Tom Hanks savages ‘Lightyear’ for replacing Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear’s voice

Don’t get why Disney and Pixar replaced Tim Allen with Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear? Neither does Tom Hanks.

In an interview to promote his new movie “Elvis,” Hanks — who voiced Woody opposite Allen’s Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” films — said “I don’t understand” why Allen was replaced in the controversial new Disney movie “Lightyear.”

“Is it gonna be strange to be in theater’s opposite of the Buzz Lightyear film?” a reporter asked Hanks, according to The Blaze.

“How about that?” Hanks said. “Why it’s not — I actually, I wanted to go head to head with Tim Allen and they didn’t let Tim Allen do it. I don’t, I don’t understand that.”

When the journalist mentioned Evans had taken the role, Hanks deflected.

“Yeah, yeah, I know,” Hanks said.

“But here here’s the thing: Just as long as people come back to the motion-picture theater. I want to go back into the theater with a bunch of strangers and leave with something in common. That’s what I want to do.”

“Going to see a movie with him — I’m looking forward to that.”

It’s unclear from the context who “him” was.

Officially, the studio has maintained that the change was made because of a change in the character’s tone.

In the “Toy Story” films, Allen’s Buzz Lightyear is a toy based off of a movie beloved by the film’s human protagonist, Andy. Lightyear doesn’t know he’s a toy, however, which provides much of the film’s humor.

“Lightyear,” meanwhile, is supposed to be a the film the toy in “Toy Story” is based off of — meaning the character is meant to be serious.

“Tim’s version of Buzz is a little goofier and is a little dumber, and so he is the comic relief,” director Angus MacLane said.

“In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undercut the drama,” he continued.

“Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie-star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from Tim’s version of the toy in ‘Toy Story.'”

However, it’s difficult to ignore that “Lightyear” has gone out of its way to advertise its woke bona fides and Allen is an outspoken conservative.

A lesbian kiss between two characters, which is completely ancillary to the plot, has led to the film being banned in numerous countries.

Adding fuel to the fire, Evans called parents who objected to LGBT propaganda being shoved in their child’s faces by a major movie studio as “idiots” during an interview to promote the film.

“Every time there’s been social advancement as we wake up, the American story, the human story is one of constant social awakening and growth and that’s what makes us good,” Evans said.

“There’s always going to be people who are afraid and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people die off like dinosaurs,” Evans continued. “I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”

The film has underperformed dramatically at the box office, taking in just $50.6 million in its first weekend in mid-June. Analysts had estimated the film would take in $75-$85 million during its opening weekend, with some experts saying “Lightyear” might even top $100 million during the three-day period.

The film has taken weeks to reach that mark, however; “Lightyear” has only grossed $106.9 million in the United States and Canada as of July 3.

Its worldwide gross has been $189.1 against a budget of $200 million. However, that doesn’t mean Disney will be breaking even anytime soon. Major studio films typically need to take in roughly twice the initial budget in order to see a cent of profit, given the additional costs of promotion, advertisement and distribution.