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Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story

Buzz Lightyear is a character and the main deuteragonist of the Toy Story franchise. Buzz is a space ranger action figure and the co-leader of Andy's Room. He has also appeared in the movie Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins and the television series spin-off Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, as well as the two film sequels. His often repeated catchphrase is "To infinity ... and beyond!" Tim Allen voiced the character in the Toy Story film trilogy and the TV movie, while Patrick Warburton provided Buzz's voice for the TV series, and Pat Fraley voiced him for the video games and the attractions in Disney Parks.
Buzz Lightyear's name was inspired by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin acknowledged the tribute when he pulled a Buzz Lightyear doll out during a speech at NASA, to rapturous cheers; a clip of this can be found on the Toy Story 10th Anniversary DVD. Aldrin did not, however, receive any endorsement fees for the use of his first name. Regarding the design of Lightyear, his creator, John Lasseter, is on record as saying he wanted to create an action figure in the line of GI Joe for Toy Story and decided upon a spaceman figure. He attributes his design to the influence Apollo astronauts, in particular their clear helmets, skullcaps, communication devices and white suits The purple and lime green colour scheme were his wife's and his own favourite colours respectively. The wholesome good looks of television actor Ed Kemmer are also believed to be a prototype for Lightyear. Lightyear's chin, specifically, was inspired by Brendan Mullen, although Lasseter downplayed Lightyear's chin size in comparison to keep it from seeming too 'cartoonish.' Kemmer played Commander Buzz Corry in Space Patrol, one of first science-fiction series on US TV.

Toy Story
In Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear is first seen when given as a gift to Andy at his birthday party. Buzz is the most popular toy in the media at that time, and Andy's toys are quickly amazed at the impressive features that he has. However, Woody, the leader of Andy's toys, immediately grows jealous of the attention Buzz gets. The friction between the two is soon put aside when they save themselves and each other from a "toy murderer", Sid.

Toy Story 2
In Toy Story 2, Buzz Lightyear appears as the main protagonist and must assume the leader of the gang, in order to rescue Woody, who was captured by a toy collector named Al. Things get complicated when a toy named Stinky Pete tries to force Woody to get shipped to Japan with him, a pull-string doll named Jessie, and her horse, Bullseye. Buzz and the toys eventually rescue Woody, Jessie and Bullseye, who come to live in Andy's room with everyone.

Toy Story 3
In Toy Story 3, Woody, Buzz, and the gang end up in a daycare center, whom the leader of the toys is evil Lots-O-Huggin' Bear. Buzz is caught spying, and turned back to "demo mode". Therefore, he thinks he is a real space ranger again, and turns on his friends. Buzz turns back to his normal self, after he nearly gets crushed by a television set in a garbage truck. After many situations they face, Buzz, Woody, Jessie, and the other toys are given by Andy to a little girl named Bonnie. The end credits show the toys embracing their new life with Bonnie.

In other media
In Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Buzz is a space ranger working for Star Command, protecting the universe from Evil Emperor Zurg. He works in a team alongside Mira Nova, a Tangean princess with phasing powers, Booster, a janitor from the planet Jo-Ad, and XR, a robot created by the Little Green Men (the aliens from the movies, LGM for short). 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 returned as the main protagonist with Woody only being a supporting character

In the outtakes of the Home improvement episode "Say goodnight, Gracie", Tim is seen arguing with a Buzz Lightyear action figure. Also on the episode "I Was a Teenage Taylor", a small child comes trick or treating at the taylor house dressed up as Buzz Lightyear.

In the Super Bowl on February 3, 2008 during the 3rd quarter, Buzz and Woody are watching the Super Bowl and then watch a promo for WALL-E, who is playing with a vacuum.

Buzz Lightyear can be seen as meet-and-greet characters in the various Disneyland theme parks around the world. He also has a cameo appearance in Bedtime Stories as part of the audience (hence reasoning why he is Bugsy).

In Finding Nemo, a Buzz toy can be found in a toy box in the dentist's office. In The Simpsons episode "Loan-a-Lisa" he is seen as a cloud in a parody of Up called P.U. and in The Color Yellow, he appears in a drawing by Ralphie and Toy Story being mentioned as well then him being played by Tim Allen is mentioned in the episode The Itallian Bob by Lisa. In The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Buzz Lightyear can be seen on an alarm clock (hence when Toy Story 3 was in theaters four weeks before).

Buzz returns in the theatrical short film Hawaiian Vacation.

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