way back home after being stranded on a hostile planet with his commander and crew. He accidentally leaps 62 years into the future, where the planet is taken over by the evil Emperor Zerg (James Brolin) and his robot army.
There was a lot of confusion about how “Lightyear” connects to the four other films in the “Toy Story” series. This may explain why the new film didn’t have the success Pixar was hoping for. It was essentially a box office failure, earning only $222.4 million Worldwide, over $20 million Reported Budget, In comparison, ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Toy Story 4’ earned over $1 billion at the box office.
Hopefully, “Lightyear” will have more success on Disney+ than in theaters, especially since it will feature scenes in the extended aspect ratio of IMAX.