This is a direct-to-video animated Disney movie that features the
familiar character of the same name from the popular Toy Story
Unlike the Toy Story movies, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command:
The Adventure Begins (to use its full title) uses traditional and not
computer animation. The standard of animation is no better or worse than
the average breakfast kiddie cartoons.
With the video market being so
lucrative, Disney began pumping out a lot of "sequels" to
popular movies of theirs such as The Lion King, Aladdin, Cinderella,
you name it. Obviously there are a lot of parents out there who have
decided that their VCRs would make ideal babysitters. (I must be honest
and admit that I bought it for the same reason: for when my baby daughter
is old enough to watch it one day.)
Buzz Lightyear later on became a regular cartoon by the way.
Sharper kids will notice that some of the voices in this movie differ from
those used in the series and in the Toy Story movies. (This 70
minute "movie" is the pilot episode basically.)
As far as this sort of thing goes, Buzz Lightyear isn't so bad.
After all, my wife and I managed to sit through it once, whereas we simply
couldn't sit through that awful Cinderella sequel. It is, however,
not aimed at parents and kids should love it: there are some silly gags,
the pace is fast and there are lots of noise and special effects.
THE DISC: The image and sound quality is excellent. There is
however a shortage of features: only a comic book feature, something the
kids will probably flip through disinterested one day and never again.
(Like all Disney DVDs there are obviously a hell of lot of trailers before
the menu appears!)
WORTH IT? If you have kids, I suppose, yeah. Mine is too young
to watch it as yet, but I am sure she'll love it. Despite planning ahead,
I bought this at a bargain bin for cheaper than a VHS tape.
RECOMMENDATION: Two stars for adults, three stars for kids. Rent
it, put it on for the little 'uns and go do the dishes . . .